Garhwa Fort

Garhwa fort is located in town Shankargarh, approximately 50 KM south to Allahabad. It was built in year 1750, but it has few remains of structures of Gupta dynasty (240-605 CE).

“I think stones have a lot more experience than any living being, you just need to sit with them and have your ears open to listen the tales.”

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

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Yearly ritual ‚Äď part 2

I have a confession to make, ruins give me a delight which a luxury hotel can not give. I love sitting at a corner of such building, imagine and dream its magnificent and glorious past. They have a tale, a riddle, a story hidden inside them. I found myself a explorer and an inspirer to solve that riddle ūüėõ

When I suggest visiting Govindgarh palace and staying in a resort nearby, both brother BK and Sharad resisted. They won when I failed to book a room in the resort nearby, but we took a brief stop on the way to wonder in that ruin. Govindgarh was not in the middle of destination (Kanha tiger reserve), so we decided to move on stayed in Shahdol in the night of 25th December. Posting few photos of our brief stop at that palace.

Front of Govindgarh palace

Front of Govindgarh palace

A chariate use to pulled by elephants

A chariot use to pulled by elephants

A compound for royal family entertainment

A compound for royal family entertainment

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Yearly ritual – part 1

Happy new year !

I guess it’s the best way to start the blog, its first post of year after all.

Well, there were 2 long weekends first of x-mas and then new year, took few offs in between and got 10 days of break from 23 Dec 2017 to 1 Jan 2018.

Few years back I came up with thought of giving sometime to myself, to slow down a bit and spend some time with friends, nature, wildlife or whatever I love to do, actually live a different way of life all-together and do whatever I can do to relax and since then it has became a part of my yearly plan, which happens only in winters.

Reached  to home town (Allahabad) on 23 Dec. Visited Sangam with brother and my ancestral place with dad on 24 Dec. Finalized my trip with brother BK and Dr. Sharad. Posting few photos taken on 24th.

A Sadhu at Sangam

A Sadhu at Sangam (Allahabad)

My great grandfather was the one who first moved in to my ancestral village from somewhere, got some land which was very cheap or even free that time and started farming. He had 3 sons, my grandfather and his 2 younger brothers, once grown up they built their own houses next to each other, they all had 3 sons, but slowly my fathers generation and my generation started moving out of the village and now not a single person lives there. Those 3 houses are now started turning into ruins. The front of house and the place between house and well is turned into a mini forest. I remember, when we use to visit the village in my childhood, we were not having enough space left to put a Charpai (a portable bed) to sleep, ironically only snakes and scorpions lives in that area now.

Well build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers

Well build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers

Temple build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers

Temple build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers

Cluster fig (hindi. Goolar) tree, we use to spent our summer noon on branches of these tree in childhood

Cluster fig (Hindi: Goolar) tree, we use to spent our summer noon on branches of these tree in childhood

House of our neighbor blacksmith, like all others he has also moved to some city for job

House of our neighbor blacksmith, like all others he has also moved to some city for job

We once had mud-wall house like this one, these are very comfortable in summer and we use to sleep on dry paddy plant to keep our selves warm.

Dusk

Dusk

I have visited this place many time since childhood and was fascinated by beauty of this place, this is a very large ground next to river Ganga, due to flooding every monsoon no one lives there.

First day in Allahabad and second day of this yearly ritual was dedicated to dad :). Will post about 3rd day later. Keep watching this space….

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is located approx 30 KM from Lansdowne (Uttrakhand), it has height of 1800 meters. The temple is surrounded by thick pine and cider trees.

It was a last minute decision, but the location of temple made us proud of our decision, luckly we have got a room in Ashram to stay in night. We were served food cooked on woods, stayed in a hut and awake in the morning with birds` tweets, chanting of slokas and fresh forest air. It was divine…

Narrow hill passage

Narrow hill passage

Kund (pond) before temple

Kund (pond) before temple

Temple entrance

Temple entrance

Main temple complex

Main temple complex

Temple bells

Temple bells

Local kids playing cricket in temple complex

Local kids playing cricket in temple complex

Local flora

Local flora

Ashram Mahant Sri Bramhanand Ji

Ashram Mahant Sri Bramhanand Ji

Half Sweater

Winter is here, feeling cold in air these day, temperature is dropping a degree Celsius a day from past one week, snowfall is reported in Himalayas. Entire northern India will be shivering from cold soon. Its time to take out warm clothing from closets, keep them into Sun to get rid of smell and moister.

Sleeveless sweaters are generally called “Half Sweaters” in most of part of India, hand woven,¬†mostly wear by middle aged men¬†are visible a lot these days,¬†younger strong enough to tolerate this cold are still in shirts.

I also have one, not sure where, which was hand woven by mom, the last one by her.

I recall my childhood when mom and other women of neighborhood begin weaving sweaters few months before start of winters, buying wool, sticks of different numbers starts much before. A practice of each of family is loosing its battle with market full of ready-made, cheap and better in finish products, not sure they will create same warmth as hand made once….

Half Sweater

Half Sweater

Father

Noticed this gentleman while waiting for Air show to begin… and started a process of thinking.

It was humid and he was carrying one kid on his shoulders, waiving hand to his disoriented wife and another kid, looking for place from where they can watch the show comfortably, more than the show, he would have been worried about comfort of family. Job related stress must be there somewhere in back of his mind.

Expectations of parents, complains from wife, stress of job, responsibilities of kids, bills, groceries and the list goes on… each father carries so many responsibilities but he cannot relax… he must not relax… ignoring his health and busy building future of kids…

Father

Father