CELEBRATING 2017

Sharing Celebrations from The Shores of The River Ganges during Dev Diwali.

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THE SUPERMOON & FIRECRACKERS

The Grand Dusshera Festival in the Mysore Palace in Karnataka near the River Kaveri.( the Ganges of Southern India) 

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JUMBO CELEBRATIONS

Of course you will get to read more on Enchanting Celebrations as the World Welcomes 2017.

Happy New Year 2017.

BIRDS VIEW OF KASHI

The Brijrama  Palace is one of the finest buildings along the banks of the Holy River Ganges at Kashi ( Benaras or Varanasi).

The picture above and those that follow were taken at daybreak from the Terrace of this Ancient Palace which as you can see gives a wonderful overview of the City and the River Ganges.

Previous blogs titled  BLISS IN KASHI, DAYBREAK IN KASHI & INVOLUNTARY DIP IN KASHI would help you connect the dots.

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Bird’s View of The Ganges at Kashi

A wonderful capture as the Rock Pigeon tilts his head while perched on his bath tub as if viewing the hustle bustle of people on the River banks below through the Ancient ramparts of the Brijrama Palace.

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Pigeon’s Peephole

The All Marble Bath Tub is filled with the Holy waters of The River Ganges and covered with auspicious Marigold petals.

The Royal  Rock Pigeon (English), Kabootar ( Hindi) ,Columba livia ( scientific name)   seems to be in a State of Bliss, what say you?

Iron chains keep Curious Visitors Off the Edge and provide the Pigeons some privacy as well.

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Royal Bath Tub

What an Enchanting Morning to sip a Cup of Hot Tea after a cold dip in the River and watch the Pigeons bathing in absolute luxury  along with the Rising Sun.

NATURAL HEALERS

The State of Kerala is located on the Southern Tip of India along the Arabian Sea.

It is also the home of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian System of Medicine that uses the natural  healing properties of Plants.

The Heart Leaved Creeper  seen in the picture has the most incredible and near divine healing properties. The  extremely strong but slender aerial roots were used in Ayurveda as sutures. Not only did these natural sutures heal they also held the wound together.

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Watch out for The Rope Like Creeper

Several  Healing Creepers wind themselves over the Indian Gooseberry tree making it hard to discern one from another.

Initially I assumed the Round Ball Like Fruits were Gooseberries ( a natural storehouse of Vitamin C and antioxidants) , then I realized they were the fruits of a creeper planted  in a Herbal Garden.

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Hanging over the Terracotta Roofs

My confusion is further confounded as the fruits are not of the Heart Leaved Moonseed ( English Name) Creeper,  Giloy or Gurach ( Hindi Name) ,Tinospora cordifolia ( Scientific Name) either as the leaves and fruits you see in the picture below are entirely different.

The  Ayurvedic Giloy Herbs are used to cure Cancer and Heart Diseases ( remember they have  heart shaped leaves ) besides many other ailments.

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Medicinal  decorations

While you are enchanted with the pictures and the natural Terracotta Roofs ( a hallmark of homes in Kerala) I must get to work and discern the third member of the Trinity of these Natural Healers.

BOUQUET OF SPLENDOUR

Most Of India is Scorching with temperatures ranging  well over 40 degrees Centigrade ( 104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Am treating myself and all the readers to the Cool and Wonderful Splendour of the Himalayas while  The Indian Sub Contintent sizzles in preparation for the arrival of The Monsoons. ( translated for the uninitiated it means Bushels of Rains or the Rainy Season)

Presenting a Bouquet of the Splendour of Sun and Shadow in the Himalalyas.

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The  Willows add the touch of colour

The Grassland in the foreground adds to  the Beauty of the Snow Clad Mountains.

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Golden Grass 

Parched Indian Plains seek Dense Clouds laden with Moisture.

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Clouds over the Peaks

Where else will you find such an Enchanting Bouquet of Splendour but in Ladakh,India.

LOTUS LAKE

Water is Life and in the Desert State of Rajasthan the Value of Water is enhanced by the Power of Infinity.

Thus the Beauty and Importance of a Lotus Lake in the midst of the Parched Brown Aravalli Mountain Range in Bundi, Rajasthan is a Sight to behold.

If you look hard you will see Spots of Orange at the base of the Brown Hills on the far Right of the picture below.

These are the Flame of the Forest Trees in bloom ( do check out a previous blog by the same title) . Palash ( Hindi) or Butea monosperma ( Scientific Name) .

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The Magnificent Lotus Lake

The Sukh Sagar Lake or literally translated The Lake of Happiness is surrounded by Palaces and Temples along its banks . The Royal and The Divine.

Keep a sharp eye for the clump of Green in the midst of the Brown Mountains.

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Royalty and Divinity Surround the Lake

The Sukh Mahal or the Palace of Happiness is stated to be the residence for a short time  of none other than Rudyarg Kipling,the author of Jungle Book.( the movie has recently been released as well ).

It is fabled however the same was made for Royalty to indulge in the Happiness ( Sukh)  of Worldly Pleasures away from the prying eyes of courtiers in the Main Palace.

The Lush Green Trees contrast sharply with the Rocky and Brown Mountains. Symbolic? A message from Nature, maybe ?

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The Palace made for a Emperor

The Lotus lake is dotted with Hindu Temples preserved by their Rulers for Centuries who followed the  same faith.

The Temple below is submerged in the waters of The Lotus Lake and the Picture was taken from the Roof Top of the Temple.

My first exclamation as I gazed at the Lotus Lake for the first time was a loud “WOW”

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The Roof Top of a Submerged Temple

The featured image is of a Shivling covered by a typical Rajasthani Canopy , which in turn is sheltered  by  Lofty Date Palm trees, on the Banks of the amazing Sukh Sagar in the midst of the Parched Lands of Rajasthan.

GOATS, SHEEP and SHEPHERDS

I had blogged on Himalayan Sheep and Goats a few days ago and thought it prudent to compare them with their brethren in other parts of India.

Do they vary like the Food, People and Landscape as well ? Please check out the pictures that follow and the blog mentioned above to express your views and thoughts.

All these pictures were taken from a Jeep near Ajmer, Rajasthan and Raipur , Pali District, Rajasthan.

It is extremely Rare to see a Shepherd Couple herding their flock together . This picture is thus highly Prized.

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Herding their Flock of Sheep

Black Faced Sheep reminds me of an old Indian Saying,”from where have you blackened your face

The Fur is dense and had  been retained thus far. Do compare the fur to the Himalayan Sheep in my blog mentioned before.

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The Black Faced Sheep

Also unusual is  to photograph a Lady Shepherd. We are now Lucky, twice over.The Steel container she carries is called a Tiffin Box which has separate compartments and in all likelihood carries her Lunch.

Please observe the fur of the Sheep, they have been sheared.

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Beautifully attired Lady Shepherd

I found these Sheep following their shadow while the Goat in White with Tail Up stands out.

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Follow your Shadow

Finally a Single Male Shepherd with his Prized Ram.

Is the Knife in his hand Prophetic as this lovely Specimen could  well be the Mutton on your platter.

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A proud Shepherd

Indian Countryside is charming and Enchanting. If you notice this post is a departure from the Write Ups of the past.

Do let me know what you liked or disliked?

 

WATER IS LIFE

As the Water pipes ( see picture below)  bring precious Water to the brown parched Desert Lands of Rajasthan, the lands bursts into Joy.

From dust bowls they evolve into green vegetable farms ( do check out the blogs THE DESERT BLOOMS and THE GREEN DESERT) .

A family of the humble House Sparrow ( English), Chirayia ( Hindi) , Passer domesticus  ( Scientific Name) celebrates the arrival of the source of Life.

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The Mr. and his Mrs.

The transformation of the Desert lands is well and truly visible in the picture below of a Field of Carrots in the village of Ranesar near Kichan ( do check out the blogs THE WINTER GUESTS and THE FEAST) .

Yes, Water is Life.

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Carrot Field

The inquisitive Lady Sparrow is checking the water pipelines and wondering why her Morning Shower has been interrupted and the water has ceased to flow.

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Hello, anyone there ?

The lands are  now bountiful and fertile with the introduction of Life giving Water.

Carrots being transported on trailers attached to Tractors to cities like Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.

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Carrots to the market

After all the  work is done the Sparrows try their hand at Balancing atop the Water Lines.

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Gymnastics

Is it not Enchanting to see the Magical effects of  Life giving Water ?