A photo tour of the Chindi Mata Temple located in Chindi, Karsog Valley, Himachal !
‘Humanity is the only religion’, he always tells me. He doesn’t stop anyone from Idol worship though opines when sees people around following irrational traditions; try and force him to be a part of something similar and you are in for a stimulating debate!
Ashish (my soul-mate) is a big inspiration in my life, of so many things that are purely impressive about him; one is that he believes ‘Good Karma is all you need to conquer the Evil’. And for him ‘God’ is another name for rediscovering the power of ‘Good’; And ‘God’ is omnipresent, not restricted to the premises of the Temples!
Then how did we end up in Temple one might think. There could be different reasons why people visit temples!
Well, the Temples in India are commendable work of art and the Architecture of Temples is very specific to the region. For instance, in Tamil Nadu one will find Dravidian styled Hindu Temples while on the other hand, in Himachal a combination of styles – Dome, Timber bonded or Flat roofed.
On our visit to Chindi in Karsog Valley, we discovered this archaic yet incredibly beautiful ‘Chindi Mata’ temple.
The entrance to the Chindi Mata Temple, the name Chindi name is derived from the place where it is located.
The timber wood structure and marvelous architecture catches one’s fancy at first sight!
This is the main temple where ‘Goddess Chindi’ resides
The artists’ impression of ‘Goddess’ (Mata in Hindi) is sensational, above you can see Goddess Durga and Kaali. Goddess Durga has nine different forms and each form (or Avatar) has a beautiful story. Kaali or Kalka is also one of her majestic forms.
Last week I shared an engaging post about the offbeat treasure near Delhi – Renukaji, The Blessed Waters and Heavenly Charm
In continuation with the topic, here’s how you can plan your day at Renukaji, the activities you can do and get the most out of it 🙂
- The most popular one – Boating : Boating at Renukaji is loads of fun, the colorful boats and serene waters are so inviting! It costs just INR 250/- and the last entry is at around 5 pm. You can enjoy the scenic beauty, can actually see fishes and black turtles too in the water. The kids love it.
Colorful Boats at Renuka Lake
2. Renuka Mataji Temple and the Parshuram Tal : The Temple is located at the base of the Renuka Lake. It is believed that Renukaji is the birthplace of ‘Lord Parshuram’, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Parshuram was born to Maharishi Jamdagni and his wife Renukaji. Their prayers were answered by Lord Shiva and they both were rewarded for devoted meditation. The locals believe that the lake (and region around) is blessed by Renukaji and her spirit. The place is highly revered by the devotees.
3. Take a Nature Walk around the Renuka Lake : This one is my favorite , start early and embark on the Nature Walk around the Lake, you can combine this with visit to the Zoo. The timings are 9.00 am but you can go before that as well, we chose to start at 7.30 am. The morning walk amidst lush greens was refreshing and infused new energy in us.
4. Observing the Animals : After all it’s a Zoo, though I’m not a big fan of Zoo, I don’t like animals being restricted in an exhibit but yes since it’s collided with the Nature Park and morning walk we did some animal spotting too. Aayansh found it joyful, for his age he has special fondness for all animals including reptiles!
Visit to Sarahan was part of our recent road trip to Spiti Valley. We did a road trip from New Delhi – Spiti – New Delhi in April 2016 with our 11 months old little love.We reached Sarahan on Day 3 of our memorable journey.
Sarahan has a surreal peaceful charm. Sarahan is a beautiful village , just 17 kms off the main road (from Jeori), adorned by impressive Bhimkali Temple that is 800 years old and gorgeous Shrikand peak viewsThe architecture of the temple is strikingly beautiful, with the Shrikhand Peak in background the place simply looks truly beautiful.
So serene so beautiful, Sarahan #SpitiRoadTrip #UntraveledKinnaur
Shrikhand Peak views at Sarahan #UntraveledKinnaur