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Bharat photography

mahabalipuram or malallapuram

beautiful gopuram of the temple.
sealed temple, mamalla puram
the temple. now it is closed. no daily puja or any thing is conducted here.
Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) – five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi. Despite their sizes they are not assembled — each of these is carved from one single large piece of stone.
Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) – five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi. Despite their sizes they are not assembled — each of these is carved from one single large piece of stone.
the prakara is sooo small. a view from one point along the prakaram.
during the rule of the pallavas, great poets, dramatists, artists, artisans, scholars and saints emerged.
the pallavas are the pioneers and forerunners of new styles both in art and architecture.
this whole temple is built on a single stone, including the diety – ganesh. wow.
Stone cravings of mahabali puram
a lighthouse in stone, mahabali puram
stone monkey..
God is everywhere.
beautiful stone images of gods and goddesses are for sale on the road side.
Stone Ball on the rock.
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Bharat

Baneswar trip

21 jun 2010. baneswar, 45 km from pune

with vidyamrita swami we visited some tribal villages in the area to see what service program we can do here.

We visited this tribal colony where 25 families live.

the tribals reverently with Sw. Vidyamritananda

we are planning to support this colony

beautiful scenic place

visited a tribal school. 20 students are there in one class ranging from 2nd standard to 7th standard. they sit on the floor. they have only one teacher. they make use of full class room space. look at the walls. each section is for each standards!! OMG. the 3rd girl on the front raw walks 7 km to reach the school. she lives on the mountain. later  i learned that the man behind the india’s super computer studied in such a village school. so its not the school, but learning is important.

happy kids

with br. eknath

just wide open, innocent

with the happy kids under a beautiful mango tree

on the way we saw the fort of Chatrapati Sivaji

Chatrapati Sivaji

on top

the govt is building a dam here.


we had few meetings with the officials, tribal volunteers, govt servants. the journey was worthwhile — seeing new people, breathing unpolluted air, seeing the beauty of nature, with the mind of helping the suffering.
jai amma

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Bharat

Sarasvati River

A very interesting eight-minute movie is based on a series of Sarasvati Darshan Exhibition posters documenting scientific evidence of the Sarasvati River from a number of disciplines including geologists, hydrologists and ground water specialists. The posters also show artifacts and archaeological evidence from the area.

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Bharat poetry sanskrit

kaupina panchakam

Kaupeena Panchakam by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
This is a very short poem with five stanzas written by Shankaracharya which glorifies the life of a Sannyasi. A Sadhu renounces everything before entering into Sannyas and wears only a kaupina aka kaupeena (loincloth). That too is for the sake of the world.

वेदान्तवाक्येषु सदा रमन्तो
भिक्षान्नमात्रेण च तुष्टिमन्तः ।
विशोकमन्तःकरणे चरन्तः
कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥

Vedantha Vakhyeshu Sada ramantho,
Bhikshannamathrena trishtimantha,
Vishokamantha karane charantha,
Kaupeenavantha Khalu bhaghyavantha -1

Who is revelling in the thoughts of Vedantic declarations,
Whom does a meagre portion of begged-food satisfy,
Who is walking around without a trace of sorrow
The man with just the loincloth is indeed the lucky one. -1

मूलं तरोः केवलमाश्रयन्तः
पाणिद्वयं भोक्तुममन्त्रयन्तः ।
कन्थामिव श्रीमपि कुत्सयन्तः
कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥

Moolam tharo kevalam ashrayantha,
Panidhvayam bhokthuma manthrayantha,
Kandhamiva sreemapi kuthsayantha,
Kaupeenavantha Khalu bhaghyavantha -2

Who rests (sleeps) at the roots of a tree,
Taking only two hands-full of food
Who is disregarding wealth as a torn piece of cloth
The man with just the loincloth is indeed the lucky one. -2

स्वानन्दभावे परितुष्टिमन्तः
सुशान्तसर्वेन्द्रियवृत्तिमन्तः ।
अहर्निशं ब्रह्मसुखे रमन्तः
कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥

Swananda bhava pari thushti mantha,
Sushantha sarvendriya vruthi mantha,
Aharnisam brahma sukhe ramantha,
Kaupeenavantha Khalu bhaghyavantha – 3

Always contented in the joy of ones own self
Who is peaceful by curbing desires his senses
Who is immersed day and night in the bliss of Brahman
The man with just the loincloth is indeed the lucky one. -3

देहादिभावं परिवर्तयन्तः
स्वात्मानमात्मन्यवलोकयन्तः ।
नान्तं न मध्यं न बहिः स्मरन्तः
कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥

Dehadhi bhavam parivarthayantha,
Swathmana athmanyavalokayantha,
Naantha na Madhyam na bahi smarantha,
Kaupeenavantha Khalu bhaghyavantha – 4

Always witnessing the changes of his own body,
Who is seeing himself as the Self, the changeless,
And who never bothers to think about the end, middle and outside (of the world),
The man with just the loincloth is indeed the lucky one. -4

ब्रह्माक्षरं पावनमुच्चरन्तो
ब्रह्माहमस्मीति विभावयन्तः ।
भिक्षाशिनो दिक्षु परिभ्रमन्तः
कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥

Brahmaksharam pavanamucharantho,
Brahmahamasmeethi vibhavayantha,
Bhikshashano dikshu paribramayantha,
Kaupeenavantha Khalu bhaghyavantha – 5

Always singing the sacred glory of Brahman, the eternal
Always contemplating that ‘I am Brahman’,
Who is wandering around just on alms obtained,
The man with just the loincloth is indeed the lucky one. -5