Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar

Har Ki Pauri
© GIREESH GV
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Pushkar, woman devotee

Women in Religious rituals.
© Gireesh GV

Yoga at 1,343 m height ASL

Yoga practitioners doing a photo shoot at the peak in Kodachadri. Photo by Gireesh GV
Yoga practitioners doing a photo shoot at the peak in Kodachadri. Photo by Gireesh GV
Woman descending after her visit to "Moolasthan" Kudachadri temple.
Woman descending after her visit to “Moolasthan” Kudachadri temple.
The family from Thalassery who ride with us to Kudachadri from Kollur
The family from Thalassery who ride with us to Kudachadri from Kollur

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Plastic bottles and papers as major disturbance for envirnment
Plastic bottles and papers as major disturbance for envirnment
visitors at the sunset point, Kudachadri
visitors at the sunset point, Kudachadri
Karnataka police Wireless tower at the peak
Karnataka police Wireless tower at the peak

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This trip is after 19 years of gap. I been there with friends several times, now with my family. We took a jeep ride because not enough time to trek. Its also given me a different experience. Driving through the ghat road can take only 4-wheel drive jeeps and only locally trained drivers. Kudachadri always given me a enchanting experience. Remember my first trip with friends in 1989-90,  we trek to Kodachadri from Kollur.  On the trekking trail one has to pass through Gopalan’s tea shop. Only one who served the essential food like idli, bread, biscuits and bananas (from his farm). Gopalan is a Keralite and living inside the forest for many years…  Now i am not sure whether he still run that shop or there are more people opened shops. In Kudachadri there many vendors now. Place is getting littered. The many who dare to go to the peak are malayalees.

Kodachadri is a mountain peak with dense forests (elevation – 1,343 metres above sea level) in the Western Ghats in South India (Shindig Dist., Karnataka State). It is declared as natural heritage site by Government Karnataka and it is 10th highest peak of Karnataka

Dressed up for the job

hanuman boy, dressed up for begging, Hampi, Karnataka 2004

A boy spotted begging in  Hampi, a  world heritage site in Karnataka, dress to look like a Hanuman is a Hindu deity,  a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana .

a pilgrim at Mandakini river

a pilgrim at mandakini river

a pilgrim taking a snan (bath) in the holy river Mandakini  in Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh

Chitrakoot  is a town of religious, cultural, historical and archaeological importance, situated in the Bundelkhand region,  in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. The town lies in the historical Chitrakoot region, which is divided between the present-day Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It is known for a number of temples and sites mentioned in Hindu scriptures.

Trissur pooram (from my 2005 photo story)

remembering Trissur pooram on a rainy day in 2005

Pooram Performance, Trissur

It was after a long time I went to cover the world largest ritual performance  called Pooram, it performed in Vadukkumnatha temple in Trissur, Kerala. As per my plans i found the wonderful position to shoot. Its an Asias biggest event perform annually.

The moderate showers that started around 2 p.m. on Wednesday could not dampen the spirits of the scintillating percussion concert `Elanjithara Melam’ held around that time.

Later when heavy rain, accompanied by gusty winds lashed the city just after the beginning of the `Kudamattam’ (exchange of parasols) in the afternoon, they went on dancing, cheerfully yelling and waving their hands each time a set of parasols were exchanged by the friendly rivals of the Pooram, the Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu Devaswoms.

Hanumman statue

Hanumman statue by Gireesh G V
Hanumman statue, a photo by Gireesh G V on Flickr.

after Shivrathri….., a barber’s mirror

after Shivrathri....., a barber's mirror

Man,  sitting for a hair cutting/ shaving with a footpath barber , a scene from New Delhi streets

“Self-realization is the knowing – in body, mind, and soul – that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing.” :- Yogananda Paramahansa