When I was a kid, I heard that “One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.” I totally echo with this statement. After Changchun, Beijing is my 2nd home in China. Whenever I get Vacations, I used to go to Beijing to spend my vacations to hang out with my friends. With the love and affection of my friends Emily jiang, Zhiqin zhou and Haijun yang families, I never thought I was in a different place. I am more familiar with the roads and streets of Beijing than any other city(not even my home town :p ). In this particular post I wanna recollect all those nostalgic memories.
Life without a passion is like a curry without spices. A passion is born when you catch a glimpse of your true potential. Try to be more passionate about the things which you love. If you follow those passions, no matter what they are you’ll start loving yourself. Remember one thing nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate and do them passionately.
Sometimes, we are really not sure what we would end up with when we were on the verge of doing something… Same thing happened to me indeed one day .i.e., when we were on a road trip to Tirupati, we have come across Lord Kodandarama swamy temple and the beauty of this temple at the time of dawn has mesmerized all of us. We felt that even the sun and moon would have felt jealous by seeing this edifice. It has indeed helped in embarking my own belief of ‘Art and Architecture has no death’.
Where is this?
Lord Kodanda Rama Swamy temple is located in Vontimitta mandal which is about 25kms from the city of Kadapa and is close to Rajampet in Kadapa District, Andhra pradesh. This is a place of historical, spiritual and cultural importance.
Do we really have any unbelievable facts in the world?
Well…!! I have heard few in this place. According to the legend, the temple had been constructed by two devotees (once they where burglars and they are transformed in to devotees) of Lord Rama, named ‘Vontudu’ and ‘Mittudu’, in one single day.
Practically speaking ‘no’… Anyways lemme finish the story..After constructing the temple, they sacrificed their lives and turned into statues. I am really not sure how far it is true, but the reality what I have seen at this place is the beauty of the temple.. Which I undoubtedly felt with my eyes and senses…!!!
Well!! Where are the statues?
Just like you all, even I have had the same question. Well you can find those statues, even now, at the entrance of the temple.
The composite image in the garbhagriha of the temple is that of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita is believed to be carved from a single rock. Lord Rama statue was established by Lord Jambavanta. And it is the only place in India, where the Sree Sita Rama kalyanam is held at night Sri Rama Navami.
Kishkindakanda, one of the 7 kandas of the Ramayana, is believed to have occurred in this region. The Anjaneya Swamy Gandi may also be part of the Ramayana; it is believed that the Anjaneya Swamy Vigraham in Gandi is made by Sri Rama on a hill stone with his arrow’s point to acknowledge Anjaneya’s help him in finding Sita Devi.
The main mandapam, built by the Vijayanagara kings, has a dancing Vigneswara. It is said that this is the only Rama temple in the country without Anjaneya beside the main deity.
The walls and pillars of the temple are embellished with intricate carvings. Near the temple is a Rama theertham, a Lakshmana theertham and a meditation hall. It is said that Rama and Lakshmana struck the earth with arrows to bring out the Pathalaganga to quench the thirst of living creatures.
A French traveler’s perspective:
A French traveler called Tavernier, had visited this town in 1652 and described the temple as one of the most beautiful temples in India. He was amazed by the devotion and dedication of the people here.
Tallapaka, six kilometres from Rajampet town, is the birthplace of Annamacharya who wrote 32,000 keerthanas in praise of Venkateswara.
The temple is noted for its sculpture and is notified as an Ancient Monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Putting aside accessing the facts this temple is really indeed a marvelous feast for the eyes if you visit this during the early hours of the day.
Officially the world’s highest commercial bungee jump at 233 m/764 ft…
Can you do this…?
Pristine Pakhal lake:
After having lunch in Warangal we started to Pakhal lake. Our main plan is to visit Pakhal lake which is a man-made lake in the Pakhal wildlife sanctuary. It is about 50km east of Warangal and is well connected by road passing through Narsampet which is about 12kms away from the lake. It is one of the best spots for Bird lovers in our newly formed state Telangana. I would call this place as an Ornithologists hangout place.This lake is situated amidst undulating forest land hills and watching birds is a popular retreat for the tourists. This lake is constructed around 1213 A.D. by Kakatiyan Ruler, Ganapati deva and spread over an area of 30 km2.
The shores around this lake is the Pakhal WildLife Sanctuary with an area of 839 km2. It is a dense forest shelter for a variety of fauna. We did not find any animals other than wild dogs, languor and monkeys. This place is a hub for snakes, didn’t even remembered how many snakes we saw on the road while we were cruising the forests.
Camping on the shore of Pakhal lake:
For a second, I thought I was in a monkey kingdom. Monkey’s were all around the place infact they were more than the tourists in this place. These were interfering in our business all the day and by the time it was dark they gone into the wild. By the time we were feeling good about this camping more than lakavaram, there entered the dragons, I mean insects and bugs…. Sorry, I have to say millions of insects which showed us the hell. Though we have preplanned for this camping by carrying ASV’s, DDT’s and some chemicals as a precautionary measure with us, everything went in vain..
What to do..????
After waiting for some time, Around 9pm we’ve decided to shift our camping.. Once we have shifted our camping to someplace near Narsampet, for a second, it was a sigh of a relief for us which was good one but not memorable like Laknavaram or Goa.
Tips from my Perspective:
1. Best time to visit this place is from September to March.
2. Beware of Monkeys, insects and wild dogs.
3. Not suggested for lonely travellers better to travel in groups.
4. If you are planning for a camping then plan it in feb- March. Don’t consider this place for camping from Sept-december instead go to Laknavaram.
5. There are shops in the near by village where you can buy food and beverages.
It’s been a long time for us to spend some time in peace away from the hustling-bustling city life. So, we planned a weekend getaway to Warangal to refresh ourselves. Warangal the former capital of Kakatiyas is around 140kms away from Hyderabad. We are already behind of our schedule, Our main plan was to visit Pakhal lake for sunrise but unfortunately we missed it. So we thought of checking out the Ancient Warangal fort first.
Warangal Fort, now in ruins, was once an impregnable fort in the state. This is reputed for its architectural magnificence besides its history. The fort Warangal is built with Geometric intricacies during the reign of Ganapati Deva, in 1199 AD and was completed by his daughter Rani Rudramadevi in 1261 AD. The Warangal Fort displays a rare and exquisite Thoranam Architectural style. There are Thoranam Arches and the pillars are spread across an area of about 19 kilometers between Hanamkonda and Warangal.
This fort has stood witness to many wars and revolts almost throughout its life as well the history associated with it. The special feature distinguishing the four enormous pillars of the gateway is that they have been cut from a single rock. Three protective layers ensure the protection of what was once the inner precincts and center of power.
Part of the ruins consist of delicate sculpture and stone work, motifs and designs delineating animals like lions and swans. Inside the fort area are the residues of temples razed to the ground by the early Qutub Shahi kings. The place is full of riches and resources from the past.
The Kakatiya period was rightly called the brightest period of the Telugu history. The entire Telugu speaking area was under the kings who spoke Telugu and encouraged Telugu. They established order throughout the strife torn land and the forts built by them played a dominant role in the defence of the realm.
At the centre of Warangal Fort is an archaeological zone containing an enclosure with the excavated ruins of a Siva Temple, demolished probably by invading armies from Delhi. These fragments, arranged in a large field, are from granite pillars, ceilings, and brackets, part of what must have been a monumental temple and sub-shrines. Seen here are multisection mandapa pillars and a sanctuary entrance frame with intricately carved capital and Siva dvarpalaka.
To the right of the reconstructed linga shrine, another set of unearthed fragments are formally arranged as a Ganesa temple. To its right is an immense but broken ceiling panel containing a krittimukha framed by dense foliage and creeper circles.
Unearthed blocks have been arranged to represent the layout of the original temple. At the west of the enclosure is this Linga shrine guarded by slabs with dvarpalakas carved in relief. They wear conical headgear, hold the trishul, damaru or sarpa and are flanked by diminutive attendants. The shrine is sheltered by a block that has a panel of thick creeper circles containing hamsa and other animals, held up by large mandapa columns.
Swayambhu temple: A self incarnated Shiva temple
There’s a small temple adjacent to Warangal fort called Swayambhu temple which has a Shiva linga inside it. It says that the Shiva linga has emerged itself from the ground and it is said that this is 850 years old temple.
This structure is said to be built over the site of a Kakatiya palace. May have been used as an audience hall by Shitab Khan, the 16th century Qutb Shahi governor of Warangal.
Check my other blog where I’ve uploaded HQ pictures..