vendredi 24 novembre 2006
Mandu is one of the most beautiful place I have seen in India. The landscape is simply amazing there, high up on a hill. Unfortunately when I was there , it was monsoon time, cold, raining all the time.
I stayed there a few days locked up in the fog. So, no landscape views, and this is too bad..
The town is a perfect exemple of Afghan architecture in India.. You can find something in Mandu you won't see anywhere else in India, huge baobabs, old ones.. Beautiful trees
This is a picture of a woman with a children in front of her house
jeudi 23 novembre 2006
mercredi 22 novembre 2006
Women doing offerings on the banks of the river Shipra.
It is a very holy city for the Hindus, a site for the triennial Kumbh Mela.
According to Hindu scriptures, it was originally called Avantika. There is an interesting tale behind
the sanctity of the city.It's origin is ascribed to the mythological legend of Sagar Manthan (churning
of primordial ocean to discover the pot of nectar).
The story goes that after the nectar was discovered, there was a chase between the gods and demons
to have the nectar first and thus attain immortality. During this chase a drop of nectar spilled and fell
on Ujjain, thus making the city sacred.
samedi 11 novembre 2006
The island comprises two lofty hills and is divided by a valley in such a way that it appears in the shape of the sacred Hindu symbol 'Om' from above. Between the precipitous hills of the Vindhya on the North and the Satpura on the South, the Narmada forms a deep silent pool which in former times was full of alligators and fish, so tame as to take grain from human hand.
The confluent of the Narmada and the Kaveri river. Omkareshwar
Omkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, 'Om', has drawn to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Godavari, the devout gather to kneel before the Jyotirlinga (one of the twelve throughout India) at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. And here, as in so many of Madhya Pradesh's sacred shrines, the works of Nature complement those of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence.