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#AdiShankaracharya Math, Shringeri in #Karnataka

A young Adi Shankara traversed across the western ghats searching for a place to set up an ashram for his disciples. He reached present day Shringeri besides river Tunga after walking for miles.

The midday sun was at its scorching best! On the bank of the river, was a snake, with its hood raised over a frog. It appeared as if the snake was about to devour the frog, but a closer look revealed that the snake was, in fact, protecting the frog from the harsh sun!
Curious now, he continued to watch, and saw that the snake was indeed shading the frog, which was undergoing labour pains! The moment passed, and the creatures went their way. However, the young man was struck by the sight of a creature being protected by its deadly enemy.
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उनाकोटी (Unakoti) : भारत के एक राज्य, #त्रिपुरा की राजधानी #अगरतला से 178 KM दूर #उनाकोटी ज़िले के कैलाशहर उपखंड में स्थित एक ऐतिहासिक व पुरातत्विक हिन्दू तीर्थस्थल है। यहाँ भगवान शिव को समर्पित 99 लाख, 99 हज़ार, 999 मूर्तियाँ हैं |
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जिनका निर्माण 7वीं – 9वीं शताब्दी ईसवी, या उस से भी पहले, बंगाल व पड़ोसी क्षेत्रों में पाल वंश के राजकाल में हुआ था | मूर्तियों की संख्या के आधार पर ही इस जगह का नाम "उनाकोटी" पड़ा क्योंकि यहाँ की भाषा के अनुसार 'कोटि' का मतलब होता है 'करोड़' और 'उना' का मतलब होता है 'एक कम' | Image
हिंदू पौराणिक कथाओं के अनुसार, भगवान #शिव ने एक बार #काशी जाते समय 99,99,999 देवी-देवताओं के साथ विश्राम करने के लिए यहां एक रात बिताई थी। और उन्होंने सभी देवी देवताओं को सूर्योदय से पहले उठने और काशी की ओर चलने के लिए कहा था। दुर्भाग्य से, Image
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Unakoti : It is a historical and archaeological Hindu pilgrimage center located in Kailashahar subdivision of #Unakoti district, 178KM away from #Agartala, capital of #Tripura, a state of India. There are 99lakh, 99 thousand, 999 idols dedicated to #LordShiva.
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Which were built in the 7th – 9th century AD, or even earlier, during the reign of the #Pala_dynasty in #Bengal and neighboring regions. On the basis of the number of idols, this place got the name "Unakoti" because Image
according to the language here 'Koti' means 'crore' and 'Una' means 'one less'. According to #Hindu_mythology, Lord Shiva once spent a night here on his way to #Kashi to rest with 99,99,999 gods and goddesses. And he told all the deities to get up before sunrise and Image
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नवनाथ आणि बाकीचे नाथपंथी योगी आपणास ऐकून माहीत असतीलच. बर्‍याचशा लोकांनी नवनाथांच्या पोथीचे पारायण देखील केलेले असेल. एकूणच भारतीय इतिहासामध्ये नाथपंथाचे कार्य इतके मोठे आहे की सर्वकाही त्यांचेच असून त्यांचे नावही कोठे नाही.
नाथ संप्रदायाचे प्रमुख मच्छिंद्रनाथ व त्यांचे प्रमुख शिष्य गोरक्षनाथ यांनी भारतीय इतिहासाला अत्यंत उंचीवर नेऊन ठेवण्याचे काम केले आहेत. धर्म जातीभेद या सर्वांचा त्यांनी विरोध केला. प्रत्यक्ष मच्छिंद्रनाथ हे मासे पकडणाऱ्या कुटुंबामधील. व गोरक्षनाथ हे कश्मीरी पंडितांच्या कुटुंबातून
आलेले. साधारण नवव्या व दहाव्या शतकामध्ये ही होऊन गेलेली गुरु-शिष्याची जोडी.
या सर्व परिपूर्ण आणि अत्यंत देखण्या अशा ब्राह्मण तरुणाचे गुरु हे एका खालील जातीमधील होते. व त्यांची गुरुसेवा आणि गुरुभक्ती ही आत्तापर्यंत मी ऐकलेल्या कोणत्याही शिष्याच्या फार वेगळी आणि असामान्य आहे.
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An old post from FB by Dilip Menezes that shows what is actually true India. Do read:

While riding early morning from Narsipatnam to Lambasingi I stopped at a village for breakfast. There was a table set out outside a hut along the village road and an old man was making tea.
I asked for a cup of tea and something to eat. The old man pointed to the tea and then said something in his local language that I didn't understand. I made the sign for food and he turned to his wife who was standing close by.
She pointed me to a bench outside their hut, asked me to sit down and went inside the hut. After a few moments she emerged with a place of idlis and chutney which I enjoyed along with the tea.
After I was done I asked the old man how much I owed him and he said "5 rupees".
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Remembering Collarwali - A Thread

1. India's Supermom Tigress 'Collarwali' (One with a Collar) passed away on January 16th, 2022. 1/9

Pic credits @ParveenKaswan, thank you, sir!

#Collarwali #pench #conservation #incredibleindia #wildlifesafari
2. She was the famous tigress of Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) popularly known as 'supermom' for giving birth to 29 cubs, over the course of 16 years. 2/9
3. Born T-15, the daughter of Badi Mada, she became one of India's best-known tigers after appearing in the BBC Wildlife documentary film - Spy in the Jungle. 3/9
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Concept of Garuda Lenkas is so unique to Karnataka & India, Only tradition close to this is Bushido Cult of Samurai

Still many of us dont know about this unique tradition of Service, Bravery, Valour & Sacrifice #IncredibleIndia

Esp Agrahara Bachahalli ,the epicentre of this 1/4
The Tradition of Garuda Lenkas , Actually two different entities. Garudas who were literally shadow of the king and Lenkas being the shadow of Garudas

the concept was " If object does not exist, then shadow does not exist". Garudas were literally shadow of Hoysala Kings 2/4
The Tradition Meant that if the master dies of any reason, so does the shadow of the master. The pledge of Garuda Lenkas.

Mugila Family of Agrahara Bachahalli followed this pledge for almost 11 Generations is that rose from Mercantile to Royalty

12-13 CE Hoysala

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All you want to know about Kashi Corridor straight from The architecture team.

Area of Temple before Construction was just 3500 sq feet.

Area of Temple corridor after construction is 4,50,000 sq feet.

All the Shivlings and idols which were usurped by the nearby houses has been restored & reinstalled inside the

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Enchantingly Woven | Thirubuvanam, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

A wrap of glory!

The craft of silk weaving has been practised in the town of Thirubuvanam for generations, and the charm of it remains intact.
The art is well-known for its distinct patterns, which were influenced by the Chola dynasty. Thirubuvanam silk sarees are light in weight and have a variety of exquisite motifs as well as a unique folding pattern, making them a craft developed to offer you the glossy grandeur.
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Visited the Jotiba Devasthan located around 20 km from Kolhapur. Dedicated to a local warrior god of the same name, it's most memorable for being covered in pink Gulaal. No haldi/kumkum offered here. The whole temple is soaked in this brilliant colour.
The god Jotiba is worshipped here. Considered to be the amalagamation of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and the anger of Sage Jamadagni, this God appears ready for war. Turban bound in the Maharashtrian style and scimitar in hand, he is a vision to see🙏
Jotiba appears to be a local tribal/village god who has been incorporated into the Hindu pantheon over the centuries. The present temple was built in 1730 by Ranoji Scindia, the founder of the Scindia dynasty.
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🕉 #Navratri - 9 Nights of Worshipping Ma Durga 🙏
8/9 - Maa Mahagauri
‘Gauri’-clean & pure, MahaGauri is bright ray of hope spreading love in World. Severe penance done by her for Bhagwan Shiva as her consort was attained in this form, when Lord cleaned her with Ganga jal 🚩1/4
🕉 Ma Ganga Ji acted as an enhancer to the beauty of Goddess Parvati & so her shining white appearance was named as MahaGauri 🚩
Governing planet: Rahu
Colour : Peacock Green/Pink
Flower: Rose
Neivedhyam: Kheer-Sweet Porridge 🚩2/4
🕉 3. Thithi: Ashtami/8th Day of the Lunar Fortnight/ Paksha of Hindu Calendar
Kolam: Traditional Lotus shaped rangoli
Raagam: Punnagavaraali
Mantra: Om Devi Mahagauryayi Namah
Shwete Vrishesamarudha Shwetaambardhara Shuchih |
Mahagauri Shubham Dadyanmahadev Praodadaa || 🚩3/4
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🕉 #Navratri -9 Nights of Worshipping Ma Durga:
Day 3/9 - Maa Chandraghaṇṭā
‘Chandra’ -moon, ‘ghanta’- means bell-shaped. Goddess wears a half-moon on her head which is in the shape of a bell .She is also known as Chandika because of her ferocious form & warrior stance🚩1/5
🕉 2. After years of penance by Ma Parvati,Bhagwan ShivJi agreed to marry her & went to her house with an army of gods, mortals, ghosts, sivaganaas, sages etc. Parvati’s parents saw Bhagwan, fainted seeing his huge body,long hair, serpent on his neck & tiger skin as clothes🚩
🕉 3. Ma Parvati to match up to Bhagwan,then took the form of Chandraghanta as to not let him feel insulted. She requested him to take a charming form so that her parents would accept him who then appeared as a prince, well dressed with jewels. The marriage then took place🚩
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On #WorldTourismDay let me tell you about my favourite place on this planet - the area of the three lakes in Ranthambhore national park. It’s a stunning place. I will take a few minutes of your time but it may brighten up your day. 🙏
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The overall backdrop is stunning because of a plus 1000 years old UNESCO World Heritage site Hill fort from which the park gets it name. It’s just too imposing. #Rajasthan Image
There are lots of pretty places but few where our countries glorious ancient past mixes with raw nature is such a mind blowing manner. Hundreds of years ago people actually prayed in this mosque. Monuments here are a classic mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture #IncredibleIndia Image
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The Gandaberunda or Berunda is a two-headed bird in Hindu mythology, believed to possess immense magical strength. It is an avatar of Lord Vishnu to fight Lord Sharabha, who in-turn was an
avatar of Lord Shiva and had the mission of stopping Narasimha, Vishnu's lion avatar. It was the emblem of the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore under the Wodeyar kings. It is used as the official emblem of the Karnataka state government because it is a symbol of strength.
The bird is generally depicted as clutching elephants in its talons and beaks, demonstrating its immense strength. In a coin [Kasu] found in Madurai, it is shown holding a snake in its beak. All 2-dimensional depictions show a symmetrical image similar to the Double-headed eagle
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🕉 #Thread
Today is Aadi Perukku - Monsoon festival celebrated on 18th day of Tamil month of Aadi (July- August). The festival is dedicated to the all the perennial river basins of TN & major lakes water source areas & pays tribute to water's life-sustaining properties 🚩 1/4
🕉 Aadi Perukku celebrates the water rising levels due to the monsoon - season for sowing, rooting, planting of seeds & vegetation. For blessings of prosperity & happiness, nature worship is done in the form of Amman/ Devi Murthis to shower Nature’s bountiful grace 🚩 2/4
🕉 Adi Perukku festival is observed mainly by women in Tamil Nadu as a water-ritual, to honour nature.
in association with fertility & reproduction as both natural & human performed on the banks of Rivers, which are rice-cultivation tracts 🚩3/4
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#IncredibleIndia #DidYouKnow
Nolen Gur (Date Palm Jaggery): The Sweetness of Bengal Winters. (1/13)
Nolen gur or date palm jaggery, that highly prized seasonal produce that lends a smoky sweetness to milk, occupies a place of pride in Bengal’s already accomplished mishti-making history. (2/13)
As far back as the 4th century BC, Panini wrote, Gurasha auang desho goura, which means Gour is the place of gur. (3/13)
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The Gomphotheriidae were a diverse taxonomic family of extinct elephant-like animals (proboscideans). Referred to as gomphotheres, they were widespread in North America during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs, 12–1.6 million years ago.
#Ramayana took place in the TretaYuga, according to Valmiki and other Puranas.

The great #hanumanji entered secretly Ravana's inner city which was equal to paradise, rendered noisy by neighing of horses and tinkling of ornaments, by chariots, vehicles and aerial-cars and
decorated by auspicious elephants and horses and great elephants with four tusks and by birds and animals in heat. It had beautiful entrances and was protected by thousands of rakshasas with great strength.
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#DidYouKnow #IncredibleIndia #Heritage

Jharkhand's Sohrai Khovai paintings are made by tribal women with natural colours created from different hues of local soil. (1/4) Image
The Sohrai Khovar painting is a traditional and ritualistic mural made by local tribal women during harvest festivals and marriage celebrations.

The colours used are made from naturally available soils of different colours in the area of Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand. (2/4)
For example, black manganese is used for black while kaolin makes for the white colour. The geru obtained from iron oxide and yellow colour from ochre earth are used for highlighting elements. (3/4)
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#DidYouKnow #incredibleindia

Home of the GI-tagged Shahi Litchi, Bihar produces 40% of all litchi grown in India ‐ the world's largest producer of litchi. (1/4)
The Shahi Litchi, a speciality of the north Bihar district of Muzaffarpur which earned the Geographical Indication tag a couple of years ago, stands apart from other varieties by virtue of its unique fragrance, extra-juicy pulp and smaller-than-usual seed. (2/4)
Interestingly, according to the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, litchi is currently grown over an area of around 83,000 hectares across India -- the world's largest producer of litchi. (3/4)
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#DidYouKnow #IncredibleIndia
1/ Deep within the jungles of Bandhavgarh, a centuries-old statue of Vishnu reclines beside a pond teeming with oxygen-producing cyanobacteria.

Called Shesh Shaiya by locals, it is believed to have been built by the Kalachuri dynasty of Tripuri. Image
2/ It is the only place in the whole forest that you are allowed to get off the vehicle and explore by foot.

Interestingly, the Bandhavgarh National Park derives its name from the most prominent fort of the area.
3/ Legend has it that Rama gave this fort to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka, hence the name Bandhavgarh (Sanskrit for brother's fort). The 2,000-year-old fort, in ruins now, is on a flat-topped hill with rocky slopes as steep as the walls of a fort.
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The lost art of Old Delhi - #Kabootarbazi
Retracing Delhi’s 800 years old tradition of pigeon keeping. Old Delhi is older than myths and mythologies and here is a glimpse of it.

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#UnknownIndia #IncredibleIndia
#Art #Delhi #OldDelhi #History
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Pigeon keeping has a long and rich history in India. It is said that Shahjahan transported the tradition when he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi and built Shahjahanabad, the original name of Old Delhi. (2/6) Image
Kabootar-Baazi was first mentioned by William Dalrymple in his book on Delhi, he talks about the skill of men controlling flocks of pigeons – making them fly up and land back with just a few verbal commands. (3/6) Image
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Few Glimpses of Chennakeshava Temple, Belur

An Hoysala Wonder #Karnataka #IncredibleIndia @IncredibleIndia

A Selected Series of the #Photographs

#Travel #Photography #Art #Architecture #Sculptures
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