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Every year we celebrate Diwali with much excitement and fervour. We decorate our home with flowers, lights and little Deepaks (earthen lamps). ⁣
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I have always wondered on the relationship between Dussehra (when Lord Rama killed Ravana) and Diwali(when he returned home to Ayodhya 3 weeks later). ⁣
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I am fascinated that in the present day, while Dussehra and the preceding Navratra/Durga Puja are focused on celebrations out of one's home; Diwali is firmly entrenched as celebrating in and for one's immediate abode. To me it's a beautiful feeling of celebrating with the whole, that constitutes and culminates with celebrating for oneself. ⁣
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After all many ones make the whole! One needs to be happy and prosperous for the whole to be such!⁣
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Happy Diwali!😊⁣
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#diwali #blessed
Every year we celebrate Diwali with much excitement and fervour. We decorate our home with flowers, lights and little Deepaks (earthen lamps). ⁣ ⁣ I have always wondered on the relationship between Dussehra (when Lord Rama killed Ravana) and Diwali(when he returned home to Ayodhya 3 weeks later). ⁣ ⁣ I am fascinated that in the present day, while Dussehra and the preceding Navratra/Durga Puja are focused on celebrations out of one's home; Diwali is firmly entrenched as celebrating in and for one's immediate abode. To me it's a beautiful feeling of celebrating with the whole, that constitutes and culminates with celebrating for oneself. ⁣ ⁣ After all many ones make the whole! One needs to be happy and prosperous for the whole to be such!⁣ ⁣ Happy Diwali!😊⁣ ⁣ #diwali  #blessed 
Fire and Ice!⁣
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When opposites come together, it's always a spectacle! Isn't it?⁣
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Now looking at this picture I took at Kuta beach Bali a few years ago, I am desperately in need of another beach vacation! ⁣
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Soonish. I have to plan the spectacle with my opposite number.. ⁣
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#bali #beachholiday #sunandclouds
Fire and Ice!⁣ ⁣ When opposites come together, it's always a spectacle! Isn't it?⁣ ⁣ Now looking at this picture I took at Kuta beach Bali a few years ago, I am desperately in need of another beach vacation! ⁣ ⁣ Soonish. I have to plan the spectacle with my opposite number.. ⁣ ⁣ #bali  #beachholiday  #sunandclouds 
Cave number 10 at Ellora was a grand culmination to one of the most enchanting trips we had had in some time. Ajanta and Ellora were like a trip down the collective memory lane of ancient Indian history, culture, art and architecture. ⁣
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This cave is a chaitya (temple) hall, with a 15ft seated Buddha in sermon/lecture pose. There are pillars on both sides, behind which are seating areas and rooms for monks. There is even a 2nd tier on the sides for observers. Think of today's Parliaments. The roof has been designed to mimic wood work. ⁣
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The hall faces west, and the interiors gleam in golden sunlight as the evening approaches. ⁣
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Another notable attribute to this cave is the amazing acoustics. After all it was a temple/prayer hall. Look at the 2nd one(video). Isn't this chanting just full of bliss?⁣
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Buddham Sharanam Gachchhaami⁣
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Dhammam Sharanam Gachchaami⁣
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Sangham Sharanam Gachchhaami ⁣
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#elloracaves #buddha #incredibleindia #unescoworldheritage #travelgoals #inditales
Cave number 10 at Ellora was a grand culmination to one of the most enchanting trips we had had in some time. Ajanta and Ellora were like a trip down the collective memory lane of ancient Indian history, culture, art and architecture. ⁣ ⁣ This cave is a chaitya (temple) hall, with a 15ft seated Buddha in sermon/lecture pose. There are pillars on both sides, behind which are seating areas and rooms for monks. There is even a 2nd tier on the sides for observers. Think of today's Parliaments. The roof has been designed to mimic wood work. ⁣ ⁣ The hall faces west, and the interiors gleam in golden sunlight as the evening approaches. ⁣ ⁣ Another notable attribute to this cave is the amazing acoustics. After all it was a temple/prayer hall. Look at the 2nd one(video). Isn't this chanting just full of bliss?⁣ ⁣ Buddham Sharanam Gachchhaami⁣ ⁣ Dhammam Sharanam Gachchaami⁣ ⁣ Sangham Sharanam Gachchhaami ⁣ ⁣ #elloracaves  #buddha  #incredibleindia  #unescoworldheritage  #travelgoals  #inditales 
As she stood by the entrance of the shrine, ⁣⁣
That lay somewhere within the maze⁣⁣
I had an epiphany⁣⁣
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Had I travelled this far⁣⁣
To look at a stone, that had been carved out of a rock?⁣⁣
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The stone that had no personality earlier, ⁣⁣
And now was supposed to look after me, bless me, fulfil my desires?⁣⁣
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Had I travelled this far⁣⁣
To look at the carving of a man and a woman making love unabashedly?⁣⁣
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Had I travelled this far⁣⁣
Only to click every nook and corner⁣⁣
And claim I had seen it all, understood all, mastered all?⁣⁣
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And then she looked at me, smiled, and said,⁣⁣
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"Come here inside the dark shrine⁣⁣
It's so cool in here⁣⁣
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Touch the deity⁣⁣
It feels personal, it's powerful, it makes me feel part of the whole"⁣⁣
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And my eyes lit up⁣⁣
In that dark cocoon⁣⁣
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That hid the absolute truth in plain sight or lack thereof.⁣⁣
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The universe is one entity, one life, one soul.⁣⁣
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That stone brings me closer to god, ⁣⁣
The god that is within me.⁣⁣
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That carving depicts all that is beautiful about this world, about me.⁣⁣
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She was there, holding hands with me. I was her and she was me.⁣⁣
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I could look through the deity. I was the deity and she was me. ⁣⁣
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I could look at the world inside and outside. I was the world and it was me.⁣⁣
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There was no duality. I saw my arrogance melting away.⁣⁣
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Aham Brahmasmi..⁣⁣
अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि..⁣
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#scribbles #hinduism #india #philosophy #spirituality #travelgoals
As she stood by the entrance of the shrine, ⁣⁣ That lay somewhere within the maze⁣⁣ I had an epiphany⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Had I travelled this far⁣⁣ To look at a stone, that had been carved out of a rock?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The stone that had no personality earlier, ⁣⁣ And now was supposed to look after me, bless me, fulfil my desires?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Had I travelled this far⁣⁣ To look at the carving of a man and a woman making love unabashedly?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Had I travelled this far⁣⁣ Only to click every nook and corner⁣⁣ And claim I had seen it all, understood all, mastered all?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And then she looked at me, smiled, and said,⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ "Come here inside the dark shrine⁣⁣ It's so cool in here⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Touch the deity⁣⁣ It feels personal, it's powerful, it makes me feel part of the whole"⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And my eyes lit up⁣⁣ In that dark cocoon⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ That hid the absolute truth in plain sight or lack thereof.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The universe is one entity, one life, one soul.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ That stone brings me closer to god, ⁣⁣ The god that is within me.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ That carving depicts all that is beautiful about this world, about me.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ She was there, holding hands with me. I was her and she was me.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I could look through the deity. I was the deity and she was me. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I could look at the world inside and outside. I was the world and it was me.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ There was no duality. I saw my arrogance melting away.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Aham Brahmasmi..⁣⁣ अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि..⁣ ⁣ #scribbles  #hinduism  #india  #philosophy  #spirituality  #travelgoals 
[Ellora Caves #1] long post alert!😋
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Do you see anything within those rocks at the back? Look closely.  Are you stunned at the camouflage of this magnificent structure? I was.⁣
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Look at the 2nd picture. You can probably make the outline of a temple housed within the rocky hill with its rounded top (Shikhara).⁣
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A local legend goes that circa 6th Century AD, the local king was severely ill. His queen prayed at the nearby Grishneshwara Shiva shrine, that if the king gets well, she would get a magnificent Temple built for Shiva. She commited to fast until the top of the temple got constructed (meaning the entire structure).⁣
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No architect would agree to build this temple for the queen was certain to have died of starvation by the time the temple would get completed. ⁣
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However, one architect named Kokasha agreed to build the Shikhara within a week. Amazed as the king was, he granted the work to Kokasha. ⁣
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Kokasha chose the site of the Cretaceous period volcanic Basalt rock formation which was almost vertical at Elapura (now Ellora). He started carving the hill from the top starting with the Shikhara and styled it in the image of Shiva's abode Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. He completed that within the week, keeping his end of the bargain.⁣
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The Kailasa temple at Ellora is the world's largest monolithic rock cut structure. Over 200,000 thousand tonnes of rock was carved out to build this multi-story masterpiece. ⁣
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And this is merely Cave number 15 at Ellora, which sprawls over 100 caves,  32 of which are open for public viewing!⁣
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The caves were built by the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Pallava and other royal dynasties over 300 years. These comprise Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves clearly depicting the communal harmony and coexistence amongst India's ancient faiths.⁣
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Sadly a lot of outer sculptures were defaced, broken, cut down by invaders in the 12-13th centuries. But what stands is poetry gliding on top of tonnes of deep rooted prose. ⁣
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Magnificent is an understatement!⁣
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Do you want to know more about Ellora caves? I will be posting a few more times over the next few days.⁣
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#elloracaves #unescoworldheritage⁣
#incredibleindia
[Ellora Caves #1 ] long post alert!😋 . Do you see anything within those rocks at the back? Look closely. Are you stunned at the camouflage of this magnificent structure? I was.⁣ ⁣ Look at the 2nd picture. You can probably make the outline of a temple housed within the rocky hill with its rounded top (Shikhara).⁣ ⁣ A local legend goes that circa 6th Century AD, the local king was severely ill. His queen prayed at the nearby Grishneshwara Shiva shrine, that if the king gets well, she would get a magnificent Temple built for Shiva. She commited to fast until the top of the temple got constructed (meaning the entire structure).⁣ ⁣ No architect would agree to build this temple for the queen was certain to have died of starvation by the time the temple would get completed. ⁣ ⁣ However, one architect named Kokasha agreed to build the Shikhara within a week. Amazed as the king was, he granted the work to Kokasha. ⁣ ⁣ Kokasha chose the site of the Cretaceous period volcanic Basalt rock formation which was almost vertical at Elapura (now Ellora). He started carving the hill from the top starting with the Shikhara and styled it in the image of Shiva's abode Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. He completed that within the week, keeping his end of the bargain.⁣ ⁣ The Kailasa temple at Ellora is the world's largest monolithic rock cut structure. Over 200,000 thousand tonnes of rock was carved out to build this multi-story masterpiece. ⁣ ⁣ And this is merely Cave number 15 at Ellora, which sprawls over 100 caves, 32 of which are open for public viewing!⁣ ⁣ The caves were built by the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Pallava and other royal dynasties over 300 years. These comprise Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves clearly depicting the communal harmony and coexistence amongst India's ancient faiths.⁣ ⁣ Sadly a lot of outer sculptures were defaced, broken, cut down by invaders in the 12-13th centuries. But what stands is poetry gliding on top of tonnes of deep rooted prose. ⁣ ⁣ Magnificent is an understatement!⁣ ⁣ Do you want to know more about Ellora caves? I will be posting a few more times over the next few days.⁣ ⁣ #elloracaves  #unescoworldheritage ⁣ #incredibleindia 
I feel great joy participating in Indian Festivals. Dussehra is one such great festival depicting the victory of Dharma (Truth, Duty, Righteousness & Justice) over Adharma (opposite of Dharma). Rama represents Dharma while Adharma finds shelter with the 10-headed Ravana.⁣
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Among the many theories regarding why Ravana had 10 heads, I especially like this one:⁣
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Once after Ravana was defeated by the great king Bali, he was advised to focus on his great intellect and rein in the other emotions. Ravana, proud as he was, dismissed Bali and said he felt like a complete man with all his emotions and would wear them up his sleeve, quite literally.⁣
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His 10 heads represent the 10 base emotions/negative forms of love:⁣
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1. Kaama (Lust)⁣
2. Krodha (Anger)⁣
3. Lobha (Greed)⁣
4. Moha (Delusion, Attachment)⁣
5. Mada (Pride) ⁣
6. Irshya (Envy)⁣
7. Ghrina (Hatred)⁣
8. Bhaya (Fear)⁣
9. Jaddata (Insensitivity)⁣
10. Ahamkara (Ego)⁣
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Metaphorically Dussehra represents cleansing one's mind from these forms of Maya that trap our being.⁣
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But we are only human..⁣
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India is a great place to be during festivals. There is such great joy in our festivals, and these are so layered. Simple for some, and with deep meanings for others who care.. It's truly incredible!⁣
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#festivalsofindia #incredibleindia #dussehra #dharma #travel
I feel great joy participating in Indian Festivals. Dussehra is one such great festival depicting the victory of Dharma (Truth, Duty, Righteousness & Justice) over Adharma (opposite of Dharma). Rama represents Dharma while Adharma finds shelter with the 10-headed Ravana.⁣ ⁣ Among the many theories regarding why Ravana had 10 heads, I especially like this one:⁣ ⁣ Once after Ravana was defeated by the great king Bali, he was advised to focus on his great intellect and rein in the other emotions. Ravana, proud as he was, dismissed Bali and said he felt like a complete man with all his emotions and would wear them up his sleeve, quite literally.⁣ ⁣ His 10 heads represent the 10 base emotions/negative forms of love:⁣ ⁣ 1. Kaama (Lust)⁣ 2. Krodha (Anger)⁣ 3. Lobha (Greed)⁣ 4. Moha (Delusion, Attachment)⁣ 5. Mada (Pride) ⁣ 6. Irshya (Envy)⁣ 7. Ghrina (Hatred)⁣ 8. Bhaya (Fear)⁣ 9. Jaddata (Insensitivity)⁣ 10. Ahamkara (Ego)⁣ ⁣ Metaphorically Dussehra represents cleansing one's mind from these forms of Maya that trap our being.⁣ ⁣ But we are only human..⁣ ⁣ India is a great place to be during festivals. There is such great joy in our festivals, and these are so layered. Simple for some, and with deep meanings for others who care.. It's truly incredible!⁣ ⁣ #festivalsofindia  #incredibleindia  #dussehra  #dharma  #travel 
Travelling is a lot like looking out the window into light and knowledge, from inside a dark room. ⁣
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You soak it in getting excited about what you see. And then you get intrigued at what lies inside that other dark room further away.. The world is surely not enough..⁣
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Do you also feel this way?⁣ 📷: @10straws
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#scribbles #travel
Travelling is a lot like looking out the window into light and knowledge, from inside a dark room. ⁣ ⁣ You soak it in getting excited about what you see. And then you get intrigued at what lies inside that other dark room further away.. The world is surely not enough..⁣ ⁣ Do you also feel this way?⁣ 📷: @10straws ⁣ #scribbles  #travel 
I had my eyes fixated⁣
Or were they wandering?⁣
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Longing to catch a glimpse of him⁣, as each boat docked by the gateway⁣
I would look at every silhouette⁣
Follow every walk, Count every step⁣
And then I would check my lisp, ⁣
Or may be squirm as I would find myself pray⁣;
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Impassive as time was⁣
It just chose to pass by, ⁣
Not even once looking at me, or stopping by⁣;
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But we were holding forth⁣
Unconcerned at the apathy⁣
Taking solace in each other- the expectant me and Sunlight⁣;
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Sunlight that was getting angry⁣
as the emotionless time passed by⁣
It turned the sky warm, then gold, and then red⁣
It was seething. Or was it?⁣
And then it succumbed to darkness- writhing in vain. It was a slave- to time;
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But I wasn’t⁣
At least I thought so- I was fighting hard⁣.
My eyes were now fixated⁣
On the flickering lights⁣
Coming as they were from distant boats⁣
And sometimes the road beneath⁣;
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My eyes were indeed fixated⁣
Or were they just wandering?⁣
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#scribbles #travel #mood #itz_mumbai #instatravel #seaviewhotel #poetry #travelphotography #moodygrams #travelling #seaview #poetsofinstagram  #moody_tones #moody_nature #boat #poetryisnotdead #travelgram #writersofinstagram #mumbai #chillingmonk #eveningmood #indiapictures #indiaview #_coi #somumbai
I had my eyes fixated⁣ Or were they wandering?⁣ ⁣ Longing to catch a glimpse of him⁣, as each boat docked by the gateway⁣ I would look at every silhouette⁣ Follow every walk, Count every step⁣ And then I would check my lisp, ⁣ Or may be squirm as I would find myself pray⁣; ⁣ Impassive as time was⁣ It just chose to pass by, ⁣ Not even once looking at me, or stopping by⁣; ⁣ But we were holding forth⁣ Unconcerned at the apathy⁣ Taking solace in each other- the expectant me and Sunlight⁣; ⁣ Sunlight that was getting angry⁣ as the emotionless time passed by⁣ It turned the sky warm, then gold, and then red⁣ It was seething. Or was it?⁣ And then it succumbed to darkness- writhing in vain. It was a slave- to time; ⁣ But I wasn’t⁣ At least I thought so- I was fighting hard⁣. My eyes were now fixated⁣ On the flickering lights⁣ Coming as they were from distant boats⁣ And sometimes the road beneath⁣; ⁣ My eyes were indeed fixated⁣ Or were they just wandering?⁣ ⁣ #scribbles  #travel  #mood  #itz_mumbai  #instatravel  #seaviewhotel  #poetry  #travelphotography  #moodygrams  #travelling  #seaview  #poetsofinstagram  #moody_tones  #moody_nature  #boat  #poetryisnotdead  #travelgram  #writersofinstagram  #mumbai  #chillingmonk  #eveningmood  #indiapictures  #indiaview  #_coi  #somumbai 
Tales from Ajanta #4⁣
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Cave number 26 is a large Mahayana Buddhism Chaitya (temple). It has an impressive Stupa in the middle and elaborate sculptures in all the walls. ⁣
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On the left wall is this really intriguing sculpture depicting the Mahaparinirvana (the end of his life on earth).⁣
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1. It's a 24 ft long reclining statue with the Buddha lying on a cot as he prepares to leave this world. ⁣
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2. By the side of the cot, on the ground are a series of people- his friends, disciples and devotees, who are grieving his departure, shattered at the loss of the holy one.⁣
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3. At the feet of the Buddha, there is a depiction of him ascending the heavens⁣
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4. As he reaches the heavens, celestial beings and demi gods are ecstatic at his arrival. They are celebrating with dance and music. ⁣
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This one set of sculptures not only depicts an event, but also teaches that:⁣
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1. Nothing is Permanent.⁣
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2. Soul is independent of body. It's only the body that dies⁣
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3. The same event can be seen from multiple perspectives. What is sorrow for one can be joy for another. There is no absolute truth.⁣
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This is my last post in the current Ajanta series. I have tons more to talk about. May be some other time.⁣
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Next I will bring a few tales from Ellora Caves. ⁣#HatkeTravels
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#ajantacaves #incredibleindia #unescoworldheritage #aurangabad #buddhismtemple #historygeek #travelgram #buddhastatue #buddhism #natgeoindia #buddha #ajanta #ajantacaves #historybuff #heritage #travelphotography #buddhalove #india #ajantacavespaintings #travelling #instatravel #historynerd #india_clicks #indiapictures #goproindia #goprolife #shotongopro
Tales from Ajanta #4 ⁣ ⁣ Cave number 26 is a large Mahayana Buddhism Chaitya (temple). It has an impressive Stupa in the middle and elaborate sculptures in all the walls. ⁣ ⁣ On the left wall is this really intriguing sculpture depicting the Mahaparinirvana (the end of his life on earth).⁣ ⁣ 1. It's a 24 ft long reclining statue with the Buddha lying on a cot as he prepares to leave this world. ⁣ ⁣ 2. By the side of the cot, on the ground are a series of people- his friends, disciples and devotees, who are grieving his departure, shattered at the loss of the holy one.⁣ ⁣ 3. At the feet of the Buddha, there is a depiction of him ascending the heavens⁣ ⁣ 4. As he reaches the heavens, celestial beings and demi gods are ecstatic at his arrival. They are celebrating with dance and music. ⁣ ⁣ This one set of sculptures not only depicts an event, but also teaches that:⁣ ⁣ 1. Nothing is Permanent.⁣ ⁣ 2. Soul is independent of body. It's only the body that dies⁣ ⁣ 3. The same event can be seen from multiple perspectives. What is sorrow for one can be joy for another. There is no absolute truth.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ This is my last post in the current Ajanta series. I have tons more to talk about. May be some other time.⁣ ⁣ Next I will bring a few tales from Ellora Caves. ⁣#HatkeTravels  ⁣ #ajantacaves  #incredibleindia  #unescoworldheritage  #aurangabad  #buddhismtemple  #historygeek  #travelgram  #buddhastatue  #buddhism  #natgeoindia  #buddha  #ajanta  #ajantacaves  #historybuff  #heritage  #travelphotography  #buddhalove  #india  #ajantacavespaintings  #travelling  #instatravel  #historynerd  #india_clicks  #indiapictures  #goproindia  #goprolife  #shotongopro 
Tales from Ajanta #3⁣ : 'Bodhisattva Padmapani⁣'
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This is probably the most famous of Ajanta Paintings. A perfectly outlined Padmapani (literally the one holding a lotus flower), with downcast eyes that lend an aura of sensuality along with the perfectly postured lips. ⁣
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Padmapani is wearing a single pearl necklace with progressively smaller pearls from the centre as they go around his delicate neck. ⁣(these actually glitter when you look at them inside the cave).
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There is opulence in this painting. Padmapani is surrounded by courtiers (look at the second image). Yet he seems to be in a state of meditation, with compassionate eyes. ⁣
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It's a perfect blend of  materialism and divinity; thus lending it an immaculate attraction and charm.⁣
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On the right side of the same wall is another Bodhisattva painted- Vajrapani (literally holding a divine weapon in the form of lightning; picture not included here). Both these paintings together create the perfect balance and harmony in the universe.⁣
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PS: The caves are dark with minimal lighting allowed. Camera Flashes and video recording are prohibited.
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Archaeological Survey of India and UNESCO are doing a great job in preserving this immaculate legacy of humankind. In the 3rd picture you can see a conservator working in a room behind the wall on which Padmapani seduces onlookers.⁣
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Image 4 is not mine. It's a digital print I gathered from Pinterest. I have included it to highlight how the image would have looked with lesser damage through seepage and better lighting.⁣
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#padmapani #ajantacaves #unescoworldheritage
Tales from Ajanta #3 ⁣ : 'Bodhisattva Padmapani⁣' ⁣ This is probably the most famous of Ajanta Paintings. A perfectly outlined Padmapani (literally the one holding a lotus flower), with downcast eyes that lend an aura of sensuality along with the perfectly postured lips. ⁣ ⁣ Padmapani is wearing a single pearl necklace with progressively smaller pearls from the centre as they go around his delicate neck. ⁣(these actually glitter when you look at them inside the cave). ⁣ There is opulence in this painting. Padmapani is surrounded by courtiers (look at the second image). Yet he seems to be in a state of meditation, with compassionate eyes. ⁣ ⁣ It's a perfect blend of materialism and divinity; thus lending it an immaculate attraction and charm.⁣ ⁣ On the right side of the same wall is another Bodhisattva painted- Vajrapani (literally holding a divine weapon in the form of lightning; picture not included here). Both these paintings together create the perfect balance and harmony in the universe.⁣ ⁣ PS: The caves are dark with minimal lighting allowed. Camera Flashes and video recording are prohibited. ⁣ Archaeological Survey of India and UNESCO are doing a great job in preserving this immaculate legacy of humankind. In the 3rd picture you can see a conservator working in a room behind the wall on which Padmapani seduces onlookers.⁣ ⁣ Image 4 is not mine. It's a digital print I gathered from Pinterest. I have included it to highlight how the image would have looked with lesser damage through seepage and better lighting.⁣ ⁣ #padmapani  #ajantacaves  #unescoworldheritage 
Tales from Ajanta #2⁣
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It's the 2nd Century BC. A few wandering Buddhist monks are looking for a safe haven during monsoon rains. Walking by a river in the jungle, they stumble upon an exquisite bend in the river. As the river takes a sharp U-turn, they are stunned by the magnificent horse-shoe shaped rocks jutting high above.⁣
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They decide to live there. Not above or below, but within those rocks. They summon their greatest sculptors and artists, and thus starts the genesis of one of the greatest human made structures ever. ⁣
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But they were not happy with just cutting and polishing the rocks from inside in perfect shapes, carving rooms (Viharas) and temples (Chaityas). They go a step ahead and paint every nook and corner. These paintings are a triumph of human creativity and still some of the best works done ever.⁣
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This is how the caves look from outside. I do not have the full horse-shoe shaped view, but you get the idea. ⁣
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Will delve inside in coming posts. ⁣
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#unescoworldheritage #ajantapaintings #ajantacaves #buddhism #unescoworldheritagesite
Tales from Ajanta #2 ⁣ ⁣ It's the 2nd Century BC. A few wandering Buddhist monks are looking for a safe haven during monsoon rains. Walking by a river in the jungle, they stumble upon an exquisite bend in the river. As the river takes a sharp U-turn, they are stunned by the magnificent horse-shoe shaped rocks jutting high above.⁣ ⁣ They decide to live there. Not above or below, but within those rocks. They summon their greatest sculptors and artists, and thus starts the genesis of one of the greatest human made structures ever. ⁣ ⁣ But they were not happy with just cutting and polishing the rocks from inside in perfect shapes, carving rooms (Viharas) and temples (Chaityas). They go a step ahead and paint every nook and corner. These paintings are a triumph of human creativity and still some of the best works done ever.⁣ ⁣ This is how the caves look from outside. I do not have the full horse-shoe shaped view, but you get the idea. ⁣ ⁣ Will delve inside in coming posts. ⁣ ⁣ #unescoworldheritage  #ajantapaintings  #ajantacaves  #buddhism  #unescoworldheritagesite 
The Superhuman looks at you⁣
His eyes benevolent⁣
Lips betraying the bemuse⁣
As he listens to your prayers⁣

You ask for the world- Wealth, Power, Virility⁣
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His eyes slowly lift up, gleam⁣
And he blesses you ⁣
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He blesses you, so you could be a better human. ⁣
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As he wishes some of his compassion, energy, stability and passion rub off on you..⁣
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I was at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ajanta & Ellora last week. And it was a once in a lifetime of experience. I came back mightily impressed and energised by the superhuman effort that went into creating these masterpieces.⁣
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I will be talking about Ajanta and Ellora in the coming days here.⁣
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Do you have any questions around these places? Shoot them my way now..⁣
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#unescoworldheritagesite #unescoworldheritage #unesco #incredibleindia #ajanta #ajantacaves #ajantaellora #chillingmonk #ngtindia
The Superhuman looks at you⁣ His eyes benevolent⁣ Lips betraying the bemuse⁣ As he listens to your prayers⁣ You ask for the world- Wealth, Power, Virility⁣ ⁣ His eyes slowly lift up, gleam⁣ And he blesses you ⁣ ⁣ He blesses you, so you could be a better human. ⁣ ⁣ As he wishes some of his compassion, energy, stability and passion rub off on you..⁣ ⁣ I was at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ajanta & Ellora last week. And it was a once in a lifetime of experience. I came back mightily impressed and energised by the superhuman effort that went into creating these masterpieces.⁣ ⁣ I will be talking about Ajanta and Ellora in the coming days here.⁣ ⁣ Do you have any questions around these places? Shoot them my way now..⁣ ⁣ #unescoworldheritagesite  #unescoworldheritage  #unesco  #incredibleindia  #ajanta  #ajantacaves  #ajantaellora  #chillingmonk  #ngtindia 
Look out⁣
There's a whole world out there⁣
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A world that's on the move⁣
A world that's distant from where you look⁣
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It wants you to come closer⁣
But doesn't care if you don't take the first step⁣
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It reveals itself layer by layer⁣
as you draw nearer⁣
But only if you move forward with open arms⁣
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And when you do⁣
It embraces you, pats you on the back, and says,
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"Welcome to the World. Time you move ahead too.."⁣
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#scribbles #somumbai #lifehack #goproindia #goproin #goprohero5black #goprolife
Look out⁣ There's a whole world out there⁣ ⁣ A world that's on the move⁣ A world that's distant from where you look⁣ ⁣ ⁣ It wants you to come closer⁣ But doesn't care if you don't take the first step⁣ ⁣ ⁣ It reveals itself layer by layer⁣ as you draw nearer⁣ But only if you move forward with open arms⁣ ⁣ And when you do⁣ It embraces you, pats you on the back, and says, ⁣ "Welcome to the World. Time you move ahead too.."⁣ ⁣ #scribbles  #somumbai  #lifehack  #goproindia  #goproin  #goprohero5black  #goprolife 
One that was god yesterday,⁣
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Is today but a moulding of earth, awaiting its dissolution into the elements it came from.⁣
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The soul stays with you, the body a mere medium.⁣
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There's nothing permanent, nothing you can't let go of..⁣
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In the pic: A washed ashore idol of Lord Ganesha, that was immersed in the ocean after the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities in Mumbai, India.⁣
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#scribbles #indianphilosophy
One that was god yesterday,⁣ ⁣ Is today but a moulding of earth, awaiting its dissolution into the elements it came from.⁣ ⁣ The soul stays with you, the body a mere medium.⁣ ⁣ There's nothing permanent, nothing you can't let go of..⁣ ⁣ ⁣ In the pic: A washed ashore idol of Lord Ganesha, that was immersed in the ocean after the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities in Mumbai, India.⁣ ⁣ #scribbles  #indianphilosophy 
Light tells many a tale..⁣⁣
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Tales of workers who toiled⁣⁣
For the day that lay next..⁣⁣
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And tales of masters who patiently witnessed their passion coming to life..⁣⁣
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As well as tales of travellers galore, who stopped by, took a good look, nodded in agreement and moved on..⁣⁣
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To tell their own tales..⁣
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#scribbles #talesbythelight
Light tells many a tale..⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Tales of workers who toiled⁣⁣ For the day that lay next..⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And tales of masters who patiently witnessed their passion coming to life..⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ As well as tales of travellers galore, who stopped by, took a good look, nodded in agreement and moved on..⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ To tell their own tales..⁣ ⁣ #scribbles  #talesbythelight 
Some of you asked where I was headed to, looking at my post from yesterday. ⁣
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This was January, and I was returning to the boring plains having witnessed ethereal beauty (at Auli, Uttarakhand, India).⁣
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My photography skills are nothing to write home about, and I do not do even an iota of justice to how being in and around thick sheets of snow looks and feels like.⁣
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It snows pretty much through December and January at these reaches. Heavy, snow-laden clouds refuse to grant you audience to sparkling mountains that lay beyond. But when they do, you are spellbound. It's inked forever. ⁣
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It's like you have broken into a higher plane, where heavens are busy with pompous displays for flirtatious earth below. Suddenly  she meets them midway and whispers, "Shall we dance"?⁣
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Right then, clouds roar in approval and lighting glistens with joy.. You're totally in, hands braking free of gloves, heart racing through your favourite song..⁣
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#scribbles #spellbound
Some of you asked where I was headed to, looking at my post from yesterday. ⁣ ⁣ This was January, and I was returning to the boring plains having witnessed ethereal beauty (at Auli, Uttarakhand, India).⁣ ⁣ My photography skills are nothing to write home about, and I do not do even an iota of justice to how being in and around thick sheets of snow looks and feels like.⁣ ⁣ It snows pretty much through December and January at these reaches. Heavy, snow-laden clouds refuse to grant you audience to sparkling mountains that lay beyond. But when they do, you are spellbound. It's inked forever. ⁣ ⁣ It's like you have broken into a higher plane, where heavens are busy with pompous displays for flirtatious earth below. Suddenly she meets them midway and whispers, "Shall we dance"?⁣ ⁣ Right then, clouds roar in approval and lighting glistens with joy.. You're totally in, hands braking free of gloves, heart racing through your favourite song..⁣ ⁣ #scribbles  #spellbound 
Road to the high Mountain⁣:
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Mountains give me a dallop of courage, a fistful of excitement and tons of hope.⁣
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The air is crisp; Vibes chilled.⁣
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And there's that snaking road, that looks like it'll take you far. May be it will. May be it won't. ⁣
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But when did the road put a cap on my vision? ⁣
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I'll go. Faster, Higher, Stronger.⁣
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In the pic: The world's 23rd highest peak of Nanda Devi (7816 m) can be seen from the quaint little town of Gobind Ghat in Uttarakhand India. ⁣
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#throwback #scribbles #highonhimalayas
Road to the high Mountain⁣: ⁣ Mountains give me a dallop of courage, a fistful of excitement and tons of hope.⁣ ⁣ The air is crisp; Vibes chilled.⁣ ⁣ And there's that snaking road, that looks like it'll take you far. May be it will. May be it won't. ⁣ ⁣ But when did the road put a cap on my vision? ⁣ ⁣ I'll go. Faster, Higher, Stronger.⁣ ⁣ In the pic: The world's 23rd highest peak of Nanda Devi (7816 m) can be seen from the quaint little town of Gobind Ghat in Uttarakhand India. ⁣ ⁣ #throwback  #scribbles  #highonhimalayas 
Life's all about reflecting on how to fly while stationed firmly in the moment!
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#indiaview
Life's all about reflecting on how to fly while stationed firmly in the moment! . #indiaview