Category: Historical

Yes, this site is BangaloreCaptured, but then I thought to put each and everything which is useful, interesting and delighted. This is a report of the land of enlightenment – Bodh Gaya.   In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is believed that 250 years after the Enlightenment of the Buddha, Emperor Asoka visited Bodh Gaya. He is considered to be the founder of the original Mahabodhi temple. It consisted of an elongated spire crowned by a miniature stupa and a chhatravali on a platform.

Please enjoy some of the pictures and share your comments.

Mahabodhi temple - under construction

Mahabodhi temple – under construction

A view of Buddha in Mahabodhi temple

A view of Buddha in Mahabodhi temple

The actual place of Buddha where he got his eternal education

The actual place of Buddha where he got his eternal education

Lotus display in Mahabodhi temple

Lotus display in Mahabodhi temple

Various place of enlightment

Various place of enlightenment

Mayabodhi temple view from pipal tree

Mayabodhi temple view from pipal tree

One more depiction of Buddha

One more depiction of Buddha

The process of enlightenment

The process of enlightenment

One more interpretation of Budha

One more interpretation of Buddha

Budha display in Mahabodhi temple

Budha display in Mahabodhi temple

Rock Pigeon outside the Mahabodhi temple

Rock Pigeon outside the Mahabodhi temple

Budha Vietnami temple

Budha Vietnami temple

Budha display in Vietnami temple

Budha display in Vietnami temple

Gandhi message in Vietnami temple

Gandhi message in Vietnami temple

Japanese Buddha Temple in Bodh Gaya

Japanese Buddha Temple in Bodh Gaya

Japan temple in Rajgir

Japan temple in Rajgir

Japan temple in Rajgir

Japan temple in Rajgir

Nalanda – ancient center of learning

Nalanda was a religious center of learning from the fifth century AD to 1197 AD. At its peak, the university attracted scholars and students from as far away as Tibet, China, Greece, and Persia.Nalanda was ransacked and destroyed by an army under Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193.

A new university is coming up there and A P J Abdul Kalam is accepted the offer for guidance.  Enjoy some of the pictures, I have taken at my last trip.  In 2006, Singapore, China, India, Japan, and other nations, announced a proposed plan to restore and revive the ancient site as Nalanda International University.


A floor up - We can witness some of the class room designs

A floor up – We can witness some of the class room designs

The main learning center building

The main learning center building

Back view of the main study center

Back view of the main study center

Study center will small classes

Study center will small classes

View of the oldest study center

View of the oldest study center

University was spread in the area of 14 hectares

University was spread in the area of 14 hectares

One more view of the spread

One more view of the spread

hostel area of the university

hostel area of the university

Vibrant market outside

Vibrant market outside


Wiki depicted the old university:

Quiz competition at SRMAB

Last week, we had a quiz competition in SRMAB(Blind school located in J P Nagar), it was fun and loved the number of correct response made by kids.

1. Devanahalli : site of the new Bengaluru airport is the birthplace of ………… Tipu Sultan.
2. Highest rain fall in Karnataka …………Agumbe
3. The largest place in Karnataka where we do gold mining … Kolar (Kolar Gold Fields)
4. Lalbagh has been made by …………… HyderAli for Tipu sultan.

Discussing with team members

Discussing with team members

One of the teams

One of the teams

Tell the exact word: (R-5)

1. A country is rich in raw material, ore and service and want to give to another country. This process is called ………… export
2. a ball directly thrown about the weist height in cricket is ……… beamer
3. A book written by self about the life and lesson ……… autobiography
4. The closed area declared where animals/birds are free to live and die naturally … sanctuary

Pankhudian taking quiz

Pankhudian taking quiz

Question for Audience:

2009, the Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha was the sole manufacturer of the flag of india.

Know about person: (R-2)

1. This person is known as Human Computer – Shakuntala Devi
2. Which person is known as Missile Man of India – A P J Abdul Kalam
3. Who is known as “Father of Karnataka music”? Purandara Dasa
4. Gave India its first medal at the Paralympic Games after bagging a silver in the Men’s High Jump F42 1.74 m – Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda from Karnataka.

Highest in India. (R-3)

1. Highest waterfall in India … jog falls.
2. Highest mountain peak in India …. K2.
3. Award, highest civilian – Bharat Ratna
4. Highest Gallantry award– Param Vir chakra

Internet and world (R-4)
1. biggest social networking site – FB
2. biggest video sharing site – Utube
3. biggest search site … google.
4. biggest reference/information site … wiki

Health Awarness: (R-6)

1. Blood is filtered by which organ – Kidney.
2. Why we add iodine in salt – thyroid problem and mental sickness.
3. How HIV affects the system – reduce the immune power and made the body weak.
4. Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) Problem which generally cause mental problem and blindness is due to because genetic problem.

Make it large: (R-7)

SMS – Short Message Service
ATM _ Automated teller machine
BBMP stands for Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike
RBI – Reserve Bank of India


1. Yama, the god of death in Hinduism, uses what animal as his transport? Buffualo
2. In the epic Ramayana, which bird tried to prevent Ravana from carrying Sita away? – Jatayu
3. What is the name the vehicle of Ravana in which he could fly to any destination and which had unlimited seating capacity? – Pushpaka vimanam
4. In the epic, Ramayana, Rama asks Hanuman to fetch him a medicinal herb that grew in the Himalayas. What was its name? – Sanjeeveni Buti

Sports and Cricket:

1. Highest no. of 6 in his career – Afaridi
2. 1st Indian to win Olympic Gold medal in any individual event – Abhinav Bindra
3. Most 5 wicket in inning – Waqar
4. ODI highest total by which team – Srilanks 443 against Netherland.

The Goat’s Leap – Mekedatu

I went to Mekedaatu in 2006-07 and all of a sudden after so many years I went back in the memory lane and revisited Mekedaatu. Mekedaatu is a very nice weekend gateway along Kaveri river in Kanakapura.

Mekedaatu is about 90 km from Bangalore. Its close to another lovely spot called Sangama. Sangama is the place where Arkavati river meets Kaveri river.

One can go to Sangama in car or there are many buses available too. From Sangama, you need to cross the river either on coracle or  by walking if the water level is low, followed by a 4 Km trail to Mekedaatu. There is a ferry bus from the river side to Mekedaatu or you can walk through the nice greenery.

When we went to Mekedaatu, we took a nice walk after crossing the river by foot. Its a very beautiful stretch. There are many versions of why this place is called Mekedaatu.

Mekedata in Kannada means Goat’s Leap. After few Kms from Sangama the river Kaveri flows through a deep gorge. The gorge is so narrow that one would think that a goat can leap across it. The reality is that no goat can cross the gorge in one leap. The name comes from an incident that a goat crossed the gorge and managed to cross the river in order to save its life from a tiger. It seems the gorge was too wide for the tiger to cross and the tiger backed off. The point where the goat leapt has widened since then from erosion caused by the river Cauvery.

This story has a mythological significance as well. The goat (meke in kannada) that is believed to have crossed the gorge is supposed to be Lord Shiva. On both the sides of the gorge, one can find strange holes, whose shapes resemble goats’ hooves.

The current at the gorge is ferocious and one has to be careful as the rocks can be slippery. There are many accidents reported here.

While we went to Mekedatu it was summer and the water was less. We after crossing Sangama we walked for 4 Km to reach Mekedatu and had some very peaceful time there. While coming back we took the bus as all of us were too exhausted due to heat to come back on our own. Since the bus was full inside, we sat on the roof of the bus which was good fun. After coming back to Sangama we spent some nice time in the river rejuvenating ourselves.

There are many places on the way to have breakfast and dinner, but carry enough food and water with you as you may not find anything once you cross Sangama.

Although there are many tourist spots on Kaveri river, Mekedaatu is worth visiting and is a nice one day trip from Bangalore.

Hampi is a village in a southern state of India- Karnataka. It is situated within the ruins of Vijaynagar. If you are a history person and looking for this kind of adventure in Bangalore, then you must visit Hampi. The ruins of Hampi are a UNESCO world heritage site. Even in this ruined condition, Hampi is a great tourist place. Archeological department of India still excavates temples and other artifacts around this site. It is 353 km from Bangalore.

It is situated on the banks of River Tungbhadra. The main profession of this village people is agriculture. They get some help from temples and tourism too. Due to mineral deposit like iron-ore, manganese in this area; mining is going on here for a long time. And this heritage site is under threat now.

Temples of Hampi

Virupaksha temple at Hampi

There are so many Hindu temples in Hampi which are still open for worship. Among those are…

  • The Malayavanta Raghunathswamy temple is constructed in Dravid style architecture. It has different marine creature motifs crafted on its inner wall.
  • Virupaksha temple predates back to Vijaynagar Empire. It is a Shiva temple but has idols of other deities too. It is situated in Hampi bazaar.
  • The Hazard Rama Temple Complex is well known for its carvings and inscriptions telling the stories of Ramayan. This ruined temple has a big courtyard with a garden in the middle.
  • The Krishna Temple Complex has been recently excavated and work is still in progress.
  • Vittalla temple is the most popular among all temples of Hampi. It has musical pillars. The Karnataka government has put the lights in the temple, which makes it illuminate at dusk. Adding more charm to architecture.

Hampi – a tourist attraction

Architechture of Hampi

Hampi being a ruin city of ancient India attracts many local and foreign tourists. Before the fall of the Vijayanagar Empire, diamonds were sold on the streets. Surprisingly, the place used to be called Pan-Supari-bazaar. At Hampi market there is still a place marked by Archeology Department of India, where they used to sell diamonds and precious stones, and visitors can spot that bazaar.

But above all that, Hampi has extraordinary landscape, granite rocks, lush green paddies, banana plantation. One can spend so much time looking at weirdly balancing granite rock , and get amazed how erosion of million years have made that formation. December to March is the peak season for tourists to come to Hampi.

Hampi is worth seeing if you are into adventure around Bangalore, you will be stunned to see heaps of granite boulders everywhere. It is worthwhile to visit Hampi at least once in your lifetime, spend some time wandering around, and see the ruins of ancient India and feel the wealth and richness of Indian heritage.

Anna Hazare is in the heart of every Indian and even in the people living abroad now. As the time passing, Anna is on his strong will, with firm decision, maintaining the belief and respect in the mind of every supporters that, “hum honge kamiyab”.

Today, being the eight day of this movement, every day, thousands of Bangalorians gather in the freedom park and as a regular routine event, out on a candle march on the both side of the road, in front of Freedom park. This sends a clear message to the government of this country that we are united and not tired at all. We will not go back home until we make an arrangement to send all the corrupt people behind bars and clean the dirt from our nation.

Symbolizing, unity is the power.

Thousands of people with candle lighted in hand to protest against corruption.

All loud voice together, “Bharat mata ki…..jai”

No violence, not even disturbing the traffic, number of people without any gap on both sides of the road.

Full with Indian-ism.

For people who are always looking for ways to get out of the city and enjoy some of the scenic landscapes our country has to offer.This is an attempt to provide some weekend drive informationfor all those Bangaloreans, who would want to take weekend drive.

Below is an itenary, which was not planned but just happened, typical Bangalore style!! . If you find any mistakes in the description of places or surroundings, please post them in the comments section, and I will promptly correct them 🙂

Below is what I and my friend had done a couple of weeks back, and I think anyone planning for a weekend trip can use this as a guide. This is part 1 of the travelogue.

Places covered in this drive. The below trail shows the destinations and the routes taken.

Day 1 Bangalore — > Hassan

Day 2 Bangalore –> Hassan –>Shettyhalli –> Hassan –> Halebidu –> Chikkamagalur–> Mullayanagiri–>Baba Budan Giri –> Hassan

Day 3 Hassan — > Manjarabad Fort (Sakleshpura) –> Hassan –> Bangalore

It just so happened that my friend was planning to visit his parents in Hassan, and I had called him hoping we could go for a photo shoot, he promptly replies, why dont you just come over to Hassan, we’ll try landscape photography this time. So i thought for a sec, and told him sure why not.

I and my friend met near Mantri mall, Malleshwaram at 3:30 PM on a Friday, and started our journey and 3:45 PM.

Drive to yeshwanthapur,  make sure you take the fly over and  drive towards nelamangala,the 15 Rs you pay for the toll road is worth it.

Take the exit near nelamangala, and once you take the left turn you should be greeted with the below signboard 🙂

From here on this road is fantastic till Bellur, gives you a feel of driving on Bangalore Mysore highway, minus the traffic. Driving on this road, you see several nurseries, if possible, get off the highway, and try to take some snaps if you like.

The landscape is very green and scenic,  and you can definitely pull over to take some more shots if you want,  but for us,we had to reach my friend’s parents house, so we couldn’t afford to capture the scenic drive.  If you’re not in a hurry to reach Hassan, you can even visit Shravanabelagola on the way to Hassan.

There are several toll booth’s on the way, but currently they’re not collecting the fees, as the road work is still in progress. The road till Bellur is very good, beyond that the roads are good, but not great, and in some places it becomes narrow and potholed, and in places become a single lane 2 way traffic (or whatever it is called 🙂 )   But the roads are generally good overall, with some small stretches which require you to take some extra care.

We reached Hassan at 7:15, i guess this should give you an indication of the road conditions 🙂 . Here you can stay over in some hotel for the night. Hassan being a commercial area, you are not into the woods yet, so finding good food and accomodation is not a problem.

Day 2:

Next day we left Hassan at 7:00 in the morning, drove to Shettyhalli, which is about 30 KM’s from Hassan. The drive to Shettyhalli again is very scenic, and the rains made the drive surreal. Some of the very memorable things about the drive is the folk around Shettyhalli, this place can give you a glimpse of the lifestyle in places away from the city, particularly kids walking or cycling to school, people waiting for the occasional bus to arrive etc.

The place Shettyhalli is famous for an historic church which was built by the Britishers, the church carries a very European look and feel to it, and it’s a site not to miss, in the Monsoon the Church gets overrun by water, and only a part of the Church is visible and is not approachable. This is because this area serves as the catchment area for a near by dam (dont remember the Dam name 🙂 , pun intended

Drive a little bit ahead and you get a bridge, from here your get a 360 degree view around the catchment area, and the view from here is out of this world, here you also get to see the cloud cover over the vast and beautiful Western Ghats!

Since our primary intention was to do landscape photography here, we couldn’t get any bird photos, but we chanced upon, sunbirds, hornbills, shikra, Oriental white ibis etc.

Next, from Shettyhalli we next drove to the historic city of Halebidu. It’s about an hours drive from Shettyhalli at about 60 KM’s. You basically have to drive back to Hassan, and from there to Halebidu. You can read more abou Halebidu here. Wiki

  The guide’s here are very helpful, and they speak Kannada, English , Hindi, Tamil, Telugu 🙂 , so no one would feel left out here. They charge 200 Rs, irrespective of whether your a group or an individual.

The tour is quiet informative, and shows the brilliance of the temple sculptors.

If you go off-season that is around July, it is not crowded, and you tend to enjoy and appreciate the place better.

Below are some shots from the temple.

It was around 12:30, when we were about to leave Halebidu, so we decided to have lunch and from there drive directly to Chikkamagalur. You should not have trouble finding a decent place to eat in Halbidu, or you can drive directly to Chikkamagalur, being a commercial area, you have better options for food, but then seriously what is the fun in eating in a chaotic city when you can eat some of the delicacies prepared by the Village folk, trust me it’s worth it, we did it, and it was cheap!! 😀 [Do it at your own risk though]

We drove from Halebidu — > Chikkamagalur –> Mullayanagiri (Highest point in Karnataka at 1,930 metres)

It takes about 90 minutes to reach Mullayanagiri from Halebidu, we decided to skip Belur. Once you reach Chikkamagalur, your greeted with the city chaos, try to find your way out of there, ask people for direction to Mullayanagiri, and people should start pointing you towards the foot of the Western Ghats.

Once you enter the Ghat section, take extreme care while driving, it is definitely fun, but dont drive recklessly, respect the place and the conditions and other drivers, you will enjoy the place.

The drive to Mullayanagiri, is quiet an exhillarating experience, the place goes from good visibility to zero visibility, there were instances when I couldnt see anything beyond 5ft and we had to drive watching the road which was lit by our Car’s headlights, and hoping that the road doesnt end with a cliff in another 5 feet. Since we were being extra careful, we had kept our camera gears aside, and we were making sure we were safe.

A view from inside the car, while driving.

This shot was taken when we were approaching the peak, as you can see, there are no barricades on the side, and the visibility can get very low.

Couple of points to keep in mind while driving near Mullayanagiri, keep your head lights ON. This was also my first time driving in Ghat section, and people usually are courteous (unlike what you find in City traffic), because of the nature of the drive. People are willing to give you the right of way, in case they feel it is safer to let you go.

Mullayanagiri is usually foggy, irrespective of what time you go, so dont hurry in planning to get there early in the morning. We were also planning to go there early in the morning :p , until a local suggested otherwise.

Once you reach Mullayanagiri, there’s man made stairs which will take you to the highest point, we couldn’t get there because the weather was really bad, and the low visibility wasn’t helping either.

Below is a video from the top.

As you can see, we couldnt get to the the top, as it was very windy, you can see that I had to grab my iPhone towards the end, as the wind was too strong and it was blowing it away

From Mullayanagiri, we decided to return to Chikkamagalur, as we drove back and reached the fork, where you take a left to reach Baba Budan Giri and right to Chikkamagalur, we thought what the heck let’s go to Baba Budan Giri also, it takes about 45 mins to reach Baba Budan Giri, the drive is similar to what it’s like driving to Mullayanagiri, only that the roads were a bit bumpy here.

Below is the footage of the drive to baba budan giri, and of  Baba budan giri itself. The entrance to the cave was blocked due to maintenance.

To be honest, I had never visited places like Mullayanagiri and Baba budan giri in my life, what I mean to say is the low visibility and the incessant rains in these places, this is something that i had experienced for the first time in my life. And i am sure even experienced guyz would continue to be left in awe of the beauty of these places.

From here, we returned to Hassan, and decided to call it a day 🙂

Day 3

On Day 3, we decided to go to Manjarabad fort, this place is about 65 KM’s from Hassan, and is situtated in Sakleshpura.

Manjarabad fort was supposed to have been built by Tipu Sultan, as a strategic defensive point.

The road to Manjarabad fort is again good, some roads are twisty, and require you to be careful while overtaking. Ask for directions to reach Manjarabad fort, it shouldn’t be very difficult to find the place. Once you reach Manjarabad fort, park your vehicle, get some junk food if you want in the local shops around here 🙂 , as you’re going to hike for about 10 to 15 mins to reach the Fort. The hike is safe and easy, if you can even call it a hike that is 😉 , there are also stairs at the base of the fort, so be ready to get tired on your way to the top, again this shouldn’t be very tough.

Below are some photos from Majarabad fort.

We spent around 2 hrs here, and decided to get back to Hassan, at Hassan we had our lunch at 5:30 PM, in a Dhaba relaxed for some time, and decided to start for Bangalore at 6:30.

On our way back our tyre rim had been damaged due to which the Tyre had lost all the air, so we had to stop in the highway, and change the tyre, we lost a good 40 mins because of this. We reached Bangalore at 10:30 PM.

Next day we got back to work 😀

This was a very pleasant and happening trip, nothing was planned, everything was decided on the go, so it was even more fun.

I sincerely hope you enjoyed this Travelogue.

Feedback most welcome!!

For the people living in Bangalore, its almost rare that someone has not passed by Cubbon park. A wide spreaded forest area, located in the heart of the city. There are small big trees all around, contributing to the name of the city as Garden City. Roads running all around and across the park. There are 5 entrances to this big forest area.

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During night, its gets a beautiful look with lights on. Intentionally or unintentionally I always try to divert my route through this place to have some cool fresh air.

In the central part, there is a round shaped grass land, roads running around. Especially Sunday evening is a good time to see a huge crowd there. Mostly the families with kids, spending time together, sitting, relaxing on the grass, playing some games etc.

District Library:
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The red color building is a good attraction obviously for the people landing there for the first time. I never got a chance to go inside this District Library. Needless to menton, the building draws attention for its rich architecture. In the night, the red color of the building gets more brighter with the focusing of bright light on it.

A closer view of the building.

I went to attend a wildlife photography workshop by Rathika Ramaswamy, for Pixetra…but that’s not what this post is about. As I walked to the venue, I saw this old house…

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I mused on when the house was built, how proud the owner (Mr Vaz) must have been to see this bungalow coming up in the beautiful city of Bangalore….here, you can see his name in the gate-post, and the name of the present owner…

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I can say, “It Vas a nice house, once!”

Today, the house is taken over by weeds, and in the grip of Strangler Figs:

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The old order changeth, yielding place to new….I wonder what has kept this house from disappearing, too, with a multi-storied glass-and-chrome building taking its place…litigation, is the most likely answer.

A little torn page out of Bangalore’s history; no doubt, it will soon flutter into oblivion.

St.Mark’s Road, Bangalore, 050811.

NTACH Bangalore invites you to the  next Parichay, which will take place on 26 June 2011, at Nandi and Sultanpet, near Nandi Hills. A heritage walk here gives you the chance to walk through 1000 years of history and architecture! There is plenty to see including a temple dating back to the 9th century, a tiny 200-year-old cemetery from the days of the Raj, and a ruined but beautiful mosque attributed to Tipu Sultan. There will also be a visit to a potters’ community.


There is a fee of Rs. 120/- for this Parichay. There are limited seats so please email ahead to register. INTACH will respond to you.

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