One of the largest forts in the country and a world heritage site , this is a fort that has many stories to tell. I spent five hours listening to tales of Rajput valour , sacrifice , battles and romance . Stories of Mirabai’s devotion to Lord Krishna , of how Alauddin Khilji wished to see Rani Padmini after hearing tales of her incomparable beauty , of Rani Padmini and her companions committing self-immolation to protect their honor….one fort with endless stories.
This is where we were told the story of Mirabai and her devotion to Lord Krishna. There is also a temple dedicated to Mirabai in the fort complex.
The turrets of the temple gleaming in the sun looked grand from a distance. An audio guide took us through the story of it’s construction which began in the 15th century . There are endless exquisite pillars , each one unique in design. The splendid lace-like interiors , the odd figure combining four animal bodies and one human body and the nymphs that adorn the ceiling , these are images I will never forget.
When I look back at pictures of this fort , I wonder how I kept going right to the top in the eleventh week of my pregnancy ( I didn’t know then !!! Seriously !) . Stories of the great Mewar warriors and the tale of Maharana Pratap’s birth narrated by the guide regaled me on that unforgiving hot afternoon. The guide was a patient man and let me rest every few minutes while at the same time he kept egging me on to keep going , promising me a breathtaking view of the great wall of Kumbalgarh , second only to the Great wall of China.
Looking back , I feel elated that I managed to go all the way up and grateful that all was well despite the strenuous trek .
A sacred lake for Buddhists , Khecheopalri is a beauty surrounded by forests and hills. According to locals , this is a wish-fulfilling lake and has curative properties too. A young lady offering prayers by the lake informed us that the lake is believed to be blessed by Goddess Tara and resembles a giant foot print ( believed to belong to the Goddess) if one manages to look at it from atop one of the surrounding hills. Of all the places I visited in Pelling , this one was the most peaceful.
These are pictures of Buddhist architecture in Karla caves , Lonavala ( Mahrashtra).I last visited the place in June and every time I do , I simply marvel at the beautiful horsehoe arch in the chaityagruha .
The pillars , inscriptions , vaulted interiors and intricate carvings tell stories from centuries ago .
Buddhist traders in the deccan contributed to this wonder and it is not difficult to imagine the peace that must have once prevailed in these hills .
The chaitya in Karla is supposed to be one of the largest in India and looks magnificent .
The lion pillar ourside the Chaitya Hall
I have had this in my draft for so long , thought I’d post today
Happy and bright walls , adorned camels and bright turbans – there were colours everywhere in Udaipur . Thought I’d share these 🙂
….. reveals a little magic 🙂
from somewhere in the Sahyadris 🙂