Mr Velu Thampi and an iron fencing

Photo By Gireesh GV

In ‘Statue’ ( a landmark in Trivandrum) among the many statues these iron casted fencing and sculpture of Shri Velu Thampy Dalawa one never forget. Then the secretariat in Trivandrum where most of the political drama take place.

The Kerala Government Secretariat: Over 140 years old, the building’s foundation stone was laid by His Highness Ayilyam Thirunal, the Maharaja of Travancore in 1865 and was completed in 1869. The original structure was planned to accommodate Travancore Royal Durbar Hall where the King meet his council of ministers on monthly basis. It was designed and built under Barton, the then chief engineer of Travancore and incorporates elements of Roman and Dutch architecture.

Velayudhan Chempakaraman Thampi (1765–1809) was the Dalawa or Prime Minister of the Indian kingdom of Travancore between 1802 and 1809 during the reign of His Highness Maharajah Bala Rama Varma Kulasekhara Perumal. He is best known for being one of the earliest individuals to rebel against the British East India Company’s supremacy in India. (Text:WIKI)

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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 .

Taj Mahal

Taj-Mahal-02visitors at Taj mahal, Agra India

 

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Juice vendor

Juice vendor
 
Delhi experiencing a heat wave at the Max 0f  41°C

Hatu peak @ 11152 feet height ASL

Hatu peak @ 11152 feet height  ASL

 
Its an amazing experience the moment we reach Hatu peak to view this. Hatu peak is situated above 1152 ft from sea level. 8 km from Narkanda, the road is surrounded by pine and spruce trees. On top of the hill, ancient Hatu Mata temple is located. The peak offers spectacular view of the entire Himalayan ranges, snow clad mountains and in depths are the dense forests, green fields and apple orchards. 

The old streets: Pulliyaar Koil street, Bangalore

The old streets

Bangalore, also rendered Bengaluru,  is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka. Bangalore is India’s third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. Bangalore is well known as a hub for India’s information technology sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. As a growing metropolitan city in a developing country, Bangalore confronts substantial pollution and other logistical and socio-economic problems.

The old architecture and the narrow lanes inside the Bangalore are popularly known as commercial, avenue road, chicpet, ulsoor etc.  Also extremely impressive cathedrals, basilicas, chapels and churches which are important architectural symbols and landmarks of the city.

Offering: Oil lamp in a monastery

Offering: Oil lamp in a monastery

Monastery in McLeodGanj, Dharmashala, Himachal Pradesh,India

Mahayana material offerings might be imbued with the following symbology, the lighting of a candle or an oil lamp represents the light of wisdom illuminating the darkness of ignorance.

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.

kuzhal- Trissur Pooram (illanjithara melam)

kuzhal- Trissur Pooram

The  illanjithara melam during Trissur Pooram, Kerala

Enjoy the changing rhythmical pace of the traditional drum (Chenda) beat during the famous Ilanjithara Melam (percussion performance in front of the Ilanji tree) during the Thrissur Pooram. Sudden changes in pace of the drumbeats, emanating from more than a dozen drums, backed by horns and cymbals resonate the whole atmosphere, making one’s body pulsating with its vibratory patterns.