Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. We have a simple ceremony at home, where we worship the god by decorating his altar and offering him his favourite food “Modak” as Prasad
Prasad (food offering to deity) is presented on a Banana leaf. Prasad consists of Modaks, rice dumplings filled with coconut, jaggery and dry fruits. Kheer and Puri is also important part of prasad. Potato subji and Lentils served on rice with dollop of butter and basil leaf completes the menu.
Never ending line of Prayer wheels on the way to Enchey Monastery, Gangtok.
Prayer Wheels at Enchay Monastery
We went for small monsoon trek at Bhivpuri, a small town on the outskirts of Mumbai. Bhivpuri is near by the much famed “Matheran” . The main attraction of Bhivpuri is the fantastic waterfall situated in the hills.
The trek was nice and light. My son really enjoyed the outing. Sharing some photographs of the lush green beauty of Indian monsoon. I shot these with my HTC Desire Mobile phone. Hope you feel as refreshed.
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives its name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the “Golden Fort”.
Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high; it has 99 bastions, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647. Wells within the fort still provide a regular source of water. Even today, you will find that nearly one fourth of the old city’s population resides within the fort. If you are a student of cross-cultural merging, the subtle fusion of Rajput and Islamic architectural styles, visible in this fort, will catch your fancy. Ganesh Pol, Akshya Pol, Suraj Pol and Hawa Pol are a must see.
Conservationists feel that the Jaisalmer Fort requires major interventions by the government authorities to save it from irrevocable damages. Carrying out restoration works in an ancient structure like the Jaisalmer Fort is in itself a challenge, but doing so while addressing the needs of almost 3,000 people who reside inside it and depend upon it for their livelihood poses a complex range of issues.
The first view
The highest point on the fort
The tawny yellow
Here we go…
The bustling fort
Facade of the main palace
The palace balcony
The main chowk
The jain temple
The Shiva Temple
Bhati Rajput Flag
The Jaisalmer City
Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state, is one of the largest forts in India.
We started our camel safari at 6.00 AM in the morning. The safari started from our desert camp near Khuri which is 40 kilometres further from the City of Jaisalmer.
Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the most popular edifices of the Jodhpur city of Rajasthan. The Palace is by far the best example of Art Deco Architecture I have seen.
Sunrise @ Thar Desert
Sunrise @ Thar Desert
Sunrise @ Thar Desert
The front view
And then there are some photos which need colour
Mor of the Mor Chowk
Udaipur city palace is actually series of palaces packed in the city palace complex. They were built over a long period, from 1559 onwards, by 76 generations of Sisodia Rajputs or Suryavanshi Rajputs. I wanted to present the magnificence and hugeness of the palace to you in black and white. The black and white really accents the structural hugeness and also creates a great contrast against deep blue skies to bring forth the bright limestone structure.
I hope you enjoy the post.
One of the many corridors inside the palace
One of the many gathering places inside the palace
The Fateprakash Palace hotel inside the Palace
The front facade of the Palace
The Great walls facing Lake Pichola
The Mor Chowk
The Mor Chowk Facade
Rajasthan is arguably one of the most colourful states of India. The roots of Rajasthan go back to the local Bhil and Meena tribes; and Gujjars. The monochromatic landscapes and structures made of sandstone provide a fantastic backdrop for photographers, to capture locals in their traditionally colourful and embroidered sari’s with mirror works.
United Colours of Rajasthan
We started our 2008 vacation of Rajasthan from the Venice of East… “Udaipur”.
We landed in Udaipur at 5-30 AM. The travel time of 80 Minutes, was very short for us Mumbaites to get used to the nippy December mornings of Rajasthan. Udaipur is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in Rajputana Agency and is famous for its heritage buildings and palaces, including the famed Lake Palace.
This photograph was taken at the gates of The Udaipur City Palace. The official tourist route starts at this huge red wall which inscribes bloodline of the former Mewar Kingdom. For me this is about the fascination and awe that we have for the lives and times of Royalty. This interest transcends boundaries and is present in easterners and westerners alike. Here, the stories of a local guide were consumed with much interest by his American clients. I could not stop myself from capturing this moment.
I will be posting some of the photographs from our 2008 Rajasthan vacation in coming days.
Selling the blue bloodline