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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

 

 

 

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Questioning and Challenging: Real Way To Learn

Whether it is Vedic times, Whether it is times of Jesus, Whether it is times of Prophet, Whether it is recent times of Socrates…the only way we learnt is “Questioning and Challenging in constructive manner”.

And Wise people were tolerant to listen to questions and challenges and helped the seeker in finding the answers by thyself with proper directions.

In my college days our Physics Professor, Dr. Sudhakar Puttagunta never solved the physics problems by himself, he used to question us several right questions and we used to solve beautifully complex Irodov problems too easily and in the end we used to feel victorious.

Here, again we have this amazing person Devdutt Pattanaik . His books, his lectures on “Sanatan Dharam” ( will not call “Mythology” as I believe, it was real, not “Myth” and it was History, thanks to Don Amit for  correcting me on this aspect ) are immensely Scientific, logical and beautifully explained. All the questions we have on Sanatan Dharam are beautifully explained by him. It’s a pleasure reading his stuff.

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Yesterday was lucky enough to buy his new books and must say, they are new additions to my treasured possessions.
Do check them if you get chance 🙂

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in India Shining, Inspirational Stuff, Life, My favorite Personalites, Some stuff for Inspiration

Inspiring Life Of Neerja Bhanot

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So many news articles, reports about the brave lady #NeerjaBhanot are in internet newspapers, TV these days as the biopic on her life is released in the name #Neerja movie. #SonamKapoor played the role of Neerja and definitely this is the best movie of Sonam Kapoor.

I do not want to give you introduction about Neerja Bhanot, because there are wonderful articles on internet, please do take  some time and Google them.

All I want to do is suggest you to watch this movie along with your family members. Why should we watch this movie?

1) To bring the human in us alive :
We are in unrestive, hypocritical, selfish times. Whether at work or in society we don’t do any help without any gain, we don’t maintain any relations without any profit. The rat race for power, money better life can be won when we are less humane, less empathetic, more selfish and we support our crap by saying ” we are being practical”. And if we take time and check the story of this brave lady Neerja, for few minutes we are going to sit back and think ” What…did this lady saved ~360 lives without any arms and she didn’t bother to save her own life even though she had chance to save her life first”. Ain’t this braveheart story an eye opener to us. Her life story is definitely an inspiration for us to bring back the human in us alive. A pinch of humanity and a pinch of less selfishness makes this World better place for all of us.

2) Heroes do have Fear, however they use their Fear as Fuel for their Courage:
We all have fears, some of us show the fear, some hide the fear and some use their fears as Fuel to bring courage in them. The way Neerja handled the 17 hours of hijack time, how she managed her fear and how she showed courage and helped people is remarkable.This is definitely an inspiration for us. When we are in deepest trouble and facing our fears is the time to show courage.

3) It’s the life in years that matters not the length of the years: We die each present moment worrying about past moment or thinking about future moment. It’s ok life gets fu@*d up sometimes, without our involvement our dreams get shattered, we lose confidence in our abilities, we lose trust in our skills and strengths which we were good earlier. However what matters is, gaining back our confidence in ourselves, in our skills and restarting our life with the help of family and friends is very important. Just a bad time is not a bad life. And we are not sure about tomorrow and what matters is present moment, putting our heart and soul in our present moment is what matters. The way Neerja restarted her life after a bad marriage and the way she got back her glory as a successful model and Air hostess with help of family and friends is inspirational.  She was only daughter of parents, She was lovely sister of two elder brothers.

What are you waiting for, go and watch this movie with your family and definitely the story will have positive impact on you. It’s time to celebrate the story of braveheart Neerja Bhanot.

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Quo Vadis!!! Women In India

 

 

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“Yatra naryastu pujyante ramante tatra Devata, yatraitaastu na pujyante sarvaastatrafalaah kriyaah” Manusmriti 3.56 – which translated reads : “wherever women are given their due respect, even the deities like to reside there and where they are not respected, all action remains unfruitful.”

Is this the same land where women are worshiped?

I am no feminist or associated with an “ism”. However, the atrocities against women and relevant statistics really scare me.

Rape cases in India more than doubled between 1990 and 2008, and national crime records show that 228,650 of the 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year had women as victims. The conviction rate for rape cases is 26 per cent

India stands third when it comes to rape cases, latest data of the Union Home Ministry suggest. Ahead of India are only the United States and South Africa.

According to the data, 18,359 rape cases were registered in India in the first three quarters of this year while in the US, 93,934 and in South Africa 54,926 rape cases were registered respectively.

According to the latest figures released by the Government of India, a woman is now raped in India every 20 minutes. Despite the increase in sexual violence the number of convictions is falling in India (Source : http://rupeenews.com/2012/12/delhi-rape-capital-india-3rd-in-rapes-woman-raped-every-20-minutes-in-india/)

On one track women in India are making remarkable progress in different fields and on other track there is pathetic state of women in India. Probable reasons for these crimes are carelessness about the punishment and pathetic mindset of some men about women.

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The people who commit this heinous act of Rape are dirty category of living beings who does not deserve to be alive on this planet. Probable solutions to eliminate these dirty people might be:

Strict Laws :Imposition and Implementation of strict laws against Rape will definitely bring down the rate of atrocities against women.Laws in India need to be amended in such a manner that the culprits will be given strict punishment such as Death Penalty or Life term imprisonment.

Change in Mindset: Just the laws or the Government of  India is not responsible for the protection of women in India, change in mindset of entire population in India is necessary. In most of the families in India, women are treated as weaker gender, objects of desire, instruments of progeny. They are just taken for granted. Their opinions are not considered at all. Even,most of the women are used to mindset, its sad that even most of the women promote these kind of stereotypes where the respect towards women is zero. Hence, there is necessity to change the mindset in people about women.

It is really inspiring to see how the youth of the country are reacting and striving for the justice of the Delhi rape case victim. Hope,the Parliament understands the situation and does amendments in laws accordingly.

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In this context, I cannot stop quoting Rabindranath Tagore’s poem “Where the mind is without fear”:

Where The Mind Is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

Rabindranath Tagore
Best Regards,
Prasanna Rayaprolu
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Transforming Self And Nation

 

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Today morning, I read a wonderful article about Transforming Self and Nation. I feel, it helps all of you, so sharing the article. Here is the link to  the article http://www.speakingtree.in/spiritual-articles/lifestyle/transforming-self-and-nation?track=1&uid=8460&date=20121005

Here is the website of Chinmaya Mission on Transforming Indians initiative :http://transformingindians.org/

Action without vision creates division. Vision without action is imagination. Vision with action leads to transformation, says Swami Tejomayananda, global head of Chinmaya Mission.  When the vision of oneness, a higher vision, is absent it creates divisions in the family, company, community, nation and the world. Self-importance is the cause for divisions at any level. In a family there are conflicts, in a company there is manipulation, in a community there is fanaticism, in a country each state wants its own independence and internationally there are wars.  This is all because of the absence of vision of oneness — one harmonious family, one strong nation, one peaceful global family.

When there is a great vision but nothing is done to implement it, it remains as imagination. There may be great spiritual knowledge and cultural glory — yet we suffer because we need much more implementation and application of the knowledge. Hence vision coupled with action alone causes transformation.

Transformation is not just change. Change is often reversible and external. But transformation is lasting and happens from within. A caterpillar transforms into a butterfly.  A child transforms into a youth and an adult.  A country transforms into a nation. A nation transforms from a developing nation to a developed nation.  We have transformed as a country to attain political freedom and have come a long way since then.  We have the potential to lead the world in the decades to come. To manifest that potential into performance, vision into action, we need fundamental transformation and not just in the constitution, judiciary, political system, education, infrastructure, economy and transport.  What we need is transformation of attitudes and mindsets.

We want an efficient, united, corruption-free, prosperous, truly educated and just India. But have we thought what India needs from us?  India needs transformed people with vision.

A geographical area where a population survives is called a country. A geographical area where a people live is called a nation. How are we to transform population into people? Nation-building should necessarily have a goal for the whole nation, with which each one can get inspired. With such a devoted goal we can surrender our ego and selfish desires,” says Swami Chinmayananda.

We need transformation in seven areas to enable personal, holistic transformation and through that, a transformed India. “If Indians transform to become physically fit, emotionally strong, intellectually refined, culturally rooted, actively patriotic and spiritually uplifted with the vision of universal oneness, India will be revitalised.  Indians will not only gain at a personal level, but will be positive contributors to society across the world,” says Swami Mitrananda of the Chinmaya Yuva Kendra.

When India was oppressed, a timid Lakshmi was transforming into a brave Rani of Jhansi; India fought back the oppressors.  When India was slumbering, Narendra was transforming into Swami Vivekananda and India went from weakness to strength.  When Jamsetji Tata transformed to be the Father of Indian Industry, India began to recognise its potential to compete globally.  When India was struggling for freedom, M K Gandhi was transforming into Mahatma Gandhi, and India was on its way to attaining political freedom.  When Verghese transformed into Amul Verghese Kurien India grew from insufficiency into the largest milk producing country in the world.  When a fisherman’s son, Abdul, transformed into scientist and later President Kalam, India began to revive her scientific progress.  The new generation today is awake to ancient wisdom across cultures that tirelessly assert that “In individual transformation lies world redemption.”

The author is president and acharya, Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai. Visit www.transformingindians.org

Warm Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Saare Jahan Se Achcha Hamara India : Happy Independence Day

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Happy Independence Day to my fellow Indians in India and across the world 🙂 . May be “The Change” we all are hoping for has already started in India.  I am sure taking a cue from the current incidents , we can hope that lots of positive changes are going to come in India in the coming years.

First of all a big Thank You to the wonderful Six Gems who brought medals to our country in this London 2012 Olympics. They just did not bring medals, they sure brought loads of hope to the youngsters of India. Am sure with their motivation young Indians are going to focus on sports and games in the coming years.

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Thanks to the  anti-corruption movements going on in India. These movements might not have brought immediate results. However, they created immense impact in the Indians and created lots of awareness. In the coming days and elections the impact created by these anti corruption movements are going to play important role in the Indian Politics. Common Man is definitely going to think more about the issues like corruption and basic amenities before voting to any contestant in the election. Wishing good luck to we the people of India, hope we get to choose much more capable and corruption free leaders in the coming years. Above all, hope people do not encourage corruption in any level in our country.

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 I am proud to be an Indian. Here is one of my favorite patriotic songs.

सारे जहाँ से अच्छा

सारे जहाँ से अच्छा हिन्दोस्तान हमारा
हम बुलबुले हैं इसकी ये गुलसिता हमारा ॥धृ॥

घुर्बत मे हो अगर हम रहता है दिल वतन मे
समझो वही हमे भी दिल है जहाँ हमारा ॥१॥

परबत वो सब से ऊंचा हमसाय आसमाँ का
वो संतरी हमारा वो पासबा हमारा ।२॥

गोदी मे खेलती है इसकी हजारो नदिया
गुलशन है जिनके दम से रश्क-ए-जना हमारा ।३॥

ए अब रौद गंगा वो दिन है याद तुझको
उतर तेरे किनारे जब कारवाँ हमारा ॥४॥

मज़हब नहीं सिखाता आपस मे बैर रखना
हिन्दी है हम वतन है हिन्दोस्तान हमारा ॥५॥

युनान-ओ-मिस्र-ओ-रोमा सब मिट गये जहाँ से
अब तक मगर है बाकी नाम-ओ-निशान हमारा ॥६॥

कुछ बात है की हस्ती मिटती नही हमारी
सदियो रहा है दुश्मन दौर-ए-जमान हमारा ॥७॥

इक़्बाल कोइ मेहरम अपना नही जहाँ मे
मालूम क्या किसी को दर्द-ए-निहा हमारा ॥८॥

Translation:

Better than the entire world, is our Hindustan,
We are its nightingales, and it (is) our garden abode

If we are in an alien place, the heart remains in the homeland,
Know us to be only there where our heart is.

That tallest mountain, that shade-sharer of the sky,
It (is) our sentry, it (is) our watchman

In its lap frolic those thousands of rivers,
Whose vitality makes our garden the envy of Paradise.

O the flowing waters of the Ganges, do you remember that day
When our caravan first disembarked on your waterfront?

Religion does not teach us to bear ill-will among ourselves
We are of Hind, our homeland is Hindustan.

In a world in which ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome have all vanished without trace
Our own attributes (name and sign) live on today.

Such is our existence that it cannot be erased
Even though, for centuries, the cycle of time has been our enemy.

Iqbal! We have no confidant in this world
What does any one know of our hidden pain?

And one more video on Incredible India 🙂

Best Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Happy Republic Day

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Happy Republic Day to all the Indians across the globe.

On this Republic Day, take a moment to think about your fears, your strengths, your weakness, your opportunities….with a calm mind think about the plans to free yourself from your fears, from your weakness and think about the ways to make best use of your strengths and the opportunities you have. Give 100% FREEDOM to your MIND to think FEARLESSLY about you. Evaluate yourself and then plan for your development accordingly 🙂 . Free yourselves First from your negative energy and try to work to refuel yourself with positive energy 🙂

Keep Walking Ahead….Rain or Shine…Walk with Courage and Hope towards  future with a sense of responsibility towards near & dear, society and the nation 🙂

Warm Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu