Sunday, July 28, 2019

'Decorated Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, 4th July 2019- the Ratha Yatra Day' - by K J S Chatrath

Lord Jagannath's Mandir, Puri, Odisha. Parts of temple were decorated with marigold flowers on the occassion of the Ratha Yatra on 4th July 2019.

'Madrasa Muhamad Gawan (built in 1478), Bidar, Karnataka, India' - by K J S Chatrath

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The little known Bidar, Karnataka’ – by K J S Chatrath ;

Monumental glory: Known for its metal craft, Bidar is also home to unique monuments and is an important pilgrim centre for Sikhs, says K.J.S.Chatrath;

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

'Konark Lions' - by K J S Chatrath

I visited the Sun Temple at Konark about a fortnight back and was reminded of my first visit there in  1968 when I had just stood in front of it with pure awe at what our ancestors were able to imagine and make way back in the 13th century.

During this latest visit I took some photos of the stone lions there which I am sharing here.

This is the frontal view that one gets on entering  the temple. A lion on an elephant and a human being,crushed by their combined weight.

Lion is a symbol of pride and power. This is why it is associated with Goddess Shakti (Goddess Durga  sits on lion) who is the source of any kind of energy and power.

Elephant is symbol of both wealth and pride…that’s why we can see elephants with Goddess Lakshmi (Gajalakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth). Also, we can see Indra possessing one elephant named Airavat. Indra is the King of Devas who is always proud of his status and feels insecure due to the fear of losing his throne, his wealth and position.

With pride/desire of wealth and power in his mind, a human cannot walk towards God. He cannot make his way towards his spiritual enhancement. Because his condion becomes like the human shown in the sculpture.

This is the reason why such sculptures were placed at both side of the entrance of the shrines, to remind people what pride and desire for wealth and power can do to a human being. To achieve spiritual growth, one must get rid of this desire.

Giant Lion Statue at the Entrance (Nata mandir) of Konark Sun Temple is the mythological Lion which act as the Protector of Sun Temple.Stone carved Architectural Detailed Front View is on the Frame.Konark sun Temple is the 13th Century Historical and Architecturally Important Temple ( also the UNESCO World Heritage Site ) located in Odisha State (Old Orissa State) of India, Asia. It was constructed from oxidized and weathered ferruginous sandstone by King Narasimhadeva (1238-1250 CE) of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The temple is an example of Orissan (Orriyan) architecture of the Ganga dynasty. Konark Sun Temple is the Heritage Icon of India for exploring Ancient Indian Architecture to the World. Presently Archaeological Survey of India is maintaining this Wonderful Temple.


(Text sourced from the internet)

Friday, July 19, 2019

'Ratha Yatra 2019 at Jagannath Puri, Odisha.' - by K J S Chatrath

With around 900,000 people participating in it, it was a fine display of faith, administrative competence and amazing self discipline shown by the faithfuls....Jai Jagannath!

The pillar in the background on the right side was brought from Konark which is around 64 kms away. It is now embedded in front of the entrance to the eastern gateway and is called Sun Pillar (Aruna Stambha), which originally stood before the temple of the Sun at Konark and was shifted here by the Marathas.The Sun Pillar is a monolithic shaft of chlorite with sixtten sides.It is 25 feet and 2 inches in height,2 feet in diametre,and 6 feet and 3.5 inches in circumference.It stands on an exquisitely carved pedestal (made of chlorite) of 7 feet 9 inches square and 6 feet high,and has a capital on the top 2 feet high,over which squats the praying Aruna. The capital is formed of two rings surmounted by a series of lotus petals. The measurements thus give a total height of 33 feet & 8 inches from the ground to the top of the capital. (Text source:

The one place you must visit before you die- Odisha!

Come, visit my India!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

'Map purporting to be showing India at the time of Mahabharata' - by K J S Chatrath

I have come across this interesting sketch map of India from the US Library of Congress on the internet purporting to show India at the time of Mahabharata. This appears to have been printed in Pune, India though year of publication has not been mentioned.

'Classy traditional utensils from Odisha, India' - by K J S Chatrath

Odisha- the one place you must visit before you die!