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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar

Sunset at Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar which is a popular hill station in Maharashtra. Tourists milling around the lake for boating, one of the activities available here.

Venna Lake Mahabaleshwar

People relaxing around Venna lake in Mahabaleshwar.

Tourists at Venna Lake Mahabaleshwar

Related Images: Panchgani scene of lake and hills or if you are looking for a  really green nature scene, try this: Free Headers of Nature Scenes - Lake and Trees. Or Nature scenes of hills, valleys and trees or
Scenes from the Matheran Mountains or Ghat
You might also like to see more photos of Nature scenes or beautiful Scenery from India and different parts of the world.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Police checks on vehicles for unaccounted for cash

It's something new: vehicle checks by the city police and the Election Commission's flying squad to search for unaccounted or benami cash being transported to voters for the 2014 General Elections in India. Apparently these drives have been successful. Interestingly a videographer accompanies the police! Usually stacks of cash is distributed in the slums before the elections and it's very good that the police are doing something about it. Last election it was five hundred rupee notes which were distributed and this election I have heard that it is one thousand rupee notes. Shame on our politicians.

vehicle check by police

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Welder and welding

Photographs of a welder at work in India.

Welder at work


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Goatherd in India

A Goatherd with his goats in a rural part of India

Goatherd with goats on a rural road

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Camel cart and Bullock cart or try the label "Animals" for pictures of wild as well as pets.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Significance of Animals and other life in Hinduism

Even if one is not a religious Hindu, one cannot help revering the religion for one thing - it's understanding, love, and respect for animals. Animals have a right to be here, just as humans do, and no religion understands this better than Hinduism.Animal, mammal and even reptile imagery is common in Hinduism. Indian literature is also full of references to animals. And the references do not paint the creatures as evil.
The fables of West has few references to animals, and some paint the animals negatively. For example, the evil wolf in Red Riding Hood. On the other hand in Indian fables such as in the Panchatantra, The stories are full of animal characters and morals for humans and many of these stories date back to the  2nd or 3rd century BC.
And then, we have our Hindu Gods who are often depicted complete with their favourite animals, whether cows, elephants snakes or even rats! Used either as pets or vehicles. This made animals sacred for many centuries and helped preserve our wildlife although now the influences of the West has changed us to some extent.

Animals were always a part and parcel of our culture, and I am very proud of it. The Gods showed us the way.

Strangely westerners ridicule our "worship" of animals and even have contempt for it. They have ofcourse killed off most of their wildlife! They have little or not understanding of the importance of animals in Hinduism and even less about the right of a form of life to live, a right others have as much as humans. All their recent efforts to preserve animals are esoteric in nature, without a base in spiritualism. It's good ofcourse, a way for them to make up for the many centuries of animal slaughter.

Krishna loved milk and milk products and this is him with a pet cow.

Nandi, the Bull, is Lord Shiva's ride and found outside many temples.

Here is Shiva with his Nandi bail and also a snake around his neck. There are various interpretation of why there is a snake around the neck. The interpretation  is that "a snake hoards nothing, carries nothing, builds nothing, lives on air alone for a long time, and lives in mountains and forests. The venom of a snake, therefore, symbolizes the yogic power".

This is at the pre-historic site of the Kailashnath Temple at Ellora. This temple has several sculptures of lions and elephants. In Hinduism animals are considered on par with humans, not inferiors and that is why they have a place with God.

Turtles are often found in temples, at the feet of the Gods. In Hinduism, a tortoise is one who carries the world on his back, upholding the Earth and the sea. Turtles are revered in some other ancient cultures as well.

Read more about the importance of animals in Hinduism here.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Hindu Religious symbols

There are many things which are held sacred by the Hindus and these symbols are usually either found near the dieties or used in religious rituals.

This is an image of a copper vessel and a coconut standing in it. Used as an offering to the Gods. The Swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol is also seen in the image.

Hindu religious symbol

Each arm of the Swastika as per archaeological evidence represents "the processional equinox and solstice around the pole start". Other old civilizations around the world like Turkic, Iranian, Armenian, Nepalese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and European have also been associated with this symbol. It is still commonly used in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. It signifies wealth, prosperity and auspiciousness.

Indian swastika

Flowers are commonly used for worship in all religions but Hinduism favours certain flowers. The 
The Chapha or Plumeria in English is used frequently for the worship of Hindu Gods. Here it is seen decorating a Trishul, another sacred Hindu symbol. 

chapha flower on trident

The Trishula considered a sacred symbol for Buddhists as well as Hindus. The Hindu God Shiva uses this three pronged weapon as seen here in this picture. So does the Goddess Durga and also some other Hindu dieties.  The three points of the Trishul are supposed to represent the trinities of  creation, maintenance and destruction - The Past, the Present and the Future.
In the human body, the trishula is also meant to signify the place where the three main nadis, or energy channels (ida, pingala and shushmana) meet at the brow. 

And don't miss the Om symbol on Lord Shiva's palm. Written as ॐ in Devanagari, the Om is a type of mantra and mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin. It is used for chanting during Yogic exercises. It is important in various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sanatana Dharma and Jainism. 

Lord Shankar with Trident and Om symbol

Orange Marigold flowers are usually used in religious rituals and have now taken on a religious tone. They are hung in doorways and used in puja or Hindu religious rituals not just on festivals, but on any auspicious occasion.

home decorated with yellow flower garland

A small temple in Thailand where orange marigold flowers are used for worship. Incense is also seen here. Again frequently used for the worship of God in most religions, including Christianity in India.

Flowers and incense in small temple

The Areca Nut is believed to be an auspicious ingredient and used in religious ceremonies in Hinduism and also in some schools of Buddhism. Here in this picture it is seen placed carefully on a mound of rice and used in a religious ceremony.

Hindu religious ritual items

The Rudraksha is a necklace made of the beads from the seeds of the Rudraksha or Rudraksh tree, which is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree. These beads are used prayers and rituals in Hinduism and are also made into jewellery. Many fake ones are also available. The ones on the extreme right of the photograph are the rudraksha bead necklaces, the dark brown ones. These are usually available outside some temples or religious places.

Rudrakshas on sale

For other religious symbols from Hinduism: Swastika graphics from India or Paduka or Guru's feet or or Shiva Pindi or Lingam
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Rickshaw passengers in India

Images of some Indian Auto Rickshaw Passengers. The men and women on the streets of India. The rickshaw driver is in the picture too. Taken in the Mumbai area.

Rickshaw passengers

Cycle rickshaw passengers in Agra.

Cycle rickshaw passengers

A smiling woman passenger in an auto rickshaw in Agra.

Smiling woman in rickshaw in Agra

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