Author: 2_backpackers

The Ganga Arti at Haridwar

What can be better than watching the Ganga Arti at Har ki Pauri, Haridwar on the early morning of Mahalaya? Mahalaya is an auspicious day among the Hindus when the men offer prayer to their ancestors in a ritual at the banks of holy river Ganga. The holy city of Haridwar is one of the places where it is considered auspicious to offer the ancestral prayers at the Ganga banks. We had the opportunity of being at Haridwar on the Mahalaya this year. So early in the morning we decided to go to Har ki Pauri. Har ki Pauri...

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The legend of Tunganath – the highest of the Panch Kedar

What is so special about Tunganath? The fact, that it has the highest temple of Lord Shiva at a height of 3680 metre. Or the fact that it offers a completely stunning, mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. It might also be the fascinating legend behind the Tunganath shrine. Tunganath is about 3.5 km from Chopta, the mini Switzerland of India. An easy uphill trek will take you to one of the five Kedars (Panch Kedars) or Tunganath. Start of the trek to Tunganath The legend of Tunganath is very intimately related to the epic Mahabharata. Mahabharata tells...

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On top of the world at Chandrashila – the Moon Rock

Chandrashila literally means the “Moon Rock”. It is the summit of the Chandranath Parbat on which the Tunganath Temple is situated.  Legend has it that the Moon God Chandra spent time here in penance. Another legend says that Lord Rama meditated here at the Chandrashila summit after defeating the demon king Ravana. Whatever be the legend, the peak offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges of Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi peaks, Kedarnath, Kedar Dome, Gangotri and Yamunotri peaks. Perched at a height of 12077 ft above the sea level, there is a temple dedicated to the Ganga at the...

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Celebrating a year of blogging – Tale of 2 Backpackers

So without waiting further, we published our first post on October 17, 2014. We had this “finally we did it” kind of feeling. Writing and sharing our travel tales and photographs had always been on our mind for long, and after much deliberations and brain storming, we actually published our first post! Blogging did seem to be rocket science then! And today we complete one year of our journey as bloggers. How do we feel? Simply wonderful! We have shared our travel experiences and journeys on this blog. There has never been a better platform to share our thoughts....

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Kumartuli – Seeing the Goddess come alive

As we moved through the bye lanes of Banamali Sarkar Street, the official address of Kumartuli, we marvelled at the artwork being produced before us. It was drizzling and the half made clay idols were covered with tarpaulin. The idols were in different stages of construction and the kumors or artisans were at their work. Kumartuli or Kumortuli literally means the potter’s quarters. It is said that the first kumor or potter was brought from Krishnnanagar at Nadia district of West Bengal by Raja Naba Krishna Deb of Sovabazar to build the Durga idol. This was done to commemorate...

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Maluti – the hamlet with 108 temples

Maluti, a nondescript hamlet is situated near the Bengal– Jharkhand border at Dumka district of Jharkhand. What sets apart this village from others is the presence of as many as 108 temples clustered in a radius of about 350 metres. The History: It was during the reign of emperor Alauddin Hussan Shah of Gour (1495 – 1525) when the Sultan had camped with his entourage near Maluti. During this time, the Begum had lost her pet hawk (Baaj pakhi in Bengali) and was quite upset. The Sultan, to please his queen announced that anyone who finds the bird will be rewarded handsomely....

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Adina Mosque Malda

The Adina Mosque is situated about 16 kms from the town of Malda. It was built by Sultan Sikandar Shah and is the largest Islamic monument of Bengal. It is one of the finest architectural structure built in Bengal during the Muslim period. As we first entered the mosque, we were awed  the vast dual coloured wall.  Below, the wall was made of grey stone upto about 10 feet. The upper portion of the wall was made of red bricks. The Adina Mosque has many distinct remnants of Hindu deities on the gateways and the walls of the mosque. Also the...

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Excavation sites at Gour Malda

The excavation sites at Gour, Malda tells the tale of the erstwhile kingdom of the Bengal rulers. A bye lane from the road towards Firoz Minar from Qadam Rasool mosque will take you to the excavation sites. There is very little called road, it is just a muddy and dusty path. A few minutes walk or you can take your vehicle too and you will be standing in front of a mammoth wall – the Baisgazi wall. Baisgazi Wall: There is a huge wall called the “Baisgazi Wall”. As the wall is measured 22 Bengali yards i.e. 42 feet...

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Gour, Malda – the erstwhile power centre of Bengal – II

In our previous post, we had written about the grandeur and beauty of Gour, the ancient power seat of Bengal. We had told the stories of the Kotwali Darwaja, Lottan mosque and Tantipara mosque  in our previous post. The rest follows…. Lukachuri Gate: Next we passed through the “Lukachuri Gate”. It appears to have been built by Shah Suja, brother of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1655 AD. This has large double storeyed gate, with guard’s room on sides and a Naqqar Khana (drummers chamber) on top is built of brick and stone and is the eastern entrance into the...

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