Thousands of kilometres to the South of Kashi ( Varanasi) lies one of the most Enchanting & Pristine surroundings I have seen in recent memory.
The Nimishamba Temple near Srirangapatnam, Karnataka, India is located on the banks of the Cauvery ( or Kaveri ) River . The importance of the temple was enhanced manifold for me personally as I broke my 9 (Nine) day Navratri fast within these Enchantingly beautiful surroundings.
These Nine Days are followed by the festival Dusshera in Northern India and Ayudha Puja ( check out a previous blog titled FLORAL EXTRAVAGANZA) in Karanataka in Southern India.
The Picture below is on the Ghats or Banks of the Cauvery River , also the connect to my ongoing posts on Kashi ( titled BLISS IN KASHI etc..) which is located thousands of kilometers away on the banks of the Ganges River.
Live Music played in the background and delicious Tamarind Rice was served to all pilgrims who visited the much revered Temple dedicated to a Powerful Incarnation of Goddess Durga.
Goddess Durga is the consort of Lord Shiva and 9 ( Nine) manifestations or Avatars of the Goddess are worshiped for Nine Nights during the Navratras.
Mother Nature is but a manifestation of the Goddess and this location was entirely wrapped in loads of Natural beauty.
A fellow blogger asked me yesterday if I had blogged on the Navratras yesterday and shamefully I could not recall anything. I will do so now on each manifestation of the Goddess as I traverse this wonderous land.
This blog is thanks to her comment and the wonderous way that things connect in our lives and lead to something Glorious. I term it as ENCHANTINGLY DIVINE or the Will of God.
Am sharing the Spendid and Divine surroundings of this much Revered Temple located near Bangalore.
The Towering Trees , Mountains reaching to the Clouds above and the pristine blue waters of the much revered River Cauvery speak of the Wonders of Nature in the picture above.
The Round Coracal boats and fishermen add to the beauty of the picture.
Enchanting Forests is all about Nature and thus intrinsically linked to the Divine.
Karanataka is a Large South Indian State which is home to a large number of Enormous and fascinating Tamarind ( English) Trees, Imli ( Hindi), Tamarindus indica.
The English and Botanical name Tamarind has it’s origins in Arabic and literally translates to “Dates of Hind” ( tamar-e-hind) ( India is referred to as Hind in the Arab World) .
Despite the certification by Botanists, it is interesting to note that the Tamarind Tree actually has its origins in the African Continent and not the Indian subcontinent.
The following picture was taken outside the Sriranganathaswamy temple, in the historical capital city of Tipu Sultan, Srirangapatnam.
It is interesting to learn that the Tamarindus indica belongs to the Pea family Fabaceae. ( see the fruits and see the resemblance)
All the trees near Bangalore were laden with the leguminous fruits which form an integral part of South Indian cuisine.
The Tamarind trees are very large and grow to over 30 metres or 100 feet in this region. The following picture is of a tree which towers over a Siva Cave temple on the Chandi Hills and seems to touch the clouds above.
The Bean Like Brown fruits called Tamarind in English or Imli in Hindi are a rich source of Amino acids, Vitamin C and Tartaric Acid and form the base of many curries and chutneys in Indian cuisine.
This fruit laden tree was spotted on the banks of the Kaveri River, the waters of which are the basis of many controversies in recent times.
The Fruits are extremely sour and are used to make many delicious sweet and sour candies as well.
The entire Imli Tree; fruits, seeds , leaves and bark have innumerable Medical applications which I am not attempting to enlist.
Next time you are in this region do look up and you could be Enchanted by the small and pretty Pink & White flowers as well.