PILGRIM NATION: VIRGIN MARY IN VAILANKANNI

With the month of September setting in soon, it will be Mother Mary’s  birthday on September 8.

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The following is yet another place that you must visit –

Pilgrim Nation- Vailankanni
VAILANKANNI

At her shrine in Vailankanni, Tamil Nadu, devotees bow to her, stretch out their hands and crawl to her shrine to express their devotion and faith.

She is the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, and she is draped in a sari. Thousands of devotees throng her shrine at Vailankanni, in Tamil Nadu, deemed basilica by the Roman Catholic Church in 1962. They bow to her, stretch out their hands to her, lie on their face before her, crawl to her shrine, sing songs of her glory, weep in joy, shave their heads and offer her flowers, saris and candles as an expression of their devotion, for she is the Lady of Good Health.

Velankanni, Tamil Nadu
Velankanni is fondly known as the ‘Lourdes of the East’ because like Lourdes in France, millions of pilgrims visit the Shrine throughout the year. Image credit- makeupandbeauty.com

The story goes that in the 16th century, a cowherd was on his way to the market to sell milk when he stopped to drink water from a pond and rest under a banyan tree. A woman appeared before him bearing a child in her hand and asked for some milk for her child. The boy gave her his pot of milk. After feeding her son, she returned the pot, thanked the cowherd, and disappeared. When the boy reached the market, his customers were upset because he was late. He apologised and told them of what he encountered. Then, to everyone’s astonishment, the pot started overflowing with milk. This was no ordinary woman. This was clearly a goddess. The local Catholics recognised her as the Virgin Mary. A small shrine was built for her near the pond where she appeared. The pond was named Matha Kulam, or the Mother’s Pool, or Our Lady’s Pool.

A few years later, some say it was in 1597, she appeared once again, to a lame boy who was selling buttermilk on the roadside. She asked for some buttermilk to feed her child. After the child was fed, she asked the boy to deliver a message to a Catholic resident in the town of Nagapattinam, requesting him to build a church for her. But the boy pointed out that he was lame and would be unable to act as her messenger. The lady smiled and asked him to try standing up. To the boy’s surprise, not only could he stand, he could also walk and run to the town and deliver the message. The gentleman was in no doubt that Our Lady of Good Health was responsible for this miracle.

Finally, a group of Portuguese sailors on their way from Macau, China to Sri Lanka encountered a terrible storm in the Bay of Bengal and prayed to Mother Mary, promising to build a church for her if saved. They landed safely in the area associated with Our Lady of Good Health.

These three apparitions appeared in the same area where, today, stands the Gothic style Basilica that draws over two million pilgrims especially during her nine-day festival in August-September. The Mass is conducted in at least eight languages: Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and English. People of all religions and castes throng the shrine whose divine resident is said to cure all ailments. This place is called ‘Lourdes of the East’, though in Lourdes, a village in France, Mary appeared to a local peasant girl only in the 19th century.

The festival of the virgin of Vailankanni involves hoisting of a flag on the flagpole before the church and ends with her crowning and her procession. Those who are cured of ailments often return with gifts of a sari, and a replica of the cured body part made of silver and gold. For devotees, Our Lady of Vailankanni gives children to the childless and finds spouses for the unmarried, and jobs for the jobless. She heals every wound and wipes away all suffering. She understands the suffering of humanity. In art, she is sometimes shown with a crescent moon at her feet, complementing the sun, who is her son, Lord Jesus Christ.

Velankanni church at Tamil Nadu
Velankanni

The church brings together Catholic beliefs and many Hindu rituals. And though it may disturb a puritan, the local representatives of the Roman Catholic denomination respect the vast and intense outpouring of faith expressed using an Indian idiom. For thousands of years, Indians have been familiar with the idea of Amma, or mother-goddess who protects and provides for the village.

Across India, in almost every village, there are local manifestations of the Goddess, who help women bear children, who cure ailments and when angry, can cause plagues and epidemics. It is quite possible that before the shrine of Our Lady of Good Health, this was a local goddess shrine, either tribal, or Hindu, or Buddhist, or Jain, or all of these over centuries.

For in India, denominations may change, but the deity remains.

Christianity came to India 2000 years ago. According to local faith, it came to Kerala with St. Thomas, one of Christ’s apostles, the one who doubted his resurrection. It also came with traders from Egypt and Arabia. In the 15th century, after the Portuguese discovered the sea route to Kerala, the Catholic faith thrived along the coasts. It is no coincidence that the apparitions of Mother Mary are dated to a century after the Portuguese’s arrival.

This connection to God through Mother Mary distinguishes Catholic Christianity from Protestant Christianity. The idea of the virgin being elevated to the status of ‘Mother of God’ was not accepted to all. But in pre-Christian traditions, divinity was often seen through the female form. While the male form offered salvation, the female form took care of health and home. We find this divide in Buddhism too, with the Bodhisattva speaking of enlightenment and Tara, the goddess born of his tears, offering compassion. Likewise, if Vishnu of Shri Vaishnavism is associated with dharma (law) and moksha (liberation), Lakshmi embodies Artha (wealth) and kama (pleasure). For many Muslims, the ‘hand’ of Fatima, the prophet’s daughter, is a good luck charm and protection from the evil eye. Naturally, every Indian is drawn to Our Lady’s basilica.

*/Devdutt Patnaik is a well-known author, speaker, illustrator, and mythologist.  He has written many books, most recent being ‘Devlok’.  The above article was published in Sunday Mumbai Mirror, Aug 7, 2016. /*

Pateti and Parsi New Year

The significance of the word ‘Pateti’-is derived from the Middle Persian word for repentance Patet. Papeti or Pateti is New Year’s Eve for orthodox Parsi’s who follow the Shahenshahi Calendar. The next day is considered as ‘Navroze’ which is the New Year’s Day.

Pateti, is, therefore, a day for all good Parsi’s to reflect on their thoughts, words and deeds of the previous year and to repent on those that they were not so proud of. This repentance allows one to dedicate the New Year to good thoughts, good words and good deeds as a process of self-improvement and self-growth.

Chalk used to celebrate Parsi New Year
Chalk- Parsi Rangoli
Toran on the door to mark the celebrations for the Parsi New Year
Toran – A glass bead garland adorned on the door

The feasting begins and the ‘chalk’ and colourful ‘torans’ (Toran – A glass bead garland adorned on the door) are adorned and to thank Ahura Mazda for all that has been bestowed upon one, however, small or big, and say a thank you, for no matter how well you have lived your life, always remember there is someone more fortunate or well of than you as well as someone less fortunate than you.

This year the Parsi’s or Zoroastrians celebrated their New Year on 17 August.

The following are 2 dishes with their recipes that Parsi’s relish on their New Year.

Palak Mutton (Spinach Mutton)

Pateti and Parsi New Year recipe, Palak mutton
Palak Gosht, Lamb with Spinach, Mutton Palak. Image source

Ingredients for palak mutton, parsi New year recipes

method to prepare palak mutton, parsi new year recipes

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Kheema Kaleji Masala (Mutton mince liver masala)

Karan Alimchandani - Pateti or Parsi New year recipe- Keema Kaleji masala
It is the non-veg dish also called mutton Keema. Image source

Ingredients used for Kheema Khaleji Masala

Method to prepare kheema khaleji Masala

Bon appetit on Parsi New Year

 

Rare Vintage cars at Vintage Car Museum

At a Vintage Car Museum that we visited  we saw over 100 finest rare vintage cars in the world from Rolls-Royce’s, Bentley’s, Daimler’s, Mercedes’s, Maybach, Packard’s, Cadillac’s, Buick’s, Auburn’s, Cord, Lancia’s, Lincoln’s, Chryslers and many other distinguished makes from the USA, UK & Europe. Most of the cars are coach built by renowned coachbuilders like Hooper, Barker, Gurney-Nutting, Fleetwood etc. They are all hand-built to individual specifications of the buyer.  Special cars like Limousines & Grand open Tours are used for ceremonial Occasions. Convertible cars for evening drives, station wagons like boats as well as like a horse-drawn carriage specially built for the family’s evening drives in the Dastan estate.

These collections have been built by the family of Shri Pranlal Bhogilal over the last century. This museum portrays that time of the Automobile industry when cars were not just used for transportation but for their prestige and gave an indication of the owner’s status.

If you’re a vintage car lover, then you should not miss out this place. Cars are in excellent condition. The museum also has some old muscles bikes, old ambulance and animal drawn carts.

Daimler-1911

Daimler-1911- Rare vintage cars
Daimler-1911

During the Edwardian era (1905-1918), Daimler licensed and developed the Knight sleeve-valve system. Also during this era, Daimler switched from chain to shaft drive, first using conventional bevel gears, and then, from 1909, using worm gears.

Rolls Royce 1936

Rolls Royce -Phantom III- rare vintage cars
Rolls Royce phantom III

The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was the final large pre-war Rolls-Royce. Introduced in 1936, it replaced the Phantom II and it was the only V12 Rolls-Royce until the 1998 introduction of the Silver Seraph. 727 V12 Phantom III chassis were constructed from 1936 to 1939, and many have survived. Although chassis production ceased in 1939 (with one final chassis being built-in 1940), cars were still being bodied and delivered in 1940 and 1941. The very last car, though completed in 1941, was not delivered to its owner until 1947.

Packard 1938

Packard-1938- Rare vintage cars
Packard-1938

The Packard Eight was a luxury automobile produced by Packard between 1930 and 1938.

The Packard began its life in the early 1890’s when Ward Packard first got the idea to build a motor car. In 1903 the Packard Motor Car Company was formed.

By 1909 Packard was one of the major automobile manufacturers in America.

By 1925 Packard was the indisputable leader in the field of prestige automobiles.

Cadillac 1939

Cadilac-1939-rare vintage cars
Cadilac-1939

The Cadillac Sixty Special name has been used by Cadillac to denote a special model since the 1938 Harley Earl-Bill Mitchell-designed Series 60 derivative. The Sixty Special name would soon be synonymous for some of Cadillac’s most luxurious vehicles.

The Series 60 was replaced by the 126-inch-wheelbase Series 61, offering the same body types and many of the Sixty-Special’s appearance features. Common to all 1939 Cadillacs was a redesigned dashboard, newly optional vacuum-operated radio antenna, rubber rear fender protectors, and something called “Controlled-Action Ride,” a reference to a higher rear axle rotation centre claimed to enhance ride comfort.

Mercedes-Benz 1955

Mercedes Benz -1955- rare vintage cars
Mercedes-Benz -1955

The Ponton was Daimler-Benz’s first totally new Mercedes-Benz series of passenger vehicles produced after World War II. In July 1953, the cars replaced the pre-war designed Type 170 series and were the bulk of the automaker’s production through 1959, though some models lasted through 1962.

The nickname comes from the German word for “pontoon” and refers to one definition of pontoon fenders — and a post-war styling trend subsequently called ponton styling.

The Ponton models were replaced by the “Heckflosse” or “Fintail” models.

Aren’t these cars Rare now?

 

Sources: –Daimler UK

Rolls-Royce

Rolls Royce III

Packard

Cadillac sixty special

Cadillac history 1939

 Mercedes -Benz Ponton

 

Goa’s Top 5 Luxury Resorts to Stay

High on Goa’s Luxury: Stunning Resorts to Stay

Goa is one enchanting world in whole. Along with the sun-kissed tropical beaches and Susegado, there are a lot of different activities to keep you on your toes. Couple it with the vivacious nightlife, an anomaly to investigate and some sumptuous lodgings, this little emerald is the spot to appreciate both in unhurried indulgence or business events and in addition to a stunning honeymoon trip. The bid of mammoth swimming pools and opulent–bedrooms charm one to stay in one of these Goa’s most stunning and engaging indulgence resorts. So, if your concept of a holiday in Goa resembles somewhat to the details above, then we prescribe that you experience our rundown.

After landing in one of those quick Mumbai to Goa flights, look for a cab and head to your divine destination. No, we aren’t talking about any temple or sanctuary here, but the resorts in Goa that are brimming with luxury and flamboyance.

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Check out the list below–

Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada

Goa's luxury resorts -Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada
Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada

The Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada is a flawless blend of contemporary and its Portuguese affiliation. For yes, it used to be their sea stronghold. The X Factor is the clearing viewpoint of the Arabian Sea that lies over the tremendous guards and Jiva Spa for joyful generosity. Cooking at the Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada is obviously from Taj friendliness gathering and doles out the best of Authentic Goan specialities, and specialities from around the world.

Taj Exotica

Taj Exotica- Goa's luxury resort stay
Taj Exotica

The Mediterranean-themed Taj Exotica has a drawing in laid back south Goa background, on flawless Varca shoreline. Guests rave about the model altered organization. The cabin furthermore has an incredible breadth of offices including the green, a spa, swimming pool, and night diversion. On the off-chance that you genuinely need to appreciate, book the Sunset Villa with its own specific private jump pool.

Zuri White Sands

Zuri White Sands- Goa's luxury resort stay
Zuri White Sands

This is the way in which you should spend extravagantly in lavishness! At Zuri White Sands, you will be pleased to have choices available to you for entertainment and might acknowledge world-class cheerfulness. This lavish resort, which is situated in Varca, offers quick and private access to the shoreline. Guests are happy to find the perfect spot to slacken up, where they can pick how they should be ruined.

Goa Marriott Resort and Spa

Goa Marriott Resort and Spa- Goa's luxury resort stay
Goa Marriott Resort and Spa

The unmatched style of Goa Marriott and Spa is the thing that you may recall for a long time. Found near the Miramar Beach, this indulgence resort in Goa has a wonderful quality. The resort has 180 cutting edge rooms that offer an agreeable stay here.

The Leela

The Leela- Goa's luxury resort stay
The Leela

At Leela Goa, the standard Indian extravagance meets the refinement of craftsmanship, deco es Que Portuguese bequests. It’s not just the bewildering welcome by the staff as you are garlanded with blossoms and offered coconut squeeze, it’s the air itself that says a lot of this sumptuous resort in Goa from the rest. This über sumptuous inn and resort are squeezed between River Sal and the Arabian Sea with a perfect white sand shoreline and perspective of the rich lagoon.

On the off-chance that you pick one of these rich resorts in Goa, then trust us, you require not consider digging into alternate things to do in Goa, for these resorts are a wholesome bundle of delight. Although, these aren’t in close proximity to the nearest airport in Goa, but a stay at these will give you a life-long experience to cherish. Have fun!

*/Anjali Gupta is a travel blogger with three years of experience. She also writes for travel websites as a guest author and recommends best travel tips and destinations. You can get in touch with her at her Google+ profile page. /*

World Photography Day

I came across a Facebook post from a dear friend and a blogger  who posted about it today. August 19 is celebrated as World Photography Day.

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World Photography Day, observed every year on Aug. 19, celebrates the works of amateur as well as professional photographers in equal measure.

History behind Photography day

Nicephore Niepce originally made the photograph using silver chloride coating a piece of paper. The photo did not turn out well with it. The earliest known permanent photographic image, however, was created by a more complex process called heliography in 1826. The exposure time needed to create that photograph was eight hours. Over the years, photographs have become better as compared to the ones of the World War 2 and the modern cameras.  With the advent of digital cameras, over 350 billion photos are taken worldwide each year.

With a soft click of a camera, a flashlight and the moment is captured to cherish for a lifetime. The medium whether digital or on a film the memory lasts forever.

Photo gallery on world photography day

Quotes on photography– The following quotes describe the true essence of photography on World Photography Day.

“When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” ― Ted Grant

“Black and white are the colours of photography. To me, they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected” — Robert Frank

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” ― Ansel Adams

“Photography is a magical kind of art that allows people to preserve time and moments, and to describe the world the way they see it.” ― Sahara Sanders

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all know light. Know it for all you are worth and you will know the key to photography” ~ George Eastman.

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” ― Elliott Erwitt

LIFE is a camera FOCUS on what’s important, CAPTURE the good times DEVELOP from the negatives if things don’t work out TAKE another shot.

So, take a photo, share it and celebrate World Photography Day today.

 

Recipes with Cheese

Continuing from my earlier post on having fun while cooking and serving’Cheese‘. Here are some delicious cheese recipes to try out.

Eggplant and Mushroom Parmigiano

Eggplant Parmigiana
Melanzane alla Parmigiano, or Eggplant Parmesan
Ingredients for eggplant and mushroom parmigiana recipeMethod for eggplant and mushroom parmigiana recipe

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Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi in a Chilli Tomato Sauce

spinach and ricotta gnocchi with chilli tomato sauce
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Ingredients for Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi in chilled tomato sauce

Method for spinach and ricotta gnocchi in chilled tomato sauce

 

... the Photographer Bon Appetit | by Jim, the Photographer
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Entertaining with Cheese

There are innumerable ways to enjoy cheese, the best and simplest way is a sampling of cheeses on a platter with all the trimmings. An extravagant wedding reception, a fine dinner party or a buffet at a star hotel, a store opening or even a baby shower nowadays will definitely sport a cheese platter with a delectable variety on it. The mouth-watering savoury taste of cheese has made it the go-to appetiser.
Cheese
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Cheese is more popular today than ever. Although at some point of time cheese did have its own course, today one can find that it is at 35,000 feet in first class cabins where it is served as a course on the menu. The relaxed formalities of today mean the cheese course at the dinner table is rather rare but has become popular during cocktail hour at parties.
Cheese platter
Cheese platter. Image credit
Cheese as part of the hors d’oeuvres course is wonderful and extremely practical, because, once it is served it does not require any further fuss or effort from the host or hostess. But if you do plan to serve a cheese platter for your party it is important to get it right. 

The most important detail when serving cheese is to serve it at room temperature. When slicing cheese, include both the heart and the rind so everyone can enjoy an equal share of the various flavours, though the way cheese is served largely depends on its shape and texture. Round cheeses like brie and camembert can be served by cutting little wedges or triangles and emmental can be served by cutting it into thin slices. 

When making a cheese platter, you should present a variety of cheese- a soft cheese (brie), a hard cheese (an aged cheddar), and for the less adventurous include some mild cheese and for the adventurous include some kind of sharp cheese like blue. You won’t be able to dictate how your guests sample your cheese selection, but a beautiful cheese platter presentation says everything about you as a host or hostess. Make sure you have plenty of small plates and cocktail napkins for guests to serve themselves along with a separate knife per cheese with plenty of fresh fruits like grapes and some dried figs or apricots along with a selection of fresh fine breads and crackers as accompaniments.
Emmental cheese
Emmental de Savoie. Pierre-Yves Beaudouin / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0
A simple tip when arranging a cheese platter cut just a few slices of bread at a time as bread can go stale very quickly, you could leave a cutting board and knife with the loaf for guests to help themselves.

But this humble dairy product, made from pressed curd of milk, doesn’t just marry up with dips, crackers and fine wine. Cooking with cheese takes it to a whole new level. Not just sprinkling some mozzarella over your pizza or some cheddar on your au gratin but try to include cheese in everything from your casseroles to sauces and salads. But there is always the dilemma which cheese do I use?

Some tasty trusty cheddar, ricotta, feta, goat’s soft cheese, hard cheese, or blue cheese…now that we can easily find hundreds of varieties of cheese at the supermarkets – well, they each lend themselves perfectly to being cooked in different dishes as per the demands of the recipe.

Hard cheeses include cheddar, parmesan and Swiss. Soft cheeses include feta, ricotta and brie, while blue cheeses include Stilton, Roquefort and gorgonzola.
Cheese, cheddar
sweet dreams are made of cheese Who am I to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas Everybody’s looking for Cheddar Image credit- Robert Couse-Baker- flickr.com
Cheddar firm texture and sharp taste make it perfect for cooking in skillet recipes, casseroles and even savoury cheesecakes as well as desserts. The slightly tangy and sharp flavour of parmesan makes it a great combination with vegetables and tomato based sauces. The mild, sweet flavour and silky texture of Swiss would work well in a Quiche or pies or even in a fondue, thanks to its excellent melting capabilities. Goat’s cheese, with its slight tangy and buttery consistency, is wonderful when cooked with lentils, or sprinkled over a risotto or with a beetroot or spinach salad.

The super sharp, ripe taste of blue cheese works great in a lasagna with walnuts or a mushroom pasta bake or a delicious garnish with a pumpkin or broccoli soup.

Different cheeses respond differently to heat, so before you go on a conquest of experimenting it would be better to try some tried and tested recipes first. Then once you have mastered the tastes and textures you can go wild with all the choices but also remember everyone’s taste buds are different and unique, so you can’t go wrong.

Image credit- nutrition education at flickr.com-Cooking is fun with cheese
Cooking and serving cheese are Fun!.
 

The Best Way to Plan Your Rail Journey in the UK

Trainline App for a better rail journey

Whether it’s about getting the cheapest prices for your next UK national rail booking or about getting benefits of saving while buying your rail tickets in advance – there are an infinite number of reasons that can lure you to Trainline app. You can always get in touch with their dedicated team at Trainline Contact Number to get the latest information on the deals provided by them, cancel or amend your tickets, to know about their fees and ticket types and much more.

Trainline App, the best way to plan your rail journey

There is no denying the fact that London is the heart of the United Kingdom and if you’ve still not decided on where to spend your summer this year, go ahead and plan your journey with Trainline journey Planner to get a perfect and splendid start of your vacation.

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UK Train Line Railway Timetable app for the iPad

Trainline will help you save a good amount on your rail tickets by highlighting the cheapest ticket prices for your London journey. They are experts to help you plan your journey by making it simple, quick and efficient. You can keep a check on live train departures, their arrival times and fare details in advance, so you can accordingly plan your journey and vacation in an efficient and effective manner.

It will help you save on rail tickets by highlighting the cheapest prices for your next UK national rail booking. You can benefit from great savings when buying your train tickets in advance. If you are flexible with your time of travel, use the best fare finder to find cheap train tickets that other customers have found.

The journey planner tool with Trainline App will help you identify which trains are at peak, off-peak or super off-peak so you can grab the best deal with super discounts on your rail tickets. You would have never guessed, but booking in advance through Trainline can actually help you save up to 43% on an average.

Even if you’re already on the move, you can save money by downloading Trainline mobile app (available for iOS, iPad and Android) to book your train tickets or find the latest travel, platform or delay information.

There are few selected routes available on Trainline app which means that you can get the privilege of using mobile ticketing and won’t have to wait in queues at ticket collecting machines. With the live platform and departure information, journey planning and smart mobile tickets, Trainline is diligently working on to be the people’s first choice mobile app.

Feel free to reach their dedicated team on Trainline Contact Number to get a go-to solution for saving money on train tickets and to make train travel easier, cheaper and smarter.

Gems of Madhya Pradesh: 5 Best Cities to Visit

Madhya Pradesh Tourism
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Madhya Pradesh, central India’s biggest and most attractive state, holds enchanting spots and destinations from periods all through the Indian history. The Hindu and Jain temples at Khajuraho are detectable for their carvings of erotic scenes, with the all the more erratic Kandariya Mahadeva, a preserved sanctuary with more than 800 figures. Go for a walk through this radiant state for a totally cultural visit through India’s past.

The second biggest state in the nation, Madhya Pradesh is known as the “Heart of India”. The state has an assortment of lauded safe houses and points of interest that hold significance in the considerable Indian history. While on a visit to Madhya Pradesh, visit these urban areas within the state for a totally mind-boggling experience.

Jabalpur 

Jabalpur Museum, Madhya Pradesh
Rani Durgavati Museum, Jabalpur

If you are an excited nature lover, you ought to be in Jabalpur on your visit to Madhya Pradesh. Considered to be the most frequented destination by explorers in Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur has an abundance of charms to offer. Its rich natural beauty and important points of interest will make your stay pleasant. The essential spots and sites to visit in Jabalpur are the Dhuandhar Waterfalls, Balancing Rocks, Bargi Dam, Dumna Nature Reserve, Rani Durgavati Museum, and so on. From here, take a Jabalpur to Bhopal train, and set out for your next stop– Bhopal!

Bhopal

Lower Lake in Bhopal - a city of lakes, Madhya Pradesh
Lower Lake in Bhopal – a city of lakes

A city acclaimed for its lakes, sanctuaries, and splendid city life, Bhopal has the spotlight on it since years. The various Bhopal Tour Packages by the state government are a perfect pick to visit through this city acceptably, which give out its best angles. Bhopal happens to be one of the greenest urban areas in India, furthermore is a noteworthy modern hub in the nation.

Indore

rajwada indore | by sheetalsaini rajwada indore , flickr.com, Madhya Pradesh
Rajwada, Indore by Sheetal Saini

Indore, the industrial hub of Madhya Pradesh, was the home of the Holkar Dynasty that deserted some of its striking masterpieces here, which today mirror their splendour in full glory. Indore, today, is a huge business powerhouse of Madhya Pradesh. The city, apart from its industry, is also known for its cafe culture, which turned out to be a hit by virtue of Indore’s developing affection for coffee. Hence, plan an outing to this city and be prepared to get the shock that you’d get to see the city’s wealth of exceptional bits of information, legacy, and splendid points of view.

Ujjain

Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain

Known to be one of Hindus’ seven blessed areas, Ujjain is famous for its striking sanctuaries and religious spots. Devotees from across the nation pour in here to visit the city’s temples that form a significant position in the nation’s standard setup. The most sought after religious spots here are-Mahakaleshwar Temple, Chintaman Ganesh Temple, Gopal Mandir, Harsiddhi Mandir, and so on.

Khajuraho

One must never let go off an opportunity to visit the divine and architecturally sound city of Khajuraho, especially to traipse around its boundary, admiring the erotic figures carved throughout it. A flawless design of Indo-Aryan style of art and architecture, these sculpted carvings of Khajuraho stand the test of time. Each and every piece of this spot deserves a keen observation. The more you watch, the more you love them.

So if you reach out for the IRCTC train reservation, you will be offered tons of exciting packages by the Indian Railway. Decide, and do not delay your trip to the state. It’s incredible!

In the Morning of Life

As I rose in the Morning, with the first rays of the sun, nature brought in the fragrance of  fresh flowers. The air around was cool and serene. I spotted this beautiful bird among the trees. 

In the morning of life
Coppersmith Barbet

I recall these beautiful lines, 

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh ’tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, ’tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not ‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love’s generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

~Thomas Moore

Nature rejoices and is grateful for the new day that has begun.

Something special awaits you each day.  
All you need is to recognize it and make the most of it.
Have a positive attitude throughout the day and then I am Sure for you that Today is Going to Be a Great Day!!!

 

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