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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

Shveta Varahaswamy Temple, Mysore Palace

There are 12 temples inside the Mysore Palace complex. Some of these are ancient ones, which stood long before the palace was built, while others are relatively recent, having been built by the royal family in different periods. Among these, it is the Shveta Varahaswamy Temple which is the most prominent, since it is located right next to the present entrance to the palace.

Varaha over the main doorway





Varaha is the third avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the family deity of the Wodeyars. He appears in the form of a wild boar,bringing out the earth (Bhu-devi) from the ocean. The idol being made of white stone, He is called ‘Shveta (white) Varahaswamy. It is said that the idol was brought from Srimushnam in Tamilnadu, by Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar (1672-1704), and consecrated at a new temple in Srirangapatna, which was then their capital. In 1809, the deity was brought to Mysore and consecrated in this temple by Diwan Purnaiah as per the wishes of Krishna Raja Wodeyar III.




The temple is built in the typical Hoysala style of architecture with intricate work over the doorways and pillars. 




There is also a separate shrine for the goddess. 



One of the interesting things about this temple are the paintings representing the Ramayana and Bhagavata on the walls of the pillared hall. Unfortunately, cameras aren’t allowed inside the temple, so I have no photos of these. Instead, here is a depiction of the Dashavatar (the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu) over the doorway…

Narasimha... killing the demon Hiranyakasipu

Narasimha in a different pose... as Lakshmi Narasimha accompanied by smaller ircons of Dashavatars... the one on the left is Vamana. I cant identify the one on the right. Looks a bit like Garuda. 

Some of the Dashavatars/.. the central one is Rama. see the smaller icons of Matsya, Kurma and Varaha

I am sharing this post today with SkyWatch Friday. True, there isnt much of the sky in these pics, but standing in the palace complex, looking around, the temples with their majestic gopurams were the most visible on the skyline! For more beautiful skies from around the world, visit the Skywatch page. 

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  1. Wow, Gorgeous! Indeed, extraordinary architecture...like your tour.
    Really, you have an Amazing Blog, Anu! I glad that found your blog and continually enjoying your new posts and/or a follower at your blog. but now I hope, you'll be a follower and commenter. Indeed, I have also very informative and interesting blog..Have a nice day..

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    1. Thanks so much. I havent been able to see a lot of blogs recently, but when i start to catch up, I surely will read yours. hope to keep seeing u here.

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  2. Very beautiful photos for SWF!Have a nice weekend.

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  3. Beautifully covered. I have been wanting to do this for long now.

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    1. Thanks Rajesh! would love to read your impressions of the temple too.

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  4. Wonderful architectures. Nice shots.

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