Viswa Shanti Stupa- The Epitome of Peace and Unity

Next morning I woke up to a peaceful and blissful morning. I sipped my coffee enjoying the ambience of the hotel and its serenity. The experience in the museum was very good and I was thankful to the archeologists for revealing such beautiful past of India to the world. My next destination in my itinerary was the Viswa Shanti Stupa at Rajgiri. It is one of the most popular places to visit here. It magnetizes millions of people from all around the world.

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Viswa Shanti  Stupa, Rajgir | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

I took a cab to the place, as Rajgiri is around 35 kilometers from the railway station. This place is well- connected with buses and cabs. I reached the place in the morning. This Shanti Stupa is a marvelous structure designed with beautiful spotless white marble.

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Beautiful View of Vishwa Shanti Stupa | Image Resource : mvmtravel.com

It was constructed by the Nichidatsu Fujii who is the founder of Nipponzan-Myohoji. He built this Stupa for the harmony and unity of all people and several such Stupas were built for this reason all around the world. He established several pagodas and this is one among them. Moreover it is one among the famous Buddhists pilgrimage destinations.

The Stupa was built in the year 1969 and one among the 80 Peace Stupas in the world. This marvel of peace is the tallest of all Peace Pagodas in the world and stands majestically 400 meters tall. It holds 4 statues of divine Bhudha on the 4 corners. All the four statues depict the phases of Buddha’s life which are birth, enlightenment, teaching and end of  life.

I walked around the Stupa and explored each and every corner of it. The ropeway connecting the Rajgir hills is an amazing construction. I took a rid in the ropeway. It was an enchanting view to see from the ropeway. Ropeway is another attraction here and you can enjoy a good ride here.

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Scenic View of Venuvana, Rajgir | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

I could also visit the Venu Vana which is an artificial forest was another magnificent work of the tourism development. There was a famous Japanese temple there; the temple is beautiful, and peaceful. It was time for me to leave Peace pagoda and move to the next destination which was the Jalmandir temple.

Hayagriva Madhava Temple Assam- A Place of Pilgrimage for Hindus As Well As Buddhists

From the Guwahati Planetarium, we moved on to our next destination which was the Hayagriva Madhava Temple Assam. It is located on what is known as Monikut Hill in an area called Hajo at a distance of 30km on the western side of Guwahati. We came to know that the present form of the temple was built in 1583 by King Raghudeva Narayan. There are some legends which state that the original form of the temple was built during the sixth century by a King from Pala dynasty.

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Hayagriva Madhava Temple | Image Resource : hunt.in

We were really mesmerized by the manner in which a temple was carved out of stone. Inside the temple, there is an image belonging to Hayagriva Madhava. One of the local devotees told us that the some of the Buddhists think that Lord Buddha attained the stage of Nirvana at the site where Hayagriva Temple is located. The temple was huge in size and we were amazed with its imposing construction. On the body of the temple, we could see images of elephants arranged in rows. Some of theartistic works represented the fineness of the then Assamese form of art.

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View of Guwahati City | Image Resource : flickr

We also visited the massive pond which is located close to the temple and is known as Madhab Pukhuri. One of the guides lingering around in the premises of the temple told us that every year festivals like Janmashtami, Bihu and Doul are celebrated with great pomp and show at the temple. One of the most peculiar things about the temple is its rich association with both Buddhism and Hinduism.

Many Buddhist monks, Bhutiyas and lamas from different corners of the world visit this temple. One of the legends associated with the temple tells that a number of paiks was donated by the Kaila Bhomora Borpukan’s first wife called Sayani. She even donated a huge plot of land in order to take good care of the Hayagriva Madhava Temple. Inside the temple, there is Lord Vishnu’s image which is similar to Lord Jagannath of Puri. We also came to know that the name Hayagriva stands for an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the head of a horse.

Guwahati Planetarium Assam- A Treat for Science Enthusiasts

After exploring the Kamakhya Temple in a complex full of many temples, we moved on towards our next destination which was the Guwahati Planetarium Assam. It is considered to be an all exclusive astronomical research centre in this part of the world.

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Kamakhya Temple Assam | Image Resource:  rltgo.com

We had to pay a very nominal entry fee of Rs 30 per person for entering the planetarium and enjoying the sky shows. One of the members told us that the planetarium stays open on six days, except Sunday, from 11pm to 4pm.

The presence of the unique dome and slopes of walls make it an unparalleled beauty in the entire north eastern part of India. Inside the planetarium, we spotted the Goto GX instrument found in Japan. The hardware of the instrument works on the principle of GX Starfield projector and is composed of high quality theatre like sound system along with 60 projectors to render out of the box special effects.

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Guwahati Planetarium | Image Resource: assammind.blogspot.com

The software on which the entire equipment functions belongs to Goto as well. We came to know that in addition to the daily shows, the Planetarium frequently organizes different types of conferences, workshops and seminars related to the astronomy field.

The planetarium is also known for arranging outdoor viewing provisions and quizzes at the time of eclipses. There is a library which maintains a huge collection of some of the most unique space oriented books. There is no doubt about the fact that Guwahati Planetarium Assam is a great way of reaching out to the younger section of the society and inspiring them with fascinating scientific facilities. The planetarium also enables students to explore the different types of items being assembled by human explorers for centuries.

In addition to the common sky watching programs organized by professionals, there were some special shows which utilize an overhead screen created on the dome shaped ceiling. Despite being a person from commerce, I was extremely impressed after gathering knowledge about the extent to which science has advanced. We came to know that the Planetarium organizes shows in English, Hindi and Assamese. The planetarium is equipped with all the things which can keep a science enthusiast busy.

Kamakhya Temple Assam – Ideal for Tantric Lovers

After spending a day relaxing and exploring the areas close to the hotel, we had a solid sleep and got up early the next day. This is because we didn’t want to be late in beginning our wonderful trip and we had many places to cover. We had breakfast at the hotel and left for our first destination which was the famous Kamakhya Temple. It is basically a temple made for Hindus with Goddess Kamakhya being the main deity worshipped.

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Kamakhya Temple Assam | Image Resource : religiousportal.com

We came to know that the locals also call it by the name of Kamrup Kamakhya and regard it to be a part of the very old 51 Shakti Pithas. One of the best things about the temple is that takes the centrestage in a complex full of temples dedicated to ten different Mahavidyas namely Baga lamukhi, Sodashi, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Tara, Kali, Matangi, Kamala, Dhumavati and Bhuvaneshwari. We came to know that many people, especially believers of Tantric magic, visit the temple from different corners of the country.

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Kamakhya Temple | Image Resource : dainikbhaskar.com

One of the administrators of the temple informed us that the responsibility of the activities of the temple has been handed over to Bordewri Samaj from Kamakhya Debutter Board according to the directives of the SC. We knew that the temple has been built in a style known as Nilachal type which has resulted due to the combination of the constructional features and the numerous modifications that have taken place between eighth and seventeenth centuries. The temple basically stands as a cruciform base over which there is a hemispherical shaped dome.

There are four chambers inside the temple and these include three mandapas namely natamandira, pancharatna and calanta in addition to the garbhagriha. The garbhagriha is in the form of a pancharatha resting over plinth moldings.

We could find many beautiful sculptures of Ganesha and many different Hindu Gods. One of the locals informed us that the temple is a great place for practicing tantric and attracts a large number of devotees during the annual festival called Ambubachi Mela. Other festivals celebrated inside the temple include Manasha Puja, Navaratri and Durga Puja.

The Path to Gods Own Village: Rarang Monastery, Kinnaur!

So I wanted to take my kids to some culture and Religion. Be it any religion, I wanted them to understand the importance of having faith and belief in an omnipotent power. The Rarang Monastery is one of the recent monasteries in Kinnaur. Constructed under care of Tashi Choeling, The Rarang Monastery is definitely worth the visit.

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Rarang Monastery Kinnaur | Image Resource : travelevening.com

Constructed post Tibetan Influences of the Drugpa Sect since 1960, this monastery is built on the Thopan side. There are several older dwellings and temples that merge into the rubbled rocky side of the mountain. Archaeologists have traced these dwellings and structures to the Nyingmapa adherents.

There is much that my kids have learnt on our trip to the monastery; obedience, respect and much more. Trust me, this trip is more than its worth in money. This is one trip everyone must make at least once in his or her life.

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Rarang Monastery | Image Resource : ebharat.in

Rarang of Kinnaur

There was much hustle and bustle as we entered the Rarang region of the Kinnaur Valley. It is a very popular site and the Rarang Monastery is very well known and is a prominent attraction of the whole package. It is said that your trip is incomplete unless you visit the Rarang Monastery.

Budhha at Rarang Monastery

Budhha at Rarang Monastery | Image Resource : staticflickr.com

Located on the Thopan side, the monastery is a beauty to be marveled at and one so sacred to the minds eye too. Being a new monument to the existing holy sites of Kinnaur, the Rarang Monastery adds an overall aesthetic value to the place. Its association with the typical Tashi Choeling of the locality makes it quite a bit significant to the natives as well as the visitors in the locality, as these temples date back to the old ancient days.

Routes of travel are available to Rarang Monastery from Reckong Peo, the administrative HQ of Kinnaur valley by bus transport. Beware; the bus travels only three times a day, as the distance is almost 25 kilometers. You may also take up Taxi services from the Reckong Peo zone as frequently as you wish for an average fee of 500 Rupees. You will be taken from Reckong Peo via Thopan and Ribba Akpa or through another old HT Road via the Pangi Village, Thopan and Swaden.

Image of the Week : Durga Temple Kinnaur

Durga Temple Kinnaur

Durga Temple Kinnaur |Image Respurce : pinimg.com

Description : With pilgrims and patrons bustling the streets and courtyards, the temple shelters hundreds of them every day along with its myth and historical placements. Set against the backdrop of a dreamy hill scenic epitome, the temple offers a peace of mind for troubled hearts.

Image of the Week : Radisson Blu Hotel Ranchi

Radisson Blu Hotel Ranchi

 Radisson Blu Hotel Ranchi

Planning to visit Ranchi, then the Radisson Blu is one of the best luxury hotels here. Ideally located in the heart of Ranchi, this hotel becomes very easy for tourists for exploring the city. You could absorb the entire city’s culture and heritage by staying in this hotel. The customer service, the food and the rooms are all worth the money you spent!