Monuments of Mahabalipuram

Monuments of Mahabalipuram

Today we go on a tour of the monuments of Mahabalipuram. The city of Mamalla, named after the title of Pallava ruler Narasimhavarman-I, was a sea-port during the time of Periplus and Ptolemy. Today it is a town studded with rock-cut caves, monolithic shrines, cave sanctuaries and structural temples. The open-air museum also includes the largest open-air rock relief in the world. The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram, were accorded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1984.

After a refreshing tour of the Shore Temple, we made our way towards the hillock at Mahabalipuram, said to contain numerous heritage monuments These group of monuments are compiled of rock-cut caves, monolithic shrines, cave sanctuaries and structural temples from different eras These precious historical gems were accorded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1984 The cool breeze of the morning was gone The Sun was harsh but bearable as we reached the hillock I wonder if December is so hot in these parts, how terrible would the summers be The legend of Mahabali Mythologically, Mahabalipuram is said to have been

The forgotten tombs of Chattardi

Chattardi in Bhuj is a small yet wonderful place to experience the history of Kutch. These Chattardis or umbrella shaped domes were built around 1770 AD to glorify the tombs of the Royal families of Rajput lineage. Surrounded by sea on one size and the grim Rann mountains on the other, Kutch remained cut off from the rest of India, in a time-wrapped cocoon with its amazing culture and art confined within these natural boundaries.

On our autumn break, we were heading to the Rann of Kutch The Great Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat Kutch derives its names from its resemblance to a tortoise which is pronounced as “Kachabo” in the local Gujarati dialect Kutch used to be a desert sporadically populated with small tribes The first known mention of Kutch occurs around 300 BC when a holy man, lost in the forests of the north-western Kutch, cleared the wildlands using celestial fire, so that he could find his way home It is said – from those ashes sprang crops of grass so rich that large numbers of pastoral tribes
Watchtower at Sannai Maruyama Ruins

Ruins of Sannai-Maruyama

We step back in time to the Jōmon period at the Sannai-Maruyama Ruins. The ruins in the southwest of Aomori is the largest ruins of a Jōmon-period village in Japan. Most of the excavated items have been reburied for preservation, but a few excavation sites and artifacts are on display along with reconstructed dwellings, giving us a sense of the daily life of ancient times.

Today I visit the ruins of Sannai Maruyama in Aomori Discovered in 1992, the Sannai Maruyama Archaeological Site is the largest and one of the most complete and best-preserved Jōmon Period (13000-300 BC) village in Japan  Morioka to Aomori I and my wife, Ranita were on a short tour of Tohoku region We were thoroughly refreshed from our previous day at Jōdogahama beach in Iwate The day was bright and sunny as we checked out of our hotel and walked down to Morioka Station to catch the train to Aomori As we entered the JR Station, we were quite pleased to see it was still decorated, in lieu of

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