The Original Bahubali

The first Jain Tirthankar, the story of Bahubali is nothing short of amazing. It is believed that he shed all his material belongings and stood in the open for a full year to become a Digambara monk and began meditating to attain omniscience. After a year long fast, and creepers and ants growing over him,…

In Peace

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” ~ Rumi

Divine Lessons

No, this is not a miniature from my collection. Earlier this week, I celebrated a personal milestone, which I choose not to describe in detail. I found myself at Shravanbelgola, a Jain pilgrimage spot. Dedicated to Bahubali, the first Jain Tirthankara (spiritual leader or saint), the statue is the largest monolithic sculpture in India. Outside…

National Youth Day

The 12th of January, the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, is observed as National Youth Day in India. I studied in a college named after the noble thinker, and so the event calls for a large-scale celebration. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial situated at Kanyakumari, is where he meditated until his last breath is one of the most peaceful…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

Back here in our country matrimony is considered to be the holiest and most celebrated events in any persons life. It is a holy union where you enter to the next stage of your mortal life. I shot this scene at a local south Indian temple that is undergoing structural renovations. The gopura, like I…