Sunday, January 18, 2009

Thousand Pillar Temple, Moodabidri Near Mangalore

Moodabidri is a center for Jainism and is called Jain Kashi. A quiet town, 35 km from Mangalore houses 18 Jain temples or basadis. Most prominent among these is the Thousand Pillar Temple (also called Saavira Kamabada Basadi and Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Basadi), situated at the center of the town. Established in 1430, this temple is an architectural wonder. The temple is dedicated to 8th theerthankara of Jains, Chandranatha. Panchaloha(made up of 5 metals) statue of Chandranatha is worshipped here by the Jains.Thousand Pillar Temple, Moodabidri
Thousand Pillar Temple, Moodabidri
Pillars of the temple contain some fine carvings. Episodes from the life of Jain theerthankaras, Lord Krishna, Lord Shri Rama are the subject of most of the carvings. Moodabidri was also an important trading center during 15th century. Figures of giraffe and dragon carved in the temple, provide ample proofs for that and indicate ties with Africa and China. Ceilings of the temple also have some beautiful carvings. Also, one can see stone inscriptions in Halegannada (old form of Kannada). In front of the temple, there is maana sthambha which is a monolithic pillar and dhvaja sthambha, seen also in Hindu temples. Roofs of the temple which are red in colour, reminded me those of the Buddhist monasteries.Inside Thousand Pillar Temple, Moodabidri
Inside Thousand Pillar Temple, Moodabidri
The temple is inside a fort like structure built at that time. View from the fort walls gives you the full picture of the famous temple, as you would have seen in tourist guides. The temple does not come under any Government organization and is managed by a Jain trust. They do not even charge entrance fees for the visitors. So, when I enquired about taking photographs of the place, I was asked to pay Rs.100/- as donation to the trust. One of the guides there, explained me about the history of the temple and the important carvings like Shri Rama pattabhisheka, figure of dragon and carvings made on giant doors of the temple.Dhwaja Sthambha And Maana Sthamba
Dhwaja Sthambha And Maana Sthamba
Basadis apart, Moodabidri is now famous for national level cultural festival, Alva's Viraasat, held every year. This music and dance festival brings together the best of artists from all over India. Moodabidri is also close to other tourist destinations like Karkala (another center for Jainism, 18km), Dharmasthala (Hindu pilgrimage center, 50km) and Udupi(50km).Pillars of Thousand Pillar Temple, Moodabidri
Pillars of Thousand Pillar Temple, Moodabidri
With its serene surroundings and charming presence of the Thousand Pillar Temple, town of Moodabidri beckoned me for a second visit to the place.
Beautiful Ceilings of Thousand Pillar Temple
Beautiful Ceilings of Thousand Pillar Temple

Carvings of Dragon
Carvings of Dragon

Stone Inscription In Halegannada
Stone Inscription In Halegannada

Roofs Of Thousand Pillar Temple
Roofs Of Thousand Pillar Temple

Fort Walls of Thousand Pillar Temple
Fort Walls of Thousand Pillar Temple

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Statue of Swami Vivekananda near Ramakrishna Math, Bangalore

Statue of Swami Vivekananda unveiled on January 12th, the birth day of Swami Vivekananda(also celebrated as National Youth Day in India) is one of the new attractions added to Bangalore city. Situated near Ramakrishna Math, Basavanagudi is already flocked by visitors. Here are few snaps of the bronze statue of the great son of India.Swami Vivekananda Statue, Basavanagudi, BangaloreClose up view of Swami Vivekananda Statue, Basavanagudi, BangaloreRamakrishna Math near Basavanagudi, Bangalore is frequently visited by those who look for a break from the busy city life. Books on Vedantha, Spirituality are available for sale here. Main building of the Math resembles Ramakrishna Math, Belur, West Bengal. Belur Math is the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. Inside the premises of the Ramakrishna Math, Bangalore, an area covered by rocks is marked for meditation. Visitors are encouraged to meditate here. If you are in Bangalore and thinking of charging up your souls, Ramakrishna Math is the place for you.
Ramakrishna Math, Basavanagudi, Bangalore

Friday, January 16, 2009

St Aloysius Chapel Mangalore

St.Aloysius Chapel located at the heart of the city is a must visit for anybody visiting Mangalore. St.Aloysius Chapel, MangalorePaintings filling every inch of the walls of the chapel, is indeed a treat to watch. These paintings are the works of Italian artist, Anthony Moscheni. Most of the paintings are dedicated to the life of Aloysius Gonzaga, from whom St.Aloysius College, Mangalore derives its name from.Inside St.Aloysius Chapel, Mangalore There are also paintings of Apostles, saints of Church and Jesuit saints - St.Thomas, St.Francis of Assisi, St.Peter Claver, Bl.Rudolf Aquaviva, St John De Britto. Also included are the paintings, dedicated to the life of Jesus Christ. Visitors will also be delighted, experiencing the calm and peaceful environment inside the chapel.Paintings of Jesus Christ in St.Aloysius Chapel, MangalorePaintings of life of Jesus Christ in St.Aloysius Chapel, Mangalore

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Haage Summane Film Review

Can success be replicated? Preetham Gubbi thinks so and it may be a while when he realizes the answer for this question in negative. Riding on the success of Mungaaru Male, having provided the story, he tries the formula - good music + beautiful locales + new faces. But his directorial venture lacks freshness, which most film buffs want. If one line description is enough, then it is nothing but a sequence of cliches.haage summane film poster
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Agreed, most of the songs are good(Maayavaagide Manasu and Oorella Koogi Heluve) but that only does not make a film worth watching. No complaint about the lyrics by Kannada's No.1 lyricist now, Jayantha Kaykini. Cinematography is a plus but audience can clearly point out the artificial trees (maple trees) being 'planted' in the beautiful locations of Karnataka. There was absolutely no need for that.

Mungaaru Male hangover is clearly seen. That is evident from the first scene as he names his hero 'Preetham'(Kiran) - 'Preetham' was the name of Ganesh's role in Mungaaru Male. Preetham's search for a true love ends with Khushi(Suhasi), a guitarist. He is not among the ones who give up, when Khushi rejects his proposal. He comes to Khushi's home telling, he wants to learn guitar ahead of a show. Needless to say he has to impress her parents to win over her. But why Khushi rejects Preetham in the first place is revealed at the end. By the time you feel it is the beginning of the story, you see it is the end of the film! Story if at all is there in this film, lacks freshness. One can predict the subsequent scenes and for the worst part, even dialogues. And this is when irritation for the movie goer begins and that ends when the movie ends.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bekal Fort Beach Kasaragod Kerala

Bekal Fort beach, a populart tourist attraction, is 15km away from Kasaragod town. Bekal Fort is the biggest fort in Kerala. The fort, whose construction was started during Hiriya Venkatappa Nayaka's time was completed during Keladi Shivappa Nayaka's reign. The fort spread across 40 acres of land is facing the Arabian sea. At the entrance of the fort, there is Mukhyaprana temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman is believed to be the protector of the fort. Architecture of this temple resembles the ones in Karnataka.Bekal Fort Kasaragod KeralaAs soon as you enter the fort, you will find the green lawns being laid. As you walk around the fort you will notice holes in the fort walls, designed to protect from invaders. Also, one can get a bird's view of the sea shore ahead from the fort walls, a rarity in beach locations. View from the fort walls of Bekal make you believe that one half of your view is filled by the Arabian sea and the other half by all coconut trees, typical of Kerala.Birds view of the beach from Bekal FortFrom the fort there is a passage to the beach down. A walk along the sea shore and you will find the park for children. Various structures are being built to attract the tourists. This place is usually crowded with people spending their leisure time with family and friends. Also, one can see some boats lined up along the shore and some afloat in sea. You can also witness some small birds(dont know the name!)walking in the sands and shying away whenever sea waves come closer. Bekal fort is a must visit place for those who are on trip to Kasaragod.Bekal fort beachFilm connection : Numerous films have been shot in the beautiful location of Bekal fort. Bombay, film directed by Maniratnam deserves mention here. Aravind Swamy's wait for Manisha Koirala, singing Tu Hi Re is still fresh in the memories of film goers. Lot of Kannada movies like Bhaava Bhamaida, Make up, Moggina Manassu have also been shot.A Walk along the Bekal Fort Kasaragod KeralaBekal beach parkCoconut trees at BekalA Small bird on the sea shores of BekalHow to reach Bekal fort from Mangalore :
Mangalore to Kasaragod (NH17) - 50km
Kasaragod to Bekal Fort - 15 km (Mode of transport : Bus/Auto)

Entrance Fees and Camera Charges :
Bekal Fort :
Entrance Fees : Rs.5 per person
Camera Fees : Rs. 25 per camera

Bekal Fort Beach:
Entrance Fees : Rs.5 per person
Camera Fees : Rs.25 per camera

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ananthapura Temple Kumble Kasaragod

Ananthapura near Kasaragod, 45 kms from Mangalore is a lake temple. Though surrounded by barren land all around it is truely amazing to see a lake and temple in the middle. Ananthapura is the holy abode of Lord Ananthapadmanaabha (or Lord Vishnu). Interestingly Ananthapura is the only lake temple in Kerala state.Ananthapura Lake Temple, KasaragodIdols : Idols worshipped here is not made of metal or stone as in most of the temples in India. It is made of Kadusharkara Paaka(made of various herbs). In this way of making idols of Gods, in addition to the external organs, internal organs like heart, lungs, skeletal joints and nervous system are also are realized. Also, there is no Abhishekam for idols made of Kadusharkara Paaka.Reflection of the Ananthapura Temple,Kasaragod in the lakeVegetarian Crocodile : Most of you may find it hard to believe that temple is guarded by a vegetarian crocodile, which lives in the temple lake. Crocodile named 'Babiya', has been living in the temple lake for 63 years now. They say there lived one crocodile before the present one appeared. People used to get a glimpse of the crocodile when they called it. In 1945, that one was killed by a British officer. After a few days, the present crocodile appeared in the lake. But now, one hardly gets to see the crocodile. One can see the crocodile, when the priests offer prasadam, naivedyam to it in the morning.Lord Hanuman and GarudaHow to reach Ananthapura from Mangalore : Mangalore to Kumble (also known as Kumbla) - 40 km
One can catch the Mangalore-Kasaragod bus to reach Kumble.
From Kumble, take an auto to Ananthapura or
catch a bus to Naikap (4 km from Kumble) and then get an auto from there.
Route Map to Ananthapura, Kasaragod


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