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Ladakh Diaries Part 9: Lamayuru

Lamayuru is one of the most ancient monasteries in Ladakh, the oldest surviving structure dating to the 11 th century CE. What makes this monastery particularly fascinating, is its location, amidst what is today called the “moonscape”, for the spectacular natural rock formations, which truly are “out of the world”! As per legend , there once existed a huge lake in this area, populated only by the Nagas (serpents). It was prophesized that there would be a great monastery built here. This prophecy came true when the great acharya Naropa (756-1041 CE) arrived. He emptied the lake, meditated for many years inside a cave, and built the first monastery here. The present structure is a new one, built around the cave where Acharya Naropa is said to have meditated. This legend seems to fit well with the geological formations seen in the area, which suggest this was a paleo-lake, which disappeared around 1000 years ago. Lamayuru is about 130 km from Leh , and the Indus River flows along th

Navaratri Preparations - Part 6 - Ready at last!!!!!!!!

A hectic day and a sleepless night! That's how I spent the whole of yesterday - getting the Bommai Kolu ready. But at last, I am done, and only the finishing touches need to be added, for which Samhith needs to have enough free time, something that's going to happen only this Sunday.

While I get ready to celebrate the festival, take a look at  my Golu.




This is just a preview of my Golu and Navaratri, as I end my series on Navaratri preparation and start a new one on the festival.

While I look out for things to write about Navaratri, check out my last year's posts on the same festival :

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/10/navaratri-experiences-9.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/10/navaratri-experiences-8.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/10/navaratri-experiences-6-and-7.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/10/navaratri-experiences-5.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/10/navaratri-experiences-4.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/10/navaratri-experiences-3.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/10/navaratri-experiences-2.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/10/navaratri-experiences-1.html


Comments

  1. It looks great. Looking forward to more posts about Navaratri.

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  2. romba azhaga iruku.. very well utilised space

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  3. one question: where do u keep the kalasam? we usually keep it on the padi itself

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  4. Happy Navrathri Anu... to you and your family. Your preperations look lovely... Cant wait to see more!! I'm off to check your earlier links now!

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  5. Your Kolu looks attractive. I really liked those wooden dolls , we have similar ones in my maternal house.
    wish you a happy navarathri

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  6. First of all, to all of you who have let comments here, sorry for the delay.. have been really busy......

    Lost Wanderer : Thanks a lot.....

    A Journey Called Life : thanks...have to do the best with what we have... and have waited for this for years!!!!! yes, we also keep the kalasam on the padi..... in our house, we just keep a decorated kalasam (the thanjavur kannadi work stuff), and this year its looking so old and worn out, am planning to buy a new one, so left it on the shelf where it stands usually.....

    Patricia : thanks a lot.....let me know what u think of the earlier ones....

    Chitra thanks a lot.. wish you too a happy navaratri..

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