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Old 26th August 2010, 12:46   #631
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But MX6, could you please tell me [ofcourse from your experience] any such legends from other religions, worldwide ?
Heard of Irving Wallace? Read his book - 'The Word'. This book is about a manuscript kept hidden - scintillating stuff (legend) created well before Dan Brown shot into limelight. Another myth (or legend ?) is described in 'The Miracle', about the healing powers of a river in France (Rhine, I think).

All his books are great (IMHO), but there are some graphic description related to ... ,ahem, three letter (supposedly dirty) word beginning with 's' and ending with 'x' with an 'i' in between (the moderators may fine for infracting the board rules!)

And, speaking of destruction of these beautiful works, here are some more examples -

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Old 26th August 2010, 13:03   #632
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Tuesday Lobsang Rampa's books are replete with miracles. I told VRP about out of body experience, Anti-gravity levitation (yeah, newton to einstein went for a toss).
As per Tuesday Lobsang Rampa, many a miracles lay hidden in Tibet.
I've also read about the mayans/ incas. Peru is a country which I want to visit. And the urge has become stronger after I saw the 4th installment of Indiana Jones.
Velankanni temple and Nagore Dargah offer loads of miracle stories too.
But there's one miracle which towers everything, a miracle witnessed by lakhs of people every year, same time, same place.
It is the Makara Jothi / Makara Vilakku which is visible in Ponnambala medu, Sabari mala!

And the Rhine. I did remember crossing it on a trip from Rotterdam to Brussels. But didn't know about this stuff. Else would have jumped off and swam upstream!

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MX6, there was a program on NDTV around a yr back where they showed the mystery behind the Makara Jyothi. It is actually lit by the temple staff and this has been happenning for years. But, for believers, the source doesnt matter. People still flock to see the "mysterious" Makara Jyothi.
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Just read last two posts.
Where are Rhine, rotterdam etc in this magnificant maharashtra?
Has anyone crossed the creek between mumbai and mandava by boat?

Humor humor

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Has anyone crossed the creek between mumbai and mandava by boat?
Yes, once from the Gateway of India by boat.

We had a conference in Alibag, all of us had gone by boat to Mandva and then by resort bus to the location of the meeting.

Initially we were not aware, our co-passengers were Mr. Kumarmangalam Birla's wife and mother. they were in a seperate cabin on the boat. The welcome party for them was very grand at Mandva. We all initially felt that the welcome party was for us, late on realized that we had VIPs on board our boat. The whole jetty was red carpetted, a convoy of supercars lined up for them. I think they were on way to some Birla factory around. There were lot many people wearing business suits waiting for them at the jetty.

this was way back in 2003. it was an experience on its own.
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I am also wondering about this - see how people from this (western) part of Maharashtra seem to be hogging this thread? There haven't much discussion in areas like Nagpur / Amravati / Akola and Latur / Beed / Chandrapur etc. I have heard that there are some interesting places near Amravati, Chandrapur... (these carvings yesterday reminded me of the soap stone carvings which I had seen near Balaghat. Soft stone, and hence the size of the carvings were small / medium sized. It seem there is a 'sangam' (confluence) of rivers there, and it has contributed to the availability of these stones. Is that right?) Any bhpians from that side? Please contribute..
Its time for all the guys from Vidarbha region to throw some light on the places around there.

Me too planning to write something soon about this! But what to do, this laziness . . .
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Me too planning to write something soon about this! But what to do, this laziness . . .
The electric locomotive is more of a steam engine?!! Sorry about that - but don't worry, take your time. Once you start, I am sure there will be no stopping you!!


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Just read last two posts.
Where are Rhine, rotterdam etc in this magnificant maharashtra?
Sorry, Sir! It is just that we got carried away. Timely reminder - as I have to wind up and let MX6 start the Nasik saga. And, it looks like the laptop is up and running....



The temple has some massive pillars, and they are very close to each other... wonder how many people worked on this and how long.. even generation after generation?


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Reason for the close up - see the small holes / apertures at the corner of each pillar? What could the reason for it? Stringing garlands?
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I'm just waiting for you to finish with this temple VRP, so that I can start on the Nasik Saga.
@AP: And Rotterdam is not another dam in Maharashtra you know better.
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@ VRP: The Ganesha idol we were talking about is shown in one of your pics:

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I'm just waiting for you to finish with this temple VRP, so that I can start on the Nasik Saga.
@AP: And Rotterdam is not another dam in Maharashtra you know better.
Just about a dozen more to go...

Dam - priceless.......

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@ VRP: The Ganesha idol we were talking about is shown in one of your pics
Thanks.


Tried this shot - a aperture in the roof allows one to view the temple tower (something like the Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai); but my P&S couldn't quite get it...
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Default Some light....

Too much light in the earlier picture, however doesn't throw light on these... can some enlighten me ?


a. enlarge and see the base (which indicates a shivaling?); then the snake and finally the bricked up wall behind - they don't gel....

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b. obviously what was here has vanished leaving the base behind or is it a mutilated shivaling?... what does the folklore say?

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c. again, obviously, maruthi or hanuman, if I am not mistaken. What is the significance of hanuman (ram bhakth) in a shiva temple? Same as what MX6 referring to earlier - all gods being one?

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@vrp : "again, obviously, maruthi or hanuman, if I am not mistaken. What is the significance of hanuman (ram bhakth) in a shiva temple? Same as what MX6 referring to earlier - all gods being one? "

Lord Hanuman is supposed to be incarnation of Lord Shiva . This happened when Lord Vishnu incarnated as Lord Rama.
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I guess this Hanuman temple is at the enterance of the temple.

Anyway, the temple has all the mythological scenes sculptured on the walls.
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@vikrantj, is that so? I was not aware of that.
And, jump on to the band-wagon here - you have come to the right place!

The pride of the place in the temple was taken by -

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The hanuman chalisa says:
Shankara Suvana Kesari Nandan

Son of Kesari, who emanated from Shiva (shankar).

Hanuman is Shiva's amsa (Shivamsam).
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