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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

Skywatch Friday - Tree and Light

In a forest filled with trees, this one stood out. Its girth, its height, in every way, it loomed over the others, clearly a patriarch towering over the rest.





The forest canopy was thick enough to shade us from the harsh glare of the sun, though the rays sometimes managed to find their way between the leaves. I have seen beautiful images of sunburst taken by other photographers, but I have rarely tried to click one myself. Here are my maiden efforts.....





I clicked these photos on my recent trip to Wayanad, when we ventured into the forest for a brush with the wilderness. As to how 'wild' it was, you have to wait to find out! Meanwhile, this post is part of Skywatch Friday. For more beautiful skies from around the world, visit the Skywatch Page

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  1. Beautiful sparkles!

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  2. Great shots. Love the big trees!

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  3. Nice capture of light.
    Wyanad is a beautiful place.

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  4. Beautiful photos. I do love your first shot :-)

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  5. Nice shots! Looks like the teak forests of Wayanad. Some of these trees grow really wide and tall.

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    1. Thanks Sankara! they are indeed the teak forests of Wayanad. and so nice to see u here after so long!!

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  6. Beautiful. Always refreshing to see forest-pics on my desktop.

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    1. Thanks bnomadic!!! they always brighten up our day, dont they!

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  7. Nice captures.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

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  8. Anuradha, your post has brought the temple alive from the ruins!

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  9. Wayanad is definitely on my my bucket list of places to visit! Great pictures, I absolutely love trees!!!

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