Saturday Story:Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow

Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow

A crow lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied in life. But one day he saw a swan. “This swan is so white,” he thought, “and I am so black. This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.”
He expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.” The crow then approached the parrot. The parrot explained, “I lived a very happy life until I saw a peacock. I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors.”
The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him. After the people had left, the crow approached the peacock. “Dear peacock,” the crow said, “you are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you.When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. I think you are the happiest bird on the planet.”peacock
The peacock replied, “I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happy bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage. So for past few days I have been thinking that if I were a crow, I could happily roam everywhere.” Moral: That’s our problem too. We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad. We don’t value what God has given us. This all leads to the vicious cycle of unhappiness. Learn to be happy in what you have instead of looking at what you don’t have.
There will always be someone who will have more or less than you have. Person who is satisfied with what he/she has, is the happiest person in the world.

Source: Unknown

Bhutan Diaries: A day in Paro

After bagging some unforgettable memories & pictures in Chelela Pass.  We made our way to Paro which was a one hour ride from Chelela pass. We were waiting for this day from a long time because of the most exciting place called Tiger’s nest monastery a.k.a Paro Taktsang. Paro is a place of peace and serenity with colorful buildings. This charming town Paro is very small compared to Thimphu. It lies on the banks of the Paro Chhu(river). It seems that the main street was built only 30 years ago, is lined with colourfully Concrete buildings, painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants. A walking tour in Paro will be your best experience to explore Bhutanese Culture. It hardly takes an hour for you to complete the whole walking tour..

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The main street of Paro, is lined with colourfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants, decorated with the beautiful flowers and few multistorey buildings.

National Museum of Bhutan: Ta Dzong

Our First stop, Since we visited Paro on Saturday we had to hurry, in order  to visit the famous Paro museum because it gets closed at 11AM on Saturdays. The museum is located beautifully but is also prone to thunders as the original museum was damaged after being hit by a thunder in the year 2013.

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The original museum was damaged after being hit by a thunder in the year 2013.

The museum is now shifted in the newly constructed building adjacent to the old one.  The Paro museum shows you the history and present of Bhutan like any other national museum in the world.

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Paro city overview from a viewpoint in Ta dzong comple

The most interesting part of it was the display of various birds of Bhutan and the history was also captivating enough. After a knowledgeable visit to the national museum.We explored the town as our driver was a locale of Paro so he was introducing us the culture of Paro and was explaining us differences between Paro & Thimphu. We stopped our vehicle at a viewpoint where Paro airport is visible.

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Paro Airport has been described as “the most difficult commercial airport in the world”.

Paro Airport: World’s most challenging airports

It is the sole international airport in Bhutan. The airport is 6 km from Paro in a deep valley on the bank of the river Paro Chhu. With surrounding peaks as high as 5,500 m (18,000 ft), Airplanes on approach pass by 5,500m Himalayan mountain peaks, and the 1,980m runway length presents a double challenge, due to the extremely high density altitude at the site.it is considered one of the world’s most challenging airports.

We had a small stopover at a home cum restaurant for having Brunch.  We had some authentic Bhutanese food which was yummy too.

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Inside of a Bhutanese House cum hotel.We had a Colorful Local lunch.

Kyichu lhakhang: Oldest temple in Bhutan

Then our next stop was in Kyichu lhakhang which is believed to be the oldest temple in Bhutan.This temple is popularly believed to have been built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, to pin down the left foot of a giant ogress who was thwarting the establishment of Buddhism into Tibet. Only the history enthusiasts Me, Karthik and Lalla had paid our visit to this temple. And of course we wrapped up our visit in 30mins. The temple is extremely sacred for the Buddhist and it does tell you a story of Bhutan history and old architecture as we see lots of prayer wheels encrypted on the walls of the temple.

After paying our visit to this historical temple we started to the most exciting part of our trip ‘Tiger’s nest Monastery’ a.k.a Taktsang Lhakhang. Stay tuned to read more about our trek to the Tiger’s next monastery…

Planet Earth: Amazing nature scenery (HD)

“Planet Earth” is a 2006 television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. After watching all eleven episodes, Robert Revel tried to compress all the beautiful images in one video. Thus making it a stunning 13 minutes video. For better experience watch it in HD..

A Trip to Chalukyan Temples: An Experience to be felt

The Chalukya dynasty  was an Indian royal dynasty that ruled large parts of southern and central India between the 6th and the 12th centuries. During this period, they ruled as three related yet individual dynasties. The earliest dynasty, known as the “Badami Chalukyas”, ruled from Badami from the middle of the 6th century. The Badami Chalukyas began to assert their independence at the decline of the Kadamba kingdom of Banavasi and rapidly rose to prominence during the reign of Pulakeshin II. After the death of Pulakeshin II, the Eastern Chalukyas became an independent kingdom in the eastern Deccan. They ruled from Vengi until about the 11th century. In the western Deccan, the rise of the Rashtrakutas in the middle of the 8th century eclipsed the Chalukyas of Badami before being revived by their descendants, the Western Chalukyas, in the late 10th century. These Western Chalukyas ruled from Kalyani until the end of the 12th century.

The rule of the Chalukyas marks an important milestone in the history of South India and a golden age in the history of Karnataka. The political atmosphere in South India shifted from smaller kingdoms to large empires with the ascendancy of Badami Chalukyas. The rise of this empire saw the birth of efficient administration, overseas trade and commerce and the development of new style of architecture called “Chalukyan architecture”. Kannada literature, which had enjoyed royal support in the 9th century Rashtrakuta court found eager patronage from the Western Chalukyas in the Jain and Veerashaiva traditions.

Pattadakal Temples: A cluster of beautifully carved temples

 Badami:  Rock cut Cave Temples

Aihole: The Cradle of Indian temple Architecture

Mahadeva Temple, Itagi: Emperor among Temples

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Doddabasappa Temple, Dambal: The dazzling templeDoddabasappa temple, Dambal (4)

Lakkundi: Most Ornate temples

 

P.S: This is just an introduction post of Chalukyas. Stay tuned to know more about the temple history, architecture, significance etc..

Source: Wikipedia.com

Happy Sri Rama Navami

Ram Navami Or Sri rama Navami is celebrated on 15th April, 2016 in order to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama who was considered as the seventh incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu. Rama Navami is a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of the god Rama to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya. The holy day falls in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu calendar. Thus it is also known as Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami, and marks the end of the nine-day Chaitra-Navaratri (Vasanta Navaratri) celebrations. Rama Navami is one of the most important Hindu festivals. This year it is celebrated on 15th April 2016. ramabirth

On this auspicious day of Sri Rama Navami, I am sharing nine of my best shots. Wish you all a Happy Srirama Navami!!

Dichipally Ramalayam, Nizamabad, Telangana:

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 ‘Indur Khajuraho or Nizamabad Khajuraho’. 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.

Lord Kodandarama Temple, Ammapalli :

Temple was built by vengi kings in 13th century BC and one of the rarest Kodanda Rama temple,Where lord Rama is holding an arrow in his hand along with sita and Laxmana in the sanctum sanctorum Lord hanuman is placed at dwaja stamba.This historical temple is listed in UNESCO heritage list.

Lord Kodanda Rama Swamy temple, Vontimitta:

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. 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…!!! These fine and rich carvings on the gopura are one of the highlights of this temple, No human tongue is able to describe its grandeur..

Aprameya Temple, Mallur, Karnataka:

The presiding deity of the temple is Sri Aprameya Swamy. However it is more popular as the Navneeta Krishna temple. It is believed that Sri Rama had stayed here for many years and worshipped the Lord here and hence Sri Aprameya swamy is also called Sri Ramapreya swamy.The splendour of the temple takes your breath away. There is a written document in Tamil that is preserved till date which says the temple was built and expanded by the Chola King Rajendra Simha in the 4th century.

Hazara Rama Temple, Hampi, Karnataka:

Hazara Rama Temple in Hampi is a small but beautiful temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It was once the private temple of the kings and the royal family of Vijayanagara. The temple is famous for the lovely bas relics and panels depicting the story of the epic Ramayana.Hazara Rama temple

I once again wish you all a Happy Srirama Navami!! Found this Rama birth Paintin on Google search.

Saturday Story: Black or White

When I was in elementary school, I got into a major argument with a boy in my class. I have forgotten what the argument was about, but I have never forgotten the lesson I learned that day.

I was convinced that “I” was right and “he” was wrong – and he was just as convinced that “I” was wrong and “he” was right. The teacher decided to teach us a very important lesson.

She brought us up to the front of the class and placed him on one side of her desk and me on the other. In the middle of her desk was a large, round object. I could clearly see that it was black. She asked the boy what color the object was. “White,” he answered.

I couldn’t believe he said the object was white, when it was obviously black! Another argument started between my classmate and me, this time about the color of the object.

The teacher told me to go stand where the boy was standing and told him to come stand where I had been. We changed places, and now she asked me what the color of the object was. I had to answer, “White.” It was an object with two differently colored sides, and from his viewpoint it was white. Only from my side it was black.

Sometimes we need to look at the problem from the other person’s view in order to truly understand his/her perspective.

Source: Unknown

Happy Ugadi:“Durmukhi nama samvatsaram”

After a month’s break, I am back to blogging to wish you all a Happy Ugadi. Now you must be wondering, who are not familiar with this part of the world, What is Ugadi? Why do we celebrate Ugadi? Where & How do we celebrate Ugadi?

Ugadi is derived from sanskrit ‘yuga’ means ‘age’ and ‘adi’ means beginning. Two Telugu states Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are celebrating Ugadi festival today.People celebrate it in resemblances of new hope and new aspirations.For the year 2016, Ugadi is celebrated with name “Durmukhi nama samvastram”. There are 60 Telugu years rotating in the cyclic process. If 60 years are completed, it resembles that one era (Yugam) is completed. The festival is celebrated on 8th April i.e. Chaitra sudha padyami.  Many states celebrate this festival with different names. In Maharashtra it is known as Gudi Padwa. The day of Gudi Padwa begins with an oil-bath and eating Neem leaves ritual followed by prayers.
As per the Hindu solar calendar, Keralites, Tamilians, and Bengalis will celebrate New Year as Vishu, Puthandu and Pohela Boishakh, respectively on 14th April.

Ugadi Pachadi: Ceremonial dish

On this day, the particular dish “Ugadi pachadi”is more populous. It is made of new jaggery, raw mango pieces and neem flowers and new tamarind which truly reflect life – a combination of six different tastes sweet, sour, spice, salt, tanginess and bitter tastes symbolizing happiness, disgust, anger, fear, surprise and sadness. Ugadi pachadi at home

Bhakshalu: Special & my favorite dish

In our states, a special dish called Bhakshalu or Bobbattu or Polelu or Puran Poli or Oliga are prepared on this occasion. It consists of a filling (gram and jaggery/sugar boiled and made in to a paste) stuffed in a flat roti-like bread. It is usually eaten hot or cold with ghee or milk topping. 

Ugadi celebrations on Airindia.. Bakshalu, ugadi pachadi, lemon rice etc.,

Some of the good and bad non-political predictions in Vedic Astrology:

1. Vegetarians will increase and this will cause rise in prices of Green leafy Vegetables.
2. Agriculture will not be encouraging this year. More farmers will try to find new jobs.
3. More flight and helicopter crashes will occur in 16-17
4. Juvenile criminals number will be on par with adults.
5. Governments across the globe will take measures to control, safeguard wild animals and forests, archaeological findings, etc.,

This Ugadi, may you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganesh ji’s trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your trouble be as small as his mouse. Happy Ugadi! May your hate for your enemies fade away, May the darkness around you become lighter, May this Ugadi bring joy, health and prosperity to you and your family.