Stories In Stone – Melukote

Melukote in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka, also known as Thirunarayanapuram, is built on rocky hills, known as Yadugiri, Yaadavagiri and Yadushailadeepa, overlooking the Cauvery valley, about 51 km (32 mi) from Mysore and 133 km (83 mi) from Bengaluru.

It is the location of the Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, and a few other shrines including the temple of Yoganarasimha on top of a hill. Also a home to the Academy of Sanskrit Research, which has collected thousands of Vedic and Sanskrit manuscripts.

The place largely owes its preeminence to: Early in the 12th century, the famous Srivaishnava saint Sri Ramanujacharya from Tamil Nadu stayed at Melukote for about 12 years.

The temple, rich in history, is generously endowed under the special patronage of the Mysore Raja’s, and has a fabulous collection of jewels in its custody.

A square building of large dimensions, the temple is surprisingly fairly plain and only sparsely embellished with carvings or sculptures. nonetheless intricate and beautiful.

Here are a few:

Zoom in to see the beauty of the maiden and her dance posture! Don’t forget the percussionist on the right. And the ‘lathe-turned’ multi-level circular base!

Once again, zoom in to see the face and the posture of this maiden. Very unusual to see a woman with a bow, a weapon of offence or defense, in contrast to her pacific face! Someone suggested it could be Rathi, the wife of Kaama, the god of Love. At the bottom it looks to be the brothers Balaram with his yoke and Krishna up to some prank!

In the following two reliefs a dancer – shown by her dress – is seen in some balancing act! A street performer perhaps?

An amazing sculpture made of a single block of rock! It has stacked-up sections that show a solid cylindrical core at the center, surrounded on all sides by fluted mini-pillars like a mandapam. And the non-mandapam sections depict various Krishna-leela episodes in relief

At the top is shown Krishna suckling at the breasts of Poothana, the demoness, sent by Kamsa, to her death. The lotus petals at the base curl up towards and away from the core leaving a gap!

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Source: Wiki (not the photographs)

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Romance On Rails

Nilambur
The name Nilambur is believed to have been derived from Nilimbapuram, which means the land of bamboo

The Green Tunnel in Nilambur
A train arriving at Vallapuzha station amidst of heavy downpour

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Source: travel.manoramaonline.com, facebook.com/ 147326999366262/photos/pcb.255283905237237/255283108570650/

Democracy Flourishes When…

Any wonder we’re in such a mess? As on April 13, 2018 political parties were 7 national, 24 state recognized and 2044 registered unrecognized parties!!

May be it’s time we should start one to sort out this mess? India needs us…

Meanwhile, vide: Rupen Doshi:

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Image from gksection.com

A City Of Two Tales

People are so full of stories, anecdotes, and experiences, personal or otherwise.

I collected a couple of them new in this stay at Chennai over the last few weeks. Both, in local context.

The first one was narrated by K with whom we travelled to Tiruppathi, a gentleman of deep knowledge and wide experience – it’s unfortunate I had not known him earlier and enough to tap into his vast repository of anecdotes.

A practicing professional in Accountancy and Finance, K heard this one from a respectable Muslim business client of his years ago when it had happened:

On one occasion, a general of high rank in the Indian Army was socially calling on this client, his friend. As a matter of routine, hours before the visit, an inspection team came in and turned the house upside down and went away satisfied.

When the general finally arrived, he was warmly greeted by his friend, taken into the house. And they settled down for their friendly banter. In course of which the host registered a mock complaint:

‘Do you know what your men did to my house?’

The general profusely apologized for discommoding the host and said it was part of a standard procedure that could not be waived.

A smile appeared on the face of the host. He led the general to one of the bedrooms. And quietly lifted the mattress up a few inches to reveal a gun that looked good for its business!

(It is not known if any heads rolled subsequently. May be that’s how/why the Pulwama attack on CRPF succeeded and many other incidents before? Wonder laxity if any never got talked about)

Later the two friends sat down for dinner. The general went gaga over the biriyani that was served:

 ‘Hey, tell me, did you steal the chef from Shadab or Paradise…’

The host called out: ’The general loves your biriyani, won’t you come out and show your face for a moment, Narayana?’

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This is from N whom I called on a couple of days ago, residing in Besant Nagar near the Marina Beach.

One night, he was taking a stroll on the beach with not many around at that hour.

Suddenly he was accosted by a man obviously gone a little far for his good.

Nevertheless, he held himself up steady for a brief moment to tell N:

Brother – kinship gets easily established – this Modi (the Prime Minister)he’s a genius, mind you. See how all these guys with all their ill-gotten stash got screwed overnight thru demonetization? That’s not enough, my friendtake this from me to Modihe must fix an expiry date on all currency like an year, two or even five…then see what happensno more hoarding, saving and all that…the money would have to be spent soon after it’s made…will do a lot of good to all around, think about it.

Now at peace, his India-saving message delivered, he dissolved back into darkness of the night.

Something to think about?

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Mmmm…

Words, words…

Sanmargam

Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable and attain the impossible – William Arthur

Forgive me, for all the things I did but mostly for the ones that I did not – Donna Tartt

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings – Dave Weinbaum

If you see beauty in something, don’t wait for others to agree – Sherihan Gamal

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not want to sign – Théophile Gautie

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Sources: Kidskunst.infoThe Scribbled Stories finestquotes.com

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A Never-Before Amazing Feat In Cricket…

vide: Usha Narayanan

The protagonist claims he would hit two sixes in one ball!

What, in one ball???

Yes, two sixes in one ball bowled at him.

A challenge to test all of Rajinikant’s mettle, his die-hard fans helplessly, tearfully and abashedly concede.

And, man……he pulls it off!!

Like how?

Well, it’s all here – though, strictly speaking, not in one b…..saying anything more would be a give-away:

(subtitles not necessary)


Move over, Tollywood, it’s now the Gujju’s taking the pride of place!

If the clip does not appear above, watch it here.

Perfectly ingenious, I thought…at least I didn’t see it coming!

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Don’t Want To Be In His Place

Just look at the dog…expression abs priceless.

Vide: Shanthi Ravichandran‎

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