Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Young Businessmen of Ujjain

During my travel to the city of temples – Ujjain, I cam across these little kids in from of Mahakal temple. Both kids were around 10 years old. They were trying sell holy artifacts to me.


At the age when kids should go school, these kids are making living by selling little stuff. This is the scene at the entrance of world famous Mahakal Temple of Ujjain. Out of pity, I bought all the artifacts in his hand (it was really very cheap) and ask the kid (in red) to go and enjoy his day.


Shatrughna Temple, Rishikesh

Shatrughna Temple, Rishikesh

Shatrughna Temple is one on two temples in the world that are dedicated to the youngest brother of Lord Rama – Shartughna. The other temple is at Paymmal in Thrissur district of Kerala.

Shatrughna temple is an ancient temple situated on the banks of holy river Gangesh near Ramjhula. The temple is named as ‘Aadi Badrinarayan and Shri Shatrughan Temple’ as seen in the picture above.

About the deity

Lord Shatrughna (Hindi: शत्रुघ्न) was the youngest of four sons of Dashratha, the king of Ayodhya. He was born to the Sumitra, the third wife of the king. The name Shatrughna means ‘destroyer of enemies’. He was married to Sharutakeerty, cousin of Sita (wife of Lord Rama). Shatrughna killed the great demon Lavanasura, the king of Mathura and nephew of Ravana.

Ramajhula, Rishikesh – The Hanging Bridge of Rama

Ramjhula, Rishikesh

Ramjhula, a bridge suspended on iron ropes in the holy land of Rishikesh, is dedicated to Lord Rama. The bridge is built on the sacred river Ganges which flows through Rishikesh. It is here that the river leaves the Shivalik mountains in the Himalayas and flows out into the plains of northern India.

At the height of 372 meter above sea level, the bridge is located at 30.103368°N 78.294754°E. The bridge connects Muni Ki Reti to Geeta Bhawan. Traditionally, the sandy (reti) banks of Ganges River here have been used by munis (sages) and sadhus for tapasya, giving the place  name Muni ki Reti, which literally means "sands of the sages"

Ramjhula, RishikeshDSC00244DSC00263The flow of Rivea Ganga at Ramjhula, RishikeshLord Shiva Statue  at  Ramjhula, RishikeshGeeta Bhawan at Ramjhula, Rishikesh

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Chennai Amusement Park


Chennai Amusement Park

Chennai Amusement Park

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