This Sunday, we had an awesome early morning drive to Keesaragutta temple today with Mom and Bro. Keesaragutta is a temple of Lord Shiva in the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Legend has it that Sri Rama installed the Siva lingam here to atone for the sin of killing Ravana, a Brahman. He selected this beautiful valley surrounded by hills and verdant greenery for the purpose and ordered Hanuman to bring a Sivlingam from Varanasi. Hanuman was late in arriving with the Siva lingam and as the auspicious hour was nearing, Lord Siva himself appeared before Sri Rama and presented a Sivilingam for installation. Hence the lingam in the temple is called Swayambhu Linga. It is also called Ramalingeswara as lord Sri Rama had installed the lingam.
Hanuman returned with 101 lingams for selection from Varanasi and felt aggrieved at not having his lingam installed. Hence he threw them all over the area. Even to this day several lingams are found scattered all over the place outside the temple.
To mollify Hanuman, Sri Rama ordained that precedence would be given to him for worship at the temple. He also said that the hillock where the lingam was installed would bear his name kesarigiri i.e., Hanuman, the son of Kesari. Over a period of time, it has colloquially transformed and is now known as Keesara and the hill as Keesaragutta. Ever since, the rituals follow the command of Sri Rama.(Content Courtesy: Wikipedia)
Do plan to visit the temple when you are in Hyderabad…the drive to the temple is good and don’t forget keeping a check on the monkeys near the temple. You get to buy several varieties of local seasonal fruits fresh from the farms near the temple and in the entire route to the temple.
Loads of Love,
Finally, mustering some more courage I planned to expand the range of my solo trips, today i went to a solo trip that too to Matheran. It was nail biting, suspenseful trip because the 70 percent of travel to this destination included the mountain terrains and curvy ghat roads. And while travelling i had second thoughts about traveling to this place in non monsoon time, however once i reached Matheran it was a different world.
Once I reached the destination, the real fun began, on Matheran the only modes of transport allowed are walk, Horse riding and rickshaw pulled by people. I opted for horse riding as i thought it was the best option. It was the first time that I sat on a horse and explored different places on the hill for couple of hours. And throughout the journey the constant friends were “Monkeys”. Having explored the places I could, i started back my journey to Pune with a determination that learning “Horse Ridiing” as one of my TO DO things in life. Afterall I alway boast I am a Czarina and what’s a Czarina without Horse Riding Skills 😉
Do plan your visit to Matheran when you are in Pune ( After Monsoons might be the best time..)
Loads of Love,
The first day I landed in Finland, I got chance to visit this place and I did’nt miss the chance of visiting this beautiful town. By the way, Porvoo is a scenic small town 50 kilometers east of Helsinki, Finland. One of the most popular day trips from Helsinki, its picturesque city center of wooden houses is a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I went to this place by bus and must say, the entire route was so scenic. The places near the river side are awesome. Luckily it was one of the weekends, where there was some restaurant day kind of events happening there, so I got chance to eat some yummy Indonesian food and got to listen to authentic, traditional syrian music. It was a different and amazing feeling seeing people from different parts of the world.
After the food episode, I did visit the old town of Poorvo, the riverside old wooden houses are something beyond my words, i felt as I jumped into some painting or I was in some good old classic English movie. I was just wondering, if it was really real.
After spending decent time at the riverside, did visit the old station and then the good old cathedral in old town. It was totally an awesome trip. It is really amazing in summer and they say it is equally amazing in winters…would’nt miss chance going to this beautiful town again 🙂
Loads of Love,
It is very rare that I sit at home and do nothing when the weather outside is awesome. Me coming to Pune is a boon for me, and the monsoons in Pune are just awesome.
Shaniwar Wada is pride of Pune and on one fine monsoon day, I went to this place and though it is not a big fort, it has its own charm. Had nice time visiting this place.
There are several stories about this place, yeah, sometimes, too much of google research is bad, it was drizzling when i reached the place, my phone got wet in the rain. Phone started behaving in a weird manner and i was like “Oh!! My God, my phone got haunted”…yeah..it was just a stupid thought.
Do visit this place and it is good 🙂
Some historical info about this place (content courtesy: google search)
Shaniwarwada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD at a cost of Rs. 16,120. Several additions were made to the palace like fortification walls with bastions, gates and court halls by his successors.
What was once a seven storied structure was gutted by a fire in the palace. Only the remains can be seen now like the fortification walls with five gateways and nine bastions that enclosed the entire palace. The principal gate is called Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); the other gates are called Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja.
Have been planning to go to Vetal Tekdi from more than an year and finally could go there today.
Didn’t want to waste Eid holiday on a pleasant monsoon day, so finally got my travel arrangements done and reached this place today afternoon with a proper and full attitude of an explorer…
As I reached this place, I realized the trek ain’t that simple, it was more adventurous when it started drizzling.
For a person like me who keeps on talking all the times like a chatter box and who keeps on writing a lot like a printing press..it is really surprising that today I dont have words to express what exactly is going on in my mind. Yay..Yay….I am moving to a new city..into a new company..into a brand new role 🙂
I just cant stop tears rolling through my eyes while writing this post. May be I am too emotional however cannot stop thanking the Good God, lovely Parents, adorable siblings, esteemed mentors and crazy Friends who showed confidence in me in all the tough times…
I cannot stop thinking and thanking all the hard times and crazy people who gave me tough time. Because of those, I learnt a lot and I became a better me.
In the times when I felt my dreams are killed, God sent to me his people in the form of mentors and helped me to have faith in me and helped me to reach my dreams….just cannot stop thanking all these wonderful people.
Special thanks to Martin, Amit, Arman and Darshika.
All I can say is “Dare to Dream, Strive to Achieve. Never Let Anyone or Anything Kill the Spark in You”.
Loads of Love,
My religious practices are always interesting and elusive to others. A Hindu Brahmin, who studied in Christian Missionary , who worked in Muslim Minority College and who has Sikh Friends will obviously have interesting perception of God and religions. I love visiting temples, churches, Dargah and Gurudwara.
Me and My Solitude does wonders….visited Gurdwara Bangla Sahib for the first time and its a serene experience.
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, and the pond inside its complex, known as the “Sarovar”, whose water is considered holy by Sikhs and is known as “Amrit”. It was first built as a small temple by Sikh General, Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year, during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam II.
It is situated near Connaught Place, New Delhi and is instantly recognizable by its stunning golden dome and tall flagpole, Nishan Sahib. To know more about this wonderful place please check this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurudwara_Bangla_Sahib
Dont miss visiting this Gurdwara when you visit Delhi next time 🙂