Dec 22, 2014

Vacation in Greece

I will be on a short vacation. Traveling to Greece this year end. 
We have plans to celebrate Christmas in Athens. Then we will be touring the various 
World Heritage Sites of Greece. I have some auto posts planned and if time and facilities permit I will be logging in to update about my travel. The following is a picture from Beautiful Greece!

Dec 20, 2014

Faces of India - 192

A ‘tender coconut water’ seller. On a hot sunny day they are like gods to the thirsty travelers along the national highways. We spotted his little shop after several kilometers of drive, so naturally there was a crowd of buyers around. No time to pose for crazy photographers. 

Faces of India, a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here

Dec 17, 2014

Travel Cartoon by Mario

Knowing the language of the country you are visiting is so important, 
Mario has conveyed this very humorously in this cartoon.
Mario's works are sold online here: Mario de Miranda

Dec 15, 2014

Shri Mangeshi Temple, Goa

There are not many old temples in Goa. All the popular ones are newly constructed ones, the reason being most of the temples were razed down by Portuguese rulers and churches have come up in their place. The idols that were being worshiped in those temples have been carried away by the pujaris of the temple and new temples were constructed for them. One such temple is the Shri Mungeshi Temple.

Shri Mangeshi Temple of Pirol, Ponda Taluk of Goa is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Wiki mentions in the history section of this temple that: This temple had its origins in Kushasthali Cortalim, a village in Saxty (Salcette) which fell to the invading Portuguese in 1543. In the year 1560, when the Portuguese started Christian conversions in Salcete Taluka, the Saraswats of Vatsa Gotra moved the Mangesh Linga from the original site at the Kushasthali or Cortalim on the banks of river Aghanashini (Zuari) to its present location at Mangeshi in Priol village of Atrunja Taluka, which was then ruled by the Hindu kings of Sonde of Antruz Mahal (Ponda), to be more secure.

 In 1739 this region too fell in the hands of Portuguese, but by then they had become more tolerant of other religions so they left this temple untouched.

The temple was established in Jan-Feb 1561 AD by its Kulavi devotees. The temple was renovated by their descendants in 1744, 1890 and 1973. A modestly sized temple, the hall has seating for 500 devotees at a time. Various rituals are done through out the day. We were not allowed to take pics of interiors, but one purohit was kind to take us around the small shrines in the complex and recited mantras (prayers) for us.

Read more here.
The entrance to the temple. 

This seven storey structure is deepstamba (a lamp tower. The tower isn't tilted, some faulty settings there, sorry for that.

Pic. of Mangeshi idol, from internet.

Our World Tuesday 

Dec 13, 2014

Faces of India - 191

A father giving his son the first lessons in swimming and that too in the beaches of Goa, The son looks so thrilled and so were all his family members in the beach who were waving out to him.

Faces of India, a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here

Below is the answer to the last week's question: guess her job. She was the fueling attendant at one of the fuel stations in Vasco da Gama, Goa.