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Pandharpur Yatra 2023

The first time I visited Pandharpur was back in 2007 . The names Vitthal and Pandharpur, were just names to me. I had heard of them, but that was about it. Seeing the lord standing on the brick, hands on his hips, was memorable, but more memorable was the sight that greeted us as we walked out of the main sanctum of the temple. In the mandap just outside were a group of devotees singing abhangs , and dancing. This was the first time I had heard abhangs , and even almost 15 years later, I can remember the welling of feeling within me, listening to the songs, and how fascinated I was by the sight of the devotees dancing, lost in their love of the Lord. Over the years, as I have read more about Vitthal, and participated in Ashadi Ekadashi programmes at Puttaparthi, that first experience has stayed clear in my mind and heart. Every time I tell my Balvikas students of the saints who sang of Vitthala, it is that experience that I re-live. I visited Pandharpur again, in 2010, but that experie

Skywatch Friday - Sunset at Sirpur

It's been a while since I have posted anything for Skywatch Friday, so here is something from my most recent trip, to Sirpur, in Chhattisgarh. We were walking over the remnants of one of the oldest marketplaces in the world, when the sun began to go down. We had to cut short our exploration of the other ancient monuments of Sirpur, and head back. The light was already failing, and I was ready to put my camera inside... and then I glimpsed this... the sun setting over one of the many temples in Sirpur...





I clicked many shots as the sun moved towards the horizon, but these two are the ones I think are best. What do you think?



Which one do you like more? Once you decide, do leave a comment, and then head over to the Skywatch Page for more beautiful skies from around the world!

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  1. How very gorgeous!

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  2. India is on my bucket list. These are very nice photographs.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

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  3. Sunset is always such a beautiful time to click, I really like the golden color in your pics. Never been to chattisgarh before but would love to visit it some day soon. Thanks for sharing.

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