Saturday, June 29, 2013

India Visit 2013

We are back from a fun filled short visit to my home country India!! That's the reason for me absconding from here. What started as a week of no-blogging dragged on for weeks, and then there was a sudden plan to visit home. It was almost 2years that we went to India the last time. You can read about our previous visit here.  And today, after almost 2 months, I am writing here to share some glimpses of our India visit.
A visit to India is never complete without getting our hands adorned with beautiful Mehendi (Henna) designs. And now, it is easier as there are little henna artists found at almost every street in front of the bangle stores. Putti loved it so much that, we got it done twice during our short 3wks stay :)
Each time, we plan on India trip my list of 'to-eat' items grows depending on the season we visit. We got enjoy some most delicious Jack fruits, Mangoes, Toddy Palm, Ginnu (a steamed sweet dish prepared from Cow's Colostrum). And we were also lucky to eat Unripe Ragi (finger millet) after many years, thanks to my uncle for getting it for us. Here's Putti with a bunch of ragi and watch the video of frying the ragi here. 

 Other than the usual visits to my parents and inlaw's native villages, we did get to visit some places around. Pyramid Valley is a meditation center. It is the World’s Largest Pyramid built solely for practicing intensive meditation. It has a base area of 160ft. x 160ft. and is as tall as a ten stroreyed building at 102ft. height. The exterior surface of the Pyramid is covered by beautiful murals depicting various elements of nature. 
On safari at the Bannerghatta National Park
Some of the wild animals that Putti was thrilled to see there.  
Talakadu in Mysore is a town that has turned a desert as a result of a curse according to a legend.  The city is completely buried in sand and only a couple temples are successfully escavated. The lovely stone carvings there are exemplary. 
Chennakeshava temple at Somanathpur built around 1268AD is famous for its elaborate and intricate sculpting and is the best preserved monument of Hoysala architecture. 
Spent a day at the Kabini River Lodge enjoying the wilderness of Nagarahole and  a wonderful safari to catch a glimpse at the wildlife there. 
Hosaholalu, my father's native village has a wonderful and yet not so popular Hoysala temple. More photos of this LakshmiNarayana Temple can be found on my kannada blog. 
 We also visited the Panchalingeswara temple at Govindanahalli which is about 4 kms from Kikkeri. It is another classical example of Hoysala art. It is the only Panchakuta temple which is constructed by the Hoysalas.
 In Shravanabelagola atop the Vindhyagiri hill stands Asia's tallest monolithic statue, the 52-foot Bahubali.  And you need to toil up 600+ steps for a glimpse of it. Putti loved the climb and was fascinated by the 'huge stone man' as she called him :)
A childhood ritual  in almost every little girl's life is getting adorned with a long flower plait called 'moggina jaDe'. I was 5 years, when I got this done, so it was a perfect timing for Putti too. And boy! she did love the experience of it. More photos on facebook page. 
She loved the long hairs so much that she wanted to wear it gain and this time her little cousin Suhani joined her. Aren't they lovely little cousins? :) 
Apart from all the travels, we had a couple celebrations too. My inlaws had their 40th anniversary, while my parents completed 41 years  of marriage. And we celebrated 10 years of blissful married life. Here's us in the wedding attire on 23rd June 2003 and now in 2013!!
I wish to reconnect with you all again like before.
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