Ananthapura Lake Temple

Hello friends,

Today I would like to share with you the unbelievable story of one of the most beautiful temples in North Kerala, Ananthapura Lake Temple.

I came to know about this temple recently from a local television channel. I did a small research about the temple before making the plan to visit and was quite surprised by reading the story about the vegetarian crocodile ‘Babiya’ who is believed to be guarding the temple since many centuries. I was very curious as I have never heard about a crocodile who is totally vegetarian. The very next day I made my plan to visit the temple which is situated 42 Km from Mangalore where I live.

I started early morning from Mangalore. Mangalore to Kumbla, Kasargod took me an hour and 15 minutes and from Kumbla to Ananthapura village where the temple stands is around 6km drive. I was greeted by one of the temple staff at the entrance who is ardently narrating the legend about the temple. Along with the other visitors I listened to his story keenly.

The legend says Ananthapura temple is the origin place (Moolasthana) of Trivandrum Ananthapadmanabha Swami temple which recently became famous after opening the vaults which contains enormous treasure.

As per the legend, Sage Vilwamangalam used to reside here and do his rituals and poojas. One day Lord Mahavishnu appeared before him as a boy and requested to let him stay with him. When the childly pranks of the boy became unbearable for the sage, he pushed the boy aside. The boy disappeared into a nearby cave and told the sage, “If you want to see me again, you come to Ananthakat” which is now the Ananthapadmanabha temple of Trivandrum.

The sage after realising that the boy is Lord Vishnu himself, went all the way following him to Trivandrum. He found Lord reclining on serpent chief Ananta. The sage offered Lord Mangoes in the dry shell of coconut which is still being followed as part of pooja in Ananthapadmanabha temple, Trivandrum.

One can see the cave when you go inside the temple. The cave is blocked with a gate. Unfortunately I couldn’t click the picture as photography is not allowed inside the temple.

Another unique feature of the temple is the Idol. Normally the idol placed in the temple is made out of a specific metal or from mixture of metals whereas here the idol is made out of medicines through a process called Katusarkara yogam. The Idol is in a real human form with bones , spinal cord and nerves (sapta nadi) made out of medicinal plants and dried coconut fibres.

The legends may or may not be true but I can assure you that the beauty of nature around the place will steal one’s heart. Apart from the rectangular lake on which the temple is built , there are 2 other ponds nearby. There are beautiful carvings and mural painings on outer wall of temple and few remains which shows the traditional Kerala architecture.

After spending some time in the temple I went to see Babiya, whom I was eagerly waiting to meet. I found Babiya’s story more incredible. The legend says when Lord Vishnu disappeared into the cave , Babiya appeared to guard the shrine. You will be thinking about the life span of the crocodile now. The same question ran in my mind too. Thats the mystery here and make this temple one of its kind. When Babiya dies another crocodile replaces it. Where the other ones come from is still unknown. In 1942 , a British soldier shot Babiya and killed it but the very next day another crocodile was found in the lake. Unbelievable isn’t it? The soldier was later found dead bitten by a snake after a week which is believed by the natives as revenge by serpent chief ‘Ananta’.

Babiya is given the offerings by devotees. This image is taken from web as the feeding time is at 12 in the afternoon and unfortunately I went there in the morning. Natives believe that only fortunate ones can see Babiya and it stays under water most of the time. I got a glimpse of its head when it came on the surface twice.

Its quite surprising that Babiya is Vegetarian. I had to believe it when I saw the amount of fish swimming nearby the crocodile without any fear.

My visit to Ananthapura was to quench the curiosity about Babiya and I came back with my head filled with incredible legends about the temple. The tranquil environment and the peace you get from there is worth mentioning.

Immortal

Waiting to be washed away by you

To dissolve into you completely

Yearning to hold your hands tight

Wander to the unknown lands afar

See the life through your eyes

Taste the sweetness and bitterness

An endless journey seeking solace

Pushing away the hurdles confronted

Submitting myself to you completely

To taste the fineness of immortality

Through you my name will live forever

Till the last drop of you say good bye

Into the light…

The way is in front of my eyes

Gleaming with streaks of hope

Shadows engulfing from behind

Implying the darkest past I fared

I ran to the end of twisted road

Gasping for breath and panting

Heart beating at an alarming pace

Ready to collapse at any moment

I ran and ran as fast as I can

I could feel the warmth again in life

Shoving off all my fear and doubt

A whole new world opened for me

Beautiful and bright as heaven

All I could feel is your intense love!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Pedestrian

Hey all,

Here I am back after a long break. I was on a vacation in Mauritius. You can see my posts on my blog soon. As of now I am here with my capture on Weekly Photo Challenge – Pedestrian.

I have been checking my gallery for an apt image on specified theme. If you have been following my blog, you might have understood by now that I am fond of nature than human life.  When all the posts in the category showed human pedestrians on different places, I wanted to gently remind all my friends that there is a category of living beings who are pedestrians throughout their life.

These are a group of pedestrians I came across in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai.

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We are children of nature

Walking never tire us

When you go in vehicles

We are carried by our legs

When you ignore nature

We see their beauty

When obesity invades you

We enjoy healthy life

When you search for peace

We have it abundantly

When you mock at us

We mock at you back

When you die of illness

We face a natural death

We are proud of our life

We are the pedestrians…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Layered

They came to teach me a lesson

no one likes to be abandoned

love and to be loved is a blessing

like these bunch staying close

trying to comfort each other 

against lashes of rain and sun

every layer pointing out at us

our beauty lies in our unity

promising deep from heart

no power can tear us apart…

 

 

Kalba Mangrove Forest

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Here I am back with another beautiful destination which is hardly known to tourists, neither displayed in the top attractions near Dubai. Dubai is always known to the world as the land of deserts, sky-kissing buildings, luxurious lifestyle and adrenaline-rush activities and sports. I shared a similar belief until I came across this beautiful Mangrove forest during my search for new destinations in and around Dubai. “A lake and a mangrove forest adjoined in the middle of desert!” This information was quite surprising. I decided to visit the place though the questions like whether the place is worth travelling for more than an hour was running in my mind. Apart from that I couldn’t find much information about the place in Google too.

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Wadi Al Helo Tunnel, Sharjah – Kalba Road

Kalba Mangrove forest is located 116 km from Sharjah. The Sharjah-Kalba road itself is a feast to travel fanatics. The huge mountains and tunnels in between awes anyone who passes by. Empty roads, quiet surroundings , sunny sky and hustles of breeze were our companions throughout the journey. In an hour and half I arrived at my destination, the beautiful Kalba lake sorrounded by Mangroves which was totally a spectacular view in the middle of the desert.IMG_0729

Kalba lake hosts paddle boating and Kayaking during September to May which unfortunately was not available as my visit was during last week of August. One can opt for camping too in the banks of the lake during these months.

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The Mangroves, Kalba.

Though I was disappointed by the non availability of activities over there, I was happy to have a close look at the mangrove trees and explore it and undoubtedly shocked in finding these in the middle of the desert.

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Another interesting fact which I found while examining the rocks over there was the existence of small shell organisms in a cluster on the rocks which I have only seen over the rocks near seas. The beautifully shapes clusters was again a curious sight.

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I started my journey back after an hour, quite happy and contented with my findings about my new destination and with an eagerness to share with you my experience though I was a bit late due to my hectic flight schedules and fatigue. See you all soon with a new destination. Have a great day. 🙂

Weekly photochallenge – Waiting

When the rain clouds are swallowing the sky to form a beautiful painting, the green and orange tints of nature creating the ambience…Rustling of leafs and cool breeze playing the most romantic music on earth.. Here he spread his extravagant feathers to attract her..to impress her with his beauty and write a poem of love together.

He waited there graciously

His heart filled with excitement

He spread his feathers wide

Freezing the time in its beauty

He turned round and searched

Every second felt like an year

His mind clouded like the sky

Every moment evoking anxiety

He waited there longingly

He was not tired standing there

Awaiting her was never a pain

He was not alone in the wait

Whole nature accompanied him

For that divine moment of union

Cloudy sky formed the roof

While breeze played the music

Fragrance of love filled everywhere

When the two hearts became one.

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