Sacrifice

I never miss my morning walk through the small farm area behind my house whenever I get time and surprisingly there is always something awaiting me to capture and write about.

Let me share with you what I found today…

This is the fallen petals of banana flower. I saw them on the floor and arranged it like this to click a picture. As always thoughts started to sprout in my mind about the short life of these petals and yes I tried to put those ramblings of my mind into words which you can read now.

I was bright and beautiful when born

Red as blood and skin soft as velvet

I wrapped myself around my little ones

Guarding them from harshness of days

They grew and the day I scared arrived

My protection was a burden for them

Detatched from my life I rested on soil

My colours faded and my skin dried up

I waited there with a spark of hope

Till the day I was embraced by earth…

Have a great day friends!

Last breath..

I felt trapped inside the black cloud

Freedom was what I was waiting for

Move around without being watched

Away from the eyes that followed me

Restricted to move around on my own

Irked being stuck whole day and night

In that cocoon away from the world

Not aware of the dangers on the earth

I set myself free to explore the world

As tiny drops I ran towards my dream

Engulfing everything in my vicinity

Clueless I was inviting my own death

Scattered I lied there shattered in bits

Till the mighty sun took my last breath

A way full of surprises..

The wonders hidden in the heart of nature are uncountable. Few places are well known and explored by people while there are few places which is only known to the natives and unknown to world beyond that area.

During my search of those places in south India, I found one such place, Karinjeswara temple, which existed since a thousand years hidden by the lush green hills in Bantwal, situated 35kms away from Mangalore, Karnataka. I was also quite surprised when I came across this place in the map. I have been living in Mangalore city since last 4 years and have explored all nearby attractions in and out the city but never heard about this place.

It took me 45 minutes to reach the destination in my bike. Except for last 3km, road enroute was perfect. The last 3km ride was totally through dense forest. Though rain was trying its best to trouble me, I reached my destination without much delay.

The temple is situated on top of a hill and you will reach the top after climbing 555 steps. I didn’t realize I climbed that many steps as each and every step takes you through a magical world. A magnificent area embraced by greenery with rocks adding flavor to it. Apart from that fog was creating an ambiance which will get you into trance.

I was already in a hypnotised state mesmerised by the magical beauty of the place, but whatever I experienced was not the end. There were more surprises awaiting me during the climb. On top of the hill a beautiful pond with crystal clear water was awaiting me. Covered by the trees on one side and rocks on other side, it was only partially visible till you go close by it. With rainwater creating small circles on the surface of green water, it was no doubt a breathtaking view.

There was another trail which led me to a cliff which is kindof a view point. Again the whole area was filled with fog and light green grass which actually created confusion in my mind whether I am on earth or in heaven.

It took me some time to pull me away from this spot to continue my climb to the temple.The whole area to the temple was covered with tiny green grass giving the feel of a carpet. In between there were trees filled with yellow flowers adding an additional touch of spice to the sweetness of the view.

The last leg of the climb consisted of steep steps. Which finally took me to the temple of Lord Shiva. Just like the place, the temple was also quite peaceful without much visitors. More than people I could see monkeys all over the place. There were hundreds of them around the temple. I sat there along with them, my mind filled with fulfilment, heart filled with euphoric feeling and lungs filled with fresh air.