Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ram Durbar

     Hindu Mythology has hundreds of Gods and similar number of tales around them. The Ramayana is one of the major epics about Lord Rama. He was considered the ideal ruler. Rama's rule or 'Ram Rajya' is considered a synonym for good governance. This is a picture of 'Ram Durbar' or 'Rama's Court' depicting Ram, his wife Sita, his three younger brothers and the Monkey God Hanuman. This epic is very long and interesting and those of you interested in knowing more can click on this link.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Diskit Gompa

     The only way to reach Shyok Valley in Laddakh is by road from Leh. The chicken hearted... stay away! You have to pass through Khardung La or Khardung Pass which is the highest motorable road in the world. Once you cross that you will see the most amazing and beautiful scenery in front of you- The Shyok valley. The district headquarter is a sleepy little village called Diskit. Above this on the mountain side, at an altitude of sixteen thousand feet, is nestled the Diskit Gompa or Monastery. It was founded in the Fourteenth century. It is really huge and located in a most difficult mountain side. How the monks built it at those heights, when there were no roads, is amazing. It is still a seat of learning for the Buddhist monks, undisturbed and without any distractions, high above the rest of the ordinary mortals.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Welcome Back

     Good news for nature lovers... The Indian Tiger has bounced back. The numbers of this majestic cat had been dwindling continuously due to poaching and loss of habitat. For the first time in this century, as per the latest census, the numbers have shown an upward trend. This has been possible due to incessant efforts by numerous people and agencies. One of the most visible faces of this fight died a few days back at the age of 73 due to cancer. This man, Fateh Singh Rathore, popularly known as the Tiger Man of India was the most visible face of this fantastic saga and this painting is dedicated to him.