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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

Navaratri 2009 - Day 5

The fifth day of navaratri dawned, along with the sudden realization that we were already halfway through the celebrations, and in five more days we would be back to the normal grind of day to day life. The realization spurred me along to call all those I had planned to invite home, and ask them to come home on Friday, make a few visits, and, in the evening, it led me to the Sringeri Mutt and the Ahobila Mutt in Chembur, where the celebrations are on in grand scale. At the former, I was unable to take photographs, but at Ahobila Mutt, they were only too happy to allow me to take pictures of the Utsava Moorthy - Lord Venkateswara and Padmavati on the Shesha Vahanam, and Mahalakshmi ready for her tour of the area. Here is a glimpse……







At the temple was an interesting decoration – Sri Seethala Devi on her vehicle, the donkey! Seethala Devi is considered a form of the goddess Mariamman, who is said to have a cooling effect and hence is the patron deity for fevers and the pox. I remember accompanying my mom to the local temple where there was an image of Seethala Devi, where we used to offer prayers and naivedhayam of Curd rice to the goddess, asking for protection from fevers, chicken pox, measles and such other diseases, but I don’t remember noticing the Devi’s vehicle. It is fascinating to think that an animal which is considered stupid and the butt of jokes should be revered in this way!



Another interesting thing to note is that the Devi holds in her hands, a broom and a dustpan – a clear indication, isn’t it, that all that’s needed for good health is hygiene???



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  1. Am loving your Navratri posts...there are so many things about our rich culture that I had forgotten till I read your posts...waiting for the remaining 5 days...

    Sankara
    http://sankaracs.blogspot.com

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  2. Sankara : Thanks so much! i am on my own journey of rediscovering, and its a pleasure to share my journey....

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  3. Hi Deepa,
    I am really looking forward to your posts these days. It truly gives me great vigour and enthusiasm. To share something with you - I remember that when we were young, my Mom used to tell us the significance of GOLU. She used to say that all the dolls and the items we put out on display are people and circumstances which we come across in our day to day lives. This is a time to remember all of them and thank the Almighty for the lovely life HE has given us. Now ain't that a beautiful explanation ?? :)

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