Travelogue – Series 7.. Gujarat (Pandavaas Era Temples)

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I have discovered “Incredible India” travelling extensively and took the opportunity to share my awesome experiences of the rich Indian Culture through my blogs…..

Jand Hanuman is an interesting place to visit. It has a beautiful temple of Lord Hanuman, which boasts of an 18-ft statue of Lord Hanuman (a Hindu deity) believed to have been made during the Mahabharata era.

One can also see small houses made from stones ! It is said that, if one builds an imaginary house with the help of stones lying around. If this house remains stable, you get a similar house in your real life. These type of stories lie around temples since ages !

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Bheem’s Ghanti (flour mill) is also one of the attractive thing here. This flour mill is called the Bhima’s flour mill (Bhim ni ghanti). During the period of “vanvaas” “the Pandvas” came here and these are some signs of their presence at here.

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Another thing to see here is the “Well of Arjuna”.

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Jand Hanuman is approx 75 KMs from Vadodara City.  Jand Hanuman Temple is located at 6 Km from Jambughoda Village near Pavagadh Hill. It is situated in Jambughoda forest.

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History says that Pandava’s came here during their exile period (vanvaas). In Hedamba Van,  Bheem’s Chakki (flour mill) is still visible. This flour mill is called the Bhima’s flour mill (Bhim ni ghanti).  During the period of “vanvaas” “the Pandvas” came here and these are some signs of their presence at here. Around the temple, there is a Green forest  named Hedamba Van having a beautiful atmosphere. After sunrise no one is allowed to stay here. Every Saturday many devotees arrive here to take blessings of Lord Hanuman.  Hanuman Jayanti Festival is celebrated with great devotion and in a grand manner in this temple.

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Travelogue – Series 6… SurSagar Lake, Vadodara – Gujarat

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I have discovered “Incredible India” travelling extensively and took the opportunity to share my awesome experiences of the rich Indian Culture through my blogs…..

During my recent stay in Vadodara city of Gujarat; I happened to visit the Sursagar Lake – a great tourist attraction point.

Sur Sagar lake also known as the Chand Talao is a lake situated in middle of the city of Vadodara in the State of Gujarat in India. The lake was rebuilt with stone masonry in the 18th Century. The water in this lake remains in it for the whole year. A concrete wall surrounds the lake on which the people use to sit. A 120 ft tall statue of lord Shiva built by Vadodara  Mahanagar  Seva Sadan stands in the middle of the lake. There are many underwater gates in the lake which empty the lake if it overflows. The water from the lake empties in the Vishvamitra River.

The beautiful and huge statue of lord Shiva 120ft tall holding a Trishul, it is eye catching and is usually decorated on various occasions like Maha Shivratri, Ganesh Utsav etc.  the statue in the lake gives you the emanation of serenity.  The water in Sursagar lake is clean and looks crystal blue,  It is an artificial (man-made)  lake but still it is full of water for the whole year. The boating experience of this lake is amazing as you can feel the cold wind that blows and makes you feel like you are in heaven. You can feel the positive environment and the purity of the lake. The lake is surrounded by all local stuff of vadodara.

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During evening the view of Lake is extremely beautiful, you can see the lights that are glittering around Lord Shiva’s statue. During the Ganesh Utsav the idols are immersed in this lake. Just beside the lake there is a famous school of music which is also one of the attraction of Vadodara. The lake was renovated in 18th century and was built with stone. In this lake you can enjoy watching the ducks and fishes.

Many tourists come here in search of peace they sit on the bank of lake and meditate to get peace. The environment around the lake is so calm that you feel refreshed, people usually go there on weekends to enjoy boating with their loved ones, the view of sunset and the sunrise from the lake is appealing .

 

Travelogue – Series 5… Vadodara – Gujarat

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Sayaji Baug is a garden located in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

Sayaji Baug was dedicated to the citizens of Vadodara by Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III in 1879.  Sayajirao III built Sayaji Baug, well known as Kamati Baug,  situated on the banks of the river Vishwamitri.  Sayaji Baug is the largest garden in Western India, stretching over 113 acres.  It has a rich flora of more than 98 species of trees.

Take at least half a day to fully explore the 45 hectares of garden grounds, with 2 museums – Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery,  a zoo – the Sayaji Baug Zoo, a planetarium – the Sardar Patel Planetarium, a flower clock – Floral Clock , and an operational toy train, among other attractions, and then come back to the park whenever you need a respite from activities in the rest of the city;

Zoo….

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Toy Train…

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Aquarium…..

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Floral Clock..

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There are three entrances :

Gate First is at Sayaji square  (formally known as KALA GHODA square) and 3rd one is at Ranapratab square (fatehganj) and secound is in between first and Third.  First Entrance gate is just nearby to Vadodara Railway Station and new Bus Stand.

This is one of the finest Gardens in India, and is well-maintained by Vadodara Municipal Corporation.

Thousands of Citizens of the city do come here for morning walk as well as for pleasant view of the Garden

 

Travelogue – Series 4.. Mahableshwar

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Visit to Hill Stations Mahableshwar – scenic beauty – close to nature !!

Mahabaleshwar  is a small town and a municipal council in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.  With one of the few evergreen forests of India, it served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj.  A hill station in India’s forested Western Ghats – Sahyadri range, It features several elevated viewing points, such as Arthur’s Seat.  West of here is centuries-old Pratapgad Fort, perched atop a mountain spur. East, Lingmala Waterfall tumbles off a sheer cliff.  Colorful boats dot Venna Lake, while 5 rivers meet at Panch Ganga Temple to the north.

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Present day Mahabaleshwar came into existence in the year 1829-30. In old records it is mentioned as Malcolm Peth, but in practise today it is known as Mahabaleshwar.

The first historical mention of Mahabaleshwar dates back to year 1215 when the King Singhan of Deogiri visited Old Mahabaleshwar. He built a small temple and water tank at the source of the river Krishna. Around 1350, a Brahmin dynasty ruled this area. In the middle of the 16th century the Maratha family of Chandarao More defeated the Brahmin dynasty and became rulers of Javli and Mahabaleshwar, during which period the temple of Old Mahabaleshwar was rebuilt.

In the 17th century Shivaji Maharaj took over Javli and Mahabaleshwar and constructed the Pratapgad fort in 1656.

In 1819, the British included the hills in the territory of the Raja of Satara. Col. Lodwick (Late General Sir ) stationed at Satara, in April 1824 with a contingent of soldiers and Indian guides climbed up the mountain face reaching what is now known as the Lodwick Point.

Starting with Sir John Malcolm in 1828, a succession of them from Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone, Arthur Malet (for whom the seat at “Point Arthur” is named), Carnac, Frere and many others became regular visitors.

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Mahabaleshwar comprises three villages: sumit dave Malcolm Peth, Old “Kshetra” Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village.

Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Mahadev in Old Mahabaleshwar. Legend has it that Krishna is Lord Vishnu himself as a result of a curse on the trimurtis by Savitri. Also, its tributaries Venna and Koyna are said to be Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that 4 other rivers come out from the cow’s mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These rivers are the Koyna, Venna (Veni), Savitri, and Gayatri.

The Climate is suitable for cultivation of strawberries;  Mahableshwar contributes to about 85 percent of the total strawberry production in the country

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In old Mahabaleshwar, 7 km from Mahabaleshwar, there are many tourist points and 5 temples to see, depicting old Indian architecture. There are also natural view points, some named by the British, who went on holidays in these places during the British Raj.

Krishnabai temple   : Behind Panchganga temple, there is a small trail that leads to Krishnabai temple where the Krishna river is worshiped. It is built on the hilltop overlooking the Krishna valley and was built in 1888 by a ruler of Ratnagiri on the Konkancoast. The temple has a Shiva lingam and a beautiful statue of Krishna. A small stream of the river flowing from a cow-face (gomukh) falls on a ‘Kunda’ or water tank. Stone carved columns and ceilings are the special characteristics of this temple. This old temple has gathered moss and is in ruins. It is not visited much by tourists and is isolated. But it provides a most exquisite view of the river Krishna.

3 Monkey Point  :   Named because of the natural sculpture of the stones which looks like three monkeys sitting beside each other and portraying 3 monkeys of Gandhiji. Nestled deep in the valleys one can figure out from the outline of a big stone a natural cut out it give an effect of 3 monkey sitting next to each other portraying the Three Wise Monkeys. This point is on route to Arthur’s Seat.

Arthur point  :   Officer Sir Arthur Malet (1806–1888)[3](Not to be confused with British born actor of same name), who sat here and gazed at the Savitri River, where he lost his wife and children in a tragic ferry mishap

The Venna lake :     The Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides.

Kate’s Point :  Kate’s point is located to the east of Mahabaleshwar and is famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and Dhom. The point is around 1280 mts high.

Needle Hole Point / Elephant Point   :   Needle hole point is located near Kate’s Point. One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle-hole. The point is also famous for the view of Deccan traps, which look like an elephant’s trunk.

Wilson Point  :  Named after Sir Leslie Wilson, the Governor of Bombay from 1923 to 1926, Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 1439 m. Known as Sindola Hill during the colonial rule, Wilson point is the only location in Mahabaleshwar where both sunrise and sunset can be seen. It offers a spectacular glance of Mahabaleshwar in all directions. It located at behind Mahabaleshwar-Medha road at 1.5 km from Mahabaleshwar city.

Pratapgad   :  Pratapgad is a fort near Mahabaleshwar. The fort was built by Shivaji Maharaj. The fort is popular for in History of India as Commander of Bijapur Afzalkhan was defeated and killed by Shivaji Maharaj at Pratapgad.

Lingmala Waterfalls   :   This waterfalls is located near Mahabaleshwar. The water here falls from a height of approximately 600 feet. The water of Lingamala waterfalls cascades into the Venna Lake. The waterfalls is divided by projecting rocks into multiple tier

Today, Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot, and also an important pilgrimage site for Hindus.

 

 

Travelogue – Series 3… Panchgani

In continuation of my Travelogue Series…

I have discovered “Incredible India” travelling extensively and took the opportunity to share my awesome experiences of the rich Indian Culture through my blogs…..

Visit to Hill Stations Panchgani – scenic beauty – close to nature !!

Panchgani is a hill station southeast of Mumbai in India’s Maharashtra state. It’s known for the Table Land, a huge volcanic plateau. Lookouts like Sydney Point and Parsi Point offer views of Dhom Dam lake and Kamalgad Fort, used as a prison by the British in the early 19th century. To the southeast, the Rajpuri Caves are surrounded by sacred ponds and contain a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Kartikeya.

Panchgani also called Paachgani is a famous hill station and municipal council in Satara district in Maharashtra, India.  It is renowned for the many premier residential educational institution

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Panchgani is nestled at middle of five hills in the Sahyādri mountain ranges, also there are five villages around the Pachgani are Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral & Taighat. The Krishnā River flows nearby which made the lake of Dhom Dam on the Krishna 9 km from Wai.

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Scenic Panchgani was discovered by the British during the British Raj as a summer resort, and a superintendent named John Chesson was placed in charge of the hill station in the 1860s. He is credited with planting many plant species from the western world in Panchgani, including silver oak and poinsettia, which have flourished since then in Panchgani. Mahabaleshwar was the summer resort of choice for the British, but it was uninhabitable during the monsoons. Panchgani was developed as a retirement place for the British because it remained pleasant throughout the year. John Chesson was deputed to find a suitable place. He surveyed the hills in this region in the company of Mr Rustomji Dubash, and finally decided on this nameless area in the vicinity of the five villages:Dhandeghar, Godavli, Amral, Khingar, and Taighat. The place was aptly named Panchgani, and Chesson was made Superintendent.

To develop the infrastructure, Chesson encouraged various professionals – tailors, dhobis, butchers, vegetable vendors, building contractors etc. to also settle in Panchgani. The area below the bazaar was allotted to them, and is known as the gaothan. Chesson is buried in the graveyard of St. Peter’s Church. In 1971 or ’72, his death centenary was observed in a big way when for the first time, the town folk and the schools participated together in a ceremony to remember the founder of Panchgani.

Panchgani attracts many tourists throughout the year. A well-known Ganesh Temple is located close by in Wai, Maharashtra.  Panchgani’s famous ‘table land’ has been the location for many Indian Movies

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Sydney Point: This point is situated on a hillock facing the Krishna Valley. One can see from here the glittering waters of the Dhom Dam, and Pāndavgad and Mandhārdeo. Sydney point is about 2 km from Panchgani Bus stand.

Table Land: This flat large expanse of laterite rock is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. Some spacious caves including the “Devil’s Kitchen” are visible from here.

Pabba ‘Gaddar’ Point aka Parsi Point: This scenic point is situated on the way to Mahabaleshwar, and overlooks the Krishna valley and the blue shiny waters of the Dhom Dam. This place got his name because Pabba decided to betray his friends and went to Pune rather staying at Panchgani.

Devil’s Kitchen: Situated at the south of the table land, the Devil’s Kitchen has a mythology associated with it: It is believed that the Pāndavas of the Mahābhārat epic had stayed here for a while. Pāndavgad Caves (near Wāi) are also said to be built by them then.

Mala’s Fruit Products: Mala’s is one of the best Jam developers in the history of India.Mala’s introduced the word ‘JAM’ in India. Panchgani is the hometown of Mala’s Fruit.

Mapro Garden: Situated on the curvaceous roads between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar,  it is easily accessible by buses originating both from Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.

Carl Jung, Albert Einstein, and Wolfgang Pauli Walk Into A Bar (Part One)

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Synchronicity is a concept introduced by the Analytical Psychologist Carl Jung in the early 1920s, full extrapolation in the 1950s, which states seemingly random events of one’s life, the “coincidences,” may have meaning even if there is no causality to those events.  Causality meaning it broad terms everything has a cause. Nothing can happening without being cause.  Synchronicity says X,Y,Z happened and it is all related even if it does not seem  to have a connection at all.

This concept is not limited to Psychology. There are parallel theories in Quantum Physics and Mathematics. Chaos Theory, brought into the mainstream partly by the character of Ian Malcolm in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, discusses how there is inherent order in a system of what appears to be complete chaos. Butterfly Effect, besides being a bad movie starring Ashton Kutcher, is an aspect of Chaos Theory. The famous line quoted to sum up the idea, “A Butterfly flaps its wings in China, a rainstorm hits in St. Louis, Missouri.” (Use of St. Louis, Missouri is ambiguous.)

What seems to be a random occurrence somehow affects something else completely unrelated half a world away.

The brain categorizes automatically everyday. It is one of the defense or regulatory mechanisms the mind deploys to use and store data and stimuli without becoming overwhelmed. Finding patterns helps us make sense of the world.  When the brain cannot find a pattern or a reason behind something happening there is a momentary confusion, glitch.

When a person has a slight glitch in the information their brain receives, as to where it comes from or what it might mean, the person chooses to ignore it, writes it off as coincidence, or reads it as a sign from a High Power or Intuition. Most confused moments are not a big enough break in the mundane routine to cause much thought. Some claim the need to find causation or meaning or reasoning behind daily phenomenon is how Deities were created. Regardless, in order for the brain to function and people to continue to work, eat, breath everyday the glitches had to be minimized.

Beyond the divine, paranormal or psychology connectivity our brains need there is physical evidence of actually connectivity outside of our minds.  Ecosystems, civilizations, humans and non humans are connected in many ways. We affect each other, share the same air, water, dirt. Genetically, structurally, chemically all things, living and non, share degrees.

So there is truth to patterns.  There is truth to chaos and order. There is truth in connectivity.

Now, as for the acceptance or belief if Synchronicity the person’s belief systems come into play.

In the next part I will talk about my own experiences which have lead me to believe in Synchronicity. I also believe Synchronicity continues to work in my life to this day.

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