Divine Ride

Rath Yatras are a very common sight in several Indian Hindu pilgrim spots. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I found a set up similar in Sri Lanka. Just before our visit, the locals told us that we missed the local deity’s annual ride around the city. These ornately decked up vehicles, or rathas are…

Tooth Relic Temple

The Sacred Tooth Relic temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka is said to house a tooth of the Buddha. During puja, the heavily guarded sanatorium holding the stupa containing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. The tooth is held inside a gold casket shaped stupa, which is, in turn, nested inside a set of…

The Roar of Silence

Like I’ve mentioned before, the trip to Sri Lanka was one filled with cross-cultural learning for me. Although the entire Golden Caves are depicting the Naga Clan, from which Prince Siddhartha belonged, the smaller temples at the foothills though have an abundance of lion symbolism. The lions are representative of the royalty, as Buddhist was…

The Golden Cave

The Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, dates back to 1st Century BC. Spread across five caves, the caves detail the life of Prince Siddhartha after he became Buddha, the enlightened one. These cave are also said to be home to Buddhist monks before Sri Lanka embraced the religion at the scale it is…

Everyday Scene

This gorgeous mosque caught my eye when I first landed in Bangalore. I’ve been always slightly apprehensive to click the place in it’s entire glory. This has probably been my best click of the lot, from a car stuck in traffic. A perfect shot for the holy month of Ramadan , some day I will…

Stuff of Dreams

I am a thorough water baby, and I miss the ocean so terribly. I would spend all my idle time near the sea. The back waters in Mumbai has been witness to all my sadness, sorrows, disappointments, anger and happiness. For the past five years, the places I called home kept me away from water…

Fields of Gold

This place is called KGF by locals in Bangalore, short for Kolar Gold Fields or Chota Ladakh by others. Located about 100 Kms from Bangalore, the crater which is now filled with rain water was once known for gold mining for over a century. With the dwindling level of gold production, the mine was closed…

In Peace

I have beautiful memories of my time in Sri Lanka. I fell in love with the diversity of the people and place there. It was absolutely impossible to find any signs of the two-and-a-half decade long of civil unrest. We happily strolled in and out of Buddhist Viharas and Hindu Temples, with full honor of…

Niagara Falls, India!

I have been visiting several spots around Bangalore with my mother. This place I discovered, thanks to a friend. Then I looked up more information about this weekend spot that I wanted to visit. Although we are at the peak of summer, the Kaveri river, which lends its water to the falls, is gently flowing….

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

I’m not a trekker, not even close to one. I have a morbid fear of descents (that I spoke about), and I am not in the best shape physically either. I am not a slow trekker, but I am a reluctant one at best. I don’t enjoy climbs very much, but I am a sucker…