I have been planning to write a blog on Kanheri caves since I visited the place few months back. These centuries old caves are located in the heart of Sanjay Gandhi National park situated 10 km from Borivali , Mumbai. These caves are one of the finest examples of the Indian rock cut architecture whose period of establishment is considered to be in between 1st century BC and 11th century AD.
The road to the caves itself is a visual treat with lush green forests on either side along with lakes and streams adding its beauty.
The distance from National park entrance to Kanheri caves was around 23 km. I would have preferred to go by walk exploring the scenic beauty of the place but due to lack of time , I had to head directly to the caves.
Though there are 109 caves in the whole area , most famous out of it is the chaitya griha which is believed to be used by the buddhist monks for meditation.
Entrance to Cave no: 3
Sculptures on the cave entrance
This history of Kanheri Caves is very ancient. The word “Kanheri” comes from the Sanskrit word Krishnagiri which means Black Mountain. It is believed that Buddhist Monks of the Hinayana Faith started the excavation of the Kanheri Caves from the hills in the 1st Century. Later on, the Buddhist Monks of the Mahayana Faith also contributed to this excavation process.
Chaitya griha (prayer hall)
Though I am not a person who is much interested in history, end of the day, I started admiring the historical carvings and sculptures and I can’t stop myself from praising the talent and hardwork put forth at that age where no machinery was available and carved with bare hands with minimal tools! Truly incredible!
After all these centuries, encountering all harsh weather conditions , these caves and the inscriptions and artworks still stand with all its pride and valour. Every Indian who visit these caves will surely feel a spark of pride being part of such a great culture.
Weekly photo challenge – Weathered
Here is my submission for the weekly photo challenge – growth.
Massive he is standing deserted
Abandoned when years passed
Several seasons he encountered
Marked by wrinkles over his skin
Stages of growth he had strolled
Branched and rebranched in time
He was a shelter for all in need
A massive giant and king one day
Time extracted everything he had
Now passing life counting his days
I have been going through my gallery searching for a meaningful photo to submit for this week’s photo challenge and got stuck into this capture.
All those who search for the hidden meaning inside this image, I would like to suggest you to read the following poem!
They stood there divided by the river
Struggling hard to be together
Stretching its branches in full length
Leaning towards to feel the touch
Still they feel they are one soul
With the bridge connecting them
Villains are there in all love stories
Here river turned to be one
Still they waited days and months
For that precious moment to come
When their soul and body be one
And remain together forever…
Favourite capture 2017
Here is my submission for this week’s photo challenge!
You might be wondering what a bunch of flowers have to do with this week’s theme ‘experimental’. Let me explain.
I bought my new Iphone 7 plus last May. The only reason I chose 7 plus over others is because of its added camera option of dual lens. The portait mode in this phone gained lot of popularity within few days of its launch.
When I got my phone I was so excited to try the portrait option and was searching for something to click. I was at home and I saw this beautiful bright bunch of flowers standing there. I felt it was talking to me. It was asking me “don’t you feel that I am good enough for your experiment”!
I went near the flowers and adjusted the camera to get the depth effect and then the perfect capture and thus a beautiful portrait image was saved into my gallery.
When the heart bleeds for thy love
to wipe away the tears of loneliness
Searching for the long lost love
Reminding of the days cherished
Memories are the only remains
Feelings are washed away by ocean
Leaving a deep scar in the heart
Swimming in the depth of darkness
Searching for the glimpse of light
Hope is fading away with time
Still I am living holding myself tight…
Weekly photo challenge – experimental
Here is my entry towards the Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded
As always I am here with a capture from nature. If you look around you carefully, you can see numerous God created curves and rounds like perfectly shaped trees, curved mountains, the cluster of clouds in the sky and much more.
Though I had many captures of curved roads and other manmade structures, I made my mind to present this before you as I won’t be satisfied from within if I take one of those.
Standing on the hilltop where I grew
Looking down at the life below
The world beneath is full of colours
Smudged into numerous shapes
All I could see is hasty movements
Running straight without deviations
Sailing in vigor in the stream of time
Still the shore is just an imagination
You may say I am looking at the life
Sadly I say I couldn’t see any life…
You call me small mountains
Am I really small?
Come near and look at me
I am a mighty giant
My tone is dull, dark and black
Its not my fault
Sea and sky flashing shades
Clouds are no less
Come near and look at me
I am not less than any
Decieved by eyes and distance
I am less noticed
Games are played by illusion
Made me less obvious
Scale | The Daily Post
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.
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…
via Photo Challenge: Pedestrian
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…
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.
Waiting | The Daily Post