Sunday, May 23, 2010

The story of a living-being!!!

The tree stood there since ages, on that barren field. Barren because the field was disputed, no one owned it and everyone wanted to own it.

It was a land dispute.
The usual land disputes where the land lies calmly because no human actually owns it. The tree was the sole owner of that field. It grew there and it gave every single moment of its existence to the land and the air and the human beings who did not own it.

They closed the land deal finally.

The land was sold to someone who never intended to own it. They started enclosing the field from the eyes of the neighbors. The fencing work started and the tree, the former owner became an obstruction. They first chopped off its branches and then they decided to cut it down.

The tree was gone. The air, the field, the sun never had any problem with it because they do not have any senses. Man chopped it down because of his senses.

The fence took the place of that tree, which science says is an equal living being as human.

The story of existence was never so strange.

Friday, May 21, 2010

मसरूर मंदिर -The Masroor Temples

The journey of life is strange. The Pandava's stayed in jungles for I do not know how many years, but even then they managed to build beautiful temples and tunnels and what not! And today I am privileged to see those places, which were an outcome of their अग्यात्वास।

मसरूर मंदिर -The Masroor Temple is a beautiful temple located in the Kangda District of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Most of the tourists visit Dharamshala and Chamunda Temples but they miss this extremely beautiful spot, which is not yet developed by the Himachal Tourism but it looks better undeveloped and in its raw form only.

The legend says that भीम and his allies built the temple to please the local deities. The temple is monolithic and carved out of a small mountain or a big rock. The temple is rock-cut temple and no part of the temple is modular or designed separately. No doubt, the man of caliber of भीम only could do such wonder.

However, during the 1905 earthquake, the temple was damaged badly and it resulted in destruction of some of the parts of these temples. The Tourism Board says that the whole site consists of 15 temples. However, I couldn't find any different temples and concluded that there was only one temple there. :)

The Tunnel

The temple also has a small tunnel/सुरंग that connects the lower part of the temple to its upper part. There is a pond in front of the temple, which is just beautiful. Just next to the temple, a Government School is there and these kids are privileged to study at such a serene place.

The carved faces and designer walls of the buildings left me spellbound. The building is however, losing its strength and the government has installed some steel plates to add strength to the walls of the temple.

Designer Walls :)

Carved Faces

Carved Face-II

The School and the Pond

How to Reach there?

Those who come from Shimla need to head towards Dharamshala and take a right turn just after they happen to cross the Ranital Railway Station. The distance between the link road and the National Highway is just 22 kilometers, which would take not more than one hour.

Those who come by air, need to get a taxi from the Gaggal Airport and head towards Kangda, as soon as you leave the airport [ say 25 meters], a link-road goes towards the temple towards the right hand side.

One can from Pathankot towards Kangda and just leave the National Highway near 'Nagrota Suriyan' [ नगरोटा सुरियाँ]. One can find such boards all over the place to guide them.

Moral of the story:
1. भीम was a very strong man.
2. The temples are breathtakingly beautiful.

Edited Part: Some years ago, probably in 2004, a sunslik advertisement was shot in the temple.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

This is John Galt Speaking!!!

I found this here and believe me I loved it.

The Ayn Rand fans will definitely love it.
Those who have read Atlas Shrugged would be able to relate to it more closely.