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Calendar: Heritage Walks in June   Leave a comment

All things inheritage & museums

The monsoon might just be my favourite time to (heritage) walk in Mumbai! The weather is lovely, and the streets empty. All you really need to enjoy yourself is an umbrella, and a great pair of stomping shoes:) For those of you who agree (or even those that need convincing!) please find below a list of walk events in June.
Fort Stories: A walking tour
Sunday, June 4, 2017
9 – 11:30 am
Explore Mumbai’s most iconic neighbourhood on a walking tour that spotlights it’s hidden histories – the stories that lie behind, around, and within, the buildings, streets and spaces so familiar today.We walk back through the area’s earliest history as a lonely island acquired by the traders of the East India Co., and follow its journey from a struggling fortified town into a crowded, cosmopolitan, trading centre, then to its place at the heart of 19th century developments…

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Posted May 31, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

the mythological frescoes of nandalal bose in vadodara   Leave a comment

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Posted May 31, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Pashupata Cult and the Ancient Temples of Bhubaneshwar   Leave a comment

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During 1980s, I visited Bhubaneswar regularly and as a child one thing that always fascinated me were its numerous Shiva temples. Richly adorned with sculptures of Hindu divinities, mythical beasts, foliage and ordinary men and women, the child in me wondered why there were so many temples dedicated to a single deity? As I grew older, one particular sculpture never failed to fascinate me and that was – Lakulisha, a Shaivite teacher who closely resembled Gautama Buddha.

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Rajarani Temple

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Parasurameswar Temple, Rear View

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Parasurameswara Temple, Front View

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Vaital Deala

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Lingaraj Temple

7th century CE heralded an era that marked the beginning of temple building activity in Bhubaneshwar. It was an interesting time period in history as dynasties like the Mauryas and the Guptas were no longer extant and there was no pan Indian empire. But thanks to their contribution of bringing India together in the preceding centuries, there was…

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Posted May 30, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Pashupata Cult and the Ancient Temples of Bhubaneshwar   Leave a comment

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global travel shot: champaner, a 500-year-old indo-saracenic poem in stone   Leave a comment

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Posted May 28, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Katarmal Sun Temple – Interesting, Intriguing, Invisible   Leave a comment

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passerby mentioned the name ‘Surya Mandir of Katarmal’ when I was whiling away my time in Kasar Devi near Almora in Uttarakhand. I had earlier thought that Konark was the only Sun Temple in India but over a period of time it was known that there are Sun Temples in Modhera, Gujarat, Martand, Kashmir and also in the small town of Osian in Rajasthan.

Katarmal is a small village that lies on the Ranikhet road in Kumaon and the temple can be accessed by a 20 minute walk from the main road. We set off on a Royal Enfield Motorcycle from Almora in the morning and were pretty famished by the time we reached the hamlet of Kosi. I was quite excited about the prospect of seeing this 12th Century wonder that was said to be left half built.

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Legend says that ‘It was built by the Pandavas in one night…

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Posted May 24, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Katarmal Sun Temple – Interesting, Intriguing, Invisible   Leave a comment

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Posted May 24, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels