I got Inked for the first time..

I had been waiting for this day anxiously from a long time to cast my very first vote and play my role in the society. I woke up early in the morning and reached the polling station at 7am and the polling stations are flocked by many people was such an awesome feel I say.
Since I voted for the first time.. I am now proud that I got a chance to vote for the right candidate, whom I believe he is capable of doing something good.
I voted against scams.
I Voted Against Corruption…
I Voted Against Dynastic Politics….
I voted for development,
I voted for a true nationalist
I Voted for a LEADER….
Hope I took a right decision, but only time would answer this question.

I got inked for the first time..

I got inked for the first time..Vote is my right & Vote is my responsibility

You be the change first, before thinking of changing anything else . Our country’s future is in our fingertips. ‘Think twice before you cast your vote.’

Please go and Cast your vote…….

Think twice before you cast your vote..!

It’s not all about:

  1. Claiming ourselves as “Indians”.
  2.  Showing due respect during “independence and republic days”.
  3. Talking about “National Integrity”.
  4. Criticizing “Corruption”’
  5. Making comments like “India will never change”.
  6. Feeling bad that India is not in the “elite list of developed countries”.
  7. Crying about “Rupees downfall” and “economic disparities”.
  8. Worrying about the hatred speeches.
  9. Celebrating sporting achievements.

Mind it you have no ethical right to claim yourselves as a citizen unless you fulfill the basic fundamental right of Our nation… “VOTE”

Let us stop talking, it’s time to act.  Let’s vote for our better livelihood.

All the very best to all the fellow citizens for one of the most important day of our lives for atleast next coming few years..

Be and act responsible, Let’s not incline towards Money, Liquor, Regional, Religion, caste  feelings, Free schemes and unreasonable promises as these definitely take us to doldrums.

I promise that I definitely go with my senses and choose the  right person & party tomorrow, whom I would definitely believe that they embark our national interest.

You be the change first, before thinking of changing anything else . Our country’s future is in our fingertips.  Think twice before you cast your vote.

Column by Nitesh Reddy Pathuri

 

A unique trip to Ramappa Temple

The Ramappa Temple is located in the Palampur village of Warangal district in Telangana region. It is located at a distance of 77 km from Warangal and 160kms from Hyderabad. It is home to brilliant Kakatiya art as seen in the Ramappa temple. 

History:

The Ramalingeswara Temple is popularly known as the Ramappa temple because the chief sculptor was Ramappa. It is probably the only temple in India to be known by the name of the sculptor who build it. It was built under the patronage of the King Ganapathi Deva by his Chief Commander Rudra Samani at Ranakude. The temple has a foundation in the shape of a star that’s why historians described it as the “Brightest Star in the Galaxy of Medieval Temples in the Deccan”.Ramappa temple, Warangal

About the Temple and its architecture:

The temple is approached through a lawn with tree lined path. It is situated in a valley and is built with bricks that are so light that they can float on water.This temple stands on a 6 ft high platform on a cruciform plan.It consists of a garbhagriha, an antrala and a maha mandapa.Ramappa temple, Palampur WarangalRamappa Temple proves to be a delight for both history and architecture buffs. But a temple of this significance needs to be protected — of the three shrines of Rudreswara, Kateswara and Kameswara, the last two are in ruins.

The temple signifies many facets of Shiva, his royal residence, the Himalaya Mountains and his inhabiting a sacred space beyond the mortal realm. The temple is built upon the classical pattern of being first raised upon a platform that separates its sacred functions from the taint of the everyday. This ‘sacred mountain’ mindset was characteristic of the temple builders in all the cultures.

Walls:

The wall contains exotic sand stone carvings depicting lines of elephants striking different posses, lotus motifs, mythical animals along with images of Ganesha, Narasimha and other gods and Goddesses. Erotic sculptures are also seen here!!

Even after so many wars and invasions these sculptures didn’t loose its charm..

Architecture of Ramappa temple, Palampur Warangal

Elephant, Lotus motiffs and some gods sculptures can be clearly seen here..

Architecture of Ramappa temple, Palampur, Warangal

The wall of the temple contains exotic sand stone carvings of elephants striking different poses and some gods and goddesses images..

Circumambulatory Elephant Sculptures:

There are about 523 Elephant sculptures following the tradition by walking around the temple after prayers (Pradakshina or parikrama).

Architecture of Ramappa temple, Palampur Warangal

I don’t know how much time does it took for the architect to design 523 different forms of elephants and carve them here.

Madanikas – The Sumptuous Sculptures:

This temple has three entrances flanked by a dozen of elegant female dancers striking different poses  known as Madanikas which are made of black basalt and carved to a glossy finish which are captivating.The sculptures of these dancing postures are the highlight of the sumptuous sculptures found here. Each of the three gateways of the Ramappa Temple are flanked by a pair of dancing girls on each side, thus making four dancing girls per gate and the number of dancing girls totals to twelve.

Each with their flowing clothes, intricate jewellery and not to mention the amazing facial expression will be part of the grand entry. These are strikingly peculiar and fascinating. Every single specimen found here unravels the kind of connoisseir and patron of art of the architect and the Kakateeyas.

Architecture, Ramappa temple, Palampur village, Warangal

Intricate carving on the wall of the temple..

Main temple Interior :

The Temple consists of star shaped mandapas with projected porches and balcony seating along with  multifaceted pillars, Rich and intricate carvings adorn the walls, pillars and ceilings of this wonderful building.

Ramappa temple, Palampur village Warangal

Main shrine of Ramappa temple

The hall in front of the sanctum has numerous beautifully carved pillars that have been placed to create an effect that combines light and space wonderfully.

Ramappa temple, Palampur village, Warangal

Walls of the Garba griha..Read the description below

You can see a ponne chettu(Alexandrian Laurel tree) beside the dancing lady on the top of this tree you can see Lord Krishna playing flute. And the sound of the flute comes through this tree, If you knock on the tree you can listen to different sounds at every point. There are seven different sounds noticed these sounds are referred to as Saptaswaraalu(seven sounds).Ramappa temple, Warangal You can also see Cosmic dance(Shiva taandavam) on the left side top of this door. There’s a tradition of Kakateeyas, That they dance before they enter in to the warfare. Also you can see dwarapaalikas (female guardians of the door) on either sides of the door. It is not clear in the picture but you can notice yourself if you visit this temple that there is a sculpture of a women who is distributing banana as prasaadam( food offering).

Distinct features of the Pillars:

The interior of the temple is supported by pillars with exquisite carvings. All the pillars are hand polished. Every pillar has its own and distinct designs.

Pillars of the Ramappa temple, Warangal

Exquisite carvings on the pillars of the temple

Among the four pillars, The outer east pillar is unique and different. It is thinnest pillar among the four. Remaining pillars has maharabharata and Sivapuranas sculpted on them. But this has love and erotic sculptures sculpted on them. This is because generally people enters into the temple from this side. So in order to prevent the evil eyes (Dishti) Ramappa made this pillar different from others.

Ornate Pillars of Ramappa temple, Warangal

White arrow mark indicates the Eastern pillar which has distinct features than other pillars. The Arrow mark in the top pic indicates the plane side of the pillar, while the remaining pillars have sculptures on them. second arrow indicates the sculptures on that side remaining pillars doesnt have..

You can notice the sculptures on the top of the inner east pillar on which the architect sculpted only 4 legs for 3 people instead of six legs. From this you can see the greatness of the architect as he left it to the visitors imagination. If you cover one peron’s body then you can see two complete figures.  On one of the pillar you can see gopika vastraapaharanam (An act from the Mahabharata). On the other side of the wall you can also see gopikas asking krishna for their dress.There are 13 holes on the inner east pillar, carvings are so so fine that even a thread can pass through it. 13 holes because it was constructed in 13th century? 

Ceiling:

The Ceiling is elaborately carved out of basalt stone. There is an additional entrance from the north also leading to the Navaranga mandapam in front of the sanctum. The ceiling is divided into compartments by columns from the bottom and is carved with intricate patterns. There is a richness of carvings in this temple on dark rock with a smooth finish, portraying an amazing range of themes from the Puranas and various Indian mythological stories.

Ramappa temple, Palampur Warangal

In the center of the naatya mandapa(Dance hall) Lord Nataraja is sculpted  such that the dancer will get his blessings. There are 8 triangles on the roof which is referred to as Ashta digpalakulu (Guardians of the directions).  

On the Roof there are miniature carvings of the dancing ladies, ksheera saagara madhana(Churning of the milk ocean) Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini distributing amrutam(elixir), Satyabhama killing Narakasura and Soldiers fighting in a warfare. 

Garbagriha:

The Shivalingam in the sanctum also rises to a height of 9 ft. In the day time Sunrays gets reflected and falls on the deity. 

Sasanam, Ramappa temple Warangal

Sasanam

Nandi statue:

There’s an 9-feet Nandi statue at the entrance of the temple. Although the roof of the Nandi mandapa is ruined but the Nandi idol is still intact.

Nandi statue, Ramappa temple, Warangal

Nandeeswara listening with one ear and watching with one eye which is ready to take the order of Lord shiva.

Nandi idol, Ramappa temple, Warangal

Treasure trove of intricate carvings

Uniqueness of this idol is that it seems to be in alter potion, ready to charge at the orders of Lord Shiva. Such a beautiful architecture…

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The steps on which we are sitting are not original. They are laid by ASI. Originally there were long steps, may be the kakatiyas were tall and well build ??

By some strange magic it has survived the successive Islamic invasions and natural calamities. Because of the efforts put by ASI this temple is in good shape. But still Kateswara and Kameswara shrines are in ruins. I wish that ASI/State tourism board will take special care to protect this temple and  reopen those shrines for tourists.

My suggestions:

1. If you go there early in the morning you can spot so many different species of birds and the greenery surrounding the road on the way to the temple will make your trip unforgettable.

2. If you are planning for a one day trip, then try to visit Ramappa Lake , Laknavaram Lake ( 30kms from Ramappa temple) and Govindrao peta(7kms from Laknavaram lake)

3. Read this before you visit this temple, I can assure you that you will love checking its architecture..

A boy & the Apple tree – A story of everyone

A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it everyday. He climbed to the treetop, ate the apples, took a nap under the shadow…he loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him. Time went by the little boy had grown up and he no longer played around the tree every day.

One day, the boy came back to the tree and he looked sad.“Come and play with me” the tree asked the boy.“I am no longer a kid, I do not play around trees any more” the boy replied.“I want toys. I need money to buy them.” “Sorry, but I do not have money… but you can pick all my apples and sell them. So, you will have money.”The boy was so excited. He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left happily. The boy never came back after he picked the apples. The tree was sad.

One day, the boy who now turned into a man returned and the tree was excited “Come and play with me” the tree said.“I do not have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?”“ Sorry, but I do not have any house. But you can chop off my branches to build your house.” So the man cut all the branches of the tree and left happily. The tree was glad to see him happy but the man never came back since then. The tree was again lonely and sad.

One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was delighted. “Come and play with me!”the tree said. “I am getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?” said the man.“Use my trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy.” So the man cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and never showed up for a long time.

Finally, the man returned after many years. “Sorry, my boy. But I do not have anything for you anymore. No more apples for you ” the tree said.“No problem, I do not have any teeth to bite” the man replied.“No more trunk for you to climb on” “I am too old for that now” the man said. “I really cannot give you anything, the only thing left is my dying roots” the tree said with tears.“I do not need much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after all these years” the man replied.“Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean on and rest, Come, come sit down with me and rest.” The man sat down and the tree was glad and smiled with tears.

This is a story of everyone. The tree is like our parents When we were young, we loved to play with our parents. When we grow up, we leave them…only come to them when we need something or when we are in trouble. No matter what, parents will always be there and give everything they could just to make you happy.
You may think the boy is cruel to the tree, but that is how all of us treat our parents.We take them for granted we don’t appreciate all they did for us, until it’s too late.

 

Hashima Island: The Ghost Island of Japan

Hashima Island (端島), commonly called Gunkanjima (軍艦島; means: Battleship Island), is one among 505 uninhabited islands in Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Nagasaki itself.Battle-Ship_Island_Nagasaki_Japan

History:

The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island’s most notable features are the abandoned and undisturbed concrete apartment buildings and the surrounding sea wall. It is known for its coal mines and their operation during the industrialization of Japan. Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 and began the project, the aim of which was extracting coal from undersea mines. They built Japan’s first large concrete building (To protect from Typhoons it was 9 stories high). In 1959, the 6.3-hectare island’s population reached its peak of 5,259, with a population density of 835 people per hectare (83,500 people/km2, 216,264 people per square mile) for the whole island.
Gunkanjima_Island_from_the_Sea

As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country, and Hashima’s mines were no exception. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974, and today it is empty and bare, which is why it is called Ghost Island.Hashima island A small portion of the island was re-opened for tourism on April 22, 2009 after 35 years of closure.

While watching James Bond film Skyfall(2012), I was kind of impressed with few scenes which were shot at some uninhabited island. Then after browsing, I got to know that it was shot at this Island. Thought this is worth sharing.

Interesting fact is that this Island served as an inspiration to the movie makers, Even filming of Skyfall did not took place on this Island it seems.

Source: Wikipedia

My articles are published in Chinese National media

I am absolutely thrilled seeing my articles going all over through other vibrant social mediums.

CITS ,A National website of China’s foreign affairs reception unit and  a prestigious trademark of high value in China and is the only tourism company among the country’s Top 500 Enterprises, with its real asset being RMB 10 billion has published six of my articles on their website for promoting local tourism..

Below are the glimpses of my published articles for your perusal..

1. Mt.Emeishan

2.Giant Panda and its Breeding base

3.Siberian Tiger park

4.Changbaishan, Jilin Province

5.Mt.Aershan

6.Kubuqi Desert

 Thank you friends,Followers and well wishers for motivating me to explore new horizons and sharing my experiences through this blog..

Mahanavami Dibba- The house of Victory

The massive stone basement called Mahanavami Dibba, also called as Dasara Dibba played a prominent part during the celebrations of the nine-day Navaratri festival. Originally this platform must have been a gorgeously painted and decorated pillared hall or pavilion of several storeys.

Mahanavami Dibba, Hampi Karnataka

Mahanavami dibba

This massive platform rises to a height of 12m and is built in 3 diminishing tiers.From a distance this looks like an ordinary elevated square stage. As you go close, the details emerge. The whole structure is made as a giant square structure in three layers.

There are mainly two stairways to reach the top. The front one (east facing) is highly decorated on either sides with carvings of elephants, horses and a host of other things. On the top there is nothing special to see except the great views of the campus around it. At the back of the platform a twin staircase is located. Probably this was used as a service staircase during the ceremonies.

Mahanavami Dibba, Hampi Karnataka

Rear exit ..Carvings are found everywhere..

The sides of this three layered platform is basically fluted design with chains of sculptures (largely of elephants one behind the other). The most celebrated of the carvings are of the panels at the sidewall in the bottom portion. These dexterously carved sculptures and ornamentations depict any thing from the royal ceremony to the city life to the erstwhile foreign envoys to the kingdom.

Mahanavami Dibba, Hampi Karnataka

Stories on walls..

Also any things from the Portuguese to Arabic to Chinese connections are visible. Probably this was made as a photo gallery for the benefit of the foreign envoys who had been visiting the capital. They could get the picture of the pompous celebrations held annually at the capital through thesis depictions. King Krishnadevaraya constructed this in commemoration on the victory over Udaygiri (now in Orissa). Archeologists believe that this platform had undergone systematic enhancements by successive kings came into power. The greenish schist stone additions in the front portions stands out from the rest and vouch this theory. Owing to the nature of the stone, these carvings here are fine and better finished.

Mahanavami Dibba, Hampi Karnataka

Here stones speak in silence..

The king used this platform to watch the army march-pasts, war games, aquatic sports, shows of the royal animals, musical performances and also the most important Navarathri celebrations, the nine day-nine night state festival. And this was the annual occasion the governors of various provinces under the king visited the capital to pledge their loyalty to the king’s dominion. For the king it was an event to demonstrate the imperial pomp and power at his disposal. Our Guide told us that there’s a close replication and continuation of these customs in Mysore palace.