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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

The kite again.......

Here's the kite again..... again with a twig in its beak.. Just makes me wonder how long its going to build its nest. I have seen it carrying twigs and straw for a few months now, and every now and then we are witnesses to serious fights between the kites and the crows. We are left wondering if the fights are for food or the nest, or the eggs in the nest..... Wish I could see the kite's nest!



And hey, I am getting to be more enterprising. I posted this one directly from Picasa!!!


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  1. So they are building a nest near you place! fearsome creatures. When i saw the heading in the reader I thought it was the other kite, the one kids fly!

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  2. I too thought it was the kite children play abut. Nice pic.
    Nice you have posted it directly frm. Picasa. I too want to do the same thing. May be I can take some lessons frm you.:)
    Haven't seen you for quite a while. was wondering. I have posted about Kanchi.

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  3. @ Mridula & Chitra : guess the title was misleading.... and it is, after all, the season for flying kites.... i hope i get a few pics of those too....

    @Mridula : actually, they arent really all that fearful.. in fact, when u see the crows chasing them, you wonder who is the real predator!!

    @ Chitra: yes, i havent been around in a while now, and have a lot of catching up to do... but that will take some more time... am rather busy with lots of stuff going on at home and with samhith's school....would love to help you out... just send me a mail...
    and ijust glanced at your kanchi post... and wished i was there!

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  4. ohh price catch (on camera).. very interesting subject i must say..

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  5. Very nice. Find out the nest, it will soon be laying eggs and if you are lucky you may even get to snap the little ones when they hatch! Beware of the mommy though!

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  6. Wow, gorgeous!!:)
    When i saw the title i thought it was abt kites kids play with!!!

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  7. Hey Anu,

    This is the first time i've happened to comment on your blog.

    I agree the title of the article is a bit misleading, but nevertheless, it is a very interesting piece to read.

    The Kite and the crows must be fighting for the nest coz crows i have heard somewhere that crows are very reluctant to build their own nests and are always on the lookout for some one else's place to lay their eggs.I don't know how far it is true.

    But given the fact that Mumbai always has a space crunch, is it any wonder that even these poor birds have to fight for their own space?

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  8. @AJCL: thanks.....

    @L_R: i guess it would be difficult to see the eggs or the little ones... we tried to last year.....

    @Aarti: guess i really goofed up with the title this time :-(

    @Sapna: Thanks for leaving the comment this time.... hope to see you here more often....

    i wonder if the story abt the crows laying eggs in others nests is true... i have heard that of cuckoos.... anyway, as u say, there is a major time space crunch, even for these feathered ones....

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