A foggy morning at the park

I was at the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Bengaluru with my camera last week. It was a foggy pleasant morning. The park was alive with joggers, people walking, doing yoga, meditating, chatting, or simply sitting and relaxing.

Sharing a few images captured through my lens.

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The junction box with its door open
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Two for joy…. mynas
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Pigeons in flight
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Water flowing from the hose
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This gentleman was immersed in his newspaper oblivious to his surroundings
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Sunlight reflecting off the water surface
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Deep in meditation

#Bengaluru #Photography #LalBagh

 

Miniature ivory carvings

The Jai Vilas Palace Museum in Gwalior has on display beautiful miniature ivory figurines. They depict various modes of transport. The pieces are not more than 3 – 4 inches tall and are intricately carved.

They were housed in closed glass boxes which reflected light when I was taking pictures.

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Palanquin bearers
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Chariot
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On an elephant

Out hunting on an elephant… Do not miss the hunting dogs.

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Hunting on an elephant

There are three types of chariots carved in detail and on display.

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Chariot_3

#Gwalior #Travel #MPTourism #JaiVilasPalace

Tiny

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The Varaha Temple

When you hear the word Khajuraho, images of erotic carvings come to the mind. Not much has been written about the Varaha Temple in the Western group of Khajuraho monuments.

Varaha is said to be the third avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu mythology, the demon Hiranyaksha stole the earth, personified as Goddess Bhudevi and hid her in primordial waters. Lord Vishnu took the form of a giant boar and dove into the waters to kill the demon and rescue the earth, Bhudevi. He is said to have brought the earth out of the waters balanced on his tusk and restored her to her rightful place in the universe.

Varaha is either depicted as purely animal or anthropomorphic (part animal, part human. A boar’s head on a human body with four hands).

The temple in Khajuraho is a simple structure built of sandstone. It has an oblong pavilion with a pyramidal roof of receding tiers, resting on fourteen plain pillars. The statue is colossal and monolithic. It is 1.7 metres high and 2.6 metres long. The statue depicts Varaha as a purely animal form.

The sculpture carved between the nose and mouth, depicts goddess Saraswathi carrying a veena in her arms.

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The statue is covered with innumerable carvings of Gods and Goddesses and their entourage.img_2146_edited

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#Khajuraho #VarahaTemple #Hindumythology #MPTourism #traveldiaries #photography #temples #madhyapradesh

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Mystical

The silver serving train

At the Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior, a major attraction is The ‘Silver Serving Train’ which served  wine and cigars to the royal guests on the dining table.

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Can you make out the name of the Royal family on the train? SCINDIA.

The train is made of silver and battery operated.

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The carriages are Crystal decanters holding liqueur and wine. IMG_1991_edited.jpg

There is a long track laid out on the table for the train to ride on. It would stop in front of the guests seated who could help themselves to anything of their choice.

IMG_20161020_122614_edited.jpgThe train is enclosed in a glass cabinet and there is a barricade to prevent public from getting close to it. Photography was a tad difficult for a novice like me. 🙂

 

#MadhyaPradeshTourism #Gwalior #Photography #JaiVilasPalace #SilverTrain

A Moment in Time

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