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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

The Last Kolu Pics for this year!

Some of you might be bored of Kolus by now, after seeing so many over the last few days! However, before I close the Navaratri chapter for this year, here are the last three kolu arrangements for this year.....

The Fine Arts Society, Chembur, has a mammoth 15 steps Kolu which draws visitors over all the ten days of the festival. Besides, there is also usually an interesting decoration based on a theme. 



This year, the theme was a dual one - Of Andal and Meera, represented picturesquely with handmade dolls!


Everyone knows the story of Meera - who loved Krishna and none but Him, and in spite of facing all sorts of troubles, remained true to her Lord, finally merging with Him.....



Andal's is a similar story. She is the poetess saint of the south, who loved the Lord, and considered him to be her spouse. As with Meera, she too merged with the Lord, all decked up as a bride. Many Vishnu temples have sanctums dedicated to her.



While we loved seeing the beautiful dolls made with such care and eye for detail, there were some interesting dolls on display too.....By now, you all would have realised our fascination with Dashavataram dolls. Here was something different....

Dashavataram - featuring Ganesha!!!! Interesting depiction, right???



And then, there was this beautiful set depicting women near a river.....



and we love these sets depicting the merchants selling their wares.....



The next kolu was at the Bhajan Samaj, Ghatkopar. Here are the steps....



An interesting set of dolls depict the Sapta Matrika - seven forms of the Devi...



and on the side were these dolls..... There is a set depicting Ravana holding court and Hanuman sitting on a seat he has made by winding up his tail.... and also a set depicting a band....



Our last and final Kolu this year was at the Mariamman Temple in our colony.....



Most of the dolls are the same as last year... just one is new.....



This is half Ganesha and half Hanuman... I have never seen one like this. Have you?

Last, but not the least, at the same temple, the utsava murthy of the goddess was decked up as Saraswati..... Yes, this was on the ninth day of Navaratri....


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  1. Wow, read all your posts on Navratri. Lovely pictures and excellent documentation. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Ya... we have the same doll like that... its called ADHI ANTHA PRABHU...half Ganesh & half Hanuman...

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  3. Thanks Madhu.. didnt know that.. first time i saw such a doll!

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