ATOP A HILL, DIVINE SHADOWS & FRAGRANT FIELDS are three previous blogs which will help the readers appreciate the wonderous location of the Mystical Bhuleshwar Temple near Pune, Maharshtra, India.
Nature is a creative expression of the Divine and all Living Beings are a proof of the Existence of the Supreme.
Even the Doorways leading to the unusual Bhuleshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva are symbolic expressions of the Enchanting World we inhabit.
The Doorways or main Entrance leading to the sanctum sanctorum of the Bhuleshwar Temple.
As you enter the Front Doorway and look to your Right you see Light and Trees ( Banyan and Peepul trees both belong to Genus Ficus ) while you stand in darkness. Walk through and you would be privileged to see a breathtaking view of the surroundings.
The Featured image showcases the Oversized Temple Bell which one sees through the Main Doorway.
I may mention this is an extremely Unusual and Mysterious entry into a Hindu Temple.
The Ornate Carved Doorway made of Stone is Intentionally small compelling the Pilgrim to Bow down as you cross the threshold of the Temple.
Lord Ganesha ( Elephant headed Lord who removes all obstacles) can be seen in saffron at the Top Centre of the doorway.
The Mystery and Magic of the Temple is enhanced as it is Pitch Dark and there is a Stone Wall in front with a near invisible engraved Statue of Lord Hanuman ( the Monkey headed Lord who dispels darkness ) in the centre.
Thus far there is no obvious symbol of Lord Shiva or the Sanctum Sanctorum and one has been through multiple doorways. All is dark, and it is a dead end….or is it??
Please see the picture above carefullyand do read the blogs to follow to fully appreciate the Mystery and Marvel of the Temple Atop a Hill which is wrapped in layers of Nature.
The Tiger (Panthera tigris ) is undoubtedly the KING OF THE JUNGLE.
Much as I advocate and practice the art of enjoying every element of a forest or Jungle, nothing matches the thrill of viewing THE KING in its natural habitat.
It is a life time’s experience to track and view tigers in the forests of India.
Thus when he takes his sweetheart for a stroll , the forest stands still. ( see the spellbound peacock in the background) . There is magic in the air and Nature spreads the fragrance of Love.( to check out my article on SNIFFING PHEROMONES)
See the difference between the male and female Tigers.
At the height of summer what can be better than a dip in the local pool.
Do watch out how they enter the water, its rear first.
With the KING watching can anyone dare to come to this Royal pond ?
The peacock plays PEEPING TOM and watches the “JUNGLEE” ( wild in Hindi ) romance of the “Panthera Tigris”.
The neck bites are accompanied by gentles roars which reverberate throughout the enchanting forest.
Vernacular Languages are so accurately descriptive especially when describing native flora and fauna.
Chandni in Hindi says it all. Somehow when translated into Moon Beam in English , it looses a bit of the moonshine. The magical and enchanting Chandni bush is draped with these gorgeous flowers and is a romantic sight to behold on a moonlit night.
I always thought these flowers were called Periwinkle. Don’t they looked like the paper periwinkles ( fans) you get for children all over India. Another thing to look for on your travels within India if you have not seen them thus far.
However I discovered a beautiful name and an eye pack for my sore eyes. while I was hunting for the botanical name of Chandni. Scientific name Tabernaemontana Divaricata.
Simply crush the Chandni flowers in a mortar and put the paste within the folds of a very damp muslin cotton handkerchief. Place it over your eyes and all burning sensations caused by long working hours in front of the computer will be beamed out of the window.
They are also called Carnations of India. An evergreen tree , there is a magnificent specimen outside Hema’s house in GK 1, New Delhi.
Can you guess the name of the bird which left a clue behind?