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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

Something new here... Please give your suggestions..

Hi everyone, did you notice the new page on my blog? Entitled "My Travel Maps', it is just a trial - an attempt - at making my travel entries easier to find. At present, I have started off with just some of my temple blogs, and have embedded the links into the locations on the map. Google Maps being interactive, it allows you to pan over the entire map and look for locations you are interested in. When you click on the locations I have marked with a pin, it will direct you to my blog entries about that location.

Please try it out and let me know what you think. Please do try it out and leave your suggestions so that I can make the appropriate changes. If it isnt convenient, please let me know that too!

As I mentioned earlier, this is just a trial... If it is convenient, I plan to do the same thing for not just the temples, but also all the other places I have written about.

Eagerly looking forward to your reactions....

Comments

  1. Anu
    I liked it. very informative and easily accessible
    all the best for your innovative step

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  2. I am quite scared of maps, they seem to be such a difficult puzzle.

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  3. Thats a cool thing... just saw, am also gonna try :)

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  4. A super cool idea Anu. This will turn out to be a handy utility for people wanting information.

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  5. Way to go Anu.Good job..!
    It should really be useful and looks good.In fact Geo-tags are intended for such applications. I experimented with it for my photos and videos long time back and with good effect. Hope , will find time to do it in my blog too sometime.

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  6. Hi Anu, came here through Ashok Banker's site. I'm a fan of his work too.
    YOu have a pretty neat blog here yourself. I've added you to my blogroll. Will comment on the map later.
    Good going!

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  7. Thanks everyone... glad that this idea seems to be liked by almost everyone! Shall update it soon!

    @Mridula: I absolutely love maps! have done since a long time...

    @Aarti: try it out... its fun to do, actually!!

    @Sridharan: I didnt even know of Google maps till some time back... and was rather wary of online maps anyway.... have you put those up on your blog? shall see them!

    @Rajk: great to see you here! Look forward to seeing you more often..

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  8. Excellent.
    I would like to attempt something similar.

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  9. This is great... Since my internet connection is slow, it took long to load the whole thing but in the end it was a good experience!!
    I give it my thumbs up:)
    You have done a fabulous job!!

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  10. GooooooooooooooooD one and imrovising.pl visit my blog and follow.

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  11. I have also put most of my picasa album on the map Anu. I think it would help.

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  12. Excellent idea and a very cool Google tool! Have you incorporated this on your Tirupati posts too?

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