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Ramayana Parampara in Tripura

This is the third part in the series of articles on the Ramayana tradition in North-East India. The immensely rich cultural history and heritage of Tripura certainly brings forth the point that both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata had always been an integral and inseparable part of this heritage.

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Hoysaleshwara Temple Halebidu – The Acme Of Temple Architecture

Hoysaleshwara Temple is a 12th-century Shaivite temple and the largest monument in Halebidu, the former capital of the Hoysala Empire. It is unique for the richness, finesse and beauty of the carved friezes that adorn its exterior walls. There is no other equivalent of such an artistic achievement across the country and probably in the world.

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Shef’s Dharmic Trail. Nako Diaries.

‘This cat is one of my Gurus’, he said laughingly, ‘always lives in the present moment, is self reliant and completely in control of its mind’.

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Shef’s Dharmic Trail. Lonely Road To Nako

There are almost no human settlements between Peo and Nako, just a lonely road that snakes through barren, jagged, craggy mountains.

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The Amrutheshwara Temple of Amruthapura

An interesting feature of the temple is that the lamp inside the temple has been burning for the past 200 years! It consumes almost a litre of oil daily.

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Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagal – A Forgotten Wonder

This temple is one of many such lesser known temples built during the Hoysala era. It is a “live” temple and daily puja is offered here. However, because of its relative obscurity most people visiting this temple are devotees and one is unlikely to see an art or culture lover.

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Shef’s Dharmic Trail. The Road To Tabo

Tabo Monastery is considered to be the oldest continuously operating Buddhist monastery in India. It is often referred to as the Ajanta of the Himalayas, due to its wonderful wall frescos painted using vegetable and mineral colours.

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Shef’s Dharmic Trail. Upon Karma

This was the Karmayoga of the Geeta seen in action. Something I have never forgotten!

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Lakshmi Devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli – the Hidden Gem

The beautiful Lakshmi Devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli is one of the oldest surviving Hoysala temples. It is another hidden gem about which not much is known.

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Shef’s Dharmic Trail. Flames of Faith.

In this first part of her travelogue series, Shefali Vaidya narrates her experiences as she travels through Rishikesh.

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