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2023 - The Year That Was

Places impact you for a variety of reasons. And the same place impacts different people in different ways. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual experiences, where every single person’s experience is unique. And personally, every spiritual experience is unique, the same person can have different deeply spiritual experiences at different places, at different times. This thought has emerged because of my own experiences over the years, but especially so this year, with different and unique experiences at various places I have visited recently. I began this year with a visit to Baroda (Vadodara) with friends. It was meant to be a relaxed trip, a touristy trip, with our sons. We enjoyed ourselves to the hilt, but the highlight of that trip was a visit to the Lakulisha temple at Pavagadh. It was the iconography of the temple that I connected with, and I spent a few hours simply lost in the details of the figures carved around the temple. There was an indefinable connect with

A New Year - and new beginnings.....

A new year is here, and I am back with a new series.....Theres  a bit of history, a bit of temples, a bit of sculptures, a bit of wildlife, and of course, a lot of photographs!!!!

Yes I am back from my year end vacation !!! We had a wonderful holiday for ten whole days, starting with three days at the Jungle Lodges' Sloth Bear Resort at Hampi, where we divided our time between appreciating the beauty of nature and the creativity of artisans of a bygone era... Of course, for the spiritual part of me, there were some fascinating ancient temples too...... This was followed by a couple of days at Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal, where we found ourselves deeply interested in history, and wished we had paid more attention to it while at school! 


Meanwhile, Samhith discovered the joys of travelling in a passenger train, surprised that it turned out to be the best part of the entire train journey that took us across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra! We brought in the new year as usual at Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam, where we had enough time to relax and get rejuvenated for the new year! And now it is time for me to sit down and begin to write down all I gained on this trip, but there is so much to say, that it will surely take me some time to pen my thoughts down.... Meanwhile, you can click on the collage to see my Picasa Album, or you can click on the photos  below.....There are just too many photos to post this time!!!

Hampi-Badami trip Part 1

Hampi Badami Trip Part 2


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  1. Wow,what a lovely way to ring in the new year. :-))

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  2. Anu- the picasa links dont work, rather it says there are no albums to view.... think you need to chk the privacy settings... :)

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  3. @Aarti: That was fast!! Thanks so much..... can you please check again.... I have made the albums Public now...

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  4. Really nice! Wishing a year full of happiness and more travels. :)

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  5. Anu Samhith with the sunflower picture is worth framing! Both look radiant.

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  6. great photos ,good that you visited cave paintings near anegundi . its just awesome . There few interesting facts about those paintings.

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  7. @Bindhu: thanks! Wish you too a wonderful, travel filled year!!!

    @Mridula: thanks so much!!! shall do that!

    @Team G Square: have u been there? written about ti???? it was just awesome!

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  8. yes have been there. I visited that place two times . there was an interesting article on this place recently in paper . I wrote but by cat didn't like it , the post got delelted before publishing .

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