Travel: Shravanabelagola – India

Shravanabelagola is a town located in Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The statue of Gommaṭteshwara Bahubali dated 978-993AD is one of the highlights of this location. The great Chandragupta Maurya the founder of the Maurya Empire in ancient India is said to have died here in 298 BCE after he became a Jain…

Travel – Vijayapur/Bijapur – India

Gol Gumbaz This is the most famous monument in Bijapur. It is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah (ruled 1627-1657). It is the largest dome ever built in India, next in size only to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.[citation needed] A particular attraction in this monument is the central chamber, where every sound is echoed…

Mud field run (“Kesaru Gadde ota”) – a muddy fun!!

“Kesaru Gadde ota” or Mud field run is a social event in coastal regions of Karnataka (India). As the monsoon sets in with its full glory in the months of May, June and July, plans are already underway to take advantage of mud filled paddy fields as play grounds! There is no age or gender bar!…

Heritage – Hyderabad – India

  Hyderabad is the capital of the southern Indian state of Telangana Established in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, Hyderabad remained under the rule of the Qutb Shahi dynasty for nearly a century before the Mughals captured the region. In 1724, Mughal viceroy Asif Jah I declared his sovereignty and created his own dynasty,…

Heritage – Belur Halebeed -India

Belur & Haleibeedu capital of the Hoysala Empire. One of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka. The main attraction being Chennakeshava Temple (meaning handsome Vishnu)  temple and Kappe Chennigaraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana. It is said that Shantaladevi herself danced in front of the main shrine during its installation and her…

Heritage – Mughal – India

  The Mughal Empire was founded by Babur, a Central Asian. Then ruled by Humayun and then by great emporor Akbar the great. Akbar allowed free expression of religion, and attempted to resolve socio-political and cultural differences in his empire by establishing a new religion, Din-i-Ilahi. Akbar’s son, Jahangir, ruled the empire at its peak….

Heritage – Humpi -India

Hampi (Hampe) is a village and temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Karnataka, India. It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and…

Bhootha Kola – A spirits world!

“Bhootha Kola” is one of the oldest rituals of western coastal regions of south India. “Bhootha” meaning past symbolizes things from the past or a holy spirit. Basically the spirit is believed to be entered in to the body of a performer.

Yakshagana – A time travel

  “Yaksha” a spirit an “Gana” a music makes the word “Yakshagana”. Believed to be a favorite act of Yakshas when they needed  an entertainment. Also called “Bayalata” (Open theater play) or simply as  “Ata” (Play)  in coastal tulu area around Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka State (India)