Sorry that I have taken a while to continue with the remaining story about my Rajasthan trip. I got involved in the festival celebrations of Diwali / Deepavali at home and then I had my birthday coming up. I also did another trip to Mysore-about which you can read it here<insert link>
In my last post, I talked about how humble and well mannered the people of Rajasthan were.
Well. its not just the ordinary people, I had a humbled experience with the members of the Royal family too. We were visiting the Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur. we were awestruck by the large fort and the various rooms inside the palace. We were totally immersed into it. It was about to sunset so we were hurried by the palace guards to finish the tour and move out. I captured some beautiful sunset photos on my return and was walking towards the exit.
We were suddenly stopped and held near the exit by two security guards. I also saw a police woman doing patrol in the surrounding area. I was wondering why they halted us. My rest of the tour group has crossed the exit and waiting on the outside!. I asked the guard why he stopped us.
He said ‘Maharaj aa raha hain. Side pe ho jao’.
He is saying that ‘the king is coming, move to the side, dont stand in the way’. I was like -‘well there is no more King rule in the country, anyhow lets wait and see’. Then I saw a man aged 60+ years, dressed up like ordinary people walking down the entrance. Few steps before him was another lady of same age, walking swiftly with two foreigners. The lady and the foreigners were saluted by the Guards. I was observing the lady and the guard told that she is the queen. To be honest, she was dressed nothing like a royal. She was wearing a Saree that is probably made of cotton but of high quality cotton. No rich jewellery or accessories. They walked past us and went towards the temple in the campus. There was a foreigner couple standing next to me who were also looking at them with excitement. Then came the man near to us. I then thought ‘this must be the king whose photo we saw in the museum today. The current king of Jodhpur, ofcourse technically not the ruler now’. He also wore a turban like other Rajasthani men, and wore simple white clothing. He looked at us and did a ‘Namaste’ guesture with his hands.
I was too awestruck! I didnt expect this from a Royal family member. Usually it will be the other way- people bend and say namaste to Royals. The foreigner couple standing next to me did a perfect ‘namaste’. I was too dumbstruck that I didnt respond back with the ‘namaste’ (I feel sorry for that now). But at that moment I was surprised by his guesture! Truly, a great experience which I never expected from the member of Royal Family. I was so happy that he was humble and respected the people at the sametime ashamed that I didnt return back the respect!
So folks, that was really a great experience. What do you think?
Whilst India has a lot of places to be seen and appreciated, Madurai gets into the top list of places in every world traveller’s list. Madurai is located in South India, TamilNadu. It is one of the cities in the state with fame for many things.Madurai is quite popular by being the home to the World Famous Meenakshi temple. It is a wonder not to be missed!
I have lived in Madurai for few years (I take utmost pride in saying that) and have gotten the opportunity to enjoy the grand and architecturally beautiful temple many times as a child and as an adult. I haven’t seen any other beautiful temple like this! I always pay a visit to the Goddess Meenakshi whenever I visit Madurai. The visit always gives a sense of happiness. Beyond religious reasons, this temple is very attractive due to the beautiful stone carvings.
Situated in the center of the city, it looks giant with its high raised Towers on all the four directions – East, West, South and North. As you step inside, you get to admire the charming sculptures that decor the towers. You are greeted by a very long open corridor that runs along the four sides.
Crossing the corridor leads you to the inner corridor where you can see a big pond with steps on all 4 sides. Not only that, the inner corridor again hosts a ton of beautiful paintings on the ceilings, with pillars carved with eye-catching sculptures.
Then there is the Lords shrines and further inner corridors with similar style of architecture. It takes about two hours to complete the dharshan of the lords, but if you are interested in the architecture, you need a couple of hours to walk around the temple and see all places. Go there on a quiet day-avoiding weekends and Fridays, as the temple gets busier during these times and you will not be able to enjoy it as much as you like to. Check with the temple administration to see whether they allow photography inside the inner corridor.Check their sitehere
These are some pictures I took when visiting recently:
The marriage of goddess Meenakshi:
Madurai is also popular with the variety of food cuisines it offers. In restaurants you can get food in the banana leaf, which is a rarity in the capital city Chennai. The people of Madurai are also warm and welcoming.
If you visit the city during summer season, you will get to see the notorius jasmine flowers tied beautifully and sold. The aroma of the flower sold there is very special and I am yet to see a place where it is better than Madurai.
Madurai is a city not to be missed, you get plenty of train services from Chennai as well as flights. Do mark this city in your list without fail!
It has been raining heavily here in Chennai for the past few days. The days are getting shorter with longer evenings. We always have dark clouds up above in the sky, willing to pour rain anytime. Gloomy dull days have adorned the city for the past week. Roads getting flooded, traffic at its worst in busy areas, the city attains its ‘glorious rainy days’ in Nov-Dec. I had some deep thoughts on a rainy night, which I want to share .
So what I loved about Rajasthan?
Having read my earlier post on What I loved about Rajasthan -Part 1, you might be thinking like “well the joy of visiting any tourist place is always understandable. What would have had the author fall in love with Rajasthan?”
Well dear readers, whilest I loved all those beautiful places and the sightseeing was a real pleasure, there are more reasons to love Rajasthan. Here they are for you:
The people of Rajasthan and their cultured behaviour
The people of Rajasthan
I noted with immense respect how humble and respectful these Rajasthani people are!. Few incidents which touched my heart for you:
Where is Rajasthan?
Rajasthan is a state in the Northern part of India. It is the largest state in India.Prior to the Independence, the area was ruled as separate kingdoms by various rulers from the rajput dynasty. (ref: this link)I have always wanted to visit there as I love seeing historic places and monuments. I got the chance to visit the famous cities Jaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan this month. I loved my visit though it being only for a few days. In this post Rajasthan – part1, I will tell you about my visit to Jaipur.
Navatri, the Indian festival
The Indian festival of Navratri has begun. What does Navratri or Navarathri mean?
Navarathri means 9 consecutive nights. Not only the night but the day time is also very special in these days.It is a festival specially attributed to Women. The Women following Hindu religion celebrates Navaratri days in a very special way across the Globe. This was one of the favorite festivals for the kids years ago! you might wonder why I say ‘was’. I will come to that in a minute!
Travel – is a journey to a place; a place nearby or farther. Travel can be for personal or business reasons. Personal travel is more exciting.But there are some who don’t like traveling and prefer to live in their home-base. They are unaware that, a lot of things in life are missed, by NOT travelling!. You might think – ‘how do you say that? I have everything in my life at my native place!’. Let me tell you briefly what you miss by not Travelling: A lot!
I am new to the blogging journey and I have had my share of research and analysis in the WordPress.com and WordPress.org sites. I had to read quite some articles to understand the difference between the two and decide on the best approach to run my blog. There are a ton of articles about this topic in the internet, however, I am writing this with a view to help new bloggers, who is searching the internet for the answers . I am writing this post based on my learnings and please note that, there are could be many more features , which I haven’t come across so far.
Lets get started.
Major difference I felt between the two:
A Rainbow contains different shades. It is seen when there is a little bit of sunshine amidst raining and it lasts only for a short time. But the rainbow’s appearence creates a sense of warmth and happiness. As variant as the colors of the rainbow, so is my category of blog posts.
I am a Blogger who is interested to talk about Nature, Inspiration, Happiness, Travel and self improvement.We are so busy in our own lives that some times we forget to cherish the life around us. So I want to write here about the little things in life, that I liked and encourage the readers to enjoy them. I post sometimes my views about certain things that may not be necessarily agreed by everyone. But I hope that is understandable. Thanks for coming!