Gallivanting in Mathura-Vrindavan

In my first ever trip to Uttar Pradesh, I saw myself getting down at the Mathura Junction railway station. It felt like I had travelled back in time. This was not a metropolitan, not even close to it. Mathura was happily living in the past – A small town that…

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Celebrating the Bhandara festival at Khandoba Temple, Jejuri

bhandara festival jejuri - Khandoba Temple near Pune

I was randomly surfing the web one evening when I saw a picture of a temple in Jejuri covered in carpets of yellow. A quick search told me that the spectacle is called the “Bhandara Festival”. Bhandara is turmeric and the festival is related to a local God named Khandoba.…

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Royal Enfield Shrine at Om Banna Temple, Pali – Rajasthan

I might be a bike enthusiast but I never imagined a motorcycle deity at a temple. A small village in the Pali district of Rajasthan has a shrine where the deity is a Royal Enfield 350cc. Wonder how much pride the motorcycle brand must take! The Om Banna Temple was…

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Ancestral Goa museum and Big Foot– Victim of its own concept

If you are bored of visiting Goa’s infinite beaches or if you are the type of person who enjoys visiting museums then Ancestral Goa Museum is a place you can check out. The Place Ancestral Goa is meant to give you a cultural glimpse of Goa – Olden style homes,…

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Vallarpadam Church, Kochi is home to an Interesting Folklore

I was in Kochi on an official trip when I had a day spare until I headed back home. Thankfully, my local colleague offered to show me places around the city. We started early morning to visit the Chinese Fishing Nets and Fort Kochi Beach. Both were lovely sights. But soon…

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Banganga – Mumbai’s Mini Ganga

IMAGINE, a sacred place, a fairly large waterbody and concrete stairways surrounding the waterbody in overcrowded Mumbai? Rituals and Mythology make way for what is today called ‘Banganga’, unbelievably located in the heart of Mumbai. If history is to be believed, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman took rest here…

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Miraculous Cross, Anjuna – I found another Miraculous Cross in Goa

Having been the place of my ancestral roots, I have visited Goa more times than I can count. The beaches are now exhausted, the restaurants and cuisine now commercialized and there is no empty place left for time by yourself with the tourist explosion in this hippie state. Do not…

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