Category Archives: India-culture

Spotted deer

Spotted deer

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Alone with nature

Bliss at Kala Dungar
Kala Dungar, Kutch

Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous – to poetry.
― Thomas Mann

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The changing walls of Thane


The dull walls of Thane have become vibrant, and lively. The new TMC initiative “Paint walls, beautify city” has brought together artists to paint murals depicting nature, history, and culture on the walls of the city. The beautiful murals around the city walls have added a much-needed artistic touch to the bland concrete jungle. Continue reading The changing walls of Thane



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Diwali lanternsDiwali is in a few days and the shops are lined with lovely lanterns. Can’t wait to see all the houses and streets glowing with the magic of Diwali 😀

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Deepstambh (Tower of lights)

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Shri Mulkeshwar temple

Mulkeshwar santuary

Shri Mulkeshwar temple is a small sanctuary located behind the Mangeshi temple, Goa.

The legend of Shri Mulkeshwar:

The Mangeshi temple was earlier in Cortalim. After Portuguese invasion, the  Shivalinga was shifted from Cortalim to a province under a Hindu prince to avoid desecration.

In this area, a boy worked as a cowherd. During those few days, one of his cows stopped giving milk , and disappeared every evening. The young cowherd followed the cow to find its destination. To his surprise, the cow poured all its milk on a stone. The stone was dug, and the present Shivalinga was discovered.

Hence, the Mulkeshwar  temple was built with Mulki or Mukto as the founder. His statue with his cow  lies behind the shrine. He was a Bidi smoker. Therefore, devotees offer Bidis to grant their wishes.The temple authorities have appointed a person to light these Bidis.

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Happy Holi

Colours of life
Kumkum & Gulal for sale at Mangeshi temple, Goa

Holi is the time to burn the old, and welcome the new; let go of the past regrets and guilt, and walk towards the future with hope. It is the time to play with colours; spread the colours of love, joy, and happiness in everyone’s life. Enjoy the festival without using harmful chemicals, and spoiling the fun.

Happy Holi everyone!

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Birla Temple, Shahad

Entry gate Shahad is a small town, next to Kalyan. It is home to a very beautiful Vishnu temple, also known as Birla temple(as it is built by the Birla family). It is located near the Century Rayon Company, on a small hill surrounded by lush green trees.

You have to climb a few flight of stairs to reach the temple. The primary diety is Vithoba, a form of Shri Vishnu. The temple has various carvings on the wall, a common feature of all the Birla temples.

Birla temple, Shahad

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Ganesh temple

Upvan lake

Upvan lake is an eco-friendly lake surrounded by Yeoor hills, in Thane city. Besides the lake is a beautiful Ganesh temple. Earlier, it was a small temple which was renovated some ten years back with corporate grandeur. Now, the temple is back to its negligent state.

When I visited the temple, the priest had laid some buckets to collect rain water dripping through the corner of the roof.. It is sad to see the state of disrepair, the temple has fallen again after the regional leaders boasting about the renovation and fighting for credit. It is funny how people remember God during dire needs like elections, and forget His existence afterwards.

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