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Murudeshwar Temple is located in Karnataka, and is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on all the three sides.
The entrance of the temple is called the 'gopura', and it stands at 123 feet, and visitors can also witness the breathtaking view of the Lord Shiva statue from the top of the gopura.
One the most magnificent feature of this temple is that the entire surface of this temple is covered in the most detailed carvings. At the same time, the compound of the temple has recently been modernised, except the sanctum sanctorum, which still remains in its original form.
Interestingly, the main deity of worship in the temple is the Sri Mridesa Linga, which is believed to be a part of the original Atma Linga.
The story behind this temple is quite interesting. According to storytellers, the Atma Linga or the Soul of Lord Shiva was the key to invincibility and immortality.
Once, Demon King Ravana decided upon acquiring the Soul of Lord Shiva for which he devoutly prayed. Pleased by his devotion, Lord Shiva granted him the Atma Linga, but on the condition that it must not be placed on the ground before he reaches back to his home, Lanka. However, Lord Ganesh and Lord Vishnu tricked him into putting the Atma Linga on the ground, post which it got attached and became immovable. Seeing this, Demon King Ravana became angry and tried to destroy the Atma Linga, but the force of his attack only managed to scatter the Atma Linga to different places, which gave rise to many a sacred spot throughout the country, one of them being Murudeshwar.
So, if you're planning to getaway this winter season, then you must choose this place as there is no difficulty in reaching here, too. Easiest way to reach the Murudeshwar Temple is by air, and the nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport.
It must be noted that strict dress code is followed, and so men visitors are required to wear only dhotis, and women visitors are required to wear only saree or churidaar with dupatta.
Whats your weekend plan? Care for a trip? Wear your sneakers, pack your backpacks, and escape the daily monotony of life. Read, sing, and dance to the tunes of your favourite song. Pick your buddies, drive through the astounding landscapes, and live in the moment. The beautiful destinations around you are beckoning you to experience the leisure of life.
If you are wondering where to go, here are some beautiful accommodations for an unbeatable weekend getaway that can be explored with your friends and family. While 2020 gave us several long weekends, the Covid-19 pandemic put a full stop to all our travel aspirations. However, the tides are changing. With staycations, revenge travel, weekend getaways gaining traction, this exclusive list of accommodations is a great blend of cosy and relaxing:
OYO Belvilla, Jaipur
For those looking at exploring the regional cuisines, witnessing the unrivalled architecture, experiencing the royal heritage, the pink city is the place for you. From Hawa Mahal to City Palace, from aesthetical bazaars to the evening at the happening Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur has all you need to experience lifestyle, culture, and history. While you're in Jaipur and looking at a comforting place to stay, Belvilla The Umaid Vilas Royal Heritage Haveli is the right place for you.
For those looking at exploring the regional cuisines, witnessing the unrivalled architecture, experiencing the royal heritage, the pink city is the place for you. Photo by Mitchell Ng Liang an on Unsplash
The Granary: Wooden Cabin on stilts, Coorg
For those seeking a serene break from the hubbub of city life, Coorg might just be the place for you. The timeless scenery, the friendly local community, the sheer bliss of nature is bound to stir your soul. You can experience the tranquillity of Coorg with its world-famous coffee. While you're in Coorg and looking for a cosy place to stay, check out The Granary: wooden cabin on stilts!
While you're in Coorg and looking for a cosy place to stay, check out The Granary: wooden cabin on stilts! Wikimedia
OYO Belvilla, Gurugram
For those in the national capital region and seeking a short-haul stay, look no further, Gurugram is the right place for you. A cup of tea in a private villa amid the lush green trees, surrounded by the scenic beauty of nature, at complete peace, with your loved ones is all that you need. While you're looking at spending this kind of evening in luxury, comfort, and peace, the Belvilla Private Villa may just be the right stay for you.
Grey-headed Swamphen (Purple Swamphen) - Porphyrio poliocephalus in Basai Wetland near Gurgaon (Gurugram), Haryana, India. Wikimedia
Airbnb Penthouse, Goa
For those seeking to take a deep dive on the pretty beaches and enjoy the exhilarating nightlife, Goa is the place for you. The scenic journey, the lush green trees, the wind that plays with your hair, the thrill of the night, the experience among new people, Goa is sure to leave you wonderstruck. While in Goa, you can choose to stay at Striking Penthouse With a Private Plunge Pool for an experience of a lifetime.
For those seeking to take a deep dive on the pretty beaches and enjoy the exhilarating nightlife, Goa is the place for you. Photo by alexey turenkov on Unsplash
OYO Belvilla, Udaipur
For those seeking a royal experience in the ethereal beauty of nature, Udaipur is the place for you. The enigma of the royal palaces, the picturesque lakes, the charming architecture will immerse you in an extraordinary experience. While you're in Udaipur and seeking an incredible place to justify the beauty of the City of Lakes, OYO Belvilla, Udaipur is the place for you.
For those seeking a royal experience in the ethereal beauty of nature, Udaipur is the place for you. Photo by Jainam Mehta on Unsplash
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Pack, backpack, jaipur, coorg, gurugram, goa, udaipur
Whenever you visit Jaipur, you must not forget to visit the beautiful monuments, and at the same time, its famous textile and crafts industry.
So, whenever you plan to visit the Pink City, gather these beautiful souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones.
1. Lehariya Saree
This is a traditional style of tie and die which is practiced in Rajasthan, and in fact, still holds a significant place in the market today. Though, Lehariya Saree is now available in thousands of colours in many shops in and around Jaipur. One of the fun facts about this souvenir is that you can pick any design and colour of your choice, and feel proud of having something which belongs from the old generation of Rajasthan.
2. Blue Pottery
Interestingly, the name “Blue Pottery" comes from the eye-catching blue colour which is used to enhance the look of traditional pottery made in Jaipur, Rajasthan. This kind of pottery is very special as it is sculpted in a beautiful manner. At the same time, this pottery stands out from other potteries because of the mixture from which it is prepared, which includes quartz stone powder, powdered class, multani mitti, boax, gum and water.
Blue Pottery, Jaipur. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
3. Bandhani Dupatta
Bandhani Dupatta is beautiful embellished with wide borders, which are made up of patch work, tassels, gota work or mirror work. This dupatta has on it swirling patterns of with bright vibrant colours. There is no doubt that these look beautiful and royal, as it has a sense of traditionalism in it.
4. Block Print Fabric
Jaipur is very famous for its block print culture. From From bedsheets to ethnic wear and from quilts to table covers, this old and traditional way of making prints on cloth via different kinds of patterns of wooden blocks never gets old. It is believed that the finest kind of block print fabric can be bought from Jaipur.
Block Printing in Jaipur. Google Images
5. Gemstone Jewellery
If you visit Jaipur, then you just cannot miss gemstone jewellery shopping. This kind of jewellery is of fine quality, and use gemstones in a great amount. From earrings to necklaces, every piece of jewellery includes some or the other kind of gemstone which increases its beauty.
Keywords: Jaipur, India, Travel, Tourism, Block Printing, Gemstone Jewellery, Bandhani Dupatta, Blue Pottery, Lehariya Saree.
With border restrictions easing and vaccination programmes slowly gaining momentum, Booking.com launches the Booking Explorers campaign to celebrate the spirit of travel through the lens of renowned adventures, leaders and trailblazers across Asia Pacific. As part of this campaign, the travel platform has announced Grand Slam Champion Sania Mirza as its India Explorer. Sania along with other leading personalities from Asia Pacific will be sharing their most treasured travel memories to re-ignite travel inspiration and remind us of the transformational impact travel has on our lives, as we dream of our own return to travel.
Commenting on the campaign and her association with Booking.com, Sania Mirza said "I am thrilled to come onboard as an explorer for Booking.com's Explorers campaign, through which I got to reminisce my travel memories. My love for travel only came into existence because of my love for tennis. Travel has played a fundamental role in my life and my career since my childhood and will continue to do so in the years to come. While the way we travel now has definitely changed, the urge to explore the world continues to exist even more today."
She said "My love for travel only came into existence because of my love for tennis."
This campaign is built on the sentiment where travel remains fundamental to people's lives, and to explore and experience our world is an innate humanneed. It deep dives into Sania's storied career which took her to new heights, giving her the opportunity to travel across the world and pursue a successful career in tennis. Previously ranked as double's world number 1, winning six Grand Slam titles, Sania's life is filled with activity, adventure and competition. When the pandemic hit, borders closed and the world came to a halt, Sania took this time to rediscover India and explore the incredible destinations closer to home. It was during this time she explored her passion for adventure, travelling with her son and reimagining the world through his eyes.
The campaign also showcases stories of Amazing Race Australia winners, Tim and Rod, who have travelled the world proudly representing the freedom to love and who advocate making travel more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community. Korean alternative pop band, Leenalchi, connected people through the power of their music, travelling the world to find inspiration for new songs and interacting with global fans. Rising style icon and global fashion model, Chau Bui, calls Vietnam home but has travelled from Seoul to Paris, New York and Milan to find inspiration for her unique style. In Paris, famed Japanese illustrator Kaori Watanabe expanded her mental comfort zones through travel and used this new perspective to create art that transports us to faraway lands.
Sania top contender for Khel Ratna. Wikimedia
The Explorers campaign is a celebration of their mindset & spirit of travel - embodying a relentless desire to experience and explore, in spite of the challenges brought about by the pandemic. Whether it's their journey, their stories or the impact travel has made on them - be it hard-earned wisdom, hilarious insights or an empowering message of transformation and hope - these powerful experiences shed light on why travel has continued to remain so fundamental to our identities, and also what a return to travel could mean to us personally.
"As we begin thinking about a return to travel, this campaign is a heartfelt reminder of its transformational impact and celebrates the spirit of travel through the voices of our Explorers," said Ritu Mehrotra, Regional Manager, South Asia at Booking.com. "Like many of us, they were forced to look inwards during this time and found new inspiration in travel where it was possible, while advocating for their greatest passions from home. With travel slowly resuming, it is my hope that these stories will bring a message of hope to our travellers; and continue to broaden our horizons on how we can still experience our world responsibly, when it's safe to do so."
(Article originally published at IANSlife) (IANS/SS)
Keywords: sports, tennis, sania mirza, travel