Sunday, October 18, 2020

Kuthampully Handloom Village

Kuthampully, A village situated on the banks of the Bharatapuzha in Thiruvilwamala Grama Panchayat of Thrissur is famous for the Handlooms. Here 600 Brahmin families produce some of the most exotic sarees in the country. It is believed that the Cochin Royal Family bought these weavers from Karnataka 500 years ago to weave clothes for their families. Most of the inhabitants belong to the Devanga community

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Kuthampully Handloom Village


Though the power looms have replaced most of the traditional handlooms, we can we can still hear the rhythmic musical sound of the working of the throw- shuttle pit looms. Watch a short video of Handloom Saree weaving at Kuthampully.


In 1972, Kuthampully Handloom Industrial Cooperative Society was registered with 102 members. They followed the traditional path in the early days and their different kinds of Indian clothings like kasavu double dhoti, veshti and set mundu became popular. Later on, embroidery techniques have been deftly applied on traditional Kuthampully sarees to produce designer ones. At present around 3000 people are employed in this sector mostly through cooperatives and as small-scale entrepreneurs. In September 2011, the Kuthampully Saree got exclusive Intellectual Property rights through Geographical indication Act (GI).

Kuthampully Saree Designes
Kuthampully Sareese


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Monday, October 12, 2020

Shoranur Nilambur Railway Line

The Shoranur–Nilambur line starts from Shoranur junction and terminates at Nilambur Road railway station. Shoranur-Nilambur route was constructed by the British to transport the famous Teak wood from Nilambur. The line passes through the eastern part of the Malappuram district.

It crosses Kunthippuzha between Kulukkalloor and Cherukara which borders Palakkad and Malappuram districts. Velliyar river, a major tributary of Kadalundi river (between Pattikkad and Melattur), Olippuzha river, another tributary of Kadalundi river (between Melattur and Tuvvur) and Kuthirappuzha, a tributary of Chaliyar river (between Vaniyambalam and Nilambur road) are other major rivers that this line crosses.

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Passenger Train at Melattur Railway Station

History of Shoranur Nilambur Railway Line

In 1840, the British created a teak plantation in Nilambur to ensure a steady supply of timber for their various needs.The Shoranur–Angadippuram section was opened on 3 February 1927, Angadipuram–Vaniyambalam on 3 August 1927 and the entire stretch from Shoranur to Nilambur was opened on 26 October 1927.

During World War II, the Shoranur line, along with other numerous railway lines across British India were dismantled and rolling stock diverted to the Middle East to help British war efforts. The line ceased to exist in 1941.

After independence, following public pressure, the railway line was reconstructed by the Indian Railways along its original alignment. The Shornur -Angadipuram line re-opened in 1953 and Angadipuram – Nilambur in 1954. The teak plantation still stands today as a major tourist attraction.


Railway Stations in Shoranur Nilambur Route

Railway Stations in Shoranur Nilambur Route

  1. Shoranur Junction (SRR)
  2. Vadanamkurishshi (VDKS)
  3. Vallapuzha (VPZ)
  4. Kulukkallur (KZC)
  5. Cherukara (CQA
  6. Angadipuram (AGM)
  7. Pattikkad (PKD)
  8. Melattur (MLTR)
  9. Tuvvur (TUV)
  10. Thodiyappulam (TDPM)
  11. Vaniyambalam (VNB)
  12. Nilambur Road (NIL)

Some Interesting Fact About Nilambur Teak

1. Nilambur Teak is used in the Interiors of the Rolls Royce Ghost Model.
2. Nilambur Teak is the first Forest Produce to get the GI Tag
3. Conolly's plot in Nilambur is the Oldest Teak Plantation in the World


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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Stamp Tourism Jaipur Stamps

Before going into the post, we should talk about Convention' and 'Feudatory' states of Pre Independent India. The words Convention and Feudatory here refer to postal arrangements with/in relation to British India. Convention states had agreements with British India regarding mail, whereas Feudatory states had no postal agreement with British India.

The convention states all used contemporaneous stamps of British India, overprinted with the name of the state, in Latin letters or Hindi/Urdu letters or both, depending on state and period

The feudatory states issued their own stamps. These Indian States were independent countries/kingdoms with defined boundaries and political systems. The postage validity their stamp was within the borders of the state itself. Hyderabad was one among the feudatory states. Some other feudatory states are Jaipur, Cochin, Jind, Kashmir,Travancore etc

Jaipur was an Indian princely state and they issued their own stamps. Some of those stamps includes the images of sun dial at Jantar Mantar, The Albert Museum in Jaipur, Image of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh and the beautiful peacock. The first such stamps was issued in 1904 during the reign of Maharajadhiraja Sawai Madho Singh II, who ruled from 1880 to 1922

Jaipur Stamp Tourism Video

This was the Fifth Episode of Stamp Tourism, Watch the video from YouTube


Stamps of Jaipur

The First Stamp on Jaipur was released on 14th Feb 1986.
It was a commemorative postage stamp on Hawa Mahal.
The value of the stamp was 50np.

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Hawa Mahal
Image Courtesy: http://postagestamps.gov.in/

 

The next Stamp on Jaipur was released on 10th December 2003.
It was a commemorative postage stamp to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between India and The Republic of Korea.
The value of the stamp was 15 rupees.

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Diplomatic Relations Between India and The Republic of Korea
Image Courtesy: http://postagestamps.gov.in/

 

The next Stamp on Jaipur was released on 29th December 2018.
It was a commemorative postage stamp on Handicrafts Of India
The stamp has the famous Blue Pottery of Jaipur. Blue Pottery belong to the GI Registered Hand Craft Product. GI or Geographical Indication is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin. The art of Blue Pottery came to Jaipur from Persia and Afghanistan in the 14th century. Blue pottery has unique features as the pottery is completely hand painted, does not develop cracks and is hygienic and suitable for daily use.
The value of the stamp was 5 rupees.

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Blue Pottery Jaipur
Image Courtesy: http://postagestamps.gov.in/

 

The next Stamp on Jaipur was released on 31st December 2018.
It was a commemorative postage stamp on Hill Forts of Rajastan. The stamp has the image of Amer Fort in Rajasthan.
The value of the stamp was 5 rupees

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Amer Fort
Image Courtesy: http://postagestamps.gov.in/

 

The next Stamp on Jaipur was released on 9th October 2019.
It was commemorative postage stamp on Historical Gates of Indian Forts and Monuments. The stamp has an image of Jorawar Singh Gate in Jaipur. Jorawar Singh Gate in Jaipur leads to the Amber Fort.
The value of the stamp was 5 rupees

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Jorawar Singh Gate
Image Courtesy: http://postagestamps.gov.in/

 


Link to Other Stamp Tourism Episodes

1. Episode 1 - January - Mysore Palace
2. Episode 2 - February - Taj Mahal
3. Episode 3 - March - Red Fort
4. Episode 4 - April - Hampi
5. Episode 5 - May -Jaipur (This Blog Post)
6. Episode 6 - June - Varanasi
7. Episode 7 - July - Waterfalls of India
8. Episode 8 - August - Delhi
9. Episode 9 - September - Dal Lake, Srinagar
10. Episode 10 - October - Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Isalands


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Jaipur Feudatory State Stamps
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Jaipur Feudatory State Stamps
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Jaipur Palace
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Jaipur Stamp
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View from Amber Fort
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Peacock Gate, Jaipur Palace
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Hawa Mahal Jaipur
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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
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Amber Fort, Jaipur
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Amber Fort, Jaipur
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Amber Fort
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Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
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Amber Fort, Jaipur
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Jal Mahal, Jaipur
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Patrika Gate, Jaipur
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Jawahar Circle
Image Courtesy: Nirav Gangar

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Jaipur Feudatory State Stamps
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Jaipur Feudatory State Stamps
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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Bangalore to Kerala with Covid Pass, Precautions and COVID Checks at Border

This post covers our travel to Kerala from Bangalore during the COVID 19 Pandemic and the steps followed by the Government of Kerala on fight against COVID 19 Pandemic and how to travel interstate without stoppage.

Bangalore to Kerala with COVID Pass, Precautions and COIVD Checks at Muthanga Border

Interstate Travel Precautions

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Kedareshwara Temple Nagalapura

Nagalapura is a small village situated in Tiptur taluk of Tumkur district of Karnataka. There are two hoysala period temple in this village. Kedareshwara Temple Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Chennakeshava temple dedicated lord vishnu.

This temple is an ekakuta (single sanctum) temple facing east. The temple structure consist of a garbha-grha (sanctum), an antarala (vestibule) and a navaranga (closed hall). Even though the Garbha-griha faces the east direction, the main entrance to the temple, through navaranga, is on its southern side. This temple is known for beautiful ornate Ceilings of the navaranga, animated friezes, wall sculptures and lathe-turned pillars of the navaranga, which are typical examples of the art and architecture of the Hoysala style.

Kedareshwara Temple is a lesser known hoysala temple located in Nagalupra near to turuvekere

Kedareshwara Temple, Nagalapura

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Jantar Mantar Jaipur

Jantar Mantar is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh II. The construction if the monument started in 1720 and was completed in 1734. The monument features instruments operating in each of the three main classical celestial coordinate systems, the horizon-zenith local system, the equatorial system, and the ecliptic system. The name jantar is derived from yantra, a Sanskrit word meaning instrument and mantar from mantrana another Sanskrit word which means calculate Jantar Mantar literally means "calculating instrument". Jantar Mantar is a Stone Observatory. Metals Shrink and expands, but Stone wont and is not affected by any season.

Jantar Mantar Observatory is a stone observatory in Jaipur Rajasthan

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Monolithic Nandi Statues in India


Nandi is the sacred bull and the Vahana(vehicle) of Lord Shiva. Nandi statue in seated posture facing the Lord are usually placed at the gateway of the main shrine, so that Nandi's intimate relationship with the Lord was made explicit. According to Hindu mythology, Nandi is the most loyal attendant and gate-keeper of Lord Shiva and it is considered as a symbol of valour, prosperity and blissfulness in Indian culture. Bull's religious significance can be found in artifacts of Indus valley civilization.






The worship of Shiva and Nandi can even be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization time-period. The famous 'Pasupati Seal' depicts a seated figure, which is usually identified as Shiva, and there were many bull-seals found in Mohenjo daro and Harappa, which led to conclusion of the researchers, that Nandi worship has been a long standing tradition for many thousands of years.



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Largest Monolithic Nandi in India - Lepakshi Nandi




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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Republic Day Special Lalbagh Flower Show 2020

The Republic Day special Lalbagh Flower Show pays floral tribute to Swami Vivekananda. The Nation will be celebrating the 157th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yeddiyurappa inaugurated the 211th Lalbagh flower show on 17th January 2020. The Glasshouse at Lalbagh, which is the main center of flower show will have a floral replica of Swami Vivekananda Memorial of Kanyakumari.The glass house will also have a 19feet tall statue of Swami Vivekanands. Other Major attractions inside the Glass House will be a floral model of Memorial Hall of Chicago and Vivek Kuteera. A statue of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (Vivekananda's Teacher) and Sarada Devi will also be put up in the Lalbagh Flower Show.

Stories related Swami Vivekanands are depicted using Sunflower inside the Glass House. 92 different varieties of flowers are brought from countries like Brazil, Thailand and Argentina for the flower show.

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Lalbagh Flower Show 2020

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Lalbagh Flower Show 2019

Tribute to Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar at Lalbagh Flower Show 2019


The Independence Day special Flower Show at Lalbagh will pay tribute to Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar - The Last Ruler of the Wadiyar Dynasty. 


The Glass house at Lalbagh which is the main center of Flower Show will have a floral replica of Jayachamarajendra Circle of Mysuru. Visitors will be able to see the last rulers statue inside the Glass House. Floral replica of famous places in Mysuru, Raja Durbar of the Mysore Palace and musical instruments used by Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar is also recreated.
Lalbagh Flower Show 2019


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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Cellular Jail Kalapani Jail in Portblair

Cellular Jail, Port Blair


Cellular Jail was a colonial prison in Andaman and Nicobar islands. Shri Moraji Desai then prime minister of India declared the Cellular Jail as a national monument on 11th February 1979. Cellular Jail was constructed to deal effectively with the freedom fighters who revolted against the British rule during India's first war of independence. A Light and sound show happens daily in the evening in Cellular Jail. 


This site being located just opposite to Ross Island, the Administrative Head Quarters of the British, was found more suitable for construction of the Jail. It was also better suited in terms of security of the jail, as more than half of the outer wall was bounded by sea

Cellular Jail, Port Blair

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Andaman Trip Plan 6 Days

Andaman Exploration



Our Andaman Travel Plan

Day 1:

We arrived at Veer Savarkar International Airport and we were greeted by our tour guide. Checked into the hotel and had breakfast. Later we visited the Cellular Jail. We need minimum 2 Hours to explore the Cellular Jail. It will be good to hire a guide for Rs:300.00 to know more about the history of Cellular Jail. In the afternoon our plan was to visit Ross Island. But since the sea was rough we couldn't go to Ross Island. We returned to our hotel and took rest for some time. Evening around 6.30 PM, we again went to Cellular Jail to watch the Light and Sound Show. The light and sound show is available in English and Hindi, but based on weekdays.


Radhanagar Beach
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

UNESCO Heritage Sites of South India

UNESCO World Heritage Sites of South India





UNESCO World Heritage sites are important place of cultural or natural heritage. In 1982, International Council of Monuments and sites declared April 18th as the World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is to raise awareness about Monuments and other sites which form a part of our history and culture.



World Heritage Sites of South India

1. Group of Monuments, Mahabalipuram

The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram was built by Pallava Kings in the 7th and 8th century. These monuments have been carved out of rock along the coromandel coast. Monuments at Mahabalipuram was inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage list as cultural propery in 1984. The monuments includes Ratha Temple, Mandapas, 11 Cave sanctuaries, Arjuna's Penance



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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Lalbagh Flower Show 2019

Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Lalbagh Flower Show 2019


The Republic Day special Flower Show at Lalbagh will pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi - The Father of the NationThe Nation will be celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2nd 2019.


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Veera Narayana Temple - Belavadi

Veera Narayana Temple of belavadi is one of the finest examples of trikuta Temple built by the Hoysala Empire. This temple is at a shorter distance from the famous Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebidu. The temples of Belur and Halebidu are known for its intricate sculptures, but this temple is known for its architecture. Vera Narayana Temple of Belavadi is one of the largest temple built by the Hoysala Kings.

Belavadi Veera Narayana Temple is one of the lesser known Hoysala temple

Veeranarayana Temple Belavadi

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Gandikotta - The Grand Canyon of India

Gandikotta, known as The Grand Canyon of India is located near Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh in India. Gandikotta got its name due to the ‘gorge”, in Telugu called as gandi, formed between the Erramala range of hills and the river Pennar that flows at its foot.

Gandikotta is also known as the grand canyon of india

Gandikotta Gorge

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Shettihalli Rosary Church - Hassan

Shettihalli Rosary Church, built by the French missionaries in 1860 is one of the best examples of Gothic Architecture. Shettihalli Church is located on the banks of Hemavathi River and is at a distance of 22km from Hassan. The church was abandoned after the construction of the Gorur Dam on the banks of Hemavathi River in 1960. Since then it has been a famous tourist spot for travel lovers to see the half submerged church during the monsoon.

Shettihalli Church, Hassan

Shettihalli Church, Hassan

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bucheswara Temple - Koravagala

Bucheswara temple, located in Korvangala village of Hassan District in Karnataka is one of the finest example of 12th century Hoysala Architecture. Bucheswara temple is also spelt as Bucesvara or Bucheshvara. The temple was constructed in 1173 AD by a rich officer called Buci, to celebrate the coronation of the Hoysala King Veera Ballala II. This temple is protected as a monument of national importance by the Archeological Survey of India. Nearby to Bucheswara Temple, there are two more temples that are in ruins. From inscriptions it is evident that these temples were constructed by Buci's older broters Govinda and Naka and hence it is known as Govideswara and Nakeswara temple

Bucheswara temple in koravangala in karnataka constructed by the hoysala dynasty

Bucheswara Temple

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Panchalingeshwara Temple - Goivndanahalli

Panchalingeshwara Temple in Govindanahalli Taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka is a rare example of Panchakuta construction in Hoysala architecture. This temple was constructed by King Vira Someshwara in 1238 AD. The name “Panchalingeshwara” literally means “five linga”. This temple is protected as a monument of national importance by the Archeological Survey of India.

Panchalingeshwara Temple in govindanahalli in karnataka

Panchalingeshwara Temple

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple - Nandi Village

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is a Hindu temple located in Nandi village at the base of Nandi Hills in Karnataka. This temple dedicated to lord Shiva is one of the oldest temples of Karnataka, dates back to the early 9th century. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple was constructed by the rulers of the Nolamba Dynasty and the Rashtrakuta Empire. The temple was later under the patronage of south Indian dynasties like Ganga Dynasty, Chola Dynasty, Hoysala Empire and the Vijayanagara Empire. This temple is now protected as a monument of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Pushkarani of Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple in nandi village in karnataka

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple - Pushkarani

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu

Lakshminarayana Temple of Hosaholalu is a Hoysala Temple built by King Vira Someshwara in 1250CE. The temple is located at a distance of 2km from the taluk headquarters of Krishna Raja Pete in Mandya Districts of Karnataka state. There are many lesser known temples built under the Hoysala Empire between 11th and 14th century in Krishna Raja Pete. Lakshminarayana temple is one among the many unknown Hoysala temples.

Profile view of Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholau Mandya distict Karnataka

Lakshminarayana Temple

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