Okay, I’m pretty obsessed with Buddhist Prayer Flags! I get a lot of DMs asking about the significance of these flags. So, here it is! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Buddhist Prayer Flags represent elements - White symbolises air, red is fire. Green is water, yellow is earth, and blue is wind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Most of the time they have Om Mani Padme Hum written on them. This mantra has quite a deep meaning and you recite the mantra during meditation, it is said that it can cure pride, jealousy, ignorance, greed and aggression. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The flags should never be still - thats the reasons they are found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also, its good to receive them as a gift! So, if any of your friend is going to Leh, Bhutan, Spiti - ask them to get it for you. Anyone else fascinated by these flags? Anything you want to add? Comment and let me know.
Have a great day, you guys!
(continuation of the last two posts)
I proceeded towards it without thinking too much; there weren’t many people around. Just a vineyard that hung from its upper floor’s balcony and the occasional honks of the frustrated Manali drivers and me. Although the moment I stepped into the hotel, I found myself in the middle of friendly men who were chatting around and laughing. There was this happy yet strange gusto in that waiting area. And, then, I caught myself smiling again.
I started talking to these few people that I had just barged into and inquired if one of them could take me to Spiti. “Subeh 6 baje yahin milna. Aapko hum Spiti le jaega.”, said Kunga bhaiya. Suddenly, I could feel goosebumps arising through my skin. My heart was racing and I wasn’t quite sure how I was feeling. He continued, “Aap local jaisa hi lagta hai. Koi nahi rokega.” I took his number, thanked him and told him I would see him at the same spot the next morning. I was finally going to Spiti! After this confirmation, I was dancing while walking at the same time on those same chaotic streets of Manali that didn’t feel a lot like home but little did the heart care, it was rejoicing!
A part of me felt so liberated - as if, I had done something I could have done so easily but took too long to do. I then headed to Old Manali to pick up a warm jumper for those mountains far away and enjoyed a slice of carrot cake from Evergreen while prancing back to Log Huts one last time for a while. I did have my dinner, I did pack but I couldn’t sleep for I didn’t want to not wake up for my tempo traveller the next morning. The clock was ticking while I counted every minute until it was 5. And, within an hour, I was off on another adventure, on another journey, on another voyage but without my anti-depressants. :)
You might wonder why I’m writing about this after 19 months of going to Spiti. I wondered the same too. However, I realised that I had been feeling exactly the same way these past few days like I felt in June 2017. Writing about it made me understand that I just had to let go, once again, that it was necessary for me to give my mind some rest and make it feel like it’s (contd. in comments)
I really enjoy my morning coffee sitting on our balcony listening to the birds and the calls of the hawkers selling various fruit, vegetables and flowers. How blessed am I that this wonderful shop sources their beans locally, roasts them and grinds them on the spot ☕ You can smell the aroma from a block away mingling with the smells from nearby Deveraja Market. I've taken this coffee to Australia for friends to try and they've all agreed how good it is! Lucky me. Have a great day lovely people 😘
Stepping into bone chilling frosty water with no regrets 😎
5 93an hour ago
The kind of dedicated commitment @dasnovak put in before coming for his Ice climbing trip to the Indian Himalayas was downright impressive. From dedicatedly training for 110 days before leaving for the trip, to flying halfway across the globe for 25 hours, to then travelling over treacherous roads for 65 hours cooped up in a car - it's not only what he climbed, but what he gave of and invested of himself that was noteworthy.
The most respectable aspect in Ari's trip to India is that even when he was not required to, he still volunteered and gave up on his own personal climbing day to stay behind with the local kids and teach them the basics of Ice Climbing. He put his personal climbing goals and desires on a leash and instead dedicated that time and energy to helping others learn and grow.
And maybe it was providence, that after that gesture of goodwill and selflessness the very next day the team of @karstendelap and @dasnovak on January 9th went on to put up the hardest Water Ice line so far climbed in the Indian Himalayas. The classic route named, "Snow Leopard" is a HWI7 (Himalayan Water Ice, local Indian grading system) is 150 meters tall and three pitches long, and tops out at an elevation of just above 14,000 feet.
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Picture Credits : @harmeetsingh1 - The Odd One.
Republic Day parade rehearsal on a cold winter morning in New Delhi,India.
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The one with the flagship tourist attraction of Karnataka - “The Stone Chariot” which is located inside the Vittala Temple.
Many of you might also know that the new Indian 50 Rupee note has a motif of this stone car on the reverse. Even though the name suggests it is a chariot, it was actually built as a shrine which once upon a time contained the icon of Garuda, mount of Vishnu. Experts say that the Vijayanagara Kings were inspired by the Sun temple at Konark in Orissa and built a similar one here.
It may appear as a monolithic structure but in reality this stone shrine was built with many giant granite blocks. The joints are smartly hidden in the carvings and other decorative features that adorn the Stone Chariot. In front of the chariot two elephants are positioned as if they are pulling the chariot. In fact these stone elephants were brought from elsewhere and positioned here at a later stage. Originally two horses were carved in that position whose tails and the rear legs of the horses can be still seen just behind these elephant sculptures. A broken stone ladder once gave access to the sanctum is kept between the elephants. There was even a dome like superstructure over the chariot which is missing now. However you can see them on the first ever photographs of Hampi taken in 1856 by Alexander Greenlaw (checkout highlights of hampi on my profile)
So much history!! Phew 😅
Anyways, Vittala Temple and the Stone Chariot inside are must do things in your Hampi itinerary. Do click the customary photo with the stone chariot as your background. I got mine taken with such difficulty as this place is the most crowded of all the tourist attractions in Hampi.