Monday, May 21, 2018

VIVEKANANDA ROCK MEMORIAL, KANYAKUMARI

Wednesday 16th May 2018
KanyaKumari, TamilNadu.

NIGHT VIEW



Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built in 1970 by RamaKrishna Mission to pay tribute to the profound Swami Vivekananda. The rock is situated around 500 metres from southern most tip.


LAUNCH (BOAT) RIDE

There is a ship administration who organize launch boats to and from the shoreline. The launch can carry more than 100 people and the duration is just 10 minutes to the rock.







Swami Vivekananda swam to the rock, stayed there for three days for meditation, enlightenment and mull over past, present and future. It is believed that he accomplished edification the rock, changimg him into a reformer and truth seeker.

There is heavy rush in the morning to get into the launch, queue extending very long for normal ticket of Rs 35/- per person, but a special ticket is available for Rs 170.00 per person.

People spend about half an hour to one hour, the statue is placed inside the mandapam, where Swami got his Enlightenment.

There are bookshops and gift shops on the rock.

The opening hours are 8 am to 4 pm.


STATUE OF THIRUVALLUVAR
There is also a huge statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar on another rock, where people are not permitted. The statue is 133 feet sculpture of the Tamil poet and Philosopher, Thiruvalluvar, author of Thirukkural.  It was unveiled on 1st January 2000.

posted Monday 21st May 2018







VIZHINJAM LIGHTHOUSE

Thursday 17th May 2018
Kovalam Beach, Thiruvananthapuram

Vizhinjam LightHouse is situated near Kovalam Beach in Kerala, near ThiruvananthaPuram.



It started functioning in 30th June 1972. The tower is cylinder with a height of 38 metres and the paint markings are red and white bands.




There is a lift to take visitors up to top and one has climb up on a ladder to reach open viewing gallery. It's 360 degrees view round, beautiful Kovalam Beach, Vizhinjam Harbour and the town.





We could spend about half an hour inhaling fresh air and breeze and returned to the bottom and proceeded to the next destination.

Posted Monday, 21st May 2018








POOVAR BACKWATER BOATING

Thursday, 17th May 2018
Poovar Island, 27 Km fro Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala




Poovar is located at the juncture of Neyyar River joining with Arabian Sea. Boating trips in the area asre exquisite and can be arranged at the competitive rates.





Poovar Beach offers a wonderful view of the formation of backwaters and large amount of exotic wildlife.  Golden sands are one of best picnic spots in the area.




There are lots of boats taking tourists 1 hour or one and a half hour trip. The rates are fixed by the Government and boat operators and on the boats also rates are affixed.





We took one hour boat trip for Rs 2500, after bargaining came down to Rs 2000 for two people. The boat has 8 seats and an extra person will cost Rs 500 each. We were let of at the beach for 10 minutes and were back after one hour.While going we were taken through the narrow canals of waters, coconut trees, mango trees and other shrubs.




NEYYAR RIVER MEETING ARABIAN SEA

After the trip, we are back at the starting point and proceeded for next destination, LightHouse.

Posted Monday 21st May 2018





Sunday, May 20, 2018

RASAA SWAADA - DANCE PROGRAM

Saturday, 19th May 2018
SevaSadana, Malleshwara, NammaBengaluru.

Nrutyantara Academy of Performing Arts organized their Annual Two day Program "RASAA SWAADA" which is also termed as Nrutya Dhaare.


The first day it was solo performers on Kuchupudi, Oddysey, Kathak and BharathaNatya by students and teachers from other dance schools.

PRATIKSHA KASHI

SWAPNOKALPA DASGUPTA

RUKMINI VIJAYAKUMAR

SHWETHA VENKATESH

It was quite enthralling to watch how each dance category distinguishes their movements, style, expressions and presentation.



It was a 2-hour program with Dance Gurus felicitated and the performers honoured.

Pratiksha Kashi - Kuchipudi style
Swapnokalpa DasGupta - Oddysey style
Rukmini VijayaKumar - Bharatha Natya
Shwetha Venkatesh - Kathak

It was a pleasant evening spent.

Posted Monday 21st May 2018


SRI ANANTHAPADMANABHA SWAMY TEMPLE

Tuedsy 15th May 2018
Thiruvananthapuram, (Trivandrum), Kerala (God's Own Country)



The richest and famous Sri AnanthaPadmanabha Swamy Temple in ThiruvananthaPuram, has Lord Vishnu as the main deity, in Ananthashayana Posture, the eternal yogic sleep on the serpent Adisheshan. It is built in the intricate fusion of Kerala and TamilaNadu style of architecture associated with temples.


The temple has been referred to in the Sangam period between 500 BC and 300AD. It's also referred to as "The Golden Temple" because of unimaginably wealthy.

The deity is Padmanabha reclining over Adishesha.The serpent has five hoods, facing inwards. The Lord's right hand is placed over ShivaLinga, SriDevi and BhooDevi. The diety is made of 12,008 Saligramas, brought from Gandaki River in Nepal.




There is very strict dress code to enter the temple. Men in dhoti only, shawl and ladies in sarees and otherwise must cover the body with white dhothi, which could be purchased at the entrance. Mobiles, cameras are not permitted.

We had darshana two times, one at 4 am in the morning of Tuesday 15th May and the second time at 11 am on Thursday, 17th May, when there was lot of rush and crowd, waiting in the queue for half hour. We also had lunch Prasada at the temple, served on a steel plate, after waiting in the queue for one hour. The items were rice, sambhar, chanacurry, buttermilk and pickle. There are tables and chairs suit and eat comfortably with hot water to drink. The steel plate need to be washed nicely and returned where a person checks the cleanliness.


One can feel the vibrations when you enter the sanctum sanctorium for darshan and feel energized.

posted Sunday 20th May 2018