Glittering God

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

Glittering God, Mahesh Patil, Ganpati
Glittering God
Glittering God, Ganpati, Mahesh Patil
Glittering God
Chatradhari Ganesh, Mahesh Patil,
Chattradhari Ganesh
Kara, Auspicious, Mahesh Patil
Auspicious Kara

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.

Prasad, Ganpati, Mahesh Patil, Modak
Prasad

 

Prayer Wheels

Never ending line of Prayer wheels on the way to Enchey Monastery, Gangtok.

Prayer Wheels, Sikkim, Mahesh Patil, Enchay Monastery
Prayer Wheels at Enchay Monastery

Young Musician

Local markets around Indian temples have always fascinated me. You never know what might spring up in front of you.

We saw these bunch of boys carrying Dholaks while strolling around the markets of Alandi. I converted this photo into black and white as it brought life in the gaze of the little boy looking straight into the Camera.

Young Musician, Mahesh Patil, Alandi, Local Markets, India
Young Musician

Pink Morning

Early morning drive to Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

Darjeeling, Pink, Mist, WIndy, Morning, Mahesh Patil, Street, Lady,
Misty.. Windy… Darjeeling Morning

Tadoba 5 : Birds of Tadoba

Tadoba has wonderful bird life… Here is the proof!

Bhivpuri Trails

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.

Rajasthan 10: Sonar Quila of Jaisalmer

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.