Into the arms of Buddha at Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya Sri Lanka

Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya - a Buddhist temple in Jaffna

His calm demeanour forced them into a powerful silence His soothing voice rendered them both speechless The Words of Wisdom slowly turned their frowns upside down Their moist eyes indicated the mindful turn around. The differences lay forgotten and the unity was sealed for the better At the Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya – they lie hidden … Read more

Along the crumbling walls of Jaffna Fort Sri Lanka

Jaffna Fort Sri Lanka - one of the many Dutch forts in the country

Holland, Zeeland, Gelderland, Utrecht and Friesland faced away from each other in five unique directions. One offered the view of the snapping crocodiles while the other two faced the calm Jaffna Lagoon. The remaining had the guards vigilant of breaches that could emerge from the city. Not one could enter without being seen but many … Read more

Adalaj Ni Vav – a beautiful melancholy in stone

Adalaj ni Vav near Ahmedabad

She traced the flowers with her fingers as she recalled her beloved. With tear-filled eyes, she sought the blessings of the Lord etched on the walls. Murmuring a silent prayer, she completed the circumambulation of the new Adalaj ni Vav And then without hesitation, she plunged in to the very dream she had completed. Adalaj … Read more

From Mandir to Masjid with Ahmedabad heritage walk

Shanthinath Ni Pol - a very picturesque pol that you can see during your heritage tour in Ahmedabad

The innocuous door opened to reveal a secret passage that led to a square with four homes facing each other. Where one showed a colonial touch, another showcased the local art. The third displayed a touch of Persia and the fourth stood vibrant with its Maratha designs. Distinct cultures intertwined, differences merged. Such was the … Read more

The rustic vibes of Janapada Loka Ramanagara

Malnad house at Janapada Loka

It wasn’t the first time that we had stopped at the same spot for breakfast Nor was it the first time that we had heard the foot-tapping music near the grand gate next door. However – it was the first time I saw those dancers perform to the beat of the drum And it was … Read more

The Bet Dwarka Story – a mystical mix of fact & fiction

Getting to Bet Dwarka by a ferry from Okha

“It is not just a myth that the Bet Dwarka temple was actually Krishna’s home. There is evidence pointing to it – like the recent discovery of the Bet Dwarka underwater city and the various historical digs on the island itself. The is definitely plenty more to the Bet Dwarka story” I have been digging … Read more

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga – A renowned Shiva Temple in Gujarat

The Shiva Statue that greets you at the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

His eyes bore through my soul… They beckoned me closer. His gaze urged me to look… At things beyond the obvious. The towering idol of Shiva greeted me at the entrance of the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temple. His gaze and aura struck me so powerfully that I wondered what the actual linga inside this Shiva Temple in … Read more

Dwarka Gomti Ghat – A confluence of culture & nature

Gomti Ghats Dwarka - an exhibition of heritage, culture and nature

I followed the lone floating diya to the first ray of the rising sun that had begun to spread its golden tones onto the river. The slow rhythmic chants in the background added to the mystique in the air. A sudden splash broke my reverie and drew my attention to the ceremonies being performed in … Read more

Rukmini Devi Temple – abode of the Queen of Dwarka

The gorgeous Rukmini Devi Temple Dwarka

Parched and tired, she turned and looked at her Lord. Krishna smiled and paused. He dug his toe into the earth and out sprang Ganga. Rukmini gratefully nodded and scooped some of the spring to quench her thirst. She had hardly taken a sip when a loud voice caused her to drop the water. What … Read more

Udupi Krishna Temple Story of Mystic & Miracles

Madhwa Sarovar - the Udupi Krishna temple pushkarni

He asked the holy one to choose anything from his ship – “A gratitude for guiding us to safety.”  Madhvacharya chose the sandalwood ballast. While transporting it, a small piece broke away to reveal a glittering jewel. Curiosity unleashed a sparkling discovery. Sri Krishna had just arrived in Udupi from Dwarka by way of an … Read more

Picturesque & Serene – The Varanga Jain Temple in Karnataka

Boat to Varanga Jain Temple

It was not just the Kere Basadi that exuded calm Even the blue-green water lake around it seemed serene. The twittering birds & temple bells added to the spell And the slow ripples by the boat oars further enhanced the charm The combination of beauty and serenity at the Varanga Jain temple in Karnataka makes … Read more

Miracles of Faith – St. Lawrence Church Attur

The fairy-tale like St. Lawrence Church Attur

They tried over and over again, but he refused to move. And so, they honored his wish to remain by building a new home at that very place. The new abode completed, the priest decided to try once one. Voila! This time, the statue moved and thus began the miracles at the St. Lawrence Church … Read more

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