Dichipally Ramalayam

Dichpally Ramalayam or Khilla Ramalayam is one of the oldest temples in Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh.According to the historical sources it was built in the 12 or 13th century by the Kakatiya Kings. It is also called ‘Indhoor Khajuraho or Nizamabad Khajuraho’.Dichipally Ramalayam, Nizamabad

History:

This temple has its own unique connotation in the books of History. In theertha era  when Lord Rama met Hanuman , and  in his adoration he headed to kill ravanasura, while they were on their way to Lanka both Lord Rama and Hanuman has stayed in this place for 15 days. No need to say that this place has played an important role in deciding the plot of the historical war between Good and Evil powers  And as a remembrance this temple was built.Dichpally Ramalayam, Nizamabad

There was a village named Dikshanagaram at a distance of 1 km from Dachipalli. This place was famous for the war material . It was in campaign that the kings or ministers who came to this place for selling or buying the war material, had no place to rest for a day or two, so this architectural ingenuity was built. Because of this architectural ingenuity the temple is famous internationally.Dichpally Ramalayam, Nizamabad

The sculptures on the walls of this temple are from the  Vatsayana’s book of kamasutra(3rd century)  .These sculptures never resemble any others in the whole Telangana region. these were called as ‘GICHU BOMMALU’. Gichu means SHRUNGARAM meaning attraction with beauty.

Dichpally Ramalayam, Nizamabad

Gichubommalu

The Ramalayam at Dichpally is one of the finest examples of the work in stone, which is attracting a lot of people.

Mandapa is the pillared hall in front of the Garbhagriha, for the assembly of the devotees. It is used by the devotees to sit,pray,chant,meditate and watch the priests performing the rituals.

Dichpally Ramalayam, Nizamabad

Mandapa

This place was Gichupally originally but with time people started calling it as Dichipally If we go into the past in the year of 1311 Alladdin Khulji conquered Nizamabad district. As a result of his conquest the Hindu temples were destroyed and the construction was hindered in his rule. Dichpally Ramalayam, Nizamabad Even a century ago due to the war of the raajamkam kings the contruction of the temples were hindered and further construction was stopped as stated by the people who studied about these temples.

Dichpally Ramalayam, Nizamabad

Panoramic view of the beautiful surroundings

Khilla Ramalayam, Nizamabad

I was there with my Family on 15th September,2013

Chinese Medicinal Cuisine

Chinese medicinal cuisine is a long standing tradition. Early records show that it was in use as far back as the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220). Through continual improvement during succeeding dynasties, it has developed into a practical science of nutrition. This is not a simple combination of food and traditional medicine, but it is a distinctive cuisine made from food and medicinal ingredients following the theory of Chinese medicine.
This not only became the means of health-preservation among the people of China, but also spread abroad, especially into Southeast Asia. There is now sufficient interest from people wishing to learn about alternative medicine that regular conventions are held to promote this branch of medical science.
There is a wide choice of foods that are used in many different ways to promote health and well-being. It is estimated that there are more than 600 different kinds of resource ranging from cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats and marine products. Many of these will be unfamiliar to foreigners who may be reluctant to try them; however all are quite precious and effective in the field of medicinal food. Many different ingredients are used to add to the appeal as well as to strengthen effects of the cuisine. Wine, sugar, oil, salt, vinegar and honey, and other commonly available items such as almonds, mandarin orange, or peanuts, all are utilized in the cooking process.

According to its respective functions, medicinal cuisine is classified under four categories:

1.health-protection cuisine,

2.prevention cuisine,

3.healing cuisine and

4.therapeutic cuisine.

Health-protection cuisine refers to reinforcement of required nutritional food correspondingly to maintain the organic health. A soup of pumpkin and almond can help lose weight; soup of angelica and carp can add beauty; and ginseng congee can give more strength.

Prevention cuisine builds resistance to potential ailments. Mung bean soup is considered helpful as a guard against heat stroke in summer. Lotus seeds, lily, yam, chestnuts, and pears can assist in the prevention of dryness in autumn and a strengthening of resistance to cold in winter.

Healing cuisine is the medicinal food for rehabilitation after severe illness. Broiled sheep’s heart with rose or braised mutton with angelica will help to rebuild a healthy constitution.

Therapeutic cuisine aims at the specific pathology. Fried potatoes with vinegar can adjust the organ and restrain hypertension and carp soup with Tuckahoe may enrich the strength of blood plasma albumen to help reduce swelling.

Have a try and you will enjoy the delicacy while benefiting a lot from the nourishment. 😉 A really amazing experience!

courtesy: travelchina.com

Exploring local foods in Muslim Quarter, Xi’an

Just as its name implies, the Mulim Quarter is the hub of the Muslim community in Xian City, Shaanxi Province. Located to the north of the West Street in the city center, the quarter covers several blocks inhabitated by many Muslims. There are about ten mosques in this area.

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Fomi zhongzi (sweet rice dumplings)

Muslim food and souvenir market is another feature of the area. The Beiyuanmen Muslim Market located just to the north of the drum tower is a great choice after the sightseeing in the city center. About 500 meters  in length from south to north, the street can be reached through the archway under the Drum Tower. This street is paved with dark colored stone with green trees providing heavy shade during summer; the buildings on both sides of the street are modeled on the styles of both the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). Some of the constructions are restaurants; while others are stores. But here there is one thing in common: the owners are all Muslims.

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Shao bing jia cai

Beiyuanmen Muslim Street has a long history. It is said that in olden days, foreign diplomatic envoys and merchants lived here then they married and had children, so gradually the population increased.People here are very familiar with each other because they were companions when they were children and then they grew to adults together and still then one after another they got married and had their own children. As time goes on, definitely they will become older and older or even pass by together.Walking along this twisted, narrow street which is aligned with stores on both sides, you can see that Muslim men with white hats sit inside the stores and talk leisurely with each other. In front of the doors of some stores, old men with white beards sit on the cane chairs enjoying the tender touch of the sun and having fun with the little children running along the street. The main goods of these stores are authentic hand-making Muslim food which tastes very good. While still there are small stores selling the special local products of Shaanxi Province and yet others provide you with exquisite souvenirs.

It is stated that once you have been to the Beiyuanmen Muslim Street, you won’t feel regretted for the snacks of Xian. Yangrou Paomo is a very distinctive snack of Xian, and is extremely delicious. Fried rice with pickled Chinese cabbage and little capsicum is extremely savoury.  While the most famous snack on this street is the steamed stuffed bun of Jiasan.

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There are also fruit pies made with persimmon here which are considered as the unique refreshment in Xian. There are also a great many other snacks to be found along this street, such as preserved meat, casserole, various noodles, and so on.

Adventurous trip to Leshan Giant Buddha

History of Leshan:

The Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk) in sitting posture.The Buddha is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River.

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The statue makes itself the most renowned scenic spot in this city Begun in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, and finished in the year 803, the statue took people more than 90 years to carve.Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It is 71 meters high. The 9-meter-wide instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 24-meter-wide.

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It was a monk called Hai Tong who initiated the project. His concern was for the safety of the long-suffering people who earned their living around the confluence of the three rivers. Tempestuous waters ensured that boat accidents were numerous and the simple people put the disaster down to the presence of a water spirit. So Hai Tong decided to carve a statue beside the river thinking that the Buddha would bring the water spirit under control. Besides, the fallen stones dropped during the carving would reduce the water force there. After 20 years’ begging alms, he finally accumulated enough money for the plan. When some local government officials had designs on tempting this amount of money, Hai Tong said that they could get his eyeball but not the money raised for the Buddha. After Hai Tong dug out his eyeball, these officials ran away scared. The project was half done when Hai Tong passed away, and two of his disciples continued the work. After a total of 90 years’ hard work, the project was finally completed.IMG_3136

The charm of the Buddha lies not only in its size but also in its architectural artistry. There are 1,021 buns in the Buddha’s coiled hair. These have been skillfully embedded in the head. The skill is so wonderful that the 1,021 buns seem integral to the whole._MG_3288 Another architectural highlight is the drainage system. This system is made up of some hidden gutters and channels, scattered on the head and arms, behind the ears and in the clothes. This system, which helps displace rainwater and keep the inner part dry, plays an important part in the protection of the Buddha. _MG_3173The large pair of ears, each seven meters long, is made of wood and is decorated by mud on the surface. For craftsmen of thousands of years ago, it was not easy to fix these to the stone head.IMG_3137MY experience:

We went with a travel agency, Our tour package included a drive from Chengdu to Leshan (almost 2-hours) to see the Giant Buddha, Lunch in Leshan and then a drive to Emeishan (1hr) for an overnight stay to see the beautiful Mount Emeishan.

The park itself is very beautiful with extremely pleasant surroundings and it was a very long walk up and down a series of steep stairs up and down the hills.IMG_3192  Leshan Giant Buddha was carved out of a huge cliff where three rivers meet on a beautiful bank. This is the last remaining giant Buddha of such a kind after the other one was destroyed by the Talibans in Afganistan. Let me tell you, As I climb the last few stairs, Not sure when I will actually get there, and when I was there and I saw him, WOW! It gave me goosebumps, he was so massive and amazing. trust me, it is absolutely majestic! you will not be disappointed and you most certainly will not regret it!_MG_3165

we hovered at his head and looked down, we walked down the stairs from his head to his feet , which if you ask me, is more impressive. You realize much better the size of it.

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There is a temple at the back of the giant Buddha which is worth seeing, and you can see the cave where the Monk who was in charge of the building of the Buddha used to live, then we went all the way to the bottom. _MG_3322It was such a fun adventure!! Everywhere you look is beautiful, be it the river or the Buddha. The Buddha is unimaginably massive and I really felt tiny standing in his presence.It is Several hundreds of years old and still in an perfect state, it is absolutely impressive.This was definitely worth all the travel stresses!

I really felt tiny standing in his presence

I really felt tiny standing in his presence

Lingbao pagoda:

Under the protection of the Sichuan Provincial Government  gained its fame from Lingbao peak on which it stands,it was built in the 9th century and renovated many times later.this square is 13 floors dense beamed brick flower with a height of 29.29 mts has five halls and many stone steps spiraling inside to the very top. From there u can have a beautiful bird view of Leshan._MG_3362

One piece of advise, the air quality is extremely poor and on the verge of dangerous here. If you have asthma, it might not be safe for you to come here, and if you do, take it slowly and bring a spare inhaler, you will be needing it.

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