Basadi and Holy Shrines

The Gometeshwara statue at Shravanabelegola is not the only shrine to visit on the Chandragiri hill. The hill is full of different Basadi or Jain temples where pilgrims offer their prayers and wish for things. This is on the other side of the Odegal Basadi. More of a place to congregate and celebrate, the place…

Destination Unknown

“Stairway To Heaven” ~Led Zeppelin There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold And she’s buying a stairway to heaven. When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed With a word she can get what she came for. Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven. There’s a…

Hidden Treasures

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives. ~A. P. J. Abdul…

Dancing Queen

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~ William W. Purkey

Listen Up!

“The key to good eavesdropping is not getting caught.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book “I shouldn’t have eavesdropped, but sometimes, that’s the only way to find out the truth.” ~ Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

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

The Magic of Monsoon

As the monsoon showers greet us, it’s time for the rain gear to come out. Like I mentioned before, I’m no fan of rains. But when you watch it from afar or when indoors, it has an irresistible charm to it.

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…