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Gulur Ganesha and Kaidala, Tumkur: of unique temples and traditions

As mentioned in several of my previous posts, Bangalore offers several offbeat sights which form for exciting day trip ideas.  If you are a fan of art, architecture and ancient temples, Gulur and Kaidala which are just 6 km apart and about 75 km from Bangalore must be on your list.  Located in Tumkur district,… Continue reading Gulur Ganesha and Kaidala, Tumkur: of unique temples and traditions

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Photoessay – Shivarapatna, Kolar district: the hands that craft the Gods

Carved stone panels, statues, idols and stone slabs in varying stages of finishing…..all lining the pavements, house fronts, backyards and basically any empty space.  Well, this is Shivarapatna for you.  A seemingly non- descript village in Malur taluk in Kolar district of Karnataka, Shivarapatna is known for its stone craft and sculptors. The dull but… Continue reading Photoessay – Shivarapatna, Kolar district: the hands that craft the Gods

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Photoessay: The temple town and hills of Devarayanadurga

Located in the Tumkur district of Karnataka, Devarayanadurga is a popular temple town.  Perched at a height of about 3950 feet above sea level, this one forms for an engaging day trip from Bangalore.  The place, whose name translates into “Fort of the Gods”, is home to a number of temples, hillocks and a wide… Continue reading Photoessay: The temple town and hills of Devarayanadurga

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Photoessay: Rustic Charm and Streetscapes – around the sacred town of Melkote, Karnataka

Located about 150 km from Bangalore, Melkote also spelt Melukote is one of Karnataka’s hidden gems.  Also known as Thirunarayanapuram, the town is perched on a hill which is called Yaadavagiri. A popular piligrimage centre, the town is famous for its temples dating back to the Hoysala period. One of the main temples of Melkote is… Continue reading Photoessay: Rustic Charm and Streetscapes – around the sacred town of Melkote, Karnataka

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Photoessay: The spectacular beauty of Gaganachukki and Bharachukki Falls

Located in Mandya district, Gaganachukki and Bharachukki waterfalls are a famous tourist attraction in the state of Karnataka.  Also called Shivanasamudra falls, this one is formed on the river Kaveri as it spilts into the western and eastern branches.  The western branch is the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki while the eastern branch forms the Bharachukki falls.  Also… Continue reading Photoessay: The spectacular beauty of Gaganachukki and Bharachukki Falls

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Photo essay: Brahmeshvara Temple, Kikkeri: a hidden architectural gem

Karnataka is home to several ancient and Hoysala temples that are well known for their architectural splendour and ornate sculptures.  But the very mention of Hoysala temples conjures images of the spectacular monuments in Belur and Halebid.  While the temples mentioned therein are examples of architectural brilliance, Karnataka has several other temples built by the… Continue reading Photo essay: Brahmeshvara Temple, Kikkeri: a hidden architectural gem

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Corporation Bank Heritage Museum (Coin Museum) – Udupi: a numismatists’ delight

Did you know that when all digits on the serial number of a currency note are the same (like ‘555555’ or ‘777777’) it is a type of fancy note? Or if there is a pointed star under the year of a coin, it has been manufactured in the Hyderabad mint? Well, it is unlikely that… Continue reading Corporation Bank Heritage Museum (Coin Museum) – Udupi: a numismatists’ delight

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Togalu Gombeyata: traditional form of puppetry – of art, drama and song

“When we perform in an all women squad, I always essay the role of ‘Bhima’” said Gouramma an established leather puppet artist from a remote village in Ramnagar in Karnataka.  The glint of pride in her voice was unmissable as she narrates how this art has been an integral part of her life.  Her parents… Continue reading Togalu Gombeyata: traditional form of puppetry – of art, drama and song

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Photo essay: Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

As mentioned in several of my earlier posts, India is a treasure trove of magnificent temples and ancient monuments.  There are several such ‘hidden gems‘ in the form of beautiful, ornate temples dating back centuries in and around the bustling IT city of Bengaluru.  Yet another addition to this wonderful list is the Ramalingeshwara group of… Continue reading Photo essay: Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

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Multifaceted Mosale: a perfect weekend getaway from Bengaluru

With hectic lifestyles within claustrophobic cities becoming the order of the day, a getaway from the concrete urban jungle is always a welcome change.  There is something about being close to nature that is so rejuvenating and refreshing.   One such sojourn I recently undertook was a visit to the seemingly sleepy town of Mosale located… Continue reading Multifaceted Mosale: a perfect weekend getaway from Bengaluru