Saturday, 18 October 2014

At The Graveyard...



When I went there, I could sense the heavy atmosphere,

Under the stars shining bright, tears were falling without fear. 
Self-portrait, Vivian Maier ;  Used with permission from Magpie Tales

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Durga Puja - Khan Nagar, Cuttack

Durga Puja, an important festival of Odisha, India, has been celebrated for centuries here.

Cuttack, the estwhile capital city of Odisha, has Pandals whose budgets are crores of rupees.
Yes, you read it right. Not lakhs, but crores of rupees!

The idols are dressed in pure Gold & Silver-Filigree..

Cuttack is famous for its beautiful Silver-Filigree craft items & jewellery.
You must see the intricate designs to believe your eyes.
All this makes Cuttack a must-visit, isn't it?

This year too, Cuttack had hundreds of Pandals as usual.

I had the privilege to visit a few of them, but I could manage to click pics only of one- the Khan Nagar Pandal.

Durga Puja - Rasulgarh, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja is an important festival of Odisha, a state of India.
Durga Puja is being celebrated in Odisha from many centuries.

Durga Puja celebrates the victory of Goddess- Maa Durga over a demon- Mahisasura.

The capital of Odisha is the temple-city- Bhubaneswar.

This year as usual, it had beautiful Durga Puja Pandals.

Presenting some pics from the Rasulgarh Pandal of Bhubaneswar:

Durga-Puja-Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Old Station Square, Bhubaneswar

Not many know that Durga Puja has been celebrated for centuries in Odisha, a state of India.

Durga Puja is celebrated with great grandeur & style here.

This year, I was particularly touched by the Durga Puja Pandal at Old Station Square, Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, is called the Temple City of India. One time it had more than 10,000 temples; now there are hundreds...

Note- The following photos and images shared in this post are from the Old Station Square Durga Puja Pandal of Bhubaneswar. The Pandal  presented a glimpse of history with relevant social messages that set me thinking.

Durga-Puja-Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Jharpada, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja is an important festival of India that celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

It is celebrated with great pomp & grandeur in Odisha, a state of India.

As usual, the twin-cities of Bhubaneswar & Cuttack had beautiful Puja Pandals this year too.

Jharpada, a locality of Bhubaneswar, had designed its Pandal like the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand!

It was great to find the Grand Palace of Bangkok in the Temple City of Bhubaneswar!

Some pics of the Jharpada Puja Samiti for you!


Durga-Puja-Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja is an important festival of Odisha, India and is celebrated with pomp & grandeur.

Odisha's capital is the Temple-city, Bhubaneswar.

Here are some pics of the Nayapalli Durga Puja Samiti Pandal.

Nayapalli is a locality of Bhubaneswar:



Doesn't the palace, oops Pandal, look appealing?


It was past midnight when we reached. Yet, look at the crowd!




Notice the deities Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra & Lord Jagannath strategically placed on the Pandal just above the "Welcome" :


There was lovely lighting on the road leading to the Pandal.

It truly looked like a magical Palace:




This was just one of the Durga Puja Pandals of Bhubaneswar.

Here are some more posts with pics of the Pandals I visited this year in Odisha:

Durga Puja - Old Station Square, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Khan Nagar, Cuttack

Durga Puja - Jharpada, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Sahid Nagar, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Rasulgarh, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Bomikhal, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Unit 1, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Ashok Nagar, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Sahid-Nagar, Bhubaneswar

Odisha celebrates Durga Puja in grand style.

Its Pandals are enough proof. There are hundreds of Pandals and super celebration!

Odisha's present capital city- Bhubaneswar & its erstwhile capital city- Cuttack had amazing Pandals this year too.

Here are some pics from the Pandal of Sahid-Nagar, a posh locality of Bhubaneswar.

Durga-Puja-Bhubaneswar
Durga-Puja-Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Unit 1, Bhubaneswar

Odisha has celebrated Durga Puja for centuries.

Bhubaneswar & Cuttack, the twin-cities, have hundreds of Pandals.

Here are a few Pandals of Odisha we got to visit this year:


Durga Puja - Old Station Square, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Khan Nagar, Cuttack

Durga Puja - Jharpada, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Sahid Nagar, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Rasulgarh, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Bomikhal, Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Ashok Nagar, Bhubaneswar


When we crossed the Unit-1 area, where there's a big haat (market), we found an attractive brick-coloured building that looked like a temple.
Of course, it was a Durga Puja Pandal!
Durga-Puja-Bhubaneswar

Durga Puja - Bomikhal, Bhubaneswar

Not many know that the Durga Puja is an important festival of Odisha, India.

There are lots of Pandals in every village, town and city of Odisha.

Here are some pics from Bomikhal, an area of the capital-city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar.


Got to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Bhubaneswar!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Cyclone Phailin


Last week, we visited one of the most important ShaktiPeeths of India,  the Maa Tara Tarini Temple in Berhampur, Odisha. As our visit was after a couple of years, we were happy to see the developments there but sad to see the absence of the erstwhile greenery. Some parts of the once green hill now look barren & as if all the plants & trees have been cleanly shaven off... just like a clean-shaven head without any hair...

From this newspaper article, we realized that it's the result of last year's Phailin Cyclone attack where Gopalpur and its surrounding areas in Odisha, including the Temple-City, Bhubaneswar & the Silk-City, Berhampur, were badly hit.

Cyclone Phailin, a Category 5 Cyclone,  made its presence felt last year from October 4th to 14th, 2013.

The landfall  was near Gopalpur, Odisha with the highest wind being 260 km/h.
In Odisha, 11.5 Lakh people were evacuated, while in Andhra 1.3 Lakh people were evacuated.

In contrast, the recent Cyclone HudHud is a Category 4 Cyclone that has emerged from October 7th 2014 onwards with winds about 175  km/h.                                                    
In Odisha, 1.6 Lakh people have been evacuated, while in Andhra 5 Lakh people have been evacuated.

Last year's memories are still fresh in my mind.
Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, was also ravaged by the strong winds and the heavy rains.

Here are some pics taken last year in Bhubaneswar by my sister from our home's terrace:

Notice the fallen branches of trees.

Cyclone-Phailin-Bhubaneswar

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