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Munsiyari Tribal Heritage Museum – A Bhotiya Love Affair   Leave a comment

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While strolling through the remote villages of Tehsil Munsiyari, shaded by the mighty Panchachuli and nestled in the Johar Valley of Kumaon region of the state of Uttarakhand, the remoteness of the region hardly escapes your notice. The sublime valley was once a bustling trade route to Tibet inhabited by the Himalayan trading and herding community, the Bhotiyas. Also known as Shaukas or Joharis, they followed barter system by exchanging produce like grains and  jaggery for commodities like salt and wool.

IMG_0362 Cover picture and the above picture credit : Atul Misra

The laidback Bhotiyas did not know the locks and metallic bolts of modern times. So, how did they keep their belongings safe? With the aid of two ingenious contraptions, Taal and Gareli. Their’s was a crafty system devised out of a sickle shaped key and  lock in shape of a wooden block called Gareli. Two parts of a wooden door were fastened with a…

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Posted June 22, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Munsiyari Tribal Heritage Museum – A Bhotiya Love Affair   Leave a comment

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Posted June 22, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

champaner—the muslim part of the champaner-pavagadh unesco world heritage site   Leave a comment

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Posted June 13, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Kalpavriksha and Its Depiction in Art and Architecture – An Overview   Leave a comment

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Posted June 9, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Kalpavriksha and Its Depiction in Art and Architecture – An Overview   Leave a comment

Virasat E Hind Blog

Moolatho Brahma roopaya, madhyatho Vishnu roopine,
Agratha shiva roopaya Vruksha rajaya they Nama.

My salutations to the king of trees.
Whose root is the form of Brahma,
Middle is the form of Lord Vishnu,
And top is the form of Lord Shiva.

Aswatha sarva papani satha janma arjithanicha,
Nudhaswa mama vrakshendra, sarva aiswarya pradho bhava.

The holy fig tree pushes away, all sins earned,
In several hundred births, and Oh king of trees,
Please grant me all different types of wealth.

Rig yaju Sama manthrathma, sarva roopi, parathpara,
Aswatho Veda moolo asou rishibhi prochyathe sada.

Great sages go in search of Aswatha,
As it is the soul of Rig, Yajur and Sama Vedas
And takes all forms, greater than the greatest,
And is the root of all the three Vedas

Vyaktha avyaktha swaroopaya, srushti sthithyantha karine,
Adhi madhyanth soonyaya vishtarasravase Nama.

Salutations to the very stable one,
Who has clear…

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Posted June 9, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

pavagadh—the hindu part of the champaner-pavagadh unesco world heritage site   Leave a comment

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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