The next post in series is about the Spitian Homestays.
Staying with a local family in Spiti is such an experience. You get to know about their life, their customs, traditions, culture. You get to know the hardships they face in harsh winters in Sub-zero temperature.
In other way you get to listen their stories also. And believe me, you will love it. Stories of them, Stories of mountains. It's a delight
And what about their amazing hospitality. You wouldn't find such nice, warm hearted people anywhere, like you find in mountains.
In all ways, Traveling is not about seeing the new places. It's about finding the new eyes, new perspective!
Popularly known as Jagannath Dham, Shree Kshetra, Purushottam Kshetra, Nilachal, Nilagiri, Niladri & Shankha Kshetra, the Shree Jagannath Temple is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath Mahaprabhu/Lord Nilamadhava, a form of Lord Vishnu, located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha... The temple is an important pilgrimage destination and one of the four great "Char Dham" pilgrimage sites, found at India's four cardinal points... The other three being Badrinath in the north(Chamoli, Uttarakhand), Dwarka in the west(Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gujarat) & Rameshwaram in the south(Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu)... was rebuilt in 1161 CE, on the site of an earlier temple, by King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva, first of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty...
The main temple is 214 feet(65 metres) high & the temple complex covers an area of over 400,000 square feet(37,000 square metres)... It represents Kalingan architectural style...
Lord Jagannath Mahaprabhu, his brother Lord Balabhadra & their sister Devi Subhadra constitute the main trinity of deities worshipped at the temple... The temple iconography depicts the holy trio sitting on the bejewelled platform or "Ratnavedi" in the inner sanctum... The Sudarshan Chakra, deities of Madanmohan, Sridevi & Vishwadhatri are also placed on the Ratnavedi...The temple icons of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan Chakra are made from sacred Neem logs known as "Daru"... Depending on the season, the deities are adorned in different garbs and jewels... Worship of these deities pre-date the temple structure & may have originated in an ancient tribal shrine...
Jagannath Swami Nayana-Patha-Gami Bhavatu Me...
A happy Rathyatra to all...