Lanjia Saura Hill Tribe of Odisha – A Travel Shot (Part 1)

A 6 hours drive from Bhubaneswar through the coastal highway following the Google Map brought us to a place that was in the middle of nowhere. We were in the northern most part of Andhra Pradesh overlooking the high hills of Odisha’s Eastern Ghats. The narrow semi-tar road came to an abrupt end. But the…

Bijapur Water Heritage – An Oasis in Parched Deccan

A little west of Navrashpur, the third city of Bijapur, now in ruins…I chanced upon a freshly painted mural, quite uncommon, depicting a Muslim King as a yogi meditating to invoke Goddess Ganga to descend down to his capital from the Himalayas to quench the thrust of million plus people in the mid 16th century….

Bhubaneswar – Romance in Stones

Once sages asked Brahma, the creator God: ‘Which is the most excellent place on earth that bestows virtue (dharma), love (kama), wealth (artha) and salvation (mokshya)’. Brahama replied: ‘Bharata, the Indian Subcontinent…in particular, however, Utkala and its four great religious centers, Puri, Konarka, Ekamra and Viraja’.  In describing Ekamra (Bhubaneswar), the holy city of Shiva…

A Journey through Kondh Territory, a Tribe that Once Sacrificed Humans

‘Life is because of the Gods; with their sacrifice they gave us life, which nourishes life’ An Ancient Mesoamerican Belief In 1521 CE, when the Spanish explorer Hemán Cortťs conquered the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan what amazed him was the high intensity of human sacrifices performed in the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan in honour of their…

Dholavira – India’s First Water Tech Park

From Kashi to Maheshwar and Ekamra to Adalaj, one sight that is common to all, is ghats on rivers, tanks or step-wells – all pointing to one idea, India’s spiritual journey through life giving force, water. Ghat refers to a series of steps leading to a water body, either a holy river or a small…

Mishings of Majuli – An Anthropological Journey

Year 2017! Bipin Sivaji Dhane, a young alumnus of IIT Kharagpur visits Majuli and it was love at first sight. Bipin left his lucrative job in cosmopolitan Singapore to start a school in a remote village for the children of Mishing Tribe. A new journey was embarked upon through partnering with local Mishing community leaders…

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle in Bhubaneswar’s Walls – A Visual Treat

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle are the smallest and most abundant among all sea turtles found in the tropical world. They are found mostly in warm and tropical water, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Ocean. Growing to about 2 feet in length and weighing around 35 kilos, Olive Ridley Turtle are best known for their…

Unfinished Monoliths of Mahabalipuam – An Architectural Journey

An obsolete touristy village today, on the shore of Bay of Bengal, 60 km south of Chennai, Mahabalipuram in 7th century CE, however was a flourishing city bustling with activities of sailors who came from far and near to load and unload their cargoes. Today all that is lost except the drifting sands and the…

Charu Maa – The Face of Durga Maa

Our story starts in 7th century CE Bhubaneswar! It was the time in Indian history when personification of ideas came to be institutionalized.  One such idea was Natraraj, the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, which you find profusely in temple walls of Bhubaneswar. Why Nataraj – for me the answer could be the metaphoric representation…