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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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Visit to beautiful Konkan beaches town ” Harihareshwar”

Last Sunday had a good time visiting Harihareshwar. It was such a relaxing and fun filled trip.

What super fun it was eating in the forrests and spending hours in water in the beaches .

Some details about this place:

Harihareshwar is a town in Raigad district, inMaharashtraIndia. It is surrounded by three hills named Harihareshwar, Harshinachal and Pushpadri. The river Savitri enters theArabian Sea from the town of Harihareshwar. Towards the north of the town is the temple of Lord Harihareshwar, said to have been blessed by Lord Shiva. Hence Harihareshwar is often referred to as Dev-ghar or “house of God”.

Besides a major pilgrimage center, Harihareshwar is a popular beach resort with two beaches, one to the north and the other to the south of the temple. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has a resort on the south beach. Harihareshwar, along with Shrivardhan and Diveagar Beachforms a popular weekend beach destination from Pune (190 km)

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Sunday Visit To Keesaragutta Temple near Hyderabad

 

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,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Firstever Solo trip to a far destination : Trip to Matheran

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.

 

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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,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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European Diaries: Visit to Beautiful Finnish Town Poorvo

 

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,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Visit to Shaniwar Wada Fort In Monsoon Last year

 

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.

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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.

 

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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Monsoon Trek to Vetal Tekdi (Vetal Hill)

 

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.

The fog, drizzle amidst greenery of the hill made me wonder suddenly if I am really in Pune or not, it just gave me feel of a hill station. Must say, this lovely trek made me feel really amazing. Enjoying Solitude in these kind of places is a bliss.

I did spendsome decent time on the hill. However, I feel I need to visit some more times to explore this beautiful hill further.

Do visit this place when you get chance to visit Pune 🙂

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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