Sunday, September 27, 2009

Trip to malwan with my old college mates

Get together with college friends

September 27, was a day to get back old memories of College days
Most of the college friends who moved abroad were never much in contact.
But when Mahesh did come to Goa, he did make a point to have a get together of all of us.
We went to Malwan and visited the Fort build in the Sea.

Time to yoga

Relaxing on the high fort walls

I loved this photograph of mine - Isnt it sexy??

Mahesh said "No Nudity at the Fort" - I was just obeying orders :-)



Thats a crab I saw at the Rock Gardens

Flowers at the Malvan Fort

Flowers at the Malvan Fort

Modeling on the Rocks

The Ganesh Temple at Malwan

The walls of the Malvan Fort

at the Malvan Fort

on the boat from malvan beach to the fort

The little beautiful pond in the fort

the beautiful Sunset

the beautiful Sunset

The Golden rays of the sun kissing the Fort at sunset

The coconut tree with two branches

The view of the fort at sunset, from the boat

Mahesh -- Give me Redddddd

The strong walls of the fort

The strong walls of the fort

The beautiful sunset as we moved from the Malvan Fort

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Trip to Murudeshwar and Gokarna

We started our journey to Murudeshwar on Sunday the 20th September, 2009 at 10.00 am. I had joined my friend and his family on their trip to Murudeshwar and Gokarna in Karwar. The road upto karwar was good, but the road upto Gokarna was is a very bad state. the road further from Gokarna to Murudeshwar was ok. We halted for lunch at Kamat hotel just after karwar. After a good vegetarian meal we started our journey to Murudeshwar. The total road distance from Panajim to Murudeshwar was approximately 220 Kilometers. We reached Murudeshwar at around 4.00 pm. We booked rooms at the RNS residency. After getting fresh we went out sight seeing. the Statue of Lord Shiva was mesmerizing. A huge towering statue of Lord Shiva, visible from great distances, is present in the temple complex. It is the tallest statue of Shiva in the world. The statue is 123 feet (37 m) in height, and took about 2 years to build. The statue was built by Shivamogga's Kashinath and several other sculptors, financed by businessman and philanthropist Mr R.N. Shetty, at a cost of approximately 50 million rupees. The idol is designed such that it gets the sun light directly and thus appears sparkling. The Murudeshwar temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is a temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva, and a 20-storied Gopura is being constructed on the temple. Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to the temple. The entire temple and temple complex, including the 249 feet tall Raja Gopura, which is considered the tallest gopura in the world, was constructed to its present form by businessman and philanthropist Mr R N Shetty. History The name "Murudeshwara" means Shiva or Eeshwara. The significance of this holy town dates to the time of Ramayana. By penance dedicated to the AtmaLinga, the divine Lingam of Shiva procures invincibility and immortality to the Hindu Gods. Ravana, the Lanka King worshiped Shiva with devotion to attain immortality by obtaining the AtmaLinga. Lord Shiva appeared before Ravana and asked him what he wanted. By this time Lord Vishnu to change Ravana's mind on behest of Narada. As a result of this plot, Ravana asks for Goddess Parvathi, and Lord Shiva offers him. On his way back to Lanka Narada tricks Ravana that the real Parvathi was in Pathala. So Ravana lets off Parvathi and went to Pathala and marries a king's daughter thinking that she was Parvathi. When he returns back to Lanka his mother then asks for linga. Ravana knowing that he was tricked is angry with Vishnu and meditates to please Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva appears and Ravana asks for His forgiveness. And this time, Ravana requests the AtmaLinga as his boon. Lord Shiva agreed to give him the boon with a condition that it should never be placed on the ground. It is believed that the AtmaLinga was ever placed on the ground, all the powers would return to Lord Shiva again. Having obtained his boon, Ravana started back on his journey to Lanka. Sage Narada, realised that with the AtmaLinga, Ravana may obtain immortality and create havoc on earth, approached the Lord Ganesh to help him. As Ravana was nearing Gokarna, Lord Vishnu blocked the sun to make it appear as dusk. Ravana now had to perform his evening rituals but was worried because with the AtmaLinga in his hands, he would not be able to do his rituals. At this time, Lord Ganesh, disguised as a Brahmin boy came near him. Ravana requested him to hold the AtmaLinga until he performed his puja, and told him not to place it on the ground. Ganesh struck a deal with him saying that he would call Ravana thrice, and if Ravana did not return within that time, he would place the AtmaLinga on the ground.As predicted, before Ravana could return after completing his rituals, Ganesh had already placed the AtmaLinga on the ground. Vishnu then removed his illusion and it was daylight again. Ravana got really angry that he was tricked and tried to uproot the AtmaLinga and destroy it but could not. In a fit of rage he threw the case covering it to a place called Sajjeshwara, 23 miles away. Then he threw the lid of the case to a placed called Guneshwara (now Gunavanthe)and Dhareshwara, 10-12 miles away. Finally, he threw the cloth covering the AtmaLinga to a placed called Mrideshwara in Kanduka-Giri (Kanduka Hill). Mrideshwara has been renamed to Murudeshwara.

The view of the Gopura, the Shiva Statue and RNS residency hotel from the beach

Rupesh and his family

Raju at RNS residency resort

Rupesh and his mom, having a look of the beach from our room at RNS residency

Murudeshwar Beach

Thats me resting at the resort

I was too excited when i meet an old friend of mine

Status at Murudeshwar

20-storied Gopura

A statue of Ganapati at Murudeshwar

Nandi with the 20 storey tower in the backdrop

At Murudeshwar

A chariot with Lord krishna at sunset

A chariot with Lord krishna

Rupesh along with his brother Raju and his dad and mom

The history of Murudeshwar characterized at the Museum

The history of Murudeshwar characterized at the Museum

The history of Murudeshwar characterized at the Museum

The history of Murudeshwar characterized at the Museum

The history of Murudeshwar characterized at the Museum

The history of Murudeshwar characterized at the Museum

The history of Murudeshwar characterized at the Museum

The history of Murudeshwar characterized at the Museum

The history of Murudeshwar characterized at the Museum

The history of Murudeshwar characterized at the Museum

I walked around Gokarna and had a lot of tender coconuts on the beach as my friends did their puja

The sunset at Gokarna

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