Winter with Snow!!!

Winter can be very challenging, beautiful and terrifying sometimes.When the snow fall begins its a treat to watch and feel the snow in your hands, and growing that cold inside you.

Its a great time of the year to get together to have a conversation with friends and family. A hot cup of soup or a steaming coffee would set the tone for sure.

The white blanket that comes to cover the earth with winter can be very rewarding to your eyes. It gives nature so many different shades, you can see them only in this time of the year

Though winter and snowy days can make life a bit difficult, but those who can see the beauty of Winter snow can really spot the magnificent view that can be really soothing to your eyes and senses.

I walked out in the snow storm to see if i can capture some of those beautiful images nature can offer me at this time of the year. Its very cold and sub zero temperatures through out the day and night, but these images in your neighborhood are not something you get see so often.

All these pictures are taken using Samsung Galaxy S7 camera. Taking a SLR camera out in such heavy snow don’t give me the flexibility to capture images of such kind.

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Winter without Snow

Clear skies are hard to find, when you find they are the most beautiful spectacle for your eyes. The very nature present itself in front of you like an amazing canvas, if you are there at the moment you shall witness the magic through your eyes and capture them with your lenses.

In the winter the nature show itself so different and its a pleasure to experience it, i managed to capture few such images with a winter as a theme focused on trees without leaves.

Here they are, if you like what you see then don’t be shy of sharing them

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The Hampi Ruins – Travelogue – PART II

As i sit to write the second part on my Trip to Hampi, i wonder what could be the greatest remains of this era which could be the future scholar’s thesis subject. Walking through the stones and structures like an enthusiastic kid who is just entered a playing park, i was so curious to know what next after every structures, some of the structures were monoliths from a single stone, and some were just carved on the front of stones leaving the back of it empty. The different depiction of each stories of Ramayana and Sri Krishna’s Childhood will leave you awestruck. Since Hampi was believed to be the erstwhile Kishkindha of King Sugreeva as in Ramayana, It happened to be the Birthplace of Hanuman. You would find significant no of Carvings of Hanuman everywhere. In Hazara Rama temple walls the life of vijaya nagara was captured in its full glory, it surely help you understand how the life was during that time.

It was so interesting to note that temples ruled the structures, it makes us believe that building temples was one of the strong achievement of any Kings during that era.  This location is really a must visit place for everyone who loves history. I was surprised to see more foreigners than indians in Hampi, they were so much involved in everything there in Hampi.

Hampi was a very strategic location for Vijaya Nagara Empire because it was inside a stone fortress created by nature. Penetrating that by enemies could have been very difficult task, the history says many such attempts to attack Hampi by Sultan’s were failed.

You can find the the architecture of Vijaya Nagara is combination of different style from Cholas, Chalukya, Pandyans and Hoysalan’s. It has Domes, Arches and vaults which are influenced by Sultanates of that time, it was shown only in creativity otherwise they were bitter rivals trying to capture each other’s kingdom.

Some more images from Hampi –

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One finest carving – Hunting a Lion?

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A duel kings used to love

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Life of Hampi

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One of the striking Nandi structure made of single Stone

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This Nandi has lots of secrets under the water

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Entry to the Water Tank (Pushkarni)

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One of the very well finished Structure using raw granites

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An Incomplete Bridge over Tungabadhra

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There are structures Everywhere

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Temples on every hills

Time was too less for me to see everything in Hampi, i would like to go there again with more time to see every aspect of Hampi and Medieval Era of South India,

Concluding my Blog on Hampi here today and will come back with some more interesting content very soon. Hope you liked this blog and let me know your comments

The Hampi Ruins – Travelogue – Part 1

This is a Travelogue of an exciting journey to Hampi in Karnataka from Hyderabad on Road

Remains of the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire are spread out over a beautiful, hilly landscape along the Tungabhadra. Founded in the mid-14th century, Vijayanagara became most powerful during the reigns of Krishnadevaraya and Achyutadevaraya.

This was also the period of greatest architectural activity, as both these rulers commissioned several buildings in the royal capital and in other parts of their vast empire. Continuous conflict with the Bahmanis, then with Bidar, Bijapur and Golconda, ended in the Battle of Talikota, in which the Vijayanagara forces were defeated and the capital thoroughly sacked and burnt. Ruins of palaces, temple-complexes, monoliths, royal baths, and mosques still lie mostly deserted and dilapidated.

Route: Hyderabad: Jadcherla: Mahbub Nagar: Raichur: Gangavati: Hampi

We embarked on our journey to Hampi in the wee hours of morning which was really a good move due to the free flowing traffic which would help us cover maximum distance before the sunrise. Driving on the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road and National Highway 44 was a delight having your speedometer consistently touching above 100km mark.

Once you enter Mahbub Nagar district, then the road becomes bit narrow but filled with scenic beauty on either sides of the road, mountains and lush green grass decorating the land and clear sky with warm temperature. The beauty of Rural Andhra Pradesh is really striking and it looked pristine without any man made structures or over population of vehicles filling the atmosphere with poisonous chemicals.

There is no differentiation in terms of Rural Andhra or Rural Karnataka, you find lush green fields everywhere and driving through that gives you an absolute calming effect.

As you enter Karnataka and moved towards Hampi via Raichur, we were able to witness the changing landscape of the country where you find not much connectivity to the outer world and not so great infrastructure. People living there are so much disconnected from outside world which I found very unusual in this century.

We really loved the drive as we inched close to Hampi which has its majestic mountains with beautifully shaped Rocks by Nature. You will feel as if the mountains are man-made than nature. You want to stay looking at these rocks and mountains along with different structures on top of them which were built many centuries ago.

We drove for about 6 hrs from Hyderabad to reach Hampi and it was a pleasant experience except some patches of bad roads which really got my car crying for more care. We reached Hampi at around 10.30AM and decided to look for some place to stay which we eventually found after surveying most of the guest houses. Its interesting to note that every guest house have got a restaurant on the roof, so that you don’t have to search for food.

After a quick refreshing shower, we decided to step out to see Virupaksha Siva temple tower with its elegance. Its not just the height of the tower that surprises you but the sculptures and the carvings on each step are just breath taking. But the details in these sculptures are just unimaginable, I doubt if the experts our times can do something close to that.

My blog is to give you a personal account of what I saw in Hampi and the impressive architecture of Vijaya Nagara Empire of Sangama Dynasty which was prevalent during AD 13- 15 Centuries.

Hampi or Hampe lies on the banks of Thungabhadra River which was the major source of water for Vijaya Nagara Empire of Sangama Dynasty. Now also this river is a major source of water with Thungabhadra Dam being the reservoir which supplies water to the region.

Am not giving you a detailed account of all the structures here but I am putting up the images for you to see.

You can see the Medival Architecture at its best in Hampi, its a mix of Hindu and Muslim structures. Some structures you may find Domes at the top, but many of the structures you may find Gopuras. The structures have carvings inside and outside where the sculptors have left no place blank.

  • Virupaksha Temple Tower, Its majestic with the carvings and sculptures on the exteriors and interior, its a fully functional temple which happened to be built during KrishanDeva Raya’s period.
Tallest Structure in Hampi which is Functional

Tallest Structure in Hampi which is Functional

  • Vittala Temple Entrance, this temple is in ruins and but its very large complex with many structures and architectural wonders.
Vittala Temple - This temple is in Ruins, but the structures inside are mind blowing

Vittala Temple – This temple is in Ruins, but the structures inside are mind blowing

  • Vittala Temple Complex with Musical Pillars, these small slender stone pillars produces sound of musical instruments, it’s a wonder how the sculptors managed such a feat but you would be amazed from the outcome
The small pillars in this structure produce sound of musical instruments

The small pillars in this structure produce sound of musical instruments

  • Stone Chariot inside Vittala Temple, looking at the details on this structure you can never imagine how much effort the sculptors might have put into bring this beautiful piece of stone work alive. By the way this chariot is the symbol of Karnataka Tourism.
Stone Chariot of Vittala Temple

Stone Chariot of Vittala Temple

  • Lotus Mahal/ Kamal Mahal – This seems to be well made structure with unique design with many windows and balconies along with lime plastered exteriors. The shape of the structure is of a Lotus.
Lotus Mahal - A marvelous piece of architecture

Lotus Mahal – A marvelous piece of architecture

  • This collage has some of the beautiful stone work on Rama and Krishna, which has the utmost details coded on to each image which doesn’t need any elaboration
i am not sure if anyone can outdo these works

i am not sure if anyone can outdo these works

You can find lot many such images on the pillars and platforms of all the structures in Hampi

You can find lot many such images on the pillars and platforms of all the structures in Hampi

Here i end my post on The Hampi Ruins PART 1, i shall have the next PART published next weekend with more of images from Hampi, Thank you For reading

Episode 2 – Photo Blog- Theme Nature

We say god created the universe, life, planets but astrophysicist says it’s the Big Bang that created all that we see. But chuck all that whether god has created this world or Big Bang explosion, the outcome is really extra ordinary and unbelievable.
 
 Look around and experience the beauty of nature, many great writers, poets have tried in very impeccable ways to express it in their writings but yet we are aware no words can explain it than seeing it for your self.
What am I going to do here is to put the nature in front of you the way I saw through my lenses. This is my effort to capture the essence of nature the best way I could. But this is not the end, but just the beginning, am just going all out with my cam to capture what I see and put them in front of you whenever possible.
An early moon appearance of the moon which looks down with expectations
Just before the rain a rare view Rainbow
A very pleasant view of the southern ghats with Palm trees looking at it
A view of Ooty from the sky
Someone is there hiding behind those clouds
Horse shoes in the sky with an illumination effect by the hiding sun
A typical and beautiful sunset leaving the day behind
The beauty of half moon 
 Such beauty is the calm nature, but at the same time we are definitely not doing so great in treating the nature the way it is expecting us to be treated. As we see the fury of nature when it really wanna payback for all bad we commit towards nature. Lets try to save every natural resources that we can to make this world a better world to live for those who come after us. 

Episode 1 – The Monsoon theme- Photo Blog

The Beautiful Monsoon…..


I have heard a saying that ” When you have something you may not understand the value of it”, but yes this is true in my case. I live in such a picturesque location in one of the beautiful place on planet, the “Gods Own Country”. But i hardly noticed the beauty of my surroundings when i was growing up. But looking through the lens gives you a complete different perspective of what you see without a lens. 

 
Especially monsoon season is a treat to watch with the dark clouds lowering themselves to rest on the mountains, and moving away to show their fury elsewhere. The surroundings changes with the rain which brings the nature to show its the real color literally. 
The monsoon clouds kissing the mountains..
The first tender green grass of Monsoon..
Its raining, can you see??…..
This was a treat to watch, the ducks strolling through the waters on the field
Sun is trying so hard to pierce the fiery clouds carrying the rains.
Colors of the sky during Monsoon.. this is just magical…
The refreshing experience of the first rain of monsoon