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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY !!!


Happy independence day

Happy independence day

I WISH ALL THE INDIANS A VERY HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY !!!

I will leave u all with this beautiful song by A.R Rahman 🙂

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sorry wanted to embed the song here..could not get a proper file that could be directly played here  .. 😦

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MY kumbakonam trip


Well, i am back after a short gap 🙂 Did u miss me ?? 😛 never mind … even i was too busy to log into WordPress  .This has to be one of the best trips out of the very few trips i have ever gone to 😉 .

Kumbakonam is located around 280 km south of chennai . If u are curious about the geographical details , Help urself and find a map 😉 .

So my journey started from kanchipuram after a short stay with my college  friends in the hostel .Got a bus  at 9 Pm sunday night  , narrow aisle ,  no push back seats , the journey was quite forgetful , to make things worse the roads were in a pretty bad state 😦 . I was hardly able to sleep during the whole journey .It was almost 530 when we reached kumbakonam bus stand and i was the happiest person to get down from the bus which looked more or like a vehicle made out of  junkyard wars.

kumbakonam is rightly called the temple ciy  . Almost every street u step in has a temple and mind it that almost 70 percent of them are huge .The complex architectural structures, intricate sculptures and inscriptions would just amaze you. Sometimes i wonder why did they built so many temples so close to each other .Not to forget that there are countelss number of temples surrounding kumbakonam.

I am not a religious person and i normally elude visiting temples but this trip has changed my perception totally.  Well ,all thanks to my freind yuvanash for helping me to do so. I have learned that temples are more than just a place of worship . Temples can be a great source of information in understanding our rich culture and heritage .

Some of the places that i realy enjoyed visited are mentioned below ..

DARASURAM temple is located just outside the kumbakonam town about 4 km away and was built in 12 century  AD by the cholas . The temple has been declared as a world heritage center by UNESCO and has been maintained by the archeological department of India very well.

The temple is preceded by a huge lawn with lush green grass which adds to the beauty of the temple .The pic on the right is the entrance of the temple .Just before the entrance there is small mandapa which has steps made up of special types of rocks . The steps give sound of seven swaras when beaten with a another rock.Unfortunatly the place was sealed as the people were almost destroying it in the name of chekcing the sounds 😛 .The temple is an excellant example of the artistic excellence , the people had those days. The sculpture below depicts one of the scenes from ramayana .

RAmayana sculpture

BULL and elephant having a common face

This pic above as u can see has two animals with one face .If u see from the left u can see a bull and if u see from right u can see an elephant.Well ,the reason behind this sculpture is still a mystery to me. I might need to google it to know the story behind it.

This one has a dancer with one face but three pairs of legs which clearly shows the imaginative skills of the artist those days .there was a sculpture which depicted two men holding each others legs and forming a circle like a wheel . unfortunately i dont have any pic of that :(. The temple is full of pillars which has inscriptions of varopus dance poses probably bharatnatyam and each pillar is unique by its style of design.IT would probably take a whole day if u want to have a close look at each and every sculpture present in this temple .

BRAHADEESWARAR TEMPLE

Bhragadeeswarar temple in tanjore is again a world heritage center maintained by indian archeological department .The temple is completely constructed out of granite stones . The temple was built by one of the chola kings at around 1000 AD . The temple is located inside a fortress which ofcourse is not in perfect shape now . Its one of the tallest temples with the tower reaching a  height of 70 metres . thats quite tall isn’t it .Local people say the that the tower shadow never falls on the ground. unfortunately i was in the temple at about 12 so couldn’t observe the shadow .

NANDI STATUE

The top dome of the temple gopuram is believed to be made up of a single stone which measures about 80 tonnes . The nandi statue on the right pic is the biggest nandi according to sources.It is about 12 feet high sitting on an elevated platform.The shiv lingam inside the main shrine is also the biggest i have seen .

The whole atmosphere inside the temple campus would transport you thousand years back.  I felt like stepping inside  a time machine to go back and look how these huge and marvalous structures were  created .The more you look at these majestic creations 1000 years old more you get obsessed with them.

Entrance

Gopuram view

MAIN GOPURAM

MAIN GOPURAM

Grand Anicut OR KAllanai

Grand Anicut OR KAllanai

KALLANAI is another magnificent example of the grandeur and excellance of ancient architecture  .Kallanai also called as Grand annaicut is a dam built across river cauvery around 2000 years around , yes thats about the time the  (A.D)  era started and it still stands as the major source of irrigation down south for many  villages .

This was the only tourist place in my whole trip whihc is not a temple 😛 . The place is really awesome .I couldn’t resist but to remove my clothes and have a plunge into the river and try my swimming skills 😆 . thankfully It was not that deep .

The nearest town to kallanai is Trichy about 25 km far .

TEMPLE GOPURAM

TEMPLE GOPURAM

Sarangapani Temple is one the main temples devoted to lord vishnu . The temple is located within the kumbakonam town so we just had to walk for about 10 mintues from my freinds house to reach It .The temple’s gopuram is again huge which is full of breathtaking sculptures .The fact that each and every part of the gopuram has been painted makes it much more imposing and magnificent.

The temple is about 2000 years old however the painting works on the temple tower wont give u minute impression of the temple’s age.

The main shrine has been desinged in the form of chariot which was visible in many other small temples too .The chariots were shown being pulled by elephants and horses on either side.

I dint take the pics of them so u can take a look of it over here and here .

Erotic sculptures at sarangapani temple 1

The Temple gopuram’s first row has been filled with sculptures with erotic poses that too on both sides . I wonder what was in the architects mind when he ordered poses like this to be sculpted on the temples main gopuram .

Erotic sculptures at sarangapani temple 2

Some of the other places i enjoyed visiting  were Tanjore Palace built arounf 1500 AD and Poondi Matha Basilica which was visited by john pope paul II . Then there was swamimalai temple , ramasamy temple , thirunageshwaram temple and uppali appan temple .

There are loads of temples in and around kumbakonam that i visited which are unique in their own way .Obviously i cant write about each and everyone of them . So i guess i should stop here after all u must be getting bored of reading it for so long .I am sure many of them would have said ” i quit”  midway and closed this site 😛 .

A big thanks to the very few people who have come reading this far 😉  .I wont take any more of ur time .

Signing off

arvind ..

Grrrrrrrr……


Well, its almost 2:30 am now and i am yet to hit my bed. Not that i normally follow “early to rise early to bed makes u healthy wealthy and wise” but yeah i try to close my eyes atleast by 1 but wordpress woudn’t allow me to 😦

If u are one of those rare regular readers of  this blog  u could have observed a change in my blog ‘s look.YES,i have changed my theme from  PRESS ROW to DIGG 3 column and believe me with these many widgets in my sidebar it was an arduous job for me to shift it from a 2column one to 3 column one . QUITE recently wordpress changed its admin bar style and with that they have complicated the themes section totally .Earlier u just need to drag and drop the widgets from one sidebar to other but now its all not so simple .When i changed my theme all the widgets got transferred to my left sidebar and there was nothing in my second sidebar except the default calender and blogroll.I Tried to shift them directly but there was no way to do so.It took me almost one and a half hours to surrender before such a user friendly theme 😡 . THen finally i just used a fresh text box and copied my code from the widget that was in my first side bar  and pasted it.THen added that text box to my secinbd sidebar .Thats bloody long process .I still havn’t figured out a simpler process for it  😦 .Anyways i have decided to leave it like that unless  i find an easy way .

I was tired already and i needed to change my header too as i got bored of my previous header .Well it took another 1 hour for me to make this header which u can see .ust above this post .I thought of adding some calvin and hobbes pics to the header when i came across some really cool animated cartoons of calvin through google 😛 .I left my header unfinished,uploaded it and started reading calvin and hobbes comics .Wonderfull arn’t they. ?? U just dont get bored of it. Beleive me i have read the whole series twice 😀 and still it looks new everytime i open a strip from it .

Here are the few animated ones which i liked very much….

OK guys its already 330 .I am off to sleep now…see ya later …

and yeah if anybody know how to shift the widgets from my left sidebar to right sidebar please let me know after all this post was meant for that 😛 ..

ONCE AGAIN TAGGED !!!


UPDATED :

AMIT AND RIDDHIMA have tagged me again to share 6 random facts. Well ,lucky People are going to get 2 extra from me 😛 .I have already done this TAG before i am just shifting the time cuz i am lazy to jot down 6 another interesting facts abt me .

here starts the original one 😛

 

This must be a tagging season i guess 🙂 .Anyway Rekha has tagged me this time
so here we go …

 

 

 

  1. I hate going to doctors .May be i have “medicophobia ” or something like that 😛 ..while i was a kid i used to prefer injections rather than gulping down the tablets i always used to feel nauseated after taking those tablets.
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  2. Of late i have become a huge fan of Calvin and Hobes comic series. i am spending most of my free time reading those.Here’s an entire collection of calvin and hobes comic series .
  3. Well,strange it may seem but when none of my freinds are online in orkut i love sneaking and peeping into other peoples profiles and albums. so if u do have an account in any of the netwrking sites plz make ur scrapbook and albums private to avoid eavesdroppers like me 😛 .
  4. I am a DIE HARD fan of sachin and frankly speaking sometimes sachin becomes more important for me than the team as a whole.There was a time when i used to be happy when sachin used to get hundred no matter who won the match.
  5. There is only one thing i can cook till date and that is MAGGI . but i wonder why it takes me atleast 10 minutes to cook it properly..if u guys have any idea to cook it in 2 minutes let me know 🙂
  6. I love reading books but only novels .i am not into that much of self improvement and spiritual books.they just dont interest me may be sometime in future i will give it a shot too. Give me any god damned novel and i will finish it off without saying “uff “!!!
  7. I Hate south indian food and i hate saying this being a south indian 🙂 . May be because i stayed most of my life in north i am not accustomed to eat south indian dishes. Well,i saw some people writing they like south indian food believe me there’s lot more in south indain food apart from idly , dosa and rice and you dont want to eat that 😛 . It sucks according to me . Hope my mom doesn’t see this post 😛
  8. I am a total NET freak . All i need to survive is a PC with a net connection.

I dont want to break the chain by not tagging anyone ..almost everyone here has done this tag .So this leaves to Latha . and any reader interested is free to use the tag .

UPDATED : I TAG VIDHYA and BALA now .Almost every body else has done this TAG .SO cant think of any others.

Other Tags u might want to check out

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Wonderful Quotes

“Love”ly TaG

Past Present and future – A Tag !!!!!

People I love to hate

Musical Tag

What about Blogging ??

 

YIPEE !!! I am in GRYFFINDOR


Hmmm ..so here’s  another  post which  completely  Shows how jobless i am  😛 This is supposed to be my project time and i am lazing in home doing nothing.I have seen people trying to flaunt the harry potter house batches ,  so thought of trying it.

I am Proud to say that i belong to gryffindor  .   🙂

whats your house ??? check it out here

HAPPY PONGAL !!!!


HAPPY PONGAL

TATA’s NANO – WORLD’S CHEAPEST CAR


 Phew!!! Finally the long waited car THE WORLD”S CHEAPEST CAR – NANO was unveiled by the TATA in the presence of minister kamal nath .

TATA's nano  - world's cheapest carThe pic on your left of the screen is the the worlds cheapest car named NANO which cost just 1 lakh rupees and the on road price would be just 1,20000.Well, ISn’t that unbelievably cheap . The main motive of a car being modeled for a cheap price like this was to attract the middle class population which other wise wouldn’t have even thought of buying a car.

tata nano Wow,doesn’t the car looks amazing .

You can have a look at the specifications of TATA’s NANO here