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Paigah Tombs
 
Paigah Tombs
Paigah Tombs or Maqhbara Shums Ul Umra, are the tombs belonging to the nobility of the Paigah or the Shums ul Umrahi family. They are located in Hyderabad, India, at Pisal banda suburb. This style of architecture is unique to the Paigah tombs
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Bhoga Nandishwara Temple

 

 

Bhoga Nandishwara Temple (Nandi Temple) AKA Bhoganandishwara Temple. The historic Nandi Temple is built around 4 to 9 AD. It is considered one of the holy sites of Hinduism in North Bangalore. It is a spectacular architectural masterpiece. The God in the temple is Bhoga Nandishwara another name of Lord Shiva. It is located in Nandi next to the Muddenahalli-Kanivenarayanapura region. The temple was renovated by Rathnavalli of Bana Dynasty is in Dravidan style. Sri. Arunachaleswara temple, nearby Boganandiswara temple built out soap stone, is another example where one can find fine Ganga, Chola, Hoysala style of architecture

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Human Experience

 

 

 

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

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Magic Of Life !

**** STAR DUST ****

“When I look up at the sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small, ’cause they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” –Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Your thoughts do indeed create your reality. Thoughts are forms of energy that are sent ahead and eventually manifest as physical matter. The thoughts you think determine the outcome of your worldly experiences, from finances to health, relationships to environment. In fact, there is no aspect of your life that is not affected by your thoughts.

Picture taken : BORRA CAVES

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Stone WOnder ! –  The Brihadeshvara temple

 

During the times of the Cholas (900-1155 A.D.) temple arcitecture in the South reached its climax. The famous Chola temple built at Tanjavur (Tanjore) is known as the Brihadeshvara temple. It is also called the Rajarajeshwara temple after the name of king Rajaraja who built it in honour of Lord Shiva in about 1009 A.D.


This Temple is one of the most outstanding monuments of the Chola Period. It is composed of many interconnected structures such as the Nandi pavilion, a pillared portico and a large hall. Its vimana(a temple like structure having thee cella in which the deity is enshrined) is 66 metres high. The inner walls of the temple have extensive paintings and sculpture. The tower of the temple rises to a height of 57 metres, like a pyramid, in 13 successive storeys. Its top has a single block of stone, 25 feet high and weighs about 80 tonnes. The structural idea of constructing a Gopuram (or a fine gateway to the enclosed walls of the temple) was first conceived by the Chola kings.

The Temple stands in the middle of a rectangular enclosure entered from the east through a gateway, now dilapidated. The Double pilastered walls of the sanctuary are elevated on a moulded basement with lions. Those on the central niches, on both storeys depict – Dakshinamurti(south) ,Vishnu(west) and Brahma(north).

A massive linga on the central pedestal is enshrined within the sanctuary. A stone altar carved with a lotus on the top has the Navagrahas carved on to the sides. Another small structure in the south-west corner of the enclosure houses a Ganesha image. A large Nandi sculpture constructed of blocks is constructed in the front(east) of the principal temple.

The temple, especially its tower, is the finest example of Dravidian art. The Chola architecture is so executed that it is said that the Cholas conceived like giants and finished like jewelers. The Brihadeshwara temple combines the best in the tradition of temple building – architecture, sculpture, painting and other allied arts

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~ The Dance of SHIVA ~

The cosmic dance of Shiva symbolises the interplay of dynamic and static divine energy flow, containing the five principles of eternal energy – creation, preservation, destruction, illusion and emancipation.

 ~ The Dance of SHIVA ~

Shiva dances in ‘Rudra Tandava’ or the dance of destruction in an aureole of fire, creating wild thunder storms all around the universe, even shattering the Sun, the Moon and stellar bodies with his matted hair, marks of ash on the forehead, trident and drum, lifting his left leg and balancing over a demon of ignorance, with snakes crawling over his arms, legs and braided hair that depict egotism. His upper right hand holds an hourglass drum or ‘dumroo’ standing for the male-female vital principle, while the lower gestures us to ”Be fearless”. A skull on his head depicts conquest over death. Goddess Ganga, epitomising the holy river, sits on his hairdo. His third eye represents omniscience, insight and enlightenment.

‘Locks of matted hair/ Thick like luxuriant Amazon rain forest/ Spread all over/ Stirring never-ending cyclones, tsunamis! Ceaseless torrents/ Cascading cataracts/ Floodwater of the Ganga/ Caused holocaust, apocalypse/ Unprecedented obliteration in the Milky Way! Blazing inferno originated/ From his third eye raged like wild fire/ Blazed all over his forehead/ Engulfing everything in the aureole of fire!’

The ‘Lasya’ or the gentle form of his dance, known as ‘Ananda Tandavam’ or dance of bliss is associated with the creation of the world, after its total destruction. Shiva’s two different cosmic dances take place in one’s ‘Chidambaram’ or in the sky of the mind, portrayed as the centre of consciousness situated at the altar of one’s heart.

Shiva is the symbol of ‘Brahmn’, the universal consciousness. The cosmic serpent called ‘Kundalini’, draped by the Lord of all dance, is mythically present in every living form. Arousal of the ‘kundalini’ is a metaphor for the awakening of the seven energy centres or ‘chakras’ situated in the spine.

The sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita, interprets that the three basic gunas – sattvic, tamasic and rajasic – combine with each other to create life forms in the universe. The divine entity is divided into nine; but only eight of them are perceived by human intellect – earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and pride. The ninth part of the divine entity is eternally shrouded in the mystery of creation.

Fritjof Capra, in his book The Tao of Physics, paid due tribute to the Hindu view of matter and established its linkage with modern physics with empirical research in 1972. He observed the linkage between ancient Vedic mythology, religious symbolism, art and modern physics: “Every subatomic particle not only does an energy dance, but is also an energy dance; a pulsating process of creation and destruction…without end…For the modern physicists, then, Shiva’s dance is the dance of subatomic matter.”

The European Centre for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva-CERN had unveiled in 2004 the two metre-tall statue of Nataraja, the form of Shiva depicted in the dance pose. The dancing Indian deity, representing the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, also depicts the dynamics of subatomic particles, the basis of creation of the universe that is being researched by physicists around the world.

 
 
 
Ref article : Cosmic Dance Of Shiva
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We Turned 4 Years Today ! :)

Its been 4 years since i registered the Domain MysticXpressions.com and started this photo blog to blog my pictures and my experiences of my life. The way i see things and express my thoughts through pictures blog posts or stories. Im evolving each day each hour each moment.. and these moments is all i have been recording.

Thank you for the Love & Support.. Please keep coming back , because that keeps me Going.. ! God bless you all !

~NAMASTE~ Om Namah Shivaya!~

P.S : Picture taken in Tosh , Himachal. A friend of mine chilling in the morning glory .With the Parvati Valley in the background.

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Dreadlocks

 

Picture taken while Travelling in a bus. Around India.

I love the philosophy and spirituality behind dreadlocks. The way they change people to come down to earth, accept themselves as they are and more importantly – accept others as they are. The celebration and enjoyment of individuality. I love the way dreadlocks teach people patience and to “carpe diem”.

Many people with dreadlocks experience this and more. Dreadlocks brings you further enlightenment and wisdom, I think. That’s the beauty of the journey with dreadlocks.

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The journey is the reward.

Picture taken : Parvati Valley.

Parvati Valley is situated in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. From the confluence of the Parvati River with the River Beas, the Parvati Valley runs eastwards, through a steep-sided valley from the town of Bhuntar, in the Kullu valley, Himachal. India.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 

 

 

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Shiva {{ Bliss }} at Parvathi Valley

Fortunate to experience another full moon night in the Mighty Himalayas this time near Tosh Valley !

I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.  ” OM NAMHA SHIVAYA ! “

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The Traveler.. !

I travel through time , Spaces , Places , Phases and Faces…..
I travel the void, not thinking about direction, in Delution with no Destination…..
I travel through Thick and Thin.. Dark and Light .. Dull to Bright..
I travel though every inch of Me .. I travel evey Breadth until Memorry Fades, until every wounds
erased..I do this for me.. I travel to Find Me !  ~ Sandeep Dinker

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Pashupatinath temple (पशुपतिनाथ मन्दिर), Katmandu , NEPAL

 

Pashupatinath Temple – Shiva’s Home in Kathmandu Valley

The Pashupatinath temple in the east of Kathmandu has been a religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists for maybe over 2000 years. Daily thousends of pilgrims visit Pashupatinath, with a top day on Maha Shivaratri when hunderds of thousends of pilgrims come to pay their tribute to Shiva. The Pashupatinath temple complex is one of the Unesco world heritage sites of the Kathmandu Valley.

History of Pashupatinath :

Pashupati means “Lord of the animals” and it one form of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva has 1008 name and forms and as Pashupati he watches over the souls of men and is worshipped as the patron deity of Nepal. Though there is no proof when the temple originated the oldest evidence is data 477 A.D but the temple may have stood here nearly 1000 years before that.

One of the legend about Lord Shiva is that once Shiva took the form of an antelope being weary of throngs of worshipping demigods and wandered in the Mrigasthali Forest on the Bagmati river’s east bank. The Gods were looking for him and finally found him as an antelope and they grabbed him by horn and forced him to come back to his divine form. The broken horn was worshipped as a linga, and it was buried and lost. Centuries later an astonished farmer found him cows showering the milk on the earth. Digging deep in the site, the farmer is believed to uncover the divine linga of Pashupati.

Lord Pashupati is invoked on official treaties, pledges, political speeches and appears on coins and royal coat of arms. Pashupatinath is one of the great holy Shiva places of the Indian Subcontinent, and no pilgrimage is complete without a visit to it.

Where is Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu ?
Pashupatinath temple is in the banks of Bagmati river on the eastern side of Kathmandu. The place where Pashupatinath is located is called Gaurighat, Kathmandu. People often say the location as Gaushala, Jaya bageswori etc. So, when you reach near the intersection of Gaushala or Jaya Bageswori or Mitrapark then you will see the board where it is written “The Way to Pashupati”. The another easier way to figure out is “Bagmati river is flowing beside Pashupatinath“.

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A man of awareness is unattached

Picture Taken : Pashupatinath Kathmandu, Nepal

Man can live either on the circumference or at the centre. To live at the circumference is easy, cheap, because everybody is living there. But to live at the centre is a great challenge, because you will be living there all alone. You will not find a crowd there. And to be alone needs the greatest courage in the world, that’s why very few people have been able to know their innermost core, because the journey is absolutely solitary.

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From The 7 Blessings of a Hindu Wedding

 

The Hindu ceremony, a rite known as ‘samskara’, has many components and it is quite beautiful, specific and filled with chanting, Sanskrit blessings and ritual that is thousands of years old. In India, it can last weeks or days…. 🙂

1. May this couple be blessed with an abundance of resources and comforts, and be helpful to one another in all ways.

2. May this couple be strong and complement one another.

3. May this couple be blessed with prosperity and riches on all levels.

4. May this couple be eternally happy.

5. May this couple be blessed with a happy family life.

6. May this couple live in perfect harmony… true to their personal values and their joint promises.

7. May this couple always be the best of friends.

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Picture Taken : From Weddingshoot for SUdha.

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Turmeric the ‘spice of life’ :: YELLOW

Yellow and yellow-orange are colours with sacred and auspicious connotations in the Indian subcontinent. Turmeric is important in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies.Turmeric is associated with fertility and prosperity.

Chakras in Hindu belief are mystical centres of orientation. Orange represents the sacral chakra and yellow represents the solar plexus chakra. This yogic concept is of the inner cosmology of a being discovered through meditative practice. It is best described in the tantras or texts important in Tantric Hinduism . In Buddhism yellow is the colour of the Bodhisattva Ratnasambhava.

Yellow is the first color a person distinguishes in the brain. Associated with stress, caution, and apprehension, yet it stimulates an overall sense of optimism, hope, and balance.

Orange has the characteristics halfway between red and yellow. It is one the best colors for stimulating learning.

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If you haven’t lost the path, you haven’t found the way.

Picture taken :  Mana Gaon, The Last Indian Village near BADRINATH, Before China 🙂   

“Not too long ago thousands spent their lives as recluses to find spiritual vision in the solitude of nature. Modern man need not become a hermit to achieve this goal, for it is neither ecstasy nor world-estranged mysticism his era demands, but a balance between quantitative and qualitative reality. Modern man, with his reduced capacity for intuitive perception, is unlikely to benefit from the contemplative life of a hermit in the wilderness. But what he can do is to give undivided attention, at times, to a natural phenomenon, observing it in detail, and recalling all the scientific facts about it he may remember. Gradually, however, he must silence his thoughts and, for moments at least, forget all his personal cares and desires, until nothing remains in his soul but awe for the miracle before him. Such efforts are like journeys beyond the boundaries of narrow self-love and, although the process of intuitive awakening is laborious and slow, its rewards are noticeable from the very first. If pursued through the course of years, something will begin to stir in the human soul, a sense of kinship with the forces of life consciousness which rule the world of plants and animals, and with the powers which determine the laws of matter. While analytical intellect may well be called the most precious fruit of the Modern Age, it must not be allowed to rule supreme in matters of cognition. If science is to bring happiness and real progress to the world, it needs the warmth of man’s heart just as much as the cold inquisitiveness of his brain.”
― Franz Winkler

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Lotus Flower – Symbol of Purity and Great Beauty

What makes the lotus flower so special?

The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet.
The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good luck.

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Soaring high..In to the Skies…

 

“Imagination is the preview of life’s coming attractions”…..

Eagle represents a state of grace that is reached through inner work, understanding and passing the initiation tests that result from reclaiming our personal power. Eagle Medicine is the Power of the Great Spirit. It is the spirit of tenacity. It is the gift of clear vision with which one can truly see the things one sees. It is the patience to wait for the appropriate moment. It is to live in balance with heaven and earth. Eagle reminds us of our connection with the Great Spirit. It tells us that the universe is giving us the opportunity to fly above our life’s worldly levels, or above the shadow of past realities. Eagle teaches us to look above in order to touch Grandfather Sun with our heart, to love the Shadow as much as the Light. Eagle asks us to grant ourselves permission to be free in order to reach the joy that our heart desires.

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HAppy HOLI !

One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar.

Holi festival may be celebrated with various names and people of different states might be following different traditions. But, what makes Holi so unique and special is the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated.

Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships.    Happy Holi!!

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Holi HAI!

According to mythological records, it is said that Mathura is actually the birth place of Lord Krishna, whereas Vrindavan is the place where he spent the early days of his childhood and left behind tales of mysticism and divinity. This explains the enigma of Mathura Vrindavan, where one can still feel the divine presence of the Lord. This is the place where Lord Krishna introduced the modern form of Holi. This is the reason that Holi is celebrated with great zeal here.

This legend is wonderfully brought alive each year all over India, particularly in Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon-the places associated with Krishna and Radha.

In fact, the entire country gets drenched in the colour waters when it is time for Holi and celebrate the immortal love of Krishna and Radha.

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Garuda: The Embodiment Of Strength and Service!!

Location: Tirupathi,India

Garuda is popularly known as the vahana or vehicle of Vishnu. In this form he can be found in every South Indian temple dedicated to Vishnu and even in the temples of South-East Asia. However, his stature is far greater than this apparent submissiveness. Garuda and Hanuman are the strongest of the strong powers in the universe. Even Shiva and Vishnu would find it hard to match strength and abilities with them. Both these great beings, Garuda and Hanuman, have dedicated their lives to service instead of using their powers to rule over the cosmos. Garuda’s reward is immortality and a stature that is, literally, always above Vishnu.

The commonly accepted Garuda story in India is as follows. The great rishi Kashyapa was the progenitor of most life forms on the planet. This happened because  the creator god, gave him thirteen wives who were only partly human and retained many aspects of their origins from vegetation and animals. In the early days of creation. Kashyapa was a good husband but he was essentially a spiritual person. He used to retire occasionally from this excess of connubial bliss and domestic felicity to recoup his powers with meditation and tapasya. Such absences left the field open for his wives to engage in bitter conflicts with each other.

Of all the malicious strife, none was as bad as the one between Kadru, the serpent mother and Vinata, mother of our hero. Kadru was the senior wife, a socially and culturally advantageous position, and she spitefully exploited it to vex Vinata. When their oblivious husband asked them to choose a boon as to the types of children they wanted, Kadru asked for a hundred mighty serpents to be born to her. Vinata saw her chance and asked for only two sons, but they were each to be superior to the sons of Kadru. Naturally, matters only deteriorated after thisIn time, Kadru brought forth a hundred eggs from which would hatch a race of Nagas, Man-serpents. Vinata had only two eggs to console her and they seemed to be endlessly incubating. Thoughtlessly she broke open the shell of one of them and a furious divine being emerged, who had been formed only up to his waist.

He cursed his mother into slavery for so deforming him, but modified the curse so that his younger brother would redeem her. He then rose up into the sky to become Arun, the charioteer of the Sun God.  So bright was the blaze coming off him that the gods were afraid that Agni, god of fire, had decided to burn up the universe. He had the head, wings, beak and talons of an eagle, but the body of a man. His face was white, with red wings and a golden body. Since he was the son of the great sage, his wings had a peculiar quality in that every time they moved, verses from the Holy Vedas would be heard. The very presence of Garuda was thus a blessing and benediction. His immense powers were also a gift conferred upon Kashyapa by the Valkhilya rishis, supernatural beings of miniscule size but immense spiritual accomplishments.

Indra, King of the Gods, had made the mistake of laughing at them, and they set about using their powers to create a being greater than Indra, capable of going anywhere at will, mustering any measure of strength and assuming any form at will.

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Wishing All a Happy Shivratri:

Location: Haridwar, Uttarakhand India

Shiva is referred to as ‘the good one’ or the ‘auspicious one’. Shiva – Rudra is considered to be the destroyer of evil and sorrow. Shiva – Shankara is the doer of good. Shiva is ‘tri netra’ or three eyed, and is ‘neela kantha’ –  blue necked (having consumed poison to save the world from destruction. Shiva – Nataraja is the Divine Cosmic Dancer.

He is both static and dynamic and is both creator and destroyer. He is the oldest and the youngest, he is the eternal youth as well as the infant. He is the source of fertility in all living beings. He has gentle as well as fierce forms. Shiva is the greatest of renouncers as well as the ideal lover. He destroyes evil and protects good. He bestows prosperity on worshipers although he is austere. He is omnipresent and resides in everyone as pure consciousness.

Om Namah Shivaya:

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{{Om Shiva}}

Shivalingam denotes the primeval energy of the Creator.It is believed that at the end of all creation, during the great deluge, all of the different aspects of God find a resting place in the Lingam; Bhrama is absorbed into the right, Vishnu to the left and Gayatri into the heart. The Shivalingam is also a representation of the infinite Cosmic Column of fire.

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Beyond Relationships and Community..
Seek The SHIVA Within:
While the ultimate result of any truly spiritual path is the negation of the individual ego-self, one cannot begin on one’s own personal path of spiritual realization unless one establishes his/her individuality. That means freeing oneself from the demands of organized religions, creeds, socially accepted beliefs, the dictates of any prophet. All of these characteristics of religious participation establish only the group-identity, the body of like-minded believers. People can spend an entire lifetime following the teachings and beliefs of others, without ever finding the path that is right for them personally…

OM Namah Shivaya:

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Kanyakumari, India

Picture Taken: Kanyakumari ,India

Kanniyakumari is a town on the southern most tip of the main land of India, in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Cape Comorin.

India is  one of those privileged lands which have high mountains on one side and oceans and sea shores on the others. India is also one of those rare countries that have their shores shared between not one, not two, but three great seas – The Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. And there is probably only one place in the whole world where one can witness the ‘confluence’ of three great seas; and that place is Kanyakumari. This unique geographical phenomenon has made this little town in the southern most tip of mainland India one of the significant destinations in any religious or pleasure trips that one seeks to undertake in this country. where the fame of Kanyakumari has in the past attracted great saints like Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi. There is beauty in every part of this little town and one has to be there to witness it. Moreover, Kanyakumari is one of the few places in the world where one can witness both the sunset and sunrise at the same beach due to the geography.

-Source:Wikitravel

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The WEB..

Nature’s DANCE is a celebration of LIFE XPRESSING itself!

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR..Progressing towards Love and LIGHT!

{{{OM  NAM :AH  SHIVA YA}}}

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Docked Boat ,kerala India

Picture Taken : Kerala,India

A boat made by tying together pieces of wood.  Jack wood planks are joined together with coir rope and then coated with black resin made from boiled cashew nut shells. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes.

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Backwaters , Kerala India

Picture Taken : Kerala,India

The serenity and calm of Kerala backwaters . The sense of ethereal peace felt in the tranquil backwaters of Kerala has to be experienced to be truly appreciated.

Complete PEACE of MIND, BODY and SOUL!!

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Houseboats & Backwaters.. Kerala India

Picture Taken : Kerala,India

Kerala is the Southern State of India. It has an area of 15,005 square miles (38,863 square kilometres), only about 1 percent of the total area of the country.

Houseboat (Kettuvallam) is a kind of house boat in Kerala, India. Kettuvallam literally means “bundle” or “package” boat ( Kettu means tied with ropes, and vallam means boat – Malayalam language). A house boat is about 60 to 70 feet in length and has a width of around 15 feet in the middle. The boat is made of wooden planks joined and stiched together using coconut fiber ropes.Usually the wood used will be ‘Anjili’, The roof covering is made of bamboo poles and palm leaves. The outside of the boat is painted using cashew nut oil, which acts asa protective coating. During the time when road and rail transportation was expensive or unavailable, traders used Kettuvallam as a form of main transportation in the inland waterways. The boats had enough facilities for cooking and sleeping for the boatmen. Sometimes boatmen’s families also accompanied them.

Houseboats are renovated forms of original Kettuvallams. The modern type House Boat like these  have all the creative comforts like a Hotel ie well-furnished bedrooms, modern hygienic toilets, cozy living rooms, dining area, beautiful kitchen and in some cases even a balcony for angling. Most of the Houseboats are powered by remarkably unobtrusive inboard diesel engines and use solar energy for power requirements.

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Watching the sun go down

Picture Taken: Vagator Beach Goa, India

Some times watching the sun go down can be such a timeless experience.. some thing we take for granted stuck in our daily troubled lives , pretending busy caught up with so many things..thats when we realize every thing around you is happening for you..Stoping by to slow down and pause your mind can be very relaxing..


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A visionary to the past ,Hampi, Karnataka India

Picture Taken: Hampi, Karnataka, India

An opportunity to glimpse into the unseen world of one’s own spiritual field of consciousness

Vibrant paintings on the ceiling portraying the marriages of Virupaksha and Pampa and Rama and Sita, as well as some scenes of Shiva. These were painted during the 19th century renovation of the building – though some scholars do speculate that they may have replaced paintings originally done during the Vijayanagara period.

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ॐExperience The Kundalini Risingॐ

Picture Taken: Vagator Beach Goa, India

I bow to the vibrant source of my innermost bliss.

“Kundalini’ literally means coiling, like a snake. It refers to the sense of untapped potential energy. Perhaps more meaningfully kundalini can be described as a great reservoir of creative energy at the base of the spine. Kundalini energy is the very foundation of our consciousness so that when kundalini moves through our bodies our consciousness necessarily changes with it.

Kundalini is a psycho-spiritual energy, the energy of the consciousness, which is thought to reside within the sleeping body, and is aroused either through spiritual discipline or spontaneously to bring new states of consciousness, including mystical illumination. Kundalini is Sanskrit for “snake” or “serpent power,” so-called because it is believed to lie like a serpent in the root chakra at the base of the spine. In Tantra Yoga kundalini is an aspect of Shakti, the divine female energy and consort of Shiva.

The power of kundalini is said to be enormous. Those having experienced it claim it to be indescribable. The phenomena associated with it varies from bizarre physical sensations and movements, pain, clairaudience, visions, brilliant lights, superlucidity, psychical powers, ecstasy, bliss, and transcendence of self. Kundalini has been described as liquid fire and liquid light.

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Rowing down Rishimukh parvath,Hampi India

Picture Taken: Hampi, Karnataka, India

Rishimukh Hill and it’s environs fall within the traditionally laidback scene of Hampi. A few lodges and some seasonal restaurants are located nearby. Otherwise the main attraction of Rishimukh is the Chandramouliswara Temple that’s undergoing a vigorous restoration work. Also this is a vantage point to see the ruins of the ancient bridge built across the river. Close to this temple is an Ashram (hermitage) from where you can hear practically nonstop chanting of the sacred texts.

 

 

 

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Sadho re, yae murdon ka gawo!!!!!!

Sadho re, this is a village of the dead.

The holy men have died,
Dead are the living mendicants,
The ruler is dead, so are the ruled,
Dead are both the physician and the patients.

The moon is dead, so is the sun,
Dead is the entire sky,
Rulers of all lands are dead,
What hopes from these dead can one have?

The names live on till eternity,
Nothing else lives on,
Says Kabir, listen o’ brother,
Don’t search in vain, anyone. — Agni The Band

Picture Taken: Hampi, Karnataka, India

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Stone chariot,Hampi, India

Location: Vittala Temple ,Hampi

The stone chariot in this temple is of great fame. Its stone wheels, each shaped in the form of a lotus, are capable of revolving. It represents the sprakling creativity of the artistes of the fifteenth century. Temple chariots are often mobile reproductions of a temple. The stone chariot here is in turn a static version of the mobile temple chariot.

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Avatar of Lord Vishnu
This is the largest statue in Hampi. Narasimha is sitting on the coil of a giant seven-headed snake called Sesha. The heads of the snake acts as the hood above his head. The god sits in a cross-legged Yoga position with a belt supporting the knees. Sometimes this is referred as Ugra Narasimha (i.e. Narasimha in its terrifying form). The protruding eyes and the facial expression are the basis for this name.Narasimha (means half-man’half-lion in local the languages) is on of the ten incarnations (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. The original statue contained the image of goddess Lakshmi, consort of the god, sitting on his lap. But this statue has been damaged seriously during the raid leading to the fall of Vijayanagara. Even the damaged portion of such a large statue of Lakshmi carved on his lap is missing. Probably it may be laying around in tiny pieces. But the goddess’s hand is visible resting on his back in embracing posture. If you get a chance to go inside this enclosure, it is possible to see the hand of the goddess. Even the nails & the rings on her fingers are so perfectly executed.
Somehow this single statue alone can demonstrate at the same time how creative and destructive the human mind can be.

Location: Hampi,  India

This is the largest statue in Hampi. Narasimha is sitting on the coil of a giant seven-headed snake called Sesha. The heads of the snake acts as the hood above his head. The god sits in a cross-legged Yoga position with a belt supporting the knees. Sometimes this is referred as Ugra Narasimha (i.e. Narasimha in its terrifying form). The protruding eyes and the facial expression are the basis for this name.Narasimha (means half-man’half-lion in local the languages) is on of the ten incarnations (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. The original statue contained the image of goddess Lakshmi, consort of the god, sitting on his lap. But this statue has been damaged seriously during the raid leading to the fall of Vijayanagara. Even the damaged portion of such a large statue of Lakshmi carved on his lap is missing. Probably it may be laying around in tiny pieces. But the goddess’s hand is visible resting on his back in embracing posture. If you get a chance to go inside this enclosure, it is possible to see the hand of the goddess. Even the nails & the rings on her fingers are so perfectly executed.

Somehow this single statue alone can demonstrate at the same time how creative and destructive the human mind can be.

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Virupaksha Temple ,Hampi, Karnataka India

Virupaksha Temple is located in Hampi 350 km from Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka in southern India.

Hampi sits on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in the ruins of the ancient city of Vijayanagar, capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Virupaksha Temple is the main center of pilgrimage at Hampi and has been considered the most sacred over the centuries. It is fully intact among the surrounding ruins and is still used in worship. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, known here as Virupaksha, as the consort of the local goddess Pampa who is associated with the Tungabhadra River.

Source :Wikipedia

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May Peace Prevail!  Om Shanti!
Let there be peace in the heavens, the Earth, the atmosphere, the water, the herbs, the vegetation, among the divine beings and in Brahman, the absolute reality. Let everything be at peace and in peace. Only then will we find peace.In some spiritual traditions this type of spiritual communication is known by words such as visualize, craft, spell, meditate, affirm or bless.There is no wrong way to pray for peace. Our intention is to engage the Divine within and without for the purpose of peace; peace for the individual,the family, the countries of the world, indeed,for all life.Prayer beads as a devotional tool are universal.The English word bead is derived from the Anglo-Saxon “bidden” (to pray) and “bede” (prayer). The use of beads to support prayer appears to have originated with the Hindus in India.
Let there be peace in the heavens, the Earth, the atmosphere, the water, the herbs, the vegetation, among the divine beings and in Brahman, the absolute reality.
Prayer beads as a devotional tool are universal.The English word bead is derived from the Anglo-Saxon “bidden” (to pray) and “bede” (prayer). The use of beads to support prayer  originated with the Hindus in India.
Today, two-thirds of the world’s population utilizes some form of prayer beads. The circular form of prayer beads has different levels of religious and psychological meanings.
In meditation, the circle draws the mind into contemplation: one uses prayer beads, ringing oneself in, thus concentrating energy. The Peace Beads are modeled on Hindu and Buddhist malas and mantra meditation. A mala usually has 108 beads or a division thereof; 54 or 27. The number 108 has ancient mystical significance in these systems.

 

Location: Tirupathi,India

Let there be peace in the heavens, the Earth, the atmosphere, the water, the herbs, the vegetation, among the divine beings and in Brahman, the absolute reality. Let everything be at peace and in peace. Only then will we find peace.In some spiritual traditions this type of spiritual communication is known by words such as visualize, craft, spell, meditate, affirm or bless.

Prayer beads as a devotional tool are universal.The English word bead is derived from the Anglo-Saxon “bidden” (to pray) and “bede” (prayer). The use of beads to support prayer  originated with the Hindus in India.

Today, two-thirds of the world’s population utilizes some form of prayer beads. The circular form of prayer beads has different levels of religious and psychological meanings.

In meditation, the circle draws the mind into contemplation: one uses prayer beads, ringing oneself in, thus concentrating energy. The Peace Beads are modeled on Hindu and Buddhist malas and mantra meditation. A mala usually has 108 beads or a division thereof; 54 or 27. The number 108 has ancient mystical significance in these systems.

Significance of Number 108.

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The Prayer Wheel : Spiritual Technology
Tibetan prayer wheels (called Mani wheels by the Tibetans) are devices for
spreading spiritual blessings and well being. Rolls of thin paper, imprinted with many, many copies of the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum, printed in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script, are wound around an axle in a protective container, and spun around and around. Typically, larger decorative versions of the syllables of the mantra are also carved on the outside cover of the wheel.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying this mantra, out loud or silently to
oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.
Viewing a written copy of the mantra is said to have the same effect — and the mantra is carved into stones left in piles near paths where travelers will see them. Spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Mani wheel is also supposed to have the same effect; the more copies of the mantra, the more the benefit.

Location :Manali,Himachal Pradesh

Tibetan prayer wheels (called Mani wheels by the Tibetans) are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well being. Rolls of thin paper, imprinted with many, many copies of the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum, printed in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script, are wound around an axle in a protective container, and spun around and around. Typically, larger decorative versions of the syllables of the mantra are also carved on the outside cover of the wheel.

Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying this mantra, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.

Viewing a written copy of the mantra is said to have the same effect — and the mantra is carved into stones left in piles near paths where travelers will see them. Spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Mani wheel is also supposed to have the same effect; the more copies of the mantra, the more the benefit.

‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ in Sanskrit or ‘Om Mani Peme Hung’ as in Tibetan Buddhism is known to contain the essence of all of Buddha’s teachings in this magical six syllable mantra of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara .

OM MANI PADME HUM purifies us at 3 levels Mind, Body & Speech and in this way liberates us from all negative karma. This Mantra is popularly known as ” The Jewel in the Lotus ” or ” The Diamond in the Lotus ” ( “mani” means Diamond , a precious jewel and Padma means Lotus flower which is the spiritual symbol of consciousness )

OM MANI PADME HUM

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Diwali: Light the Lamp of Wisdom

Diwali or Deepavali is amongst the most celebrated Indian festivals. The word Deepavali originates from two Sanskrit words ‘ Deepa ‘ which means ‘light’ and ‘ Avali ‘ which means ‘a row’. This is why Deepavali is called ‘the festival of lights’.

Each one of us has positive and negative tendencies. When we identify with the good in us, work towards something beyond our selfish interests the lower, negative tendencies fade away. Our desires get sublimated and through constant sadhana (spiritual practice) we overcome our ego and desires. The darkness of ego and desire are banished, replaced by the light of wisdom. Knowledge that we are not incomplete and limited as we think ourselves to be. But that we are that Divine Self that is free and independent of the entire world has to offer.

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Location: Chirala Andra Pradesh,India

What is it to be a child? It is to look out at the world and see it as a series of great, dancing, phantasmagorical, kaleidoscopic magical vistas, all of which exist prior to the adult-erated compartmentalization and stultification of the singular, bewildering show.

“The more you know, the more you feel how ignorant you are.

And those who are really wise, they become ignorant.

They become as simple as children or as simple as idiots.”

-Osho

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Awakening of Durga..
Durga Puja is to Bengal what Ganesh Chaturthi is to Maharashtra in India – an occasion to celebrate, worship, bond together, to get festive, to exhibit one’s artistic abilities, and all in the name of the Divine Mother.
Relating to God as Mother forges a personalised relationship, strengthening the bond between bhakta and bhagvan, as between a child and mother. Celebrated as Navratri in other parts of India, these nine nights are devoted to the worship of the Divine Mother – some do it through dancing the Garba or Dandiya Raas as in Gujarat, and some do it through austerities and fasting.
Also , Mother Kundalini, the Divine Cosmic Energy that is hidden in Us ! As t Kali, Durga,Adisakti, Rajarajeswari, Tripurasundari, Maha-Lakshmi, Maha-Sarasvati! We Give  all these names and forms. Which is manifested as Prana, electricity, force, magnetism, cohesion, gravitation in this universe. This whole universe rests in Thy bosom. Crores of salutations unto thee.
O Mother of this world! Lead me on to open the Sushumna Nadi and take me along the Chakras to Sahasrara Chakra and to merge myself in Thee and Thy consort, Lord Siva.
Read more here: » Kundalini Yoga: Preface to Kundalini Yoga by Sri Swami Sivananda

Location : kalibari,hyderabad,India

Durga Puja is to Bengal what Ganesh Chaturthi is to Maharashtra in India – an occasion to celebrate, worship, bond together, to get festive, to exhibit one’s artistic abilities, and all in the name of the Divine Mother.

Relating to God as Mother forges a personalised relationship, strengthening the bond between bhakta and bhagvan, as between a child and mother. Celebrated as Navratri in other parts of India, these nine nights are devoted to the worship of the Divine Mother – some do it through dancing the Garba or Dandiya Raas as in Gujarat, and some do it through austerities and fasting.

Also , Mother Kundalini, the Divine Cosmic Energy that is hidden in Us ! As the Kali, Durga,Adisakti, Rajarajeswari, Tripurasundari, Maha-Lakshmi, Maha-Sarasvati! We Give  all these names and forms. Which is manifested as Prana, electricity, force, magnetism, cohesion, gravitation in this universe. This whole universe rests in Thy bosom. Crores of salutations unto thee.

O Mother of this world! Lead me on to open the Sushumna Nadi and take me along the Chakras to Sahasrara Chakra and to merge myself in Thee and Thy consort of Lord Siva.

Read more here: » Kundalini Yoga: Preface to Kundalini Yoga by Sri Swami Sivananda

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Tuskarr….

Location : Bandipur Forest,India

A tusker is an elephant that wear tusks. All African elephants, of both sexes, are tusksers. In India (before the poaching during the seventies) about 50% were tusker´s, the others are refered to as Maknas.