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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

Photo story - Fishermen in the rain at Cherai

On our recent summer vacation, we woke up at Cherai to heavy rains. These weren't the usual summer rains where it rained now and then, but the skies opened up with a vengeance, and made it impossible for us go explore the area. I opted instead, for exploring the resort, and enjoying the peace, since most people were enjoying the cosy comforts of the resort, indoors! Walking towards the backwaters, the sight of these lone fishermen made me stop and watch them for a while, appreciating their hard work, and their perseverance.

This isn't a black and white photo, but the dark clouds and the fog make it appear so

These were the only two men, out in the backwaters in the rain, doing their job....


Even while I struggled with my umbrella, which threatened to blow away every moment, and my camera, trying to keep it safe from the rain, I tried to capture them at work - one busy rowing, the other, throwing the net out, reeling it in, and emptying it of the fish caught in it, and repeating the process over and over again. In the midst of all this, one of them noticed me, and waved out! 


I don't think this story needs any more words... I will leave you to enjoy the photos....














And before I end, here is one last photo, one I think is my best capture of the lot! What do you think? 


I must have watched these fishermen for about an hour, but they would have been out in the rain, for hours, and hadn't finished by the time I left. It really makes you appreciate them, doesn't it?

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  1. first of all beautiful picturesssssss... and yeah they are working harddd...


    Bikram

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  2. simple images that tell a compelling story of perseverance. great capture! first time here and already liking it!
    good work!

    stop by our blog Aalayam - it's a fun space that features a ton of inspirational ideas.

    ~deepa

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    1. Thank you so much, Deepa, and welcome here! Hope to see you here regularly now!

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    1. Thank you, Niranjan! well, the monsoon hasnt set in here yet, so making the most of my pics!

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  4. you are doing really good job...

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  5. nice shoot, especially the last photo click is awesome

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