GOLDEN GRASS

 

The Jaswant Thada  at Jodhpur forms a gorgeous backdrop to this clump of desert grass. (  stipagrostis maybe, am not sure) .

The lady in pink is wearing the colourful attire of women in Rajasthan.

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The Golden Grass of Rao Jodha Desert Park

 

This picture was taken the Rao Jodha Desert Park now home to hundreds off species of grass.

A close view showed  up three types in this cluster including a butterfly.

The featured image is a close up of one of the golden spears.

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Morning Sun playing Midas

The Golden Grass is probably at the end of a short life which begins with the onset of the scanty rainy season.

It hold together the soil on the hills and provides a home to numerous insects and small birds.

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Grass and Rock hand in hand

I have not had the patience to identify the scientific  name.

Maybe some knowledgeable botanist  could help .?

CELEBRATING ENCHANTED FORESTS

Long have I Wished to share the divinity I experience through the  Enchanting Spells of Nature.

The Joy I experienced in the Magical World of Nature had to be shared.

A year Ago and out of the Blue I met two bloggers at a restaurant in Delhi and the world of blogging opened up to me.

Thus , a year ago, was born The  blog “Enchanted Forests”.

All that I will share and have shared  to date links Nature , India and Mythology in an attempt to showcase a Wonderland I experience daily.

You will find all your senses bloom , each ray of the sun and caress of the wind will be like the touch of the Divine.

Lets celebrate together and take Flight.

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lets fly together

TODAY AM ADDING THREE ADDITIONS ONE MONTH AFTER THE FIRST POST.

The awards are nominations thus far , so  I guess have to work hard for these coveted awards.

Nominated for the Liebster award

50 Posts

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Blogger recognition award

One year in the World of Blogging ,I have found my sense of Peace and Joy.

Am particularly grateful to the thousands who have chosen to subscribe  to the blog and leave their footprints by re blogging, linking  and sharing, through  comments and views on Enchanted Forests.

FRAGRANT FIELDS

Am in a swoon as the Monsoons Clouds carry a Heavenly Fragrance over the hills of Bhuleshwar Village near Pune, Maharashtra, India .

The Hills in the background form the basis of an earlier blog titled DIVINE SHADOWS.

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Oh! The Heavenly Fragrance 

“Rajnigandha”  ( literally translated as Fragrance of the Night)  is a flower which belongs to the Agave family , Agavaceae and you must head to the nearest florist  (for Pune citizens head to Bhuleshwar instead )  to experience the magical aroma  exuded by them.

Alas, I wish I could share the Magical  fragrance of the  Pinkish – White Buds  ( close up in the Featured Image) with a mystical overpowering aroma.

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Stalks of White Fragrance

The Fragarance of Rajnigandha ( Hindi), Mexican Tuberose ( English) and Polianthes tuberosa ( Scientific name) is etched in Indian Mythology and the Amazing Fragrance that emanates from the flowers is steeped in the Imaginative World of Magic.

Held aloft on Slender Stalks I was able to spot only Two Flowers in a vast field of White  Rajnigandha Buds.

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Fragrant Blooms

Is it a surprise that the  Fragrant Rajnigandha  is the basis of many a Perfume across the Globe ?

Am drowsy with the Awesome and Enchanting Aroma that emanates from the Fragrant Fields near the Bhuleshwar Temple.

 

DIVINE SHADOWS

The last blog “Atop a Hill” was an illumination of the path to an Unusual and Ancient Temple located less than an hour away from Pune , Maharasthra, India. Am sure many residents of this charming City have not seen this Marvel which lies at their doorstep wrapped in multiple Gifts from Nature.

The First Glimpse of the ramparts as one approaches the Bhuleshwar Temple ( built in I am told in 1200 AD.)

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Ramparts of an Ancient Temple

The Trident ( the Trishul) and the Auspicious “Damroo” ( a hand held drum)  indicates the ruling deity of the temple is  Lord Shiva.

The  Ramparts are of an  Ancient Fort which once protected the Temple in it’s Midst.

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The Trishul and the Damroo

The Unusual and marvelous architecture of the temple is breathtaking.

I have never seen the likes of a temple even similar to the Bhuleshwar Temple in over 50 years of my existence on this Planet.

I will follow up with more pictures, in subsequent blogs. of my tryst with Nature in the precincts of this masterpiece.

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The Bhuleshwar Temple, “Atop a Hill”

When I entered the temple at 1000 hours it was pitch dark inside and I could not even see my nose, let alone my toes.

Divine Shadows were magically  created from the light of the Camera.

The Trishul, the Holy symbol “Om” and the Auspicious Drum show up when all else was Invisible to the Human Eye.

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Divine Symbols of Lord Shiva

I was Blessed indeed and a quiver ran down my spine in the Enchanting Bhuleshwar Temple.

All I could mutter was “Om Namah Shivaya”.

ATOP A HILL

It was a Journey , a short one I admit, I undertook on my own . The experiences  to my Final destination were captured  by my soul  and in part by my Camera.

Usually a spiritual awakening or a desire to overcome some troubles in our daily lives take us to places of Worship.

My trip to the 1200 year old Bhuleshwar Temple, 50 odd kilometers from Pune, was motivated by  a mix of faith and a desire to explore.

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The Floral Fields and Hills of Bhuleshwar Village

I let the cool Monsoons Winds caress me while  I gazed at the awesome Beauty of Nature that spread out till the Horizons far and beyond.

I was experiencing a touch of the divine even though I had not even  seen a glimpse of the  Ancient Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that I was heading to.

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The Path to Bhuleshwar Temple

I would strongly recommend this trip even to the staunchest atheists ,do undertake the short Journey to the Bhuleshwar Temple near Pune, Maharashtra, India.

A glorious drive through Floral farms and Nurseries , gentle rolling Hills , Monsoon clouds and a glimpse of the countryside make it a fascinating region to head out for a day trip. ( do look up an earlier post titled DEVIL’S TRUMPET )

The First Glimpse of the Ancient temple which sits atop a Rocky Hill surrounded by Spectacular views.

The Temple is dwarfed by the Enchantments of Nature, or is it a Mirage and my Imagination?

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The  Bhuleshwar Temple Atop the Hill

The photograph posted as the Featured Image was  taken through a window inside the  gorgeous Bhuleshwar Temple.

Keep a watch out as we continue our Journey into the Temple that sits Atop a Hill.

RED STARS

Bouquets of Red Star shaped blooms adorn the Bushes of these Jungle Geraniums or Jungle flame ( English) , Rukmini ( Hindi) , Ixora coccinea ( Scientific name) at the Corinthian Resort & Club , Pune, Maharashtra, India,

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Starry Bush

Native to Southern India and Sri Lanka these lovely star shaped blossoms belong to the Coffee family Rubiaceae.  Cinchona from which the anti malarial life saving drug quinine is derived is from a plant belonging to this splendid  Family of Red Stars.

The Rukmini Flowers are named after a Goddess from the Hindu Pantheon of Gods and I read somewhere connected to enhanced sexuality.

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Bunch of Red Stars

All parts of this plant ( flowers, roots and leaves) which bears these lovely Red Crosses on tubular stalks have multiple Medical Uses.

The plant itself purifies water by removing harmful heavy metals like Lead and Mercury.

These Gorgeous Red Stars contain Leucocyanidin glycoside and  are known for antimicrobial properties thus being  prescribed in natural medicine as a remedy for dysentry.

The leaves contain lupeol which has well known anti inflammatory properties.

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Red Cross or a Red Star ?

The Red Star is not only a treat  for sore eyes but has numerous Medicinal benefits as well, some of which I have mentioned above.

A  Wonderful treat indeed to see them stretch every fibre within to touch the Skies above. ( see the featured image please)

FLUTTERING SYMBOLS

The All seeing Eyes of Lord Buddha on a Stupa in Ladakh.

Interesting to note is the Crescent Moon a Symbol used by Tantrics in Hinduism or from Islam ?

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All seeing Eyes 

The Tantric traditions of Tibetan Buddhism borrow the Trishul of Lord Shiva worshipped by Hindus.

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The Trident

The  Fluttering Dragon Flag of the Drukpa Lineage of the Hemis Monastery at the 3 Idiot School  & Hemis Nunnery during the Winter Festival in Shey , Ladakh.

The Willows have shed their leaves in Winter  when temperatures call fall to – 25. C

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Flying Dragon

This is in continuation of the post yesterday titled HIMALAYAN SYMBOLS.

The Enchanting Colourful Prayer Flags are all over and are in sharp contrast to the Beautiful but Arid High Altitude Desert that is Ladakh. ( the featured image says this better than my words) 

HIMALAYAN SYMBOLS

Ladakh  ( numerous blogs from FEB/MARCH 2016 will reveal more) is an unusual and Wondrous Region in the lap of The Himalayas in Jammu & Kashmir, India.

However here I am focusing on one Symbol in particular which you will see strike you between your eyes repeatedly in Buddhist Ladakh.

This was hand painted on the Wall of the Dining Room of a Hotel in Leh, Ladakh.

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Symbols from Nature around a Chakra

The “Dharam Chakra” is seen again on a Curtain in the Hemis Monastery  ( see earlier blogs on the Monastery) in the main courtyard. Do notice the Wheel or Chakra always has Eight Spokes.

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In Black & White

The featured image is a zoom in of the top of the gate which welcomes you to the “3 Idiot School” ( do see an earlier blog on the school to know more)  in Shey, Ladakh. The Chakra is held  aloft between Two Mighty Dragons.

What do the symbols signify, what is the message they convey to you ?  Three pictures, three depictions , three different locations and three different materials, yet the Symbol is Constant.

A subsequent blog will reveal more symbols seen along with the spectacular terrain of Ladakh.

SIX POINTED STAR

Rain Lilies is what they are commonly referred to, as a few drizzles and these Geometrically Perfect Blossoms spring out from Green blade like leaves.

I do recall seeing a Pink variation covering the  Rain fed Hills of Sikkim and was thus pleasantly surprised to see Rain Lilies  decked in White in the Corinthian Resort & Club, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

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Rain Lilies

Many trees and plants are neatly labelled in this resort and that is really helpful in honing down the time required to identify Flora and their Botanical names.

Though in this case the Botanists of the Resort  have erred slightly ( Zypranthus Lily ?)  in the botanical ( scientific) name and if they wish they could update it.

These Perfectly proportioned  Six Petaled White Lilies with Green Centres and Saffron stamens remind me of the colours of the Indian Tricolour.

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Wind and Rain

The Fairy Lily or Rain Lily ( Common names), Zephyrtanthes candida ( Scientific name)   is a Flower native to Central and South America and belongs to the  Nargis family Amaryllidaceae. ( knowing the family is very important as mentioned in earlier blogs too )

The Contrasting Black Seeds seem to be Wind Blown and the Perfect Flowers spring forth with the arrival of The Monsoons, announcing the end of the Hot Summer months.

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Flower and Seeds

You will see these lovely Nature Perfect  Lilies in White, Pink and Yellow across India as they are are Naturalized here but hide many toxic alkaloids in their Bulbs under the ground.

The botanical name of the Fairy Lily arises from the name of the Greek Wind God, Zephyr and the life giving  Monsoons ( rainy season) bearing Rain clouds arrive in India buffeted by Winds from The Indian Ocean and beyond.