Friday, February 16, 2018

'Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Meenakshi Amman or Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple, is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Meenakshi, a form of Parvati, and her consort, Sundareswar, a form of Shiva.

Photography is not permitted inside the temple. However by buying a special ticket one can take photographs in the periphery.

Take a look: 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ucchi Pillayar Ganesh Temple, 7th century, Rockfort, Tiruchirapali, Tamil Nadu, K.J.S.Chatrath

Ucchi Pillayar Ganesh Temple, 7th century, Rockfort, Tiruchirapali, Tamil Nadu, India.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

'Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace Madurai, Part-I' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a 17th-century palace which was got constructed  in 1636 AD by King Thirumalai Nayak, a king of Madurai’s Nayaka dynasty ho ruled  Madurai from 1623–59, in the city of Madurai, India.. This Palace is a mélange of Dravidian, Rajput and Mughal styles.  The building, which can be seen today, was the main Palace, in which the king lived. The original Palace Complex was four times bigger than the present structure. In its heyday, it was considered to be one of the wonders of the South. This palace is situated 2 km south east of the Meenakshi Amman Temple.

(Text based on Wikipedia)
To be continued

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

'Come visit India- a proudly secular country with an amazing heritage' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

India is a proud secular country where one follows one's religion and belief and at the same time gives utmost respect to all other religions and faiths.

Come visit my India.

 Kapileshwar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. 
Nagore Dargah, Nagore, Tamil Nadu.

Velankanni Basilica, Tamil Nadu. 
 A scene from Kapileshwar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

'Holy Kidarnath- May 2017' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Our Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Modi visited the holy Kidarnath shrine 3 days back. It reminded me of my fourth visit there in May 2017. I had walked up the 16 kms and the next day climbed down the 16 kilometres much, against the advice of the Group Leader and members of the Garwhal Mandal Vikas Nigam Group that I had joined.

Here are a few photos from that trip:



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Watching the play 'Mohan se Mahatama' K.J.S.Chatrath

  I watched the play 'Mohan se Mahatama' at the India International Centre, New Delhi on 9th October. It was in Hindustani and was presented by Pierrot's Group. It has been directed by Dr. M. Sayeed Alam.

At the outset the compere reminded allabout the sad passing away of Tom Alter a few days back. The situation was all the more poignant as Tom Alter had played thepart of Gandhiji as Sutradhar in this play staged in July this year. The audience stood in a two minute silence to pay hamage to the late Tom Alter.

 Photo of late Tom Alter playing the role of Gandhiji in a staging of this play earlier on 15th July. 
Photo source: The Indian Express. 

 Actor who excellently played the same role in the staging on 9th October.

The opening scene showing three women draped in white, belonging to three different age groups, taking out lice from each others hairs and talking loudly surely gains immediate attention of the audience.

I felt small watching the play as I knew almost nothing about the Champaran Satyagraha of Gandhiji before this.

The audience was all attention. However I did feel a little uncomfortable with two things- both relating to the scenes of young Gandhiji in Champaran. Firstly I found the very fine actor playing the role of young Gandhiji to be too stout, tall and well built. Secondly the scenes and the delivery of dialogues gave the impression of some arrogance rather than of sheer humility which was the well known trait of the Mahatma. And the choice of actors to play the role of the English officers  too could have been better.

This play is definitely worth a visit to know more about Gandhiji and Indian freedom movement.