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.
“Rajnigandha” ( literally translated as Fragrance of the Night) is a flower which belongs to the Agave family , Agavaceaeand 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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
I was Blessed indeed and a quiver ran down my spine in the Enchanting Bhuleshwar Temple.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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,
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Zephyrand the life giving Monsoons ( rainy season) bearing Rain clouds arrive in India buffeted by Winds from The Indian Ocean and beyond.
It is so often that tiny rural roads, bereft of traffic and burly trucks , unfurl Pellets of Joy.
The narrow road from Yawat, off the Pune-Solapur Highway , Maharashtra,India, leading to the Spectacular and Ancient Bhuleshwar Temple was one such Bundle of Joy. It winds through the most interesting agricultural fields of Food and Flowers.
Bajra ( Hindi) is a mineral rich, gluten free Millet which has a History of over 5000 Years in India and predates the advent of Wheat by hundreds ,nay thousands , of years.
Also known as Pearl Millet ( English), Pennisetum glaucum( Scientific name), it forms the staple food of many a rural households in Maharashtra in the form of a Bread ( Roti) called “BajraBhakri”.
I often confuse Bajra with Jowar , another millet known as Sorghum in English. Both are mineral rich millets and a wonderful alternative for those that are Gluten Intolerant and cannot consume Cereals like Wheat.
I remember a delicious milk pudding ( usually served Hot) called ” Bajre ki Kheer” which I had when I was younger. Little did I realize that one day I would be fortunate to see the Little Black Pearls in the Pudding growing in fields near Pune.