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Thoughts about the magical book “The Magic of the Lost Temple”

 

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Thoughts about the book “The Magic of the Lost Temple ”

If there is any book in recent times that i want to read along with my nephews and nieces it is this magical book of Smt Sudha Murthy ” The Magic of the Lost Temple”.

This is a book about a 12 year Bangalore City girl Anoushka’s summer vacation experience in her grandparents village.

Her experience about understanding the beauty of Kitchen garden, herbs with the help of her grandmother is something which makes us think about kitchen gardens and our reality check about plants at home.

Anoushka gets to know the importance of bonding of their family with their cows. She gets to see the new born calf and how her grandmother feels very anxious about the delivery of the cow, on how she takes care of the cow like own baby.

Anoushka along with her friends learns bicycle riding. The way her friends teach her, how she learns cycling is something which makes us start riding cycle.

The important aspects of sharing, helping each others in village at weddings, otherwise. The quality of serene bonds, the selflessness in understood by Anoushka by participating in a Wedding. The joy of making pickles, papads and helping elders in experienced by her.

Picnics in rural areas have a different beauty and meaning, the joy of walking in forest by chitchat with friends and plucking different fruits; the joy of spending time at the river with friends and grandparents.

The joy of listening to grand parents mythological stories and much much more…

Is this book only about these ?? No, there is a beautiful suspense about the adventures Anoushka does along with her friends. To know that, you got to read that book.

Do buy the book, read it for yourself and for your family members too. Believe me, you will feel very happy after reading this beautiful book. Afterall, we all are village people at heart, living in cities  

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in India Shining, Travel and Places

Monsoon Visit To Bhimashankar

“Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment. I mean me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just wanna stay… in it… right there. Right here.”

~The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the famous and elusive photographer Sean O’Connell

I am one of those crazy photographers who would not like to miss capturing any beautiful moment, however this Sunday, my experience was different. I didnt want to capture the photographs, i was completely mesmerized by the beauty of nature and I wanted to be in the moment completely, totally 🙂

This Sunday, we visited the Jyothrilinga shrine, Bhimashankar temple. As this is Sravana Masam, the auspicious month related to Shiva and Gauri devi, visiting Jyothirlinga was much more exciting.

We started early from Pune and reached Bhimashankar. Must say, entire route to Bhimashankar is immensely beautiful. Its like paradise with lots of greenery , beautiful paths and added to this the monsoon drizzles made our visit to this place more beautiful.

It being weekend and a auspicious month, the place was little crowded however, the enthusiasm didnt fade throughout the stay in the place and journey. We had to stay in the queue for 4 hours and yeah not to forget the 250 steps ascend and descend. It was little hectic, however, the joy of visiting this place and temple totally removed the tiredness we had to encounter in visiting the place. Throughout the steps we have somany eateries, must say very very yummy yummy food is found. However, i aint sure if you can suggest elderly people and people having difficulty in climbing steps to visit this place, as it it very tough and hectic.

I am definitely going to revisit this place , however the next time with better planning 😀 . Here are some of the pics, i could capture:

Here are some details about this place:

Nestled in dense forests, the Shiva temple in Bhimashankar is the sixth jyotirlinga and one of the most popular places for the worship of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the original temple of Bhimashankar was built in 12th century CE. However, no material remains dating to that period have been found since the temple has undergone many alterations over a period of time. The temple was renovated by Chimaji Antaji Bhide Naik in 1733 CE followed by some repair works by Dikhit Patwardhan in 1766 CE.  A well was constructed in the complex by Raghunathrao Peshwa. The famous minister of the Peshwas, Nana Phadnavis carried out a lot of renovations, including the construction of the shikhara.

The present temple sanctum (garbhagriha) and the shikhara are built in the Nagara or Indo-Aryan style and have a strong influence of Rajasthan and Gujarat on the figurines and motifs of the temple. The exterior walls of the sanctum are adorned with scenes from the Ramayana, Krishna Leela, Shiv Leela and Dashavataras. Inscriptions in the courtyard give a record of grants given and a large bell confiscated from the Vasai fort by the Maratha Commander Chimaji Appa hangs in front of the sabhamandapa.

Bhimashankar is also the perfect place to combine adventure and trekking. Monsoon is a good season to enjoy the region’s stunning natural beauty (Content Courtesy: Maharastra Tourism Site)

Dont you ever miss the chance of this beautiful place.

Har Har Mahadev 🙂

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu