While the magnificence and ornate architecture of the Hoysala temples is, usually, synonomous with the temples of Belur and Halebidu, a visit to the sleepy hamlet of Mosale proved me wrong. Located just about 15 km from Hassan, on the Hassan-Holenarasipura Road, the twin temples found in this village is a definitely a hidden gem. The ancient… Continue reading Nageshvara-Chennakeshava temple: monumental twin temples of Mosale
A recent visit to Hassan took us to one of the most stunning places I have visited of late. About 25 km from Hassan, on the Hassan-Shettihalli Road, lies the gorgeous remains of the Holy Rosary church. Situated on the banks of the Gorur-Hemavathy reservoir, this church is believed to have been built by the French… Continue reading Rosary Church, Shettihalli: a journey back in time.
Flowers are an integral part of Indian culture and occupy a very significant place whether during daily worship, festivals or any special occasions or celebrations. Visiting flower markets in any Indian city can be quite an experience. It is, according to me, a great place to soak in the local culture, customs and craft as… Continue reading Color, creativity and craftsmanship: Mangalore Flower Market
Come winter and there is an influx of “Avarekai” in the vegetable markets of Bangalore. Extremely popular and a universal favorite, Avarekai is almost the soul food of south Bangalore during the months of November to February. The avarekai season is much awaited and most Benglureans look forward to the arrival of their favorite vegetable… Continue reading Avarekai Mela: a festival dedicated to Bengaluru’s favourite bean
A ‘ground nut’ fair? Sounds strange for many but I am sure not for those of you who are from or familiar with Bengaluru. For the uninitiated, the groundnut fair is an annual event that happens on the last Monday of the Karthika month of the Hindu calendar in the vicinity of the Bull temple… Continue reading Bengaluru’s annual groundnut fair: Kadalekai Parishe
It was the end of April and a totally impromptu decision by us to head to the River Tern lodge as we did not want to miss the river terns that religiously visit Bhadra each year for about three months. Nestled in the midst of the Western Ghats, the River tern lodge is named after these… Continue reading Avian Wonder: River terns in Bhadra