Bhasm-aarti at Mahakaleshwar

Mahakaleshwar temple at Ujjain is an important pilgrimage place for Hindus as it’s said to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It’s also regarded as one of the top 10 Tantra temples of India, and has the only Bhasm-Aarti (ash ritual) of its kind in the world.

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Ujjain – the temple city

An ancient city situated on the eastern bank of the Kshipra River, Ujjain was the most prominent city on the Malwa plateau of central India for much of its history. It emerged as the political centre of central India around 600 BCE. It was the capital of the ancient Avanti kingdom, one of the sixteen mahajanapadas. It is an important place of pilgrimage for Shaivites, Vaishnavites and followers of Shakta. It is a known Hindu pilgrimage centre with the Kumbh Mela held here every 12 years.

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Omkareshwar | Blessed by Gods, adorned by nature

It can only be termed as a blessing, by Lords and mother nature, that Omkareshwar, the sacred island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river, is shaped like ॐ (Om) – the holiest symbol of Hinduism. Not surprising then that this serene town is also one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in India. Pilgrims in unimaginable numbers visit the shrine every year, seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva.

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Meandering along the Teesta river

The Teesta River originates in the Himalayas and flows through the Indian States of Sikkim and West Bengal before entering Bangladesh, where it flows into the Brahmaputra. Flowing through the length of Sikkim, the Teesta River is considered to be the lifeline of the state. The Teesta valley in Sikkim is rich in biodiversity, and the river provides livelihoods for the residents along its entire length of 393 km.

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It will be easier to reach Sikkim now

Sikkim, which is right now connected to the rest of India only by road, is now finally getting its airport, five years late but ready for operation. When I joined Sikkim Manipal University for my MBBS studies, I thought it would help me reaching home easily and faster. Anyway, it’s good that it’s getting operational.

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Mujhe bewajah na maro | Poem

I was on my night duty. It was a busy night. Early in the morning, I was feeling a bit tired. I just jotted down a few lines in Hindi randomly. It turned out to be a poem, which I am posting here. I hope the readers would like it. Mein parinda nahin, par aasman […]

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Malana | Oldest democracy, Hashish and Myth

We left for Kasol in Himachal Pradesh from Amritsar (Punjab) by car. My batchmate Vikram and I wanted to visit Parvati valley. Vikram stays in Amritsar. It was almost evening when we reached Kasol. Kasol is a lovely small town, also known as “Mini Israel” because of its hippie culture and large number Israelis staying there. Vikram heard of […]

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Bullet marks at Jallianwala Bagh

Ninety-eight years ago, one of the bloodiest actions of British rule was the calculated massacre of close to 2,000 innocent Indians at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar (Punjab). The firing was ordered by an officer of the British colonial power, General Dyer. While the official figure for lives lost was 1,526 the actual figure was […]

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ATM pe dhava bol | Demonetisation

Mom and I have come to my material uncle’s house in Allahabad on the occasion of Kali Puja and Diwali. We were scheduled to return home after Bhaiphonta or Bhai Dooj. But, my grandfather (Dadu) and uncle (Mama) had to be hospitalised on the eve of Kali Puja. Both were suffering for sometime and they became very […]

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