MAGICAL & MYSTERIOUS

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. 

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Doorways Atop a Hill

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.

light-and-nature
Light, Nature and  Ficus Trees 

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.

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Carved Doorway or Entry to The Shiva Temple

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.

hanumanji
Dead End and Pitch Dark

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 carefully and 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.

JUNGLE”E” ROMANCE

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.

Come ,let us go for a Swim
                                    Come ,let us go for a Swim

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 ?

COOLLING IT
                                                           COOLING OFF

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.

NECK BITES
                                                                  NECK BITES

MOON BEAM AND A BLOGGER’S EYE PACK

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.

chandni
                                                                     Chandni

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.

the feather and the Carnation of India
                                        The feather and the Carnation of India

Can you guess the name of the bird which left a clue behind?

CHRIST’S THORN , SOUR CHERRIES , VITAMIN C and NOSTALGIA

“Karondas” form a wonderful  natural hedge.

Source: CHRIST’S THORN , SOUR CHERRIES , VITAMIN C and NOSTALGIA

SOLITARY SURVIVOR

YELLOW ACCENT
YELLOW ACCENT

DEEP EMOTIONS

Source: SOLITARY SURVIVOR

SOLITARY SURVIVOR

Look into the depths of this flower. What  emotions does it stir ?

See how the light seems to come from within the flower.

The other travelers  in the backdrop are on their deathbeds and have turned brown.

It is the  Solitary Survivor .

SOLITARY SURVIVOR
SOLITARY SURVIVOR

Could someone  provide the scientific name, or even a local name.

THE FULL STORY
THE FULL STORY

IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS

ENTANGLED

Source: IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS

IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS

Keep it simple, do not get entangled.

IN THE MIDST OF A CREEPER
                                                          IN THE MIDST OF A CREEPER

Remove the clutter and unnecessary. Resolve step by Step.

ENTANGLED
                                                                       TANGLED

Could someone identify this bird happily  chirping away  IN THE MIDST OF  creepers, lights and wires.

Another subtle message from NATURE.