In Shiva’s Refuge At Airawateshwara Temple, Darasuram

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Airawateshwar Temple is one of the three Great Living Chola Temples. Built in 1162, by Raja Raja II the age old traditions are still followed in prayers and festivals. Darasuram is an hour's drive from Thanjavur and buses and taxis are easily available. Tour operators operate one-day, three-days and five-day tours for…

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A poetry in stone: Ranakpur

"Behen ji, ek shawl pehan lo....mandir me jaane nahi denge aapko!" You see, I was wearing a sleeveless kurti with chudidaar leggings and no dupatta.... At the ticket window of Ranakpur Jain Temple, one man cheekily informed me to take a shawl or else I wouldn't be allowed inside the temple!! I had convinced Aby, my hubby dear,…

Modhera Sun Temple

The Fire Altar : Sun Temple at Modhera, Gujrat

The  first soft yellow light of the early morning fell on the face of the gold idol of Surya, imparting a resplendent glow shattering the darkness......It seemed as if the Sun God himself emerged from the sleepy confines of the garbha griha of the temple riding his golden chariot heralding the dawn of a new day. The…

Rani ki Vav(Queen’s Stepwell): Patan, Gujrat

Patan, known for Rani ki Vav and Patola Saris, is two and a half hour drive from Ahmedabad. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Rani ki Vav is an ancient step-well or baodi or vav in Gujarati. Stepwells are water tanks that are reached by descending steps. These were built by digging deep trenches to reach the…