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A Place you must see ,Temple city and Abandoned city in India

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by Sat-Chit-ananda, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. We spent our Sankranthi in the in the land where it is celebrated to it's peak and yes Tamilian's call it as Pongal.
    We started at 4 AM in the morning and Hosur Road looked like this to my camera's eyes
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    Dense fog was evident until we crossed Bangalore.
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    Nearing Pamban bridge
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    On top of it.
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    Corridor of 1000 pillars at madurai

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    This is the first time I saw such blue waters other than in a swimming pool!! not that I had not visited the coastal areas before but most of the times all I saw was murky waters. Is there a season where water appear to be blueish?
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  2. puntosat

    puntosat Superiore

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    It depends on time of year as well..

    In rainy season it looks murkier because of churn and water from land into the sea...

    As long as there is less pollution near coast sea water would look blue...
  3. Some write up for people who donot know the significance of Rameshwaram.
    Rameswara means "Lord of Rama" in Sanskrit, an epithet of Shiva, the presiding deity of the Ramanathaswamy Temple. According to Hindu epic Ramayana, Rama, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu, prayed to Shiva here to absolve any sins that he might have committed during his war against the demon-king Ravana in Sri Lanka.[1][6][3] According to the Puranas (Hindu scriptures), upon the advice of sages, Rama along with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana, installed and worshipped the lingam (an iconic symbol of Shiva) here to expiate the sin of Brahmahatya incurred while killing of the Brahmin Ravana.[7] To worship Shiva, Rama wanted to have the largest lingam and directed his monkey lietunant Hanuman to bring it from Himalayas.[8][3] Since it took longer to bring the lingam, Sita built a small lingam, which is believed to be the one in the sanctum of the temple.[8] This account is not supported by the original Ramayana authored by Valmiki[9], nor in the Tamil version of the Ramayana authored by Tamil poet, Kambar (1180–1250 CE). Support for this account is found in some of the later versions of the Ramayana, such as the one penned by Tulasidas (15th century).[10][11] Sethu Karai is a place 22 km before the island of Rameswaram from where Rama is believed to have built a floating stone bridge, the Adam's bridge, that further continued to Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram till Talaimannar in Sri Lanka.[6][12] According to another version, as quoted in Adhyarma Ramayana, Rama installed the lingam before the construction of the bridge to Lanka.[13]
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    Recorded History
    The history of Rameswaram is centred around the island being a transit point to reach Sri Lanka (Ceylon historically) and the presence of Ramanathaswamy Temple. Tevaram, the 7th–8th century Tamil compositions on Shiva by the three prominent Nayanars (Saivites) namely Appar,[14] Sundarar and Thirugnanasambandar.[15] The Chola king Rajendra Chola I (1012 – 1040 CE) had a control of the town for a short period.[16] The Jaffna kingdom (1215–1624 CE) had close connections with the island and claimed the title Setukavalan meaning custodians of the Rameswaram.[17] Hinduism was their state religion and they made generous contribution to the temple.[17] Setu was used in their coins as well as in inscriptions as marker of the dynasty.[17]

    According to Firishta, Malik Kafur, the head general of Alauddin Khilji, the ruler of Delhi Sultanate, reached Rameswaram during his political campaign in spite of stiff resistance from the Pandyan princes in the early 14th century.[18][19][20] He erected a mosque by name Alia al-Din Khaldji in honour of victory of Islam.[18][19] During the early 15th century, the present day Ramanathapuram, Kamuthi and Rameswaram were included in the Pandya dynasty.[16] In 1520 CE, the town came under the rule of Vijayanagara Empire.[16] The Sethupathis, the breakaway from Madurai Nayaks, ruled Ramanathapuram and contributed to the Ramanathaswamy temple.[16][3] The most notable of them are the contributions of Muthu Kumara Ragunatha and Muttu Ramalinga, who transformed the temple to an architectural ensemble.[21] The region was repeatedly captured several times by Chanda Sahib (1740 – 1754 CE), Arcot Nawab and Muhammed Yusuf Khan (1725 – 1764 CE) in the middle of 18th century.[22] In 1795 CE, Rameswaram came under the direct control of the British East India Company and was annexed to the Madras Presidency. After 1947, the town became a part of Independent India.[16]
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  4. Can you see the blue,blue seem to dominate green in this part of the world.

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    This goat suddenly climbed up a scooter seem to like it very much!!
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    Other one was appreciative of the brave effort of the former.I couln't get both of them in one frame as this whole thing lasted just few seconds.
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    Goopuram or Tower of Rameshwaram Temple,this temple is one of the bigger temples in India.
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    My Swamiji, I don't miss him at most of the places in India.
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  5. Folks, If you like some picture let me know, I am trying to improve my photography skills.
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  6. 1964 Dhanushkodi cyclone
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    The 1964 Dhanushkodi cyclone struck South India and northern Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) between December 22 and 25, 1964 killing over 1,800 people.[1][2][3] A storm surge caused by the cyclone completely submerged the town of Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu, India killing over 300 people.[4]
    Damages

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    The cyclone struck the coast of South India and northern Ceylon on 22 December 1964. About 5000 houses and 700 fishing boats were destroyed in the Jaffna district of Ceylon.[5] The district's paddy crop was also destroyed.[5] Other badly hit areas include Mannar and Trincomallee.[5] The Trincomallee port suffered severe damages rendering it inoperable.[5] The economic damage caused in Ceylon was estimated at Rs. 200 million. About 350 Ceylonese fishermen were missing at sea.[5]

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    The effects of the cyclone were felt mostly in Pamban Island, which lies between the Indian mainland and Ceylon.[5] More than 3000 people, many of them tourists and pilgrims, were stranded on the island. The total damage to property was estimated at $150 million.[5]

    On 23 December 1964, a huge storm surge struck the town of Dhanuskodi on the south-eastern edge of the island, submerging the town and overturning the Pamban-Dhanuskodi passenger train killing all 150 passengers on board.[6] The town, an important transit point between India and Ceylon, was completely destroyed and has not been rebuilt since.[7] Prior to the cyclone, the town had been an important commercial centre with a railway station, a customs office, post and telegraphs office, two medical institutions, one railway hospital, a panchayat union dispensary, a higher elementary school and port offices.[8] A port had been functioning since 1 March 1914.[8] A dilapidated church, parts of the railway track and the Puduroad railway station and the ruins of a Vinayaka temple are all that remain of the town.

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    Post office and customs department building
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    Not sure what this stone pillar for done any one?
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    Temple that existed on 1964
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    Srilanka is supposed to be just 13 Kms from here but not can't be seen from naked eye.
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  8. mightymaveryk

    mightymaveryk Regolare

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    They installed the lingam and nandhi recently I think because a few years back when I went there to Dhanuskodi, it was not there. In the shore you can find a lot of broken shells. :)
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  9. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    Excellent information Sat.
    Nice pictures too. Thanks for sharing.
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  10. punto_emotion

    punto_emotion Esperto

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    Good info and pics about Dhanushkodi... Long back when I visited Madurai temple, I believe it still had stone floring in that pillars area. But yeah! This temple is really massive in terms of area! Very easy to get lost here...
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