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I will not be around for a few days so please excuse me for not visiting your blogs which I shall miss a lot. But will make up for it once am back. Am also attempting to post 'auto' for the next 3 days.
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A sunrise in the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.
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The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966. It belongs to the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, a devotional tradition based on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Hare Krishna Land (ISKCON Juhu) is set upon four acres of prime land near Juhu beach.
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON, inspired the construction of this beautiful temple of Lord Krishna in Mumbai
Opened in 1978, the complex includes a spacious marble temple, a recently renovated auditorium, a huge restaurant and a twin towered seven-storey guest house where visitors can
stay and participate in the daily spiritual programs of the temple
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In the early years of the twentieth century, some prominent citizens of Bombay decided to set up a Museum with the help of the government to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales.
On March 1, 1907, the then government of Bombay handed over to the museum committee a spot of land known as the "Crescent Site", situated at the southern end of the present Mahatma Gandhi Road. After an open competition for the design, George Wittet was commissioned to design the Museum building in 1909.
The construction work was concluded in 1914, but the structure was converted to a military hospital for the period of World War I. The full-fledged museum was inaugurated by Lady Lloyd in 1923.
Its façade is made of yellow and blue stones, mined from the Bombay region. It has an assortment of details from different Indian styles like small spherical cupolas on towers, saracenic arches with Muslim jalis as fillers, semi-open verandahs and jharokhas (windows) of Rajputs. Its dome has been designed deliberately, so as to append variety in the skyline and make a landmark at ground level.
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Rangoli is one of the most popular art forms in India. It is a form of sandpainting decoration that uses finely ground white powder and colours, and is used commonly outside homes in India. Rangoli can be wall art as well as floor art. The term rangoli is derived from words rang (colour) and aavalli ('coloured creepers' or 'row of colours'). The picture above is a Rangoli made at the entrances to one of the offices in Mumbai where the Puja of Goddess Durga was being held.
The motifs in traditional Rangoli are usually taken from Nature - peacocks, swans, mango, flowers, creepers, etc. The colours traditionally were derived from natural dyes - from barks of trees, leaves, indigo, etc. However, today, synthetic dyes are used in a range of bright colours. The materials used for Rangoli take on either a flat appearance, when a uniform monolayer of powders are sprinkled or a 3-D effect when different sized grains like cereals, pulses etc are used either in their natural colouring or tinted with natural dyes are used.
Info sourced from Wilipedia
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Khauttays are rice cakes prepared by wrapping the batter in cones/cups of woven Jackfruit leaves and steaming them like idlis
The taste and aroma is unique and wonderful! They are prepared only on special occasions. They are the original form of idlis which are steamed in steel containers.