This Exquisite Temple carved in Stone Rises beautifully from the banks of the River Ganges at Munshi Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

What makes the temple  Enchanting is the fact it is overrun by a singular and hitherto unknown species of Flora or what I call “Greens”.

( a photograph in an earlier blog titled BLISS IN KASHI is of this very temple)

Green Temple

The foreground of the “Green Temple” doubles up as a terrace overlooking numerous boats that traverse the Holy River Ganges at the Ancient city of Kashi ( now called Varanasi or Benaras).

It seems the fruits or seeds of the unknown greens make a yummy breakfast for this young Rhesus Macaque.( scientific name being Macaca mulatta )

Green Food for the Macaques

Have a closer look as to how this Green Plant has made a home in a Temple guarded by Lions.( have a look at the picture on top to see the Lions).

The Sun bathing Plant seems well entrenched and is seemingly stretching its branches in all directions even as it casts a shadow on the temple walls.

Flora on a Temple Ledge

The featured image showcases This Hardy Green Plant which has flourished on a stony surface.

Do have a sharp look at the Featured picture as you can see this unknown plant blooming as it looks over the  vast Ganges River .

Kashi is truly Enchanting as Nature breathes through every crevice of this Holy & Ancient city. 


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

12 thoughts on “GREENS AT KASHI”

  1. Seems like I have seen a similar plant here in the United States, but don’t recall what it is. It almost looks like it was intentionally planted in the flower box where the Rhesus monkey is and then escaped and started growing in every nook and cranny. It’s very cool how that happens and really adds to the mystique of the temple.

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  2. Looks a bit like a cotoneaster. These are hardy garden plants in Europe and their berries – which are all reddish as far as I know – are popular with birds. In much of Europe gaps in old masonry would be occupied most likely by buddleia – or by ferns: I once worked in an office facing a 19th century hospital building with buddleia and ferns growing from high crevices.

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