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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

Back after a Break!

I am finally back, after a short break, and it has been wonderful. As usual, though, now that I am actually sitting down on the computer, I don’t know where to begin!

To start with, for those of you not in the know, I spent the Diwali holidays at Tirupati, managing to escape from the pollution and noise the festival brings along. Of course, no place in India can remain immune to air and noise pollution during this one festival, and Tirupati was no different – well, maybe a little less polluted than Mumbai, and certainly a lot quieter! Most of the bangs we heard were from quite a distance, which actually helped us enjoy the spectacle of firecrackers, which were too far away to pose any danger! So, yes, we enjoyed Diwali, and spent the entire day visiting temples big and small in the vicinity. An auspicious way to celebrate the festival, wouldn’t you say?????

I spent almost 10 days at Tirupati this time, something I have wanted to do for a long time, and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are wondering what I did for ten days in a place where the temple is the most popular attraction, and has a reputation for being among the most crowded ones, you are not alone. That is the one question I have faced from everyone ever since I booked the tickets. But you will have to contain your curiosity for a while longer till I manage to collect my thoughts and put it all down!

Returning home after two weeks, I found that I had a wonderful Diwali gift waiting for me – a book, what else???? A much awaited one – The Slayer of Kamsa, by Ashok Banker, the first book in the Krishna Coriolis series. I had won the book a few weeks back in a contest on Ashok Banker’s website and was eagerly awaiting it. I first heard of Ashok when I stumbled upon his Ramayana Series books, and have been a big fan of his writings ever since, and I was looking forward to reading his version of one of the most interesting stories in Indian Mythology. Now that I have read the book and assimilated it, I can get to other matters and begin writing again J


This one is just a short post, intended to get me back into the loop. You can soon look forward to reading a lot more about the places I visited – no, I didn’t visit only temples! Unfortunately, I don’t really have many photographs, thanks to the paranoid security situation at our temples. There were so many interesting things I saw, which had me itching to take pics, but most of the times I didn’t have my camera with me L

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  1. welcome back.great to know you had a wonderful trip...all set for the next ?

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  2. welcome back! bangalore was apparently quiter for this years diwali. hope its the beginning of a good trend

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  3. Anu, great to know you had a nice holiday... Looking forward to read about it.

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  4. hey Bhabhi nice to hear u had a simple and real diwali !!! keep the book more me plz!!! how is every one!!!

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  5. Anu, what are all those capital Ls and Js in your post? Some new internet lingo that slowcoach me needs to catch up with? Will call you sometime this weekend.

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  6. Thanks everyone...

    Lakshmi... absolutely all set for the next.. looking forward to that one already!

    Sandeep, nice to hear that!

    Madhu....uske liye bombay aana padega!

    Usha: no idea about that... cant see them on my screen.. have used smileys for once.. adn maybe they are showing up like that!

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