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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..... So many shades of blue!

We were on the ramparts of the Dansborg Fort at Tarangambadi, when Samhith excitedly pointed out the clouds looming low over the sea. "Amma, look at how many shades of blue there are!" he exclaimed......


Tarangambadi in Tamilnadu is where the Dutch first landed in India, and this little town was once a Dutch colony. Today, it is a sleepy hamlet, with the restored fort the biggest attraction, and the sea a constant reminder of nature's vagaries. The Tsunami of 2004 washed part of it away, and the scars remain, making the sea not very safe for bathing or swimming. It rained through the two days we spent there, and we enjoyed the experience of just sitting, listening to the pitter patter of the raindrops, and the roar of the waves... no wonder the name of the town, in Tamil means "Land of the singing waves"

I am posting this as part of Skywatch Friday... Lots more pics and stories coming up about Tarangambadi soon! 

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  1. "Land of the Singing Waves" what a beautiful name for a beautiful place. I would love to sit and hear the waves and feel the fresh air blowing through my hair and enjoy the warmth of the sun on my back. You posted an excellent image this week.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

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    1. Thank you, JM! If you ever visit India, you should surely add Tarangambadi to your list!!

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  2. Nice capture. Tharangambadi is definitely a lovely place.

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  3. Beautiful picture...so sad about the tsunami

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    1. Thank you, Gale. The tsunami wreaked havoc all over this coast. it was really sad and the scars remain even today, though things have improved since then

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  4. this is beautiful. love the light.

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  5. Nice photo.
    There was no blue sky in North Idaho, today.
    Coffee is on

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  6. Very nice stormy sky! Looks like a beautiful location.

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  7. That's a gorgeous shot.

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