Triloknath/Trilokinath temple in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

Mandi district as we now see was formed by merging the two princely states of Mandi and Suket, when the State of Himachal Pradesh was created post independence (1948).  The kings of Mandi and Suket are believed to be descendants  of the mighty Sena dynasty of Bengal. After the Islamic invasion of Bengal in 1204…

A Photographic Journey of Hardwar

Scenes from Har ki Pauri ghat: the melting point of  India where one gets to see people from all states   The main bazaar area bordering the ghats: The Temples of Hardwar near Har ki Pauri To read on the history and other details on Haridwar please check this link : Haridwar

Kurmachal or Kumaun – The land of Vishnu

माटू हमरू, पाणी हमरू, हमरा ही छन यी बौण भी… पितरों न लगाई बौण, हमुनही त बचौण भी। (Soil ours, water ours, ours are these forests. Our forefathers raised them, it’s we who must protect them —Old Chipko Song ) The state of Uttarakhand, earlier referred to as Uttaranchal, is located in the northern part of India….

Gaganendranath Tagore- A forgotten part of Bengal Art History

Few days back I came across a news link that spoke of the recent installation of paintings by Gaganendranath and Abanindranath Tagore in the Victoria Memorial museum gallery (Kolkata). The first feeling was of immense happiness seeing the two artists finally receiving their due places in the hall of fame. The second feeling was of…

Exploring the history of tea

Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things ~ Chaim Pot. Every afternoon like clockwork my room door opens at quarter to four in the afternoon, and even before I can look up from my laptop screen to see who it is, I know who it is. My indomitable maid…

Tibetan Culture and Traditions

In the land of lama, don’t be a gamma. A sage advice given by those that build and maintain roads in these cold, barren lands. Whoever has travelled to the distant high mountains of Ladakh and Spiti have seen these cautionary yellow boards with advice written in black by the BRO, asking drivers to be…

In the Land of Pilgrimage ~ Haridwar

Escaping the cycle of life and death In India, the tradition of pilgrimage is deeply rooted within the realms of its religious consciousness. Owing to large number of pilgrim spots spread all across this sub continent, the entire region can be labelled as one vast sacred space. There are early mentions of pilgrim spots or…

Traversing the Ganges, from Old Times to New – Part I

A lifeline that has defined human civilisation. A river that holds a cosmos in itself,  a fascinating  world of flora and fauna, unseen from above, yet pulsating below, under tranquil waters. (Pic – Yamuna in Agra. Yamuna is the largest tributary of the river Ganges) In a land where infrequent monsoons are held as the main season,…