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Goa

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The Basilica of Bom Jesus

This laterite built church in Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rules.

Floating Casino

Floating Casino in the Mandovi river

Dome of Church of St Cajetan

Latin inscriptions from the Gospel of Matthew along the circumference inside the dome.

St Cajetan Church Dome

Built in 1661, St. Cajetan Church known as the Church of Divine Providence is a church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman located in Old Goa. This is a World Heritage Site.

Teak Door

Teak door inside Basilica of Bom Jesus

Goa Road and Cow

Laid-back environs of Ancestral Goa

Ancestral Goa

Sculpture from Ancestral Goa, a private museum showcasing the Goan lifestyle and culture.

Deepa Stambha at Shanta Durga Temple

Deep Stambha is a unique piece of Hindu architectural structure. Usually Stambha is erected outside the temple compound to be illuminated with Diyas ( lamps), on special occasions.

Shanta Durga Temple

This temple belonging to Goud Saraswat Brahmin community (Saraswat Temple) some 30 km from Panaji at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka, Goa. Dedicated to Shantadurga (also called 'Santeri' colloquially), the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva, this temple structure was built during the period from 1713 AD to 1738 AD by Naroram Rege Mantri.

Safa Masjid

This mosque built in 1560 by the Bijapuri ruler Ibrahim Adil Shah I about 2 km from center of Ponda. Goa.

Meera

This laterite sculpture of Hindu saint Meera, is said to be the largest of its kind in India. Located inside Ancestral Goa Museum in Loutolim, South Goa.

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Aiyanar (ஐயனார்)

Aiyanar (ஐயனார்)

Aiyanar, popular deity in Tamil culture.

Aiyanar Horses

Aiyanar Horses on the way to Sirumugai, Tamilnadu

Aiyanar near Satyamangalam Forest

Aiyanar near Satyamangalam Forest

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Sprenger Asparagus

Sprenger Asparagus

Sprengeri

The roots are so tightly grown, sand hold on to it. Also see the bulbs in the roots.

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Canon EF-S 15-85mm

Canon EF-S 15-85mm

New Canon EF-S 15-85mm lens added. Hope this will give the much needed respite from the lens swapping during those walk arounds...

Silhouette of Bonnet macaque @ Nandi Hills, near Bangalore

Bonnet Macaque

This monkey was siting on my car's roof, just against the evening sunlight. Typically this bright beaming evening sun light would not last for more than a few minutes. I was just luck for about 30-45 seconds, where this animal stayed still !

Water Lily

Water Lilly (Nymphaeaceae)

frangipani

Shot @ Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu

ChunChunKatte-Water-Fall

This rocky outcrop and the fall is a scenic spot.

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Orchid

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

From its architectural point, if you thought it's symmetry was the most peculiar thing, you are wrong. If you thought it not, you are further wrong. Every piece in the Taj , including those trees, once lined its garden were done keeping in mind symmetry. There is even this massive structure built in the complex , called Jawab (literally means 'answer' to match the mosque in the garden next to Taj.

The tomb of Mumtaz Mahal is at the very center of this symmetry. It has to be. Mumtaz is the very reason for Taj.

So many years later, when Shah Jahan's tomb had to be built, and that too next to the tomb of Mumtaz , there was no choice but to break the symmetry for the first time in its design!

See also the Poor man's Taj!

Taj From Agra Fort

Probably the same view Shah Jahan had during his final days from the prison in the fort.

Taj Mahal seen From Agra Fort

Taj Mahal seen From Agra Fort

Non Touristy side of Taj

This was shot on a Friday. Friday is special , because Taj is closed on Fridays.

Taj from Yamuna side

Taj seen from the Yamuna Riverbed. Photograph taken from National Highway 44 (NH 44) near Agra Fort

The Other side of Taj

This is the rear side of Taj.

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Jackfruit

Jackfruit

One of the messiest  fruits to deal with, of late this has made it to the supermarkets too. Last week I've seen the it for sale at a Bangalore hypermarket. Oh yes. the following pic was shot at roadside, in front of a busy temple in Tenkasi in Tamilnadu.

And this from our backyard at Home!

Jackfruit for Sale

Jackfruit for Sale

Jackfruit tree

Jackfruit tree

Jackfruit for Sale

Shot in front of the Tenkasi Temple, Tamilnadu.

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