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Wander wheels - Hyundai ‘Next Gen Verna’...

Hyundai Verna is one of the globally acclaimed offering from Hyundai with over 8.8 Million Customers in more than 66 countries and already 3.19 lakh units sold in India.

Sporty and dynamic looks blended with luxurious interiors, Next Gen Verna is all set to redefine Premium Brand Statement. Since its launch on 22nd July 2017, the car is quickly becoming a vehicle of preference for the Indian customers.


View Finder: Top 10 Places to Catch Dinner and a Sunset in Charleston

What could be better than savoring the taste of low-country cuisine from award-winning restaurants in Charleston? Enjoying them while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the Holy City, of course.


Forts, Beaches and Alibaug in the Incredible Western Ghats

Older than the Himalaya mountains, is the Western Ghats ranges that runs parallel to the western coast of the India through the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A drivable road from inside the lush green forests and alongside the coastline will take you on a journey to a different world.

What is Western Ghats? A world set aside in the serenity of the green mountains, where music of chirping birds and where streams of flowing water play a perfect symphony to the tired souls. Well known for their rich and unique flora and fauna, Western Ghats is one of the eight "hottest hot-spots" of biological diversity in the world and UNESCO has declared Western Ghats, a world heritage site.

As per the studies, Western Ghats are sustaining around 7402 species of flowering plants, 1814 species of non-flowering plants, 139 mammals' species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian species, 6000 insect species and 290 freshwater fish species. This is not all, many may get discovered tomorrow. Over and above these, Western Ghats provides shelter to at least 325 globally threatened flora, fauna, bird, amphibian, reptile and fish species.

A small welcome break from the business schedule opened a window to explore the incredible Land of Western Ghats, its biodiversity, nearby a small coastal town of Alibaug. Alibaug is much popular for its neat and clean beaches. It was the time to enjoy attractions near Alibaug.
We started early morning for our first destination, Korlai Fort which is approx. 25 Km. (75 minutes) from Alibaug. Though now in ruins, Korlai Fort is an old Portuguese structure situated on a hill top. Built in the year 1521, Korlai Fort originally meant as a watch point for the invaders and was used to be a house of 7,000 people including horses and Portugese army men. The Korlai Fort is surrounded by Arabian Sea on three sides and has a beautiful lighthouse as major attraction.

Food you can't miss in Old Delhi

Purani Dilli is heaven for food lovers in winter, and for all things sweet, savoury and spicy.

Freshly-baked naan khatai. (Below) The chaat spread; Gobhi samosa and matar kachori; Charcoal-grilled paneer tikka.

Chaat, Chowk Hauz Qazi, Chawri Bazaar corner
Ashok Chat Corner has been satiating chaat-lovers' hunger and souls since Independence days. More than 70 years old, the place enjoys such a large fan following that should you reach a little late into the evening, you might not get everything on the menu. Be it their papdi chat, my favourite, with its topping of saunth and slivers of kachaloo, or crunchy golgappas, aaloo masala, kalmi bada and chaat gunjiya, this is your heaven for everything chaat and spicy. If that already had your mouth watering, there's more on the menu.

Gobhi samosa, matar kachori, Chawri Bazaar
Shyam sweets down the busy lane might be everyone's go-to shop for things that you like and stuff that you have never even heard of. Slowly and steadily reaching its century, the establishment can make you a regular with its bedmi poori (made of flour and urad daal) and aloo ki sabzi, available only till 1. I, however, was awe-struck with gobhi samosa and all-time favourite matar kachori. A quick chat with co-owner Sanjay Aggarwal made me enter bhindi and raw banana samosa in the list for next trip. Their rabdi is also lip-smacking; I overheard someone pay a compliment, “Dhampur bhi fail hai. (this even beats Dhampur's sugar.)”
Naan khatai, Balli Maran
While walking through Balli Maran towards Gali Qasim Jaan for Ghalib's Haveli, expect your nose and taste-buds to be suddenly tempted with the aroma of freshly-baked goods. As you follow the smell trail, you would find yourself at this cart selling home-made cookies – naan khatai. These melt-in-mouth, baked-to-perfection naan khatai can transport you to your childhood days in a flash.
Dahi bade, Natraj, near Bhati Mati Das Chowk
There are dahi badas and then there is Natraj ka dahi bada. Started in 1940, this small shop at the corner of the lane that takes you to the metro station is always full of customers. The bada made of coarsely ground batter, topped with thick fresh dahi and sweet and sour chutney and a Natraj-special masala is supremely filling and refreshing.
Paneer tikka, Nai Sarak
Old Delhi can make you succumb to its flavours even on a full stomach. Just as I decided to call it a day after having had my fill of food I saw this vendor making paneer tikka on his coal grill. Even if you could ignore the aroma, the visual delight would make the foodie in you give in to the temptation. 
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Past perfect in Old Delhi

If you want to see the Delhi of old books and stories, spend a day in Purani Dilli.

The life in the lanes of Old Delhi. (Below) A tea vendor; The happy coexistence; Mirza Ghalib ki haveli.

My first tryst with Old Delhi, its Chandni Chowk, and other lanes had ended in a mutual dislike. All of 10, its chaos, crowd and odours were all a bit too overwhelming or beyond comprehension for me. For the flag-bearers of Delhi-bred Gen X, like me, Delhi was New Delhi, with its broad roads, South Delhi malls and new markets. Old Delhi didn’t fit into my idea of the Capital.
Once I gained some wisdom with age and developed appreciating taste-buds, Old Delhi’s narrow maze-like streets and ways were no less than treasure tracks. From once promising myself to never set a foot in that place again, I gradually turned into a life-time admirer of this part of Delhi.
The trips to Old Delhi with my father became the breeding ground for many stories and experiences. The food elsewhere after that was never to be had without drawing a comparison with the same from Old Delhi.
I still remember that shop in Khari Baoli (Asia's largest wholesale Spice market selling all kinds of herbs, lentils, rice and tea ) where my father and I would go to for buying our annual dose of saffron for kheer and other sweets. To reach his shop we had to climb up two levels of stairs. On the first floor, the Nepalese saffron-seller’s family would ask us a lot of questions to ascertain we were mere buyers and no one else. We would then be allowed to ascend to the second floor and wait for him in a room. He would then come with a lot of keys and open his big safe.
The sheer process of him taking out small plastic containers filled with saffron from around the world, sitting wrapped in cotton beds, would make me feel like living in a fictional world of secrets and unknown places. Armed with enough knowledge about saffron, just when I would think I have become ‘Miss know-it-all’, this largest spice market of Asia would stump me. I would righty guess the aroma of cloves, cardamom or cinnamon in that highly fragrant air. Then suddenly I would find myself standing dumbfounded at some shop. There was always a spice or two that I had never seen. That place introduced me to star anise. A live school beyond comparison! Perhaps why famous poet Mohammad Ibrahim Zauq said:
In dinon garche dakkan mai hai badi qadr-e-sukhan
Kaun Jaye ‘Zauq’ par Dilli ki galiyan chhod kar

Those Dilli ki galiyan would then treat me the most authentic of recipes and freshest of flavours. For me, no one can still match up to Natraj ke dahi-bade, Chawri Bazaar ki chaat, Nai Sarak ki kachori, Fatehpuri ki kulfi and the rest. Those serpentine lanes and bylanes of Old Delhi might be a chaotic setup for many, for others like me they were and still are a place for exploration. No doubt, even large number of foreigners can be found exploring this charming spot of Delhi. Perhaps there is no other Purani Dilli on this earth.
You just need to visit Mirza Ghalib's haveli, spend some hours wandering in those lanes, soaking in the music that I always found in that commotion, and you would also get mesmerised by Old Delhi. A walk through the rooms where Ghalib spent last days of his life would make you also fall in love with this place all over again.
Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan, famously know as Mirza Ghalib, made romantics out of many with his ghazals and shayari. Though born in Agra in 1797, it was Delhi that saw the best of him after he moved here which was soon post his marriage at the age of 13. His residence in Gali Qasim Jan, Balli Maran, is a heritage site not only for the archaeologists but almost a pilgrimage for his fans and followers. The sheer Mughal era look of the place, with bricks, sandstones and a huge wooden gate, Ghalib's couplets and literature for the company, is a perfect way to end a day at Old Delhi. You can almost imagine the Delhi of Ghalib through his ghazal:
Ballimaraan ke mahalle ki wo pecheeda daleelon ki si wo galiyan,
Saamne taal ke nukkad pe batero ke qaseede,
Gurhgurhati hui paan ki peekon mein wo daad wo wah-wah,
Chand darwaaze par latke huye boshida se kuch taat ke parde,
ek bakri ke mamiyaane ki awaaz,
Aur dhoondhlayi hui shaam ke be-noor andhere,
Aise deewaron se moonh jor kar chalte hai yahan,
Churi-waalan ke katri ki bari bee jaise,
Apni bujhti hui aankhon se darwaaze tatole,
Isee be-noor andheri see gali qaasim se,
Ek tarteeb charaghon ki shuru hoti hai,
Ek quran-e-sukhan ka safa khulta hai,
Asadullah Khan ‘Ghalib’ ka pata milta hai.

And, who knows if you are paying attention you might even find yourself in these lanes, just like these poets did.


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Of food, fun and the run in Jaipur

Jaipur by Nite ended with great food, live music and marathon.

When you are left with a follow-up act to something as soul-stirring as a musical night by Mame Khan and Indian Ocean, the task is indeed a tough one. The ultimate day, or night – Bite Fest, of Jaipur by Nite, however, didn’t fade out to penultimate evening of divine rhythms and musical bliss.
Just think of daal-baati-churma, the spicy panchmela daal and crispy baatis dipped in desi ghee with sweet coarse churma, and you would be lying if you didn’t salivate a bit. Add to that the authentic Rajasthani methi-mangodi ki sabzi served with makki and bajre ki roti, lehsun ki chutney and sangari ka achaar making for those perfect accompaniments, and I am sure you would have found your own heaven right there. I definitely did.
The super crisp golgappas tempted me into filling myself even before the ‘dinner’. The local band Swaraag’s Rajasthani, sufi and Bollywood numbers adding that perfect ambience made it a joyous weekend. Also, the wood-fired oven didn’t only add to the flavours of the pizzas on another restaurant’s stall, the smoke and warmth of it in that breezy night almost hinted at the arrival of chill in the air.
The rustic seating with wooden benches, cots, colourful cushions thrown in, cane garden chairs and low stools adorned with local craftwork added to it all. Luring the tastebuds and making many forget about the diets were stalls serving Kashmiri cuisine, range of burgers, pastas, desserts, south Indian food, and more.
For those who still braved the temptation despite such a spectacular spread around, a couple of restaurants working in the healthy food zone, came to the rescue. It’s rather a point of debate though if they gained on health or lost on taste!

And then they ran:
Health was not a lost case at all as over 1,500 enthusiasts from Jaipur, nearby cities and other part of the country got together for the last act of the three-day event – 10km and 5km marathons. Post 10, the Mubarak Mahal and the grounds had an altogether different buzz to them as groups of runners, in their colourful sportswear, started collecting around for the marathon. 
The longer run started from the City Palace gate, went to Gandhi Circle on JLN Marg and back. The route for the shorter run was from the Palace to SMS Hospital and back. Flagged off by the erstwhile royal Padmanabh Singh, the marathon made for quite a picture with traffic-less roads and lit-up historical buildings as the backdrop, showcasing the citys beauty in the night.
Just like night and moonlight adds to romance, Jaipur by Nite did to the citys charm with its presentation of music, food, fun and the run. Do mark the dates for the next year to experience this yourself.
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Music for soul in Pink City

Indian Ocean and Mame Khan spellbind all with their performances at Jaipur by Nite.

There’s a reason Indian Ocean songs would not be played at dance parties, weddings or at DJs – they have a meaning. Their songs take you to a level where you understand them and not just hear. Their compositions are the ones that give you goosebumps. Perhaps why they rightly complement the classy, royal and select setting of City Palace, Jaipur, and vice verse. 
The second day of Jaipur by Nite couldn’t have had a better finish than Indian Ocean belting out their soulful fusion of folk, classical, rock... The women’s car rally on September 9 kicked off the fifth edition of the event. The second day, September 15, was dedicated to quenching your soul and tastebuds.
If Indian Ocean, preceded by Mame Khan, took care of the soul, the food stalls from across the city didn’t let down the appetite. The colourfully-lit and looking all the more royal in the night, the City Palace, with a bunch of kalbeliya dancers and performers around Mubarak Mahal, had set up the stage for the musical fulfilment at Sarvatobhadra Chowk. With Jaipur Princess Diya Kumari and Maharaja Padmanabh Singh being the brand ambassadors of the event, there was enough glitterati in presence. As Rahul Ram, the founding member of Indian Ocean, and Nikhil Rao stirred up their strings, Tuheen Chakraborty and Amit Kilam slowly adding the beats, you waited impatiently for Himanshu Joshi to add words to the melody and the mood the others had started.  
Be it Mann kasturi jag dasturi baat hui na puri re or their tribute to the Narmada river Maa rewa tharo paani nirmal khal khal behto jaye re their tunes and lyrics just stay with you. And when they sang Kabirdas, you just wondered if life was actually so simple or we just forgot about the simplicity.
Theirs is not that meaningless cacophony that maybe makes you dance for a minute or two but doesn’t go beyond that. Even if it was Tandanu, a Kannada lullaby that Rahul Ram knew since childhood, a word of which you would not understand if you are from Hindi heartland, like me, the sheer energy of the song was enough to lift your spirits up. Their rendition of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Akhiyan udeek diyan made everyone sway.
The Pakistani legend seemed to be the flavour of the evening as earlier Mame Khan also paid tribute to the singer with Saanu ik pal chaen na aawe. The Manganiyar singer from Rajasthan, known globally for his folk and sufi renditions, had actually set the mood for the evening by starting the musical night with his version of Kesariya baalam aoo ni padhaaro mhare des. Mame Khan and his troupe with sindhi shehnai, kartaal, presented all the flavours of Rajasthan at Jaipur by Nite. 
His Aave re hitchki from Mirzya by Gulzar, the folk version of famous Nimbudaa nimbudaa that was adapted for Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam, and Dama dam mast qalandar just made the Friday night a perfect one for everyone there. 
So, make sure you keep September 15-16 reserved for this one-of-a-kind night tourism event in Jaipur next year. There’s another post coming soon telling you all about the food and the third day of the event.
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Documents Safety while travel - Passport Holder

That was the time when I was enjoying every moment of trekking in the snow-capped peaks of Suraksan mountains in South Korea. Excitement of the solo trekking continued even on my return. While I was about to call it a day, I noticed something strange about the passport.
It was the time to go into the flashback. To avoid any accidental slipping of passport while trekking, the passport was securely placed in the front pocket of my woollen shirt and there were layers of more warm clothing wrapped around to withstand temperatures up to -160C. Due to rigors of the trekking the heat generated inside the layers of warm clothing, the lamination of the passport had peeled away from the first and last pages of the passport.


Ahobilam - The Spiritual Safari

Ahobilam, a noted pilgrimage centre for Hindus, is situated at distance of around 130 km. from Kurnool Railway Station, 68 Kms from the Nandyal Railway Station and 24 km. from Allagadda.

Ahobilam, consists of lower Ahobilam and Upper Ahobilam, is the place where Lord Narasimha had manifested himself in a natural cavern of rock to rip apart the most ferocious demon Hiranyakashipu.

Involving some serious trekking all the way from lower Ahobilam to the highest point of the mountain, Ugra Stambha, it requires both devotion and strength to cover all the nine temples, which depicts Nava Narasimha (Nine forms of Narasimha).
  1. Ugra (Angry)
  2. Vira (Fighting)
  3. Maha - Vishnu (Lakshmi Narasimha)
  4. Jwalanta (emitting flames of fire)
  5. Sarvotamukham (with a number of faces)
  6. Nrisimha (Ordinary Narasimha)
  7. Bisanam (fightful)
  8. Bhadram (adorable)
  9. Mrityor - Mrity (the killer of death)
First in the stretch - Lower Ahobilam. There is a temple of Prahlada varada i.e., the aspect of Lord Narasimha as blessing Prahlada in the village of Lower Ahobilam, which is also known as Chinna-Ahobilam and Diguva-Tirupati.

You will be awestruck by the huge and beautiful piece of architectures in the temple.

If you get a chance, then do attend the aarti in the temple premises. Various classical instruments are played rhythmically by the old priests, with utter devotion, to please the Narasimha Lord.

Post taking blessings from Lower Ahobilam temple, head for Upper Ahobilam, there is a road of eight Kilometres from Lower Ahobilam right up to foot of the hill of Upper Ahobilam, situated on a plateau.

The Lord of Upper Ahobilam temple is known as Ahobelesvara. It is firmly believed that the God had manifested himself in a natural cavern of the rock and is one of the 108 "Divya Tirthas" (sacred places) of India.

You are ready to start your trek from Upper Ahobilam on wards, grab the stick from here and you are set to go.

If you are trekking in rainy season, then the trek becomes little easy and less tiring as you will keep refreshing by the water flowing down through-out the trek. 
Throughout the trek, there are beautiful small temples, which have their own stories. Ask the local priests and they will tell the interesting pastimes played by Lord with Prahlad...

This is the way to Jwala Narasimha temple, we have to pass through the waterfall, where it feels like sitting there under the water for hours…

There is a small water reservoir near the Jwala Narasimha temple, the local priests and devotees say that when Lord Narasimha killed the demon Hirnakashyapu, the Lord washed the hands in this reservoir and because of this the water still looks little reddish and red taints are there on the rocks as well.

From this place, the Ugra Stambha, highest point in the ranges, is visible. Trek to Ugra Stambha looks like almost a vertical line and it is indeed very challenging. If you are lacking courage and energy, it is recommended to take a local guide along-with. If not you should reach this temple, opposite to Upper Ahobilam...

At a distance of about 8 Km from Upper Ahobilam temple, Ugra Stambham is the place where Lord appeared in the form of Narasimha and the cleft is known as 'UGRA STAMBHAM'.

The Ahobilam trek is complete here at this point. Key Recommendation:

  1. Good to cover the highest point, Ugra Stambham, first and then visit rest of the temples while descending.
  2. Take at least two days with you to cover all the places in Ahobilam.
  3. Keep yourself hydrated while trekking.
Ahobilam is one of the amazing trekking destinations near Chennai, Pune. All you need is a long weekend. Happy Trekking!!!

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Happy Move - Save our Heritage, An initiative by Hyundai Motor India...

"We owe this Earth to our future generations"
The most visible landmarks of this Earth are the heritage monuments. We might have inherited these monuments in a fragile state, but it is our duty to make it better for coming generations.
Country like India which is going full throttle on the development road; there is need to stop a while, look around and think about the values and culture we need to carry along with. In our quest to move into future, we should not forget our roots, our past and our glorious heritage. In absence of proper maintenance, most of jewels of our heritage are lying in dilapidated condition. Small awareness and small efforts by everyone can make a big difference in preserving these symbols of cultural expressions and evolution.
One of such initiative, “Happy Move – Save our Heritage” has been taken by Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) to spread awareness about preserving the heritage.


Jageshwar Dham - Abode of Lord Shiva...

While the Sun has already started the return journey behind the hills, however our wandering souls with high spirits were craving to reach the divine land of Jageshwar. With every passing second, our mind was painting a different caricature for Jageshwar Dham. The fresh air was getting fresher and crispier with every turn.

After 40 minutes of drive from the Lakhudiyar Cave paintings shelter, the joyous moment arrived when we entered in to the Jageshwar valley around 5:30 PM in the evening. Staff at KMVN guest house advised us to first attend the evening prayer; check-in formalities can be carried our afterwards.

We could feel the divine ambience as soon as we entered the sacred premises of Jageshwar temples. There were around 15-20 devotees in the temple and almost everyone greeted us with smile. Very soon the prayers started with buzzing of the sacred bells and we were immersed in the holy chants. It was around 6:30 PM when the prayers stopped and we returned to our senses. However, by this time the town had already started planning for a good night as most of the shops were closed and streets were totally deserted. 
Simple, yet delicious food at our night halt was the last item on the day’s itinerary.
This is a place which gets up for work with first ray of sunlight and calls it a day with the receding sun. Next morning, we were again on the way to the Jageshwar Dham and were pleasantly surprised by friendly gestures of the locales. Little we knew that we will make friends with almost everyone in this place during our stay of just 3 nights. Hospitality of the hills had just started to unfold.

As soon as we started moving our feet a splendid world of amazing temples was there to be explored. There are around 500 temples spread across the hills surrounding the Jageshwar Dham. Jageshwar Dham is the 8th Jyotirlinga; known as Nagesh Jyotirlinga, out of the Twelve Jyotirlinga and has immense devotional significance.

Located 36 km northeast of Almora, the main complex in this temple city consists of 124 large and small stone temples, from 9th - 13th century. It was the time to pray and seek blessings of the God almighty in these beautifully carved temples.

The main temple at Jageshwar Dham is 'Jageshwar Mahadev', dedicated to the Child Shiva. Once upon a time, Lord Shiva arrived here to meditate, as soon as news spread about Lord Shiva, the womenfolk of the village gathered around to see Lord Shiva. However, the captivating mystic form of Lord Shiva angered the menfolk. Realising this, Lord Shiva turned into a child and since then he is worshipped here as Bal (Child) Jageshwar.

The temple has two armed guardians at the door, Nandi and Skandi. This is a west facing temple of Shiva. Here, Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Nagesh Jageshwar. The Shivlinga deity is divided into two parts, larger one being Lord Shiva and the smaller one is the Goddess Parvati. There is also an Akhand Jyoti, an everlasting flame which burns continuously in the temple. The Chand Kings Deepchand and Tripalchand stand behind the Shivlinga in praying posture.

Sri Mahamritunjaya Mahadev: The Mahamrityunjay temple is the largest and oldest temple in the complex. This temple is east facing and opposite Jageshwar Mahadev temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped as the saviour from death - महामृत्युंजय. The unique deity, Shivlinga has an eye shaped opening. All the pilgrims recite together the all-powerful Mahamritunjaya Mantra (महामृत्युंजय मंत्र) and create a heavenly ambience at the temple.

Mahamrityunjay Mantra:
ह्रौं जूं सः भूर्भुवः स्वः त्र्यम्बकम् यजामहे सुगन्धिम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् उर्वारूकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मा मृतात् भूर्भुवः स्वरों जूं सः ह्रौं ।।
Om Hruang Jung Sah Bhurbhuvah Swah Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pustiwardhanam | Urwarukmivbandhanaan Mrityormoksheey mamritat Bhurbhuvah Swaraung Jung Sah Hraung Om |
Recite the Mahamrityunjay mantra for self-realisation and freedom from all kinds of evil effects, sudden death, illness and negativity.

Locales told us that Adi Shankaracharya also visited Jageshwar and restored many of the temples before moving ahead for Patal Bhubaneshwar and Kedarnath. Most of the temples at Jageshwar has stone diety Shivalinga in the centre, surrounded by sculptures of various Gods/ Goddesses. Visit to Jageshwar is considered equally pious as the sacred Chardham Yatra. Lets walk through the amazing world of temples.

Tandavkeshwar Mahadev: Angry Lord Shiva in the most devastating form of dance, Tandav dance…

Pushti Devi or Pushti Bhagawati Maa: The temple of Goddess Lakshmi. The temple enshrines the full statue of Goddesses and is worshipped as Goddess of blessings and grace. This temple is situated in the Jageshwar main premises.

Neelkanth Temple: Lord Shiva when drank the poison to save the world, got blue throat (Neelkanth, नीलकण्ठ) due to poison...

Adjacent to the main temple complex is the temple dedicated to Kuber, God of Wealth:

While walking around, we observed that many people from Gujarat are coming to Jageshwar for worship here, even the temple priests told that many people come from Gujarat for seeking blessings of Lord Shiva. While talking to locales got to know about the resemblance between Kumaoni language and Gujarati language. Strange fact for the regions separated by more than 1200 km.
Caretaker at Archaeological museum told about followers of Lakulish Shaivism who got settled around Jageshwar. Lakulish Shaivism originated in Gujarat. According to Linga Purana, Lakulish is 28th Avatar of Lord Shiva and the last one. Meaning of Lakulish (लकुलीश): लगुड (staff) or लकुट (Stick/ mace) + ईश (lord) = the lord with a staff or mace or club or stick. Lakulish temple in premises...

Close look at the carving on the top of the temple dome…

The meaning of Lakulish, also connected us with the Dandeshwar temple (largest temple in Jageshwar), where Lord Shiva stays with a staff and protects the region.

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The more we were knowing the more we wanted to explore this place. Legend is associated with this place and locales believe that Lord Shiva, in form of a man with a wooden stick in his hand will come to protect this place.

Temples are spread everywhere in tis holy place, be it roads or bridge. All the temples are worshipped and due sanctity has been maintained for every temple.

The temples at Jageshwar appear to be very ancient and there is no definite information on construction of these temples. As per Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), these temples were constructed post Gupta period, from the 8th century (early Katyuri Dynasty) to the 18th century (Chand Dynasty). Seeing the temples, it looks like they were constructed more than 1000 years. Subsequent dynasties/ kings continued renovation and maintenance because of which these temples appear in good shape till date.

The Jageshwar Monsoon Festival which is held every year between 15th July to 15th August and the annual Maha Shivratri festival, which takes place during spring season are two important events in the Kumaon itinerary. Maha Shivratri is one of the major festivals and is celebrated all over India. By this time evening was approaching and Lord Shiva directed me to take some pictures from the top. While searching a location, the locales guided me to a place from where I was able to click...

Small water streams, hills covered with thick deodar forests and foot over walk ways leave visitors mesmerized with the splendour of this place. We kept on walking whole day in these woods and surprisingly did not felt tired at all, divine charm of the Gods and mind free from worries of cosmetic world was doing wonders.

Small market outside the temple has few souvenirs’ shops and a couple of small eateries as well. However, the menu at eateries will contain the items which are available that day, not your choice. The same we experienced in KMVN guest house as well, while enjoying the freshly prepared vegetables.

Dedication and devotion of local people have kept this place sacred and pious. Hats off to the locales. No doubt Uttarakhand is truly God’s Land (Dev Bhoomi). Nearby to Jageshwar are the amazing temples of Jhanker Sam (6 Km.) and Vridh Jageshwar (3 km. by foot/ 16 km. by road) worth visiting.

Keep travelling Guys…

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