The luxury living is not my cup of tea and I have kept myself at a distance when it comes to spending money on luxury items. I have been taught to spend money wisely since my childhood and save money to travel and see places. Bangkok calls for luxurious and extravagant living with international companies setting their offices or showrooms here. They foresee good business opportunities among the immigrant population, which constitute a majority of them.
Bangkok Golden Buddha | Image Resource : flickr.com
We had to find the transportation to travel to our next destination, the Temple of Golden Buddha, which is situated on the Yaowarat Road in China Town. This place is near to the Hualampong Railway Station and has trains shuttling from various parts of the city to this place. We reached the place around 2.45 pm and had ample time to visit the temple and museum, which were expected to close by 5 pm.
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The Temple of Golden Buddha, popularly called Wat Traimit has the biggest Buddha statue finished in gold. Weighing around five and a half tons, the statue is big enough to measure five meters. A devotee at the temple revealed that the statue was accidently found to be gold since it was hidden under the plaster casing. Explaining it he showed us the pieces of plaster exhibited at the temple as a proof to the story. A key to dissemble the statue was also found near it.
The entry to the temple was free and we walked in to reach at the sanctum sanctorum, where the glittering statue of Buddha was represented in Bhumisparsha Mudra pose. We were told that the original statues of Buddha rest on the pedestal form and they had a flame crowning the ushnisha and it symbolizes the spiritual energy.
We also visited the Bangkok Chinatown Heritage Centre, which offered an exhibition of the origin of the statue. The temple of great prominence offered tranquility and we felt contented after the visit. By then, it was getting dark and we were tired and wanted to refresh. We got out of the temple and walked hurriedly to the wayside restaurant though our mind was still lingering ion the beautiful glittering statue of Buddha.
Chaitra Navratri Ghatasthapana | Image Resource : dhruvplanet.com
Description : I was born in a traditional family and Navratri was a great festival that we always looked forward to. Ghatasthapana is the day when a kalash of holy water , which is considered as symbol of Goddess Durga is placed in the puja room and for all the 9 days of Navratri it is worshipped. Its lot of fun and this festival is always full of fun and gaiety!
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Description : After making offerings at the Vimala temple, I left for Jagannath temple. It’s located right at the center of temple complex in Puri. This temple sees a lot of devotees of Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. Many traditional and auspicious rituals take place here and the temple is indeed an antique beauty.
Vimala Temple Puri | Image Resource : indiastudychannel.com
Vimala Temple Puri : While visiting Jagannath temple complex in Puri, I decided to go to Vimala temple too. The ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Vimala Devi lies on the south east side. The sandstone infrastructures and various halls are used for different rituals. Indeed a beautiful temple.
After exploring the rich forms of art put up on display at the Sudarshan Craft Museum, we moved on to our next destination which was the Muktesvara Temple Odisha. It is actually located in Bhubaneswar and we had to travel a lot before finally arriving there.
It is considered to be a tenth century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is no doubt about the fact that the temple has played a great role in shaping up the different forms of architecture found in the state.
Muktesvara Temple Odisha | Image Resource : wikipedia.org
Thanks to the elegant looks and exquisite sculptures that many people refer to it as one of the state’s jewels. In its present form, the temple comprises of pancharatha with the prabhaga or platform consisting of five different mouldings. One of the unique features of the ancient temples of the state is the presence of 3 fold division in the lower story. The modern temples on the other hand showcase a more elaborate way of styling which doesn’t contain any squat figures or dopichha lions.
We came to know that the pidha deul used to be the jagamohana of the temple and has a beautifully decorate ceiling which has been designed in the form of a lotus having eight petals. On the southern and northern walls of the Jagamohana, we could spot many latticed windows in the shape of a diamond.
The windows represented the naughtiness of the monkeys which are a part and parcel of Orissa. The rathas located at the corners are designed with female figures which are extremely praiseworthy with their unique expressive faces and presence of exquisite forms of jewellery and hair styles.
There were several niches on the octagonal wall covering the temple and these included delicate scroll, lotus medallion, wheel, etc. Another mesmerizing thing about the temple was the arch which was decorated with numerous delicate scroll work, languorously reclining girls, etc. We also visited the Marichi Kund which is a small well located at the end of the sinister. One of the locals told us that they believe that the well’s water has the ability to treat infertility problems of women.
Cuttack Chandi Temple Puri | Image Resource : wikipedia.org
Description : I insisted on visiting this temple as it was on our way back from Puri. I was amazed by the beautiful ancient architecture and intricate symbolic décor. The temple has Chandi Devi as the deity and is one of the most important temples for her devotees. The beautiful views of Mahanadi River just beside the temple also attract many.
Koodal Alagar Temple Madurai | Image Resource : wikipedia.org
Description : Located in close quarters to the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple, this sanctum for Lord Vishnu is one of the must- see spots in Madurai. The name meaning, the beautiful one in Madurai (Koodal- Madurai), the temple radiates the ethnic architectural contingent the southern ancestors and kingdoms shared in unison.