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“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”

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Somnath Dham


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We reached Somnath Dham yesterday in the afternoon. We checked in to the hotel that we had booked before. After taking our lunch, we went to the Somnath temple. We worshiped at the temple.

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CHORWAD

On the way, we stopped for cold drink in a village. I found a shop opened, which was selling cold drinks. I asked the lady owner of the sop, while purchasing the bottles, about the name of the village. She replied that the village is “Chorwad” and added that it is the native village of the renowned industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani. It’s a village on the coast of Gujarat. Located 30 km from Somnath, the Chorwad beach was once home to the royal palace of the Nawab of Junagadh. Today it remains in a ruined state. So, we didn’t take detour to see the beach.

THE PLACE

The small shore town of Somnath in Gujarat is one of the most frequented spots in Gujarat. It is one of the oldest pilgrim centers of India and is said to house one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Somnath temple is located on the western coast of Gujarat and is one of the oldest and most revered temples of India and finds its reference in the most ancient texts like Shreemad Bhagavat, Skandpuran, Shivpuran and Rig-Veda which signifies the importance of this temple as one of the most celebrated pilgrimage sites or Tirthdham.

THE LEGEND

According to Hindu mythology this is also the place where Lord Krishna was shot in the leg. As is evident Somnath has many a story associated with it.

As per Shiv Mahapuran, once Brahma (the Hindu God of creation) and Vishnu (the Hindu God of protection) had an argument in terms of supremacy of creation. To test them, Shiva pierced the three worlds as a huge endless pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Vishnu and Brahma split their ways to downwards and upwards respectively to find the end of the light in either directions. Brahma lied that he found out the end, while Vishnu conceded his defeat. Shiva appeared as a second pillar of light and cursed Brahma that he would have no place in ceremonies while Vishnu would be worshiped till the end of eternity.

Ancient Indian traditions maintain a close relationship of Somnath with release of Chandra (Moon God) from the curse of his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati. Moon was married to Twenty-Seven daughters of Daksha. However, he favored Rohini and neglected other queens. The aggrieved Daksha cursed Moon and the Moon lost power of light. With the advice of Brahma, Moon arrived at the Prabhas Teerth and worshiped Bhagwan Shiva. Pleased with the great penance and devotion of Moon, Bhagwan Shiva blessed him and relieved him from the curse of darkness partially, thus causing the periodic waning of moon. Pauranic traditions maintain that Moon had built a golden temple, followed by a silver temple by Ravana, Bhagvan Shree Krishna is believed to have built Somnath temple with Sandalwood.

Located as it is, it is widely believed that if one were to sail from here in a straight line, the end of the journey would be at the North Pole, without having to travel over land.

THE TEMPLE

The Somnath Temple located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra, on the western coast of Gujarat, India, is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of the God Shiva. Somnath means “The Protector of (the) Moon God”. The Somnath Temple is known as “the Shrine Eternal”.

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Somnath temple, 1869 (Image: @IndiaHistorypic/Twitter)

Somnath temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva which are considered to be very holy as each of the twelve Jyotrilinga is considered to be the manifestation of the Lord Shiva. It had been desecrated and vandalised repeatedly by Muslim invaders. Every time it was rebuilt at the same site. The modern temple was built over five years – from 1947 to 1951. It was inaugurated by then President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad.

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No electronic item is allowed inside Somnath temple. We deposited our camera, mobile phones at the locker room and walked into the temple.

BHALKA TIRTH

We reached Somnath temple after visiting Bhalka Tirth – the legendary spot where Lord Krishna was mistakenly hit by the arrow of a hunter. We worshiped at the Krishna temple there. It’s this sacred place from where Bhagvan Shri Krishna took his last journey to his neejdham.

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TRIVENI GHAT

Then we went to the famous Triveni Ghat. Triveni Ghat in Somnath is the meeting point of three holy rivers – Kapila, Hiran and a mythical River Saraswati, which are believed to be flowing to their ultimate destination – Arabian Sea. These stages of rivers where they meet and then flow together to the sea symbolizes human birth, life and death. Considered as a sacred location for taking a holy dip to get rid of all curses and diseases, Triveni Ghat holds a significant place in the Hindu Mythology and Puranas and also finds a mention in the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that Lord Krishna visited this holy spot when he was hurt by an arrow shot by Jara – a hunter.

According to historians, the site of Somnath has been a pilgrimage site from ancient times on account of being a Triveni Sangam. Soma, the Moon god, is believed to have bathed in the river Saraswati at this site to regain his lost lustre. The result is the waxing and waning of the moon or the waxing and waning of the tides at this sea shore location.

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I offered tarpana to my ancestors. Prabhash teertha is a holy place to offer tarpana to ancestors. Also, it’s the pitripaksh. After that, we returned to Somnath temple for Aarti scheduled at 7 PM. We also joined in the Aarti. After that we relaxed for sometime in the lawns and then returned to our hotel.

ॐ नमः शिवाय| Om Namah Shivaya!

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Madhavpur


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There is a serene beach at Madhavpur on the road to Somnath from Dwarka. It lies on the seashore, close to Porbandar. We stopped here to enjoy the beach for a moment and to have a look around.

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Madhavpur beach

There are a few shacks and some vendors in open selling green coconut. We had green coconut at the beach. The coconut water tasted sweet. We opted for the ones with flesh too. The flesh was also nice.

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Green coconut seller

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Shacks on beach selling green coconuts

Madhavpur isn’t much well-known. However it is a very important pilgrimage for Hindu Vaishnavas.

THE LEGEND

According to folklore, Lord Krishna kidnapped princess Rukmini (Rukmini haran) and eloped with her to prevent an unwanted marriage at her request and saved her from evil Shishupala. Lord Krishna married princess Rukmini at this village while returning to Dwaraka. She is the first and the most prominent queen of Krishna. Rukmini is also considered an avatar of Lakshmi, the Goddess of fortune.

Rukmini was the daughter of Bhishmaka, the king of Vidarbha. Bhismaka was the vassal of King Jarasandha of Magadha. She fell in love with and longed for Lord Krishna, whose virtue, character, charm and greatness she had heard much of.

Rukmini’s parents wanted to marry Rukmini to Krishna but Rukmi, her brother strongly opposed it. Rukmi was an ambitious prince and he did not want to earn the wrath of Emperor Jarasandha, who was ruthless. Instead, he proposed that she be married to his friend Shishupala, the crown prince of Chedi. Shishupala was also a vassal and close associate of Jarasandha and hence an ally of Rukmi.

Bhishmaka gave in but Rukmini, who had overheard the conversation was horrified and immediately sent for a brahmana, Sunanda, whom she trusted and asked him to deliver a letter to Krishna. She asked Krishna to come to Vidarbha and kidnap her to avoid a battle where her relatives may be killed. She suggested that he do this when she was on her way to the temple or back. Rukmini asked that he claim her to marry her. Krishna, having received the message in Dwarka, immediately set out for Vidarbha with Balarama, his elder brother.

Rukmini got ready for her upcoming marriage. She went to Indrani temple on the day of Jyeshtha star (ruled by Indra) to pray but was severely disappointed when she did not see Krishna there. As she stepped out, she saw Krishna and he soon swept her into his chariot with him.

THE TEMPLE

In the memory of that event, there is a temple built for Lord Krishna aka Madhavraiji and Lord Balaram aka Trikamraiji. A celebration of this event is held at Madhavpur in memory of this marriage every year in a cultural fair for five days from the day of Ram Navami.

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The original 15th-century temple of Madhavraiji was badly damaged in attacks by Muslim invaders, however a ruined structure is still present. A newly temple constructed adjacent to the old one is used for worship now.

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Madhavpur is also culturally significant due to one of the seats of Shri Vallabhacharya. He narrated here the teachings of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.

After getting refreshed by cool sea waves and nice tender coconut, we proceeded for Somnath.

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Dwaraka


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Jaya was planning for pilgrimage to Dwarka, but it was getting deferred. We planned this time for our visit to Dwarka. Located on the west coast of Gujarat, Dwarka is known as Lord Krishna’s adobe. Dwarka, the holy land surrounded with the legends of Lord Krishna, is a significant pilgrimage site for the Hindus. The city lies in the westernmost part of India. Dwaraka (also known as Dvaravati, both names meaning “the many-gated city” in Sanskrit.

We reached Jamnagar by air via Mumbai by Air India flight. We reached Mumbai from Ranchi last evening by Indigo. We stayed in Hotel Orchid near Mumbai airport.

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Jaya & Baba at Ranchi airport
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Reception at the Orchid Hotel
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A statue of a man at a corner near the lift

From Jamnagar airport, we drove down to Dwarka. On the route we crossed the famous Reliance Industries Ltd and Essar oil Ltd. We stopped at motel on the way for some tea and snacks.

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We had our stay arrangements at Govardhan Greens. It’s a nice, tiny resort just at the outskirt of Dwarka.

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Dwarka is a relatively flat region at sea level, having an average elevation of 0 metres. It is one of the seven most ancient cities in the country.  it is considered to be one of the holiest cities in Hinduism and one of the Char Dham along with Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram. The city is especially respected by Vaishnavas. Adi Shankaracharya had visited Dvarakadisha Shrine and had established the Dwaraka Pitha. The others are at Shringeri, Puri and Jyotirmath.

This legendary town is well-visited by religious travellers world-wide for its famous Jagatmandir temple that houses the Dwarkadhish (Lord Krishna) and dates back to 2500 years. The Lord here is dressed in Kalyana Kolam where he appears to be in a Royal Wedding costume. It is one of the 108 Divya desams.

The present temple was built from 6th to 7th century, while the original temple was believed to have been built by Krishna’s great grandson, King Vajra. The 5-storied temple is made of limestone and sand. A flag is hoisted in the temple tower five times each day. There are two gateways – Swarga Dwar, where pilgrims enter, and Moksha Dwar, where pilgrims exit. From the temple one can view the Sangam (confluence) of River Gomati flowing towards the sea.

The temple opens at 5 PM. So, we had some tea after checking in at the resort and then went to the temple. Cameras, phones are not allowed there and therefore we left our mobiles and cameras in the car. It’s a nice temple. We worshiped at the temple. There is divinity at the temple and one can feel the divine vibrations.

We returned home in the night. Next day, we planned to visit Bet Dwarka. This is the place where Krishna used to reside and this is the place where Lord Krishna met his friend Sudama and blessed him, there is a Peetha (seat) where Lord Krishna met Sudama.

The temple also has the main Dwarkadish deity which was believed to have been made by Krishna’s chief Queen Rukmini and in which Meera bai merged and disappeared from the material world.

Bet Dwarka Island, also known as Bet Shankhodhara, is situated in the Gulf of Kutch. Early historic settlement remains have been located on the island which may be dated back to 3rd century BC on the basis of a potsherd inscribed with ‘Nandakasa’ in the Mauryan Brahmi script.

We drove to Okha jetty, which is around 30 km from Dwarka. There are boats available from Okha Jetty from where people are ferried to the Island. It was quite a sunny morning, but when we reached Okha, it was quite cloudy. We boarded a boat to reach Bet Dwarka.

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We then went to Dwarkadheesh temple after reaching the island. We then had bhog there in the temple premises.

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The temple and other coastal sites have ample antiquities, mainly potsherds, suggesting maritime trade and commerce with the Mediterranean countries around the Christian era.

As we walked out of the temple, it started raining. We hired an autorickshaw to take us to Hanuman temple. This is the place where Hanuman fought with his son Makaradhwaja. We worshipped at the Makardhwaja temple and also were offered prasad. From here we rushed to the jetty as it was raining heavily then.

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On reaching the jetty, we found a boat ready to leave. We managed to get Jaya’s father inside the cabin. We were on the deck of the boat. As we returned to Okha jetty, we were completely drenched. I couldn’t do photography because of rain and the camera lens was very much fogged.

We then went on to see Gopi Talav. This is the place where Lord Krishna used to play with his Gopikas. There is a small pond where it is said that Lord Krishna used to play with the Gopika Strees (Gopika Women). From here, we went to Shiva temple — Nageshwara Temple. It is enshrined by one of the 12 swayambhu jyothirlingas in the world, in an underground sanctum. A 25 m tall statue of a sitting Lord Shiva and a large garden with a pond are major attractions of this serene place. Some archaeological excavations claim five earlier cities at the site.

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Nageshwara Temple

We performed Rudrabhishek here. The Pouring of water on shivalinga is called “Abhishek”. The continuous water pouring on shivalinga with chant of great Vedic mantras is called “Rudrabhishek”. As per the temple rules here, a male Hindu can perform Rudrabhishek only wearing a dhoti. There is a change room next to the temple where many dhotis are kept. My father-in-law and I changed into dhotis for performing Rudhabhishek at the Shivalinga.

We returned to Dwarka after visiting Rukmini temple. This temple is situated at 8 Kms from Dwarka. This is in the outskirts of the city and this is a lonely temple and there is an interesting story of Rukmini being cursed by sage Durvasa because of which the temple is situated outside the city and it’s because of this curse only that the water in Dwarka city is salty.

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Rukmini Mandir

We then visited Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple. It is set right in the middle of the Arabian sea near Dwarka. After praying at the temple, we sat for some time on the railing to enjoy the sea — Arabian Sea.

Lighthouse at Dwaraka

We then returned back to our resort. Today we spent moving around completely drenched in rain. We relaxed in the resort in evening.

Two Gujarati women in their traditional dress at the resort

ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय|| (Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya)

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Gangasagar


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Gangasagar is a charming tourist destination, which attracts both pilgrims and adventure lovers. Located on an island in the Sunderbans, Gangasagar offers the charms of an un-spoilt beach on the estuary of the river Ganges. Gangasagar has acres of silver sand and clear blue sky, and the calm sea to spend the time in tranquillity. Gangasagar is about 135 km away from Kolkata.

The island of Gangasagar is one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimage centers in India. Every year on Makar Sankranti (mid-January), pilgrims from all over India, gather at Gangasagar for a holy dip at the confluence of the river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, Gangasagar Mela is organized in this island, which is one of the biggest fairs in West Bengal. Gangasagar finds mention in many tales of Hindu mythology and in ancient Indian literature like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata.

To avoid the rush, my friend Rina, his son Soumya and I went to Gangasagar in December. We went there in a steamboat after reaching the ferry point by car.

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On reaching Gangasagar, also known as Sagardwip, we went to the estuary where the holy Ganga River meets the sea – Bay of Bengal. We dipped in the water and enjoyed at the beach. Then we went to the temple of Kapil muni.

A holy man, Kardam Muni, made a pact with Vishnu that he would undergo the rigours of marital life, on the condition that Vishnu would incarnate as his son. In due time Kapil Muni was born as an incarnation of Vishnu and became a great saint. Kapil Muni’s ashram was located on the island. Kapil muni was a Vedic sage credited as one of the founders of the Samkhya school of philosophy. He is prominent in the Bhagavata Purana, which features a theistic version of his Samkhya philosophy. He is also believed to be a descendant of Manu, a great-grandson of Brahma. The Bhagavad Gita depicts Kapila as a yogi hermit with highly developed siddhis, or spiritual powers.

After worshiping at the temple we moved to return to our home by ferry and then by our car. It was a lovely trip and we enjoyed it a lot.

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Now, I am planning to visit here again with my husband, Jeet.

সব তীর্থ বারবার, গঙ্গাসাগর একবার! (Sab teertha barbar, Gangasagar ekbar) This means: all pilgrimages again and again but Gangasagar only once. This is a popular Bengali saying about Sagardwip or Gangasagar.

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Byblos


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Today, we had off-day from meetings. We will resume tomorrow again. It is still raining in Beirut. Rafeef, Waddah and I decided to hit the road for Byblos. I like going to Byblos; it is a journey down the history of civilization.

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Byblos is one of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It is believed to be founded in 5,000 BC. When reached Byblos, it was raining out there. Walked into a cafe – e-cafe for some coffee and respite from the rain.

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Had hot double espresso to warm me up in the rains!The coffee was great! As we finished our coffee, the rains stopped. Thank God.

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After that we walked out. Went to the souk and also to the fossil museum. There are a lot of fossils available in Byblos and these are dated more than 100 million years old. Being enthused to possess fossils as these are also available for sale. I bought fossils for my personal collections and as a souvenir.

A 100 million year old fossil

Then, we walked besides the sea. It was a lovely sight. With waves lashing on the stones around the beach and clouds over our head, it was a good sight to enjoy.

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Then walked  to restaurant Bab el Mina.

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I had some local catch fish lunch with red wine.

Nothing more than red wine and fried fish for lunch

Then we returned back to the hotel.

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Harissa


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Today, I visited Harissa, an important Lebanese pilgrimage site high above Jounieh, located at 650 meters altitude from the coast and 20 km distance from Beirut the capital city.

We went up the hill by aerial lift — “Téléférique”. There’s a lovely view of Jounieh Bay as we go up the gondola.

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It attracts both pilgrims and tourists. The views of Jounieh and the Mediterranean Sea are wonderful from the top of this hill. The main site is a huge 15-ton bronze and painted white statue of Virgin Mary, known as Our Lady of Lebanon or Notre Dame du Liban, with her arms outstretched. The 8 meters and a half long statue was made in Lyon.

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Notre Dame du Liban

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The statue was made at the end of the 19th century and inaugurated in 1908. Inside the statue’s base there is a small chapel.

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There were replicas on the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

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There are a lot of beautiful Lebanese cedar trees around the place, which is also the symbol of Lebanon. These trees are native of Lebanon, Syria and some parts of Turkey.

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People sitting under the shade of a cedar tree
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Cedar tree

LEBANESE CEDAR

Lebanese Cedar (Cedrus Libani) is a species of cedar native to the mountains of the Mediterranean region. These trees grow in Lebanon, Israel, northwest Jordan, western Syria, and south central Turkey.

Cedrus libani is an evergreen coniferous tree growing up to 40 m (130 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in diameter. The crown is conic when young, becoming broadly tabular with age with fairly level branches.

The Cedar of Lebanon was important to various ancient civilizations. The trees were used by the Phoenicians for building commercial and military ships, as well as houses, palaces, and temples. The ancient Egyptians used its resin in mummification, and its sawdust has been found in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh designates the cedar groves of Lebanon as the dwelling of the gods to which Gilgamesh, the hero, ventured.

Hebrew priests were ordered by Moses to use the bark of the Lebanon Cedar in circumcision and the treatment of leprosy. The Hebrew prophet Isaiah used the Lebanon Cedar as a metaphor for the pride of the world.  Because of its significance the word Cedar is mentioned 75 times (Cedar 51 times, Cedars 24 times) in the Bible. It was also used by Romans, Greeks, Persians, Assyrians and Babylonians.

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Pondicherry


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Pondicherry is affectionately known as Pondy, and has been officially known by the alternative name Puducherry since 2006. It is a blend of spiritual aura, French colonial heritage, Tamil culture, virgin beaches and the cosmopolitan flair of many nationalities in a small but varied city. Pondicherry was designed on the French grid pattern and features neat sectors and perpendicular streets.

During ancient times, it is known as Poduke or Podukai. Ancient Greeks referred to this place as Poduke and Aryans referred as Vedapuri. A marketplace named Poduke or Poduca is recorded as a Roman trading destination from the mid 1st century. The area was part of the Pallava Kingdom of Kanchipuram in the 4th century. The Cholas of Thanjavur held it from the 10th to 13th centuries, only to be replaced by the Pandya Kingdom in the 13th century. The Vijayanagar Empire took control of almost all the South of India in the 14th century and lasted until 1638, to be supplanted by the Sultan of Bijapur. The French acquired Puducherry in 1674 and held control, with occasional interruption from the British and Dutch, until 1954 (de jure in 1956), when it was incorporated into the Indian Union along with the rest of French India.

The approach to Puducherry from Chennai is through East Coast Road running besides the Bay of Bengal. The road runs parallel to the sea and one can enjoy the beautiful Bay of Bengal while driving through East Coast Road. We had our lunch at Mahabalipuram, another ancient township, on the coast of Bay of Bengal. There are several ancient caves with paintings etc.

We were planning to visit Pondicherry since long. This time the plan materialised. En route to Pondicherry, we reached Chennai airport via Kolkata from Ranchi. We took a cab from Chennai airport for Pondicherry.

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We stopped at this motel at Mamallapuram for “Thali” lunch

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We had our hotel reservations at The Promenade. It is on the Promenade beach in Pondicherry.

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Roof-top restaurant

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View from window

Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. The city has many beautiful colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues which, combined with the systematic town planning and the well planned French style avenues, still preserve much of the colonial ambiance. There are several beaches here. There is also Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where Sri Aurobindo spent his last years. There is an old lighthouse just across the beach. Although abandoned, but it is still a landmark of the town. The Gandhi statue is the prominent landmark of Pondicherry on the sea beach.

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Walking on the Promenade beach

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Promenade beach
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Gandhi statue
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Pier at night
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Le Cafe – a 24-hour cafe on the beach
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Lighthouse
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Bay of Bengal at night
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A pillar besides the canopy covering Gandhi statue
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A pier
Lighthouse
Lighthouse

Beach

Puducherry still retains much evidence of it being a French settlement. It is surrounded by Tamil Nadu from three sides. There is a strong French influence in the city, especially in the old quarters, with Rues and Boulevards lined with Mediterranean style houses and bakeries, although the city remains very much Indian. We had a nice, pleasant three-day stay at Pondicherry (Puducherry).

History & Heritage, Nature & Environment, Travel & Leisure

Tharangambadi — Land of Singing Waves


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We visited Tharangampadi from Pondicherry. It is about 135 km from Pondicherry. The fort was built by Naval Col. Ove Gjedde with the permission of  Vijay Raghunatha Nayakkan, the king of Tanjore to export pepper, textiles to Denmark. This fort was the residence and headquarters of the governor and other officials for about 150 years. It is now a museum hosting a collection of artifacts from the colonial era as early as 1620.

Tharangambadi (or Tranquebar) is a panchayat town in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu near the mouth of a distributary of the Kaveri River. Its name means “land of the singing waves”. This picturesque coastal town lies 15 km south of the ancient Chola port of  Poompuhar, and 15 km north of the former French trading port of Karikal. From 1620 to 1845 it was a Danish settlement ruled by Governors, till the British took over its administration. Thrangambadi became Tranquebar for the Danes!

Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Dansborg Fort
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
A Canon facing the sea to keep off the pirates
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Bay of Bengal
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Babai playing with the waves
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
A ship off the coast
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Ruins of an old port
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Waves creating music
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
The fort
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Babai in the sea
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Babai relaxing oin the stones
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Jaya at the Bungalow on the beach

Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves

Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Lawns at the Bungalow on the beach
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Jaya at the Bungalow on the beach
Our visit to Tharangampadi – Land of singing waves
Signage of the Fort

When the Danish navy landed at the Coromondel Coast, the Dutch captain Roland Crappe realized that it was a perfect place for trading. An admiral of the Danish navy, Ove Gjedde, negotiated a treaty with the Thanjavur king, Vijaya Raghunatha Nayak, on behalf of King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway. Gjedde acquired a 10 by 3 mile strip of land in the fishing village from the king and agreed to pay a rent of Rs. 3,111 per annum. He renamed the place Tranquebar and a fort called Fort Dansborg was built in 1622. The Danish East India Company, formed in 1616 for doing trade with India, started trading silk, spices, and textiles from this port. Then, the place was taken over by the British colony for a sum of 10,000 British pounds circa 1845.

There are a few inhabitants around. It is not a popular tourist destination and hence the tranquility is maintained. In this tranquil sea beach, there was a house of the Captain; the 19th century residence was transformed into a heritage hotel by the Neemrana Group. and named it as the Bungalow on the beach. The exact date of original construction of this building is unknown. We had a lovely lunch at the Bungalow on the beach.