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Malanada ~ The temple of Kaurava King

Posted by Syam on January 22, 2018 in Festivity, Historical, Photo stories | 6 Comments

Peruviruthy Malanada or Malanada is the only Duryodhana Temple in South India. The story is that as part of his efforts to trace out the “Pandavas” in exile, Duryodhanan traversed the forests in the south and reached Malanada hill. The annual festival of Malanada Temple is known as “Malakkuda”. It is amazing to witness the ceremonial […]

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Dawn at Mullayanagiri ~ the highest peak in Karnataka

Posted by Syam on October 16, 2017 in Landscape, Photo stories | 11 Comments

Located in the Chandra Dhrona hill ranges of the western ghats, Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka. It was my second visit to the hill, first time I couldn’t make it to the hill top. While standing on top of the Mullayanagiri hill at dawn, the chilling wind murmured in my ears… “welcome back […]

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Redemption ~ Annual festival of Kodungalloor Bhagavathy Temple

Posted by Syam on September 9, 2017 in Festivity, Photo stories | 14 Comments

These photographs taken at Kodungallur Temple, Kerala during the annual “Bharani” festival. Thousands of oracles, both men and women from different tribes come there wielding swords, clad in red costumes, singing and going around the temple. Legend is that Hindu Goddess Kaali after defeating and Killing Darikan (an immensely powerful and arrogant demon) was still […]

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Rosemala ~ less explored eco tourism spot in Kerala

Posted by Syam on August 21, 2017 in Landscape, Nature, Photo stories | 10 Comments

This is our second trip to Rosemala. Our first trip was a failure as we ventured out in a car. We were forced to stop in the middle as the car would’t take us any further owing to bad roads. It’s easy to get a Jeep from Aryancavu to Rosemala,the fare is Rs 400 perside. […]

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മാൻ‌ചേൽ മിഴിയാളേ ~ Kalyana sougandhikam Kathakali

Posted by Syam on July 21, 2017 in Art Forms, Photo stories | 8 Comments

മാൻ‌ചേൽ മിഴിയാളേ നിന്നാല്‍ വാഞ്ഛിതങ്ങളായീടുന്നോ- രഞ്ചിതസൌെഗന്ധികങ്ങള്‍ അഞ്ചാതെകൊണ്ടന്നീടാം Bhima, the son of wind god sets out in search of Kalyanasougandhikam, a rare flower as requested by his wife Panchali. Kalyanasougandhikam, a chapter from the epic Mahabharata, depicting the travails of Bheema who goes in search of Sougandhika flowers at the behest of his beloved wife Panchali. On […]

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Chamayavilakku ~ an offering to god where men dressed up as women

Posted by Syam on June 22, 2017 in Festivity, Photo stories | 9 Comments

The Kottankulangara Chamayavilakku Festival is an annual Hindu festival in Kerala, India in which thousands of men dress as women to get the blessing of Devi to get fulfill their desires. The festival takes place at the Kottankulangara Devi Temple at Chavara near Kollam, which is sacred to the goddess Bhagavathy. Every year this festival […]

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Talakad ~ temples buried under sand

Posted by Syam on June 10, 2017 in Architecture, Historical, Photo stories | 8 Comments

Talakad (Talkad, Talakadu) knows as Dalavanapura and Gajaranya in sanskrit, was the capital of the Gangas, who ruled present Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, Bangalore and Kolar districts from the fourth to tenth centuary A.D. The Gangas were succeeded by the imperial Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara and the Mysore Wodeyars. It’s unbelievable that the historic site, Talakad once […]

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Abode of digambaras ~ infront of Bahubali

Posted by Syam on June 4, 2017 in Architecture, Photo stories, Sculpture | 8 Comments

It was amazing to stand infront of the 57-feet tall magnificient monolithic statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali at Shravanbelagola. Gommateswara statue is considered as world’s largest monolithic stone statue. Every twelve years, thousands of devotees gather here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka, a spectacular ceremony in which the statue is covered with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and […]

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Dance of god

Posted by Syam on June 1, 2017 in Festivity, Photo stories | 8 Comments

Theyyam is a traditional art form of Kerala which incorporates dance, music and enshrines the fundamentals of ancient tribal cultures which attached great importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of ancestors.  The staging area of Theyyam is known as Kaavu. Theyyam is also performed at home (Tharavadu) and fields. Theyyam’ performers belong to […]

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