Friday, February 16, 2007

MORE OF MURDESHWAR....

MAHASHIVRATRI


For details on mahashivratri you can read here


FLOWER-SELLER AT MURDESHWAR

VIEW OF THE SEA FROM OUR HOTEL BALCONY


You will find more information on Mahashivratri here too


MAHASHIVRATRI.....

Today is MAHASHIVRATRI and on this occasion I want to share with you some photographs which i clicked last year when i visited MURDESHWAR .


The statue of lord shiva is fabulous and grand , its something that you will see only once in a while.
I have clicked photos from various distances and even at twilight when it looks so beautiful .





i have sources this information from here.

Situated between Honnaar and Bhatkal, 1 Km off the National Highway is the scenic holy place of Murdeshwar. The temple is about 12 Kms from Bhatkal. The palace is believed to have been sanctified by a piece of the Pranalinga of Gokarna's Mahabaleshwara thrown by the demon Ravana. The temple here has been renovated recently and has some beautiful carving and statue. With the roaring sea to the west, the towering hills to the east and the coconut and areca groves nearby the temple attracts a lot of devotees and tourists as well. The temple is well-known for its intricate Dravidian-style sculptures.
The world’s tallest idol of Lord Shiva is all set to come up at Murudeshwar, already famous for its ancient temple on the seashore. The idol of Neelakanta is 123 feet tall and has taken nearly two years to build. The idol was built at a cost of around Rs 1 crore by Shimoga’s Kashinath, his son Sridhar and several other sculptors. The idol is designed so that it catches the sun’s eye and thus appear sparkling.
While touring this land of picture-postcard scenery, be sure to witness some of the quaint rituals of 'Bhuta' worship, Nagamandala and the demon dance.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

UNIQUE VENDORS AT SINHAGAD....

This boy was selling curds , here you see him sitting at the top of the mountain, we met him at the bottom when we started our climb and he came up with us as probably he knew we were likely to be his customers.
and thats what happened when we say the "MATKA's-earthern pots" filled with fresh and cool curds we could not stop ourselves from buying about 14 of those.
He served the curds with a sprinkle of roasted jeera powder, sugar and salt (as per requirement)

On inquiry i got to know that they come every morning from the village below and they went back once they sold the whole basket. This was their main source of income.
He had this basket full of small earthern pots which had real fresh and cool dahi in it.


BUCKET FULL OF KULFI CONES


YOU CAN SEE THE KULFI MAN SERVING KULFI TO HIS CUSTOMERS

FOOD AT SINHAGAD....

THE DELICIOUS VILLAGE FOOD THAT WE HAD AT SINHAGAD



whenever you go to some remote place the food too is different from what we regularly have.

I love to have the robust food which fills you up , is nutritious and specially made fresh in front of you.



THIS LADY IS MAKING FRESH BHAKRIS OR JOWAR CHAPATIS FOR US



PITHLE BEING COOKED ON THE "CHULL" OR STOVE



BHAKRI IS READY TO BE EATEN.




SHACKS WHERE THE FOOD IS MADE


whenever you go to some remote place the food too is different from what we regularly have.




I love to have the robust food which fills you up , is nutritious and specially made fresh in front of you.


Sweet curd, Buttermilk, Kanda bhaji and Pithle-Bhakari of Sinhagad are the main attraction for the tourists who visit this gad .
If you know me by now, you should know that I never miss out on an opportunity to eat the local food and although this food was very very basic I wanted to taste and relish it in its surroundings ,and I was glad I did so.Although the food was very simple , it was yummy we had our khada bhaji {onion fritters} , Pithle-Bhakari {vegetable made with chick pea or besan flour and onions } and lots of fresh dahi or curds.





SINHAGAD.....

We were in Talegaon for 3 days 26th , 27th and the 28th .
As we spent the whole of 26th at Talegaon we decided we would spend the next day at Sinhagad the fort which we never had got the opportunity to visit .
I had seen a program on TV which featured the Sinhagad and since then I had been anxious to visit the place.
Sinhagad is about 35 kms form Talegaon.


MEMORIAL TO TANAJI ON THE TOP OF SINHAGAD FORT (this photo source-wikipedia)

SINHAGAD means a “the fort of the lion”

Sinhgad (Marathi: सिंहगड) meaning Lion Fort, is a fort located at about 25 kms from city of Pune .It is situated on a hill which rises 800 metres above the surrounding countryside. The fort's location has been strategically important since at least the 14th century and has been the site of many important battles. One of the more famous battles was the recapturing of the fort by Tanaji Malusare, a general for Shivaji in March of 1670.

SCENIC VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE SINHAGAD FORT

HISTORY :

Tanaji uses a Giant Monitor Lizard to climb up the sheer steep fort wall
Shivaji's general Tanaji Malusare used Shivaji’s famous pet monitor lizard which is locally known as ghorpad named "Yeshwanti" with a rope tied around its waist for climbing up the walls of the Sinhagad fort from it’s steepest and the least guarded side in the dead of a moonless night during the Battle of Sinhagad. Once he had scaled up himself after the giant lizard, up the sheer steep cliff unnoticed, he threw down rope ladders for others to climb. Common Indian Monitor (Varanus bengalensis) found locally in present day Maharashtra is the species of Monitor Lizard said to have been used which is also known as ghorpad in Marathi.
Ghorpads are famous for their ability to cling to smooth surfaces, and were traditionally trained for this purpose by herders in the area.

"The fort is gained, but the lion is lost"
In the ensuing battle, Tanaji was killed, but the fort was successfully captured by his troops. Shivaji, upon hearing the news of the capture of the fort at the cost of Tanaji's death, was greatly aggrieved and is said to have remarked, "The fort is gained, but the lion is lost". Hence the fort, which was called Kondana till then, was renamed to Sinhagad, or The Lion's Fort.

The once extensive fortification is now in ruins, but visitors can still get a sense as to how the fort may have appeared as an active military outpost. It is a popular weekend destination for many residents of Pune. The site also houses a memorial to Tanaji as well as the tomb of Raja ram, Shivaji's younger son, who also died here.
The fort is also part of training at National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the cradle of military leadership in India.

You have to climb around 200 steps to reach the top , i was so engrossed climbing that i forgot to click some more photos for my friends.

{information source wikipedia and some other sites}

Friday, February 02, 2007

SUGAR CANE JUICER...

ELECTRICALLY OPERATED SUGARCANE JUICER


can you see the juice being extrated at the right hand corner just below the date


MANUAL SUGARCANE JUICER....

MANUALLY OPERATED SUGAR-CANE JUICE MACHINE


SISTERS HELPING EACH OTHER EXTRACT JUICE FROM A SUGARCANE

One interesting thing I saw and want to share with you is the sugarcane machine that I saw at Talegaon. Just as I was leaving the restaurant where we had our food , I saw an old man probably with his two daughters extracting juice using a manual sugarcane machine. Talegaon produces sugarcane in a large quantity and you see truck loads of sugarcane being transported all over India from Talegaon . You can also see electric sugarcane juice extractors all over the place { I have seen such electric machines in mumbai as well} but a manual one and that too a wooden one was really interesting.


I sought the old mans permission to click photos which he readily and happily agreed to. Have a look!!!.



THE MANUAL SUGARCANE MACHINE.





EATING AT TALEGAON......

Last weekend we spent at Talegaon which is a small place about 21/2 hours drive from Mumbai we went there just to relax and unwind.
We went there on Saturday and for those who know me by now will know that whenever I visit some place I am more interested in the food culture and the locals than in the historic importance of the place. While my hubby is the opposite
So our trips are made with the intension of satisfying both of us.



Food plays an important part in my travel quest , hence when I visit some place I love to eat the local food or the specialty of that place and try not to go to any high end hotel where the food is the same as that in a normal mumbai restaurant.
In my earlier post, I have mentioned about the breakfast we had while on the way to Talegaon , now let me tell you what we had for lunch , we had our food at a restaurant called KULDEEP which served thali food , all Indians must be knowing what a thali is – it’s a plate full of various food items in katoris or bowls. The food was great very reasonable and filling we had more than our fill in the limited amount which they served.


Thursday, February 01, 2007

DAHI RICE...

SHEER HEAVEN!!!!!

This is one dish that i am sure no one wants to know the recipe as its the simplest ,tastiest and nutritious
dish and i am sure each one of us have eaten this one time or the other especially when we were much younger . I remember my mother used to have this ready when i was very small and was a very fussy eater , it was a life saver for her as when nothing worked this dahi rice came to her rescue.