Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Mahakaleshwar Temple Ujjain India

MAHAKALESHWAR TEMPLE UJJAIN INDIA : 

The Mahakaleshwar temple at Ujjain, in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, is an important pilgramage place for Hindus as it's said to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingams (most sacred abodes of Shiva). It's also regarded as one of the top 10 Tantra temples of India, and has the only Bhasm-Aarti (ash ritual) of its kind in the world. However, does it live up to its hype? Sujata Mukherjee tells us about her experience at the Mahakaleshwar temple.

Mahakaleshwar Temple Ujjain India



Pandav Falls Panna India

PANDAV FALLS PANNA INDIA : 

The Pandav Falls is a waterfall in Panna district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.It is about 30 metres (98 ft) high.The Pandav Falls is located on a tributary of the Ken River, as it plunges over the falls to join it.The waterfall gets its name from a local legend that in times gone by the five exiled Pandava brothers of the epic poem Mahabharata visited this region. Remains of caves and shrines that commemorate this legend can be seen around the pool below.

Pandav Falls Panna India

Kandariya Mahadeva Temple Khajuraho India

KANDARIYA MAHADEVA TEMPLE KHAJURAHO INDIA : 

The Kandariyâ Mahâdeva Temple  is the largest and most ornate Hindu temple in the medieval temple group found at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is considered one of the best examples of temples preserved from the medieval period in India. Khajuraho was once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs and today is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The Kandariya Mahadeva temple is the largest of the Western group of temples and was built by Vidyadhara[citation needed], arguably one of the greatest Chandela kings. The temple was built around 1050 on Hindu beliefs dating back to 1000 BC; The main spire or sikhara rises 31 m to depict Mount Kailash, the Himalayan mountain abode of Shiva and is surrounded by 84 miniature spires (or Urushringas). Inside the sanctum is a marble linga representing Shiva. The Archaeological Survey of India protects the temple, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site at Khajuraho.

Kandariya Mahadeva Temple Khajuraho India

Rajwada Indore India

RAJWADA INDORE INDIA : 

Rajwada is a historical palace in Indore city. It was built by the Holkars of the Maratha Empire about two centuries ago. This seven storied structure is located near the Chhatris and serves today as a fine example of royal grandeur and architectural skills.

The structure comprises two parts, the first one located at the heart of the city and the second one standing in the old part of the town. Rajwada palace exhibits a blend of Maratha and Mughal styles, the palatial structure is sure to leave you spellbound. The entrance itself is beautiful with lofty archway and a giant wooden door covered with iron studs. As one makes his way through the entrance, one is greeted with a courtyard comprising Mughal arched Ganesha hall, a number of balconies with Mughal ornamentation, windows, and corridors, surrounded by galleried rooms. The lower three floors are made of stone and the upper floors are made of wood.

Rajwada Indore India

Gwalior Fort Gwalior India

GWALIOR FORT GWALIOR INDIA :

Gwalior Fort  is an 8th century hill fort near Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, central India. The fort consists of a defensive structure and two palaces, Gurjari Mahal and Man Mandir, built by Man Singh Tomar. The Gurjari Mahal palace was built for Queen Mrignayani, now an archaeological museum. The fort has been controlled by a number of different rulers over time.

The walls of the fort that encircle it stand over 10 m high and are absolutely solid - hence impenetrable. The fort is accessible by a steep road, whose sides are marked by beautiful Jain statues. Out of the three main entrances, only the eastern and western are accessible. The eastern end is guarded by the Urwahi Gate and six gates guard the western entrance. The Urwahi Rock inside, has two sides leading to a sharp fall in the valley and which is home to almost 22 Jain rock carvings. 

Gwalior Fort Gwalior India


Bharat Bhavan Bhopal India

BHARAT BHAVAN BHOPAL INDIA : 

Bharat Bhavan is an autonomous multi-arts complex and museum in the state of capital Bhopal, established and funded by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. Opened in 1982, facing the Upper Lake, Bhopal, it houses an art gallery, a fine art workshops, an open-air amphitheatre, a studio theatre, an auditorium, a museum tribal and folk art, libraries of Indian poetry, classical music as well as folk music.

This is a multi-art complex showcasing verbal, visual and performing arts. This center houses an art gallery, a workshop for fine arts, a repertory theater, indoor and outdoor auditoria, rehearsal room, and libraries of Indian poetry, classical and folk music. Roopankar is credited with being the only museum housing both urban and tribal art. A fine museum, you would find on display art of aboriginals, a ceramic and litho workshop and options for stone craft and metal casting. Rangmandal is the site for several plays and theatre works and houses indoor and outdoor theatres, namely Antrang and Bahirang, along with a library. 

Bharat Bhavan Bhopal India

Monday, 30 December 2013

Bandhavgarh Fort Bandhavgarh India

BANDHAVGARH FORT BANDHAVGARH INDIA : 

Bandhavgarh Fort is situated in Bandhavgarh in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is located on the Bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 meters above sea level at the centre of the Bandhavgarh National Park. It is a surrounded by a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys. These valleys end in small, swampy meadows, locally known as 'bohera'. The fort is also home to many of the endangered species of Vulture in India.

This is one of oldest forts in India, discovered almost 2500 years back. Accessible by a sheer climb of almost an hour, this is the only region in the park where you are allowed to walk. Once you reach the top, you would find an idol of the reclining Vishnu on the seven-hooded snake – Shesh Shaiya, located in a pool of green water, which is also the source of the Charanganga River. As you continue your walk, you would come across idols of Vishnu’s 10 avatars. 

Bandhavgarh Fort Bandhavgarh India




Maharaja Palace Vadodara India

MAHARAJA PALACE VADODARA INDIA: 

Maharaja palace is actually a series of palaces built by the Gaekwad family in Baroda. Among the several, the Sarkar Wada is the oldest. Post its construction, the Lakshmi Vilas Palace was built and is definitely one of the most ostentatious in the palace complex. It houses the royal family and shows extensive use of Italian flooring and mosaic decorations on the wall. The palace is the best place to catch a glimpse of the royal armoury and bronze, marble and terracotta sculptures. Several smaller buildings within the palace compound include the Motibaug Palace, the Moti Bagh Stadium and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. The palace also had a small zoo, where you can now only see crocodiles in a small pond. Occasional glimpses of peacocks and monkeys can be seen at the palace compound. Also worth watching is the Navlakhi Step-Well located north of the palace, and so named because it is believed to have the capacity to hold 9 million gallons of water! More modern here is the gold course set up for the locals.


Maharaja Palace Vadodara India

City Palace Udaipur India

CITY PALACE UDAIPUR INDIA : 

City Palace, Udaipur, is a palace complex in Udaipur, in the Indian state Rajasthan. It was built by the Maharana Udai Singh as the capital of the Sisodia Rajput clan in 1559, after he moved from Chittor. It is located on the east bank of the Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in the Rajputana Agency and its last capital.

The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hill top that gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding, including several historic monuments such as the Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, the Jag Mandir on another island in the lake, the Jagdish Temple close to the palace, the Monsoon Palace on top of an overlooking hillock nearby and the Neemach Mata temple. These structures are linked to the filming of the James Bond movie Octopussy, which features the Lake Palace and the Monsoon Palace.

City Palace Udaipur India

Samadhi Mandir Shirdi India

SAMADHI MANDIR SHIRDI INDIA : 

Sai Baba's Samadhi Mandir is the place where Sacred Body of Baba is resting in Samadhi. The articles handled by Baba are preserved & displayed here in a special showroom. All rituals consisting of Pooja. Abhishek & daily four Aratis are performed here. The Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was actually owned by a millionaire from Nagpur and a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao, also known as 'Butti Wada'. He wanted to keep an idol of Murlidhar there. However, according to the legends, Sai Baba manifested himself as Murlidhar and the temple became the Samadhi Mandir of Baba. The Samadhi of Baba is built with white marble stones. The railings around it are full of ornamental decorations. The idol of Baba is a marvelous statue made up of Italian marble built by Late Balaji Vasant in 1954. The temple has an assembly hall for about 600 devotees. The first floor of the temple has the pictures depicting the life of the saint. The temple opens on 5 AM with morning prayers and close down at 10 PM with night prayers.The daily routine of the temple starts at 5 o'clock in the morning with Bhoopali, a morning song, and closes at 10 o'clock in the night after the Shejarati is sung. Only on three occasions the temple is kept open overnight i.e. on Gurupoornima, Dassera, and Ramnavmi. Every Thursday and on each festival, a Palakhi with Baba's photo is taken out from the temple.

Samadhi Mandir Shirdi India


Pushkar Lake Pushkar India

PUSHKAR LAKE PUSHKAR INDIA : 

Pushkar Lake or Pushkar Sarovar  is located in the town of Pushkar in Ajmer district of the Rajasthan state of western India. Pushkar Lake is a sacred lake of the Hindus. The Hindu scriptures describe as it as "Tirtha-Raj" – the king of pilgrimage sites related to a water-body and relate it to the mythology of the creator-god Brahma, whose most prominent temple stands in Pushkar. The Pushkar Lake finds mention on coins as early as the 4th century BC.

Pushkar Lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats (a series of steps leading to the lake), where pilgrims throng in large numbers to take a sacred bath, especially around Kartik Poornima (October–November) when the Pushkar Fair is held. A dip in the sacred lake is believed to cleanse sins and cure skin diseases. Over 500 Hindu temples are situated around the lake precincts.

Tourism and deforestation in the surroundings have taken a heavy toll on the lake, adversely affecting its water quality, reducing the water levels and destroying the fish population. As part of conservation measures, the government is undertaking de-silting, de-weeding, water treatment, and afforestation as well as mass awareness programme.

Pushkar Lake Pushkar India


Pataleshwar Cave Temple Pune India

PATALESHWAR CAVE TEMPLE PUNE INDIA : 

The Pataleshwar Cave Temple (also called Panchaleshvara or Bamburde) is a rock-cut cave temple, carved out in the 8th century in the Rashtrakuta period. It is located in what is now Pune, in the state of Maharashtra, India. It was originally situated outside the town, but the city limits have expanded so that it is now located on the downtown Jangli Maharaj Road. It has been declared as a protected monument by the government.

The temple, made of basalt rock, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The sanctum - a cube-shaped room about 3–4 metres on each side - houses a linga - the symbol of Shiva and there are two smaller cells on each side. In front of the cave is a circular Nandi mandapa, its umbrella shaped canopy supported by massive square pillars. This mandapa is one of the peculiar structures of Pataleshwar.The temple was left incomplete, possibly because of a fault line found at the back of the sanctum sanctorum, which made the further sculpting unsafe, or political upheaval resulting in loss of patronage. Still in use, the linga is anointed with ghee and yogurt. A brass temple bell hangs outside the basalt entryway.

Pataleshwar Cave Temple Pune India



Parvati Hill Pune India

PARVATI HILL PUNE INDIA : 

Parvati Hill is a hillock in Pune, India. The hillock rises up to 2,100 feet (640 m) above sea level. Atop the hillock is the Parvati Temples, which are one of the most scenic locations in Pune. The temple is the oldest heritage structure in Pune and was built in the Peshwa Dynasty rule.It is also used as an observation spot for visitors of the panorama of Pune. It is the second highest point in Pune premises (after Vetal Hill). The hill has 103 steps, which is the way to the top of the hill where the temple is situated.
The main temple, Devdeveshwara, is made of blackstone. It was completed under Nanasaheb Peshwa, in 1749. Other temples are dedicated to Vitthal and Rukmini, Vishnu, and Kartikeya.


Parvati Hill Pune India

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Ambazari Lake Nagpur India

AMBAZARI LAKE NAGPUR INDIA : 

Ambazari lake is situated near the western border of Nagpur. It is one of the 11 lakes in Nagpur. It is the largest and the most beautiful lake in the city. Nag River of Nagpur originates from this lake. This was built in the year 1870 under Bhonsle rule for supplying water to the city. Government officials and eminent people were supplied water through clay pipes. This lake was surrounded by mango trees, gaining the name Ambazari as Amba means in Mango in Marathi.The lake was used to supply water to Nagpur for over 30 years. Due to pollution it is not currently used as a water supply.

The lake also has a garden located just beside it known as Ambazari garden. The garden was established in 1958 on an area of 18 acres of land.  This place is managed and preserved by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. The musical fountain, various electric rides and amusement games were there in the garden. The garden also offers boating facilities and walking trails as an outdoor activity. This is one of the famous tourist attractions of Nagpur.


Ambazari Lake Nagpur India


Sunset Point Mount Abu India

SUNSET POINT MOUNT ABU INDIA : 

Sunset Point located in South West of Nakki Lake provides you a scenic view of the setting sun. Hundreds of people swarm this area in the evening amidst a carnival atmosphere. Food stalls, souvenir shops abounds the area. The scenic hills, tranquil surrounding, and the pleasant climate makes it a favorite spot of the tourists. The Honeymoon Point located close by is another attraction of Mount Abu. Sunset Point is a good place to pick up trinkets and knick knacks. Carved marble statues, sandalwood idols, wooden toys and the likes can be seen all over the spot. Food stalls are a regular here.

Pony rides are a favorite with toddlers. Baylay’s Walk, another Viewer’s spot lies just 5 kilometers from Sunset Point. Sun Set can also be seen from the Guru Shikhar - the highest point at Mount Abu. From this place, thousands of feet down in the plains the charming sight of distant places, villages and beutiful green valleys represents very attractive atmosphere.

Sunset Point Mount Abu India

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Venna Lake Mahabaleshwar India

VENNA LAKE MAHABALESHWAR INDIA : 

Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra state in India. The lake was constructed by Shri Appasaheb Maharj, who was Raja of Satara in the year 1842.

The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake. A number of small eateries line the banks of the lake. The Mahabaleshwar city market and the S.T. bus stand is about 2KM from the lake and makes for a nice walk during the day. Most tour operators include the Venna lake in their tours. Most buses, private vehicles will stop at the Venna lake on their way to Mahabaleshwar on request.

Venna Lake Mahabaleshwar India

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur India

MEHRANGARH FORT JODHPUR INDIA : 

Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India.The fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A winding road leads to and from the city below. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left of the fort is the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending the Mehrangarh fort.

There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (meaning 'victory'), built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Fattehpol (also meaning 'victory') gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the defeat of the Mughals. The palm imprints upon these still attract much attention even today.

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur India


Jaisalmer fort Jaisalmer India

JAISALMER FORT JAISALMER INDIA : 

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal, from where it derives it name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the “Golden Fort”. This fort, popularly known as the 'Sonar quila' by the locals, is located in the very heart the city, and is one of the most breathtaking monuments in the locality.

Jaisalmer fort Jaisalmer India

Amber Fort Jaipur India

AMBER FORT JAIPUR INDIA : 

Amer Fort (also spelled and pronounced as Amber Fort) is located in Amer (a town with an area of 4 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi), 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Jaipur, Rajasthan state, India. It is one of the principal tourist attractions in the Jaipur area, located high on a hill. Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh I. Amer Fort is known for its artistic style of Hindu elements. With its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront.

The aesthetic ambiance of this formidable fort is seen within its walls on a four level layout plan (each with a courtyard) in a well turned out opulent palace complex built with red sandstone and marble consisting of the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. Hence, the Amer Fort is also popularly known as the Amer Palace.[4] The palace was lived in by the Rajput Maharajas and their families. At the entrance to the palace near the fort’s Ganesh Gate, there is also a temple dedicated to Sila Devi, a goddess of the Chaitanya cult which was given to Raja Man Singh when he had defeated the Raja of Jessore, Bengal in 1604. (Jessore is now in Bangladesh).

This fort, along with Jaigarh Fort, located immediately above on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the same Aravalli range of hills, is considered as one complex, as the two are well connected by a subterranean passage. This passage was meant as an escape route in times of war for the royal family members and others in the Amer Fort to shift to the more redoubtable Jaigarh Fort.

Amber Fort Jaipur India

Swayambhu Ganapati Temple Ganpatipule India

SWAYAMBHU GANAPATI TEMPLE GANPATIPULE INDIA :

The Swayambhu Ganapati Temple is located in the virgin beach land of Ganpatipule in Maharashtra. The town itself derives its name from two words, the lord of the ‘ganas’ or army, and ‘pule’ meaning sand dunes. Believed to be over 4000 years old, the presiding deity of Ganapati is built of little less than white sand, and is said to have originated by itself, thus lending the name Swayambhu (self-originating). 

Yet another idol of Ganapati, this one of copper, is placed in the sanctum sanctorum, which depicts Lord Ganesha riding a lion. The temple is one of the Ashta Ganapatis of India, and is known as the ‘Paschim Dwar Dewata’, or the western sentinel God. 

The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple is about 20 km from the town of Ratnagiri. At the time of sunrise and sunset, the idol is illuminated by the golden rays of the sun. The morning air around the temple is filled with the rhythmic beat of the nagaras, while the chaughadas rhythms can be heard in the evenings when the idol is redressed. The temple is thronged by devotees and tourists alike.

Swayambhu Ganapati Temple Ganpatipule India

Vasco Da Gama Goa India

VASCO DA GAMA GOA INDIA : 

Vasco da Gama, often shortened to Vasco, is a city in the state of Goa on the west coast of India. It is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. It is also the headquarters of the Mormugao taluka. The town lies on the western tip of the Mormugao peninsula, at the mouth of the Zuari River, about 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Panjim, Goa's capital, and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Dabolim Airport.
The city was founded in 1543 and remained in Portuguese hands until 1961, when Goa was annexed by India. The Indian Navy's Goa Naval Area (base) is located at Vasco from which it controls Dabolim Airport and, in effect, the entire tourism-dependent state of Goa. The historic 'Document of surrender' was signed by the Portuguese in front of Vasco's municipal council building.

Vasco houses the Dabolim Airport and is one of the most active areas in Goa. The Pilot Point is the best area to catch unhindered views of the place. One of the few natural harbours in India is also located here, called the Mormugao Port

Vasco Da Gama Goa India

Aguada Fort Goa India

AGUADA FORT GOA INDIA : 

Aguada Fort and its lighthouse is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort standing in Goa, India, on Sinquerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The fort was constructed in 1613 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that time. This old Portuguese fort stands on the beach south of Candolim, at the shore of the Mandovi River. It was initially tasked with defense of shipping and the nearby Bardez sub district.

A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada, meaning Water. Crews of passing ships would often visit to replenish their fresh water stores. On the fort stands a four-storey Portuguese lighthouse, erected in 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia. Built in 1612, it was once the grandstand of 79 cannons. It has the capacity of storing 2,376,000 gallons of water, one of the biggest freshwater storages of the time in whole of Asia. This fort is divided in two segments: the upper part acted as fort and watering station, while the lower part served as a safe berth for Portuguese ships. Whereas the upper part has a moat, underground water storage chamber, gunpowder room, light house and bastions, it also has a secret escape passage to use during time of war and emergency. The lighthouse at initial stage is used to emit light once in 7 minutes. In 1834 it was changed to emit light creating eclipse every 30 seconds, however it was abandoned in 1976.

Aguada Fort Goa India





Devka Beach Daman India

DEVKA BEACH DAMAN INDIA : 

Devka beach located at Daman attracts tourists like bees to honey. Famous for its amusement park the Devka beach is an exotic beach holiday destination and offers exciting holiday options to the interested. On festivals and special occasions the amusement park with its plethora of colorful fountains is a sight to behold. A great holiday spot for children and the ideal place to frolick.
This is the most popular beach area, where most of the hotels and food stalls are located. The beach, though sandy, is not safe for swimming because of the rocks underwater. The beach has an amusement centre for children with a couple of rides, pony rides and a variety of food options.

Devka Beach Daman India

Chittorgarh Fort Chittorgarh India

CHITTORGARH FORT CHITTORGARH INDIA : 

Chittorgarh Fort  is the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. The fort, plainly known as Chittor, was the capital of Mewar and is today situated several kilometres by road south of Bhilwara. It was ruled initially by Guhilot and later by Sisodias, the Suryavanshi clans of Chattari Rajputs, from the 7th century, until it was finally abandoned in 1568 after the siege by Emperor Akbar in 1567. It sprawls majestically over a hill 180 m (590.6 ft) in height spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres) above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort precinct with an evocative history is studded with a series of historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries.

The fort was sacked three times between the 15th and 16th centuries; in 1303 Allauddin Khilji defeated Rana Ratan Singh, in 1535 Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat defeated Bikramjeet Singh and in 1567 Emperor Akbar defeated Maharana Udai Singh II who left the fort and founded Udaipur. Each time the men fought bravely rushing out of the fort walls charging the enemy but lost every time. Following these defeats, Jauhar was committed thrice by more than 13,000 ladies and children of the Rajput heroes who laid their lives in battles at Chittorgarh Fort, first led by Rani Padmini wife of Rana Rattan Singh who was killed in the battle in 1303, and later by Rani Karnavati in 1537 AD.

Chittorgarh Fort Chittorgarh India

Parashuram Temple Chiplun India

PARASHURAM TEMPLE CHIPLUN INDIA : 

Parashuram temple is located at a distance of 10 km from Chiplun. This temple is famous for the 6th avatar of Lord Vishnu known as Parashuram. Parashuram temple is situated at a height of more that 1000 feet from sea level. The temple has an idol of Parashuram in Middle, God Brahma in right and Lord Shiva on the left. The uniqueness of the construction of the temple is that the temple has features of Hindu, Muslim and European architecture.
This almost 700-year-old temple is dedicated to the 6th Avatar of Vishnu. The temple complex is surrounded by stone walls, accessible by stone steps from the ghat and three idols are located within.

Parashuram Temple Chiplun India

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Nawal Sagar Bundi India

NAWAL SAGAR BUNDI INDIA : 

The Nawal Sagar Lake is a big man made lake that can be seen from the Talagarh Fort. This lake has more than a few small islands. This lake is located in the middle of the city, and hence, one can get to see the reflection of the entire city in this lake. The mirror image of the entire city of Bundi falls on the serene waters of this lake making it a unique tourist destination. 

The square shaped Nawal Sagar Lake has a shrine in its center that is dedicated to Lord Varuna. This temple is half submerged in water. The Nawal Sagar Lake was a source of water for the entire city at one point of time. This is evident from the number of Baolis surrounding the lake.

Nawal Sagar Bundi India

Taragarh Fort Bundi India

TARAGARH FORT BUNDI INDIA : 

Taragarh Fort or 'Star Fort' is the most impressive of structures of city of Bundi in Indian state of Rajasthan. A rather ramshackle fort, with its overgrown vegetation, is located around 39 km from Kota. It was constructed in AD 1354 upon a steep hillside. There are three gateways to the fort, well known as Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza and Gagudi ki Phatak. Most parts of these impressive gateways are now in ruins. During its heyday, Taragarh Fort was renowned for its tunnels crisscrossing the entire hillside. However, these tunnels are now inaccessible for want of proper maps. The largest of its battlements is the 16th century bastion known as the Bhim Burj, on which was once mounted a particularly large cannon called Garbh Gunjam, or 'Thunder from the Womb'.

This erstwhile Chauhan bastion has some huge water reservoirs. These reservoirs were built to store water and supply it to the residents during time of crisis. The reservoirs have been carved out of the rocky base of the fort. Rani Mahal is a small palace within the fort complex, built for the wives and concubines of rulers. The Mahal has, however lost most of its charm as the shine of its spectacular murals and stained glass windows have completely faded away. The fort also has Miran Saheb ki Dargah. He was the governor of the fort and laid down his life in an encounter.It offers a panoramic view of the city of Bundi situated in Nagpahari of Aravalli ranges.

Taragarh Fort Bundi India


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Branch Name: SECUNDERABAD

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 900421, 900422 040-7847156, 27847157    
IFSC Code: SBIN0000916
Address: 1-1-78 PATNY CIRCLE, ADJ. GENERAL POST OFFICE, DISTT. HYDERABAD, AP 500003
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Branch Name: SAMB, SECUNDERABAD

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: IP-900477 PH-040-27813332    
IFSC Code: SBIN0004106
Address: 1-1-78, PATNY, SECUNDERABAD, DI.HYDERABAD, AP
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Branch Name: MADINAGUDA, HYDERABAD

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 040-23040182,23040183    
IFSC Code: SBIN0030488
Address: 1-58/10/G-3, G-4, G-13 KRISHMA RESIDENCY MANDINAGUDA, NEAR ST. ANN'S SCHOOL SERILLING APALLY MUNICIPALILY
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Branch Name: HUMAYUN NAGAR, HYDERABAD

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 040-23513797    

IFSC Code: SBIN0005322
Address: 10-3-5 BY D, HUMAYUNAGAR, HYDERABAD, ANDHRA PRADESH, PIN - 500028
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Branch Name: PBB KUKATPALLY, HYDERABAD

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 040-23161065,67,69 F-23161071 IP-900221    
IFSC Code: SBIN0004275
Address: 121-128 A ALLURI TRADE CENTRE, BHAGYANAGAR COLONY, KUKATPALLY, PIN - 500034
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Branch Name: LALGUDA

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 040-27005642 040-27003092 (FAX) IP-900506    
IFSC Code: SBIN0007112
Address: 12535B2, SECUNDERABAD, MARRIDEEP, NEAR.TARNAKA, HYDERABAD
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Branch Name: BUDVEL

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 040-24018376    
IFSC Code: SBIN0012818
Address: 157 BY 1, TEACHERS COLONY, BUDVEL, RAJENDRA NAGAR, HYDERABAD 500030
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Branch Name: PRASHANT NAGAR (UPPAL), HYDERABAD

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 040-27202678, 27200428    

IFSC Code: SBIN0006557
Address: 18-21, PRASANTNAGARUPPAL OPP. SURVEY OF INDIA HYDERABAD, PIN - 500039
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Branch Name: BEGUM BAZAR, HYDERABAD

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 040-24606830 IP - 900451    
IFSC Code: SBIN0003184
Address: 1ST FLOOR, BALAPUR X ROADS, MEERPET, HYDERABAD 500 079, RANGAREDDY DIST, A P
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Branch Name: ALIABAD, HYDERABAD

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 040-24524157 IP:900551    
IFSC Code: SBIN0008024
Address: 20-6-479 BY 1, OPP.CLOCK TOWER, SHAH ALI BANDA, HYDERABAD
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Branch Name: BARKATPURA, HYDERABAD

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 040-27563888 FAX:27551517    
IFSC Code: SBIN0007641
Address: 3-4-769, YRS RESIDENCY, BARKATPURA CHAMAN, HYDERABAD, AP, PIN - 500027
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Branch Name: AGRI COMMERCIAL BRANCH

City Name: HYDERABAD
State: ANDHRA PRADESH
Phone: 40-23269872    
IFSC Code: SBIN0014438
Address: 3-6-281/B OPP OLD MLA QTRS, HYDERGUDA, HYDERABAD, DIST:HYDERABAD-500029
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Karni Mata Temple Bikaner India

KARNI MATA TEMPLE BIKANER INDIA : 

Karni Mata Temple  is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnoke, 30km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. It is also known as the Temple of Rats. The most intriguing aspect of the temple is the 20,000-odd rats that call this temple home. These holy rats are called kabbas, and many people travel great distances to pay their respects. The temple draws visitors from across the country for blessings, as well as curious tourists from around the world. Legend has it that Laxman, Karni Mata's stepson (or the son of one of her storytellers), drowned in a pond in Kapil Sarovar in Kolayat Tehsil while he was attempting to drink from it. Karni Mata implored Yama, the god of death, to revive him. First refusing, Yama eventually relented, permitting Laxman and all of Karni mata's male children to be reincarnated as rats.

Karni Mata Temple Bikaner India

Bharatpur National Park Bharatpur India

BHARATPUR NATIONAL PARK BHARATPUR INDIA :

The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the summer season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site.[2]
Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The reserve protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing grounds for village cattle and earlier was primarily used as a waterfowl hunting ground. The 29 km2 (11 sq mi) reserve is locally known as Ghana, and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species,7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates.[3] Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering breeding etc. The Sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world. It is known for nesting of its resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. The rare Siberian cranes used to winter in this park but this central population of Siberian Cranes is now extinct. According to Sir Peter Scott Keoladeo Sanctuary is the world’s best bird area.

Bharatour National Park Bharatpur India


Akbar's Palace Ajmer India

AKBAR'S PALACE AJMER INDIA : 

Akbar's Palace is located close to the railway station in Ajmer and is a grand way to learn more about the romantic yet tumultuous history of desert Ajmer. See ancient and medieval weapons and armory on display and gaze wonder eyed at a glorious collection of stone sculptures, objects d' art and delicate miniature paintings. See the choicest collection of Rajput and Mughal armor on display at the Akbar's Palace. Constructed in 1570 A.D. by Emperor Akbar, Akbar's Palace was built for serving as a home to the emperor during his visits to Ajmer. Though not very massive, Akbar's Palace was almost impregnable to enemy attacks. The two thick walls that surround Akbar's Palace are formidable structures. Akbar's Palaces' historic importance lies in the fact that this fortified Mughal bastion served as a platform for a historic meeting between Emperor Jehangir and Sir Thomas Roe of the British East India Company. During the British occupation of Ajmer, Akbar's Palace was used as a munitions house and the Britishers nicknamed this palace as the 'Rajputana Arsenal'. A part of Akbar's Palace was converted into a museum in the year 1908. Be charmed at the massive black marble idol of the Goddess Kali. Also feast your eyes on several 6th and 7th century sculptures as you tour the Akbar's Palace in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India.
Akbar's Palace, Ajmer was built in 1570 A.D. by the great emperor named Akbar. Akbar's Palace in Ajmer in India was built to serve as a home to Akbar during his visits and pilgrimages to Ajmer.

Akbar's Palace Ajmer India

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (28 May 1923 – 18 January 1996), popularly known as N. T. Rama Rao or by his initials NTR, was an Indian filmactor, director, producer, and politician who also served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for three terms. He received three National Film Awards for co-producing Thodu Dongalu (1954) and Seetharama Kalyanam (1960) under National Art Theater, Madras, and directing Varakatnam(1970), and He garnered the Inaugural Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu in 1972.
NTR made his debut as an actor in a Telugu social film Mana Desam, directed by L. V. Prasad in 1949. He gained popularity in the 1950s when he became well known for his portrayals of Hindu deities, especially Krishna and Rama, roles which have made him a "messiah of the masses".He later became known for portraying antagonistic characters and Robin Hood-esque hero characters in films. In total he starred in over 320 Telugu films and has become one of the most prominent figures in the history of Telugu cinema.
Besides Telugu, he has also acted in a few Tamil films. Widely recognised for his portrayal of mythological characters, NTR was considered as one of the leading method actors of Indian cinema, He was referred to in the media as Viswa Vikhyatha Nata Sarvabhouma. He was awarded thePadma Shri by the Government of India in 1968, recognizing his contribution to Telugu cinema.
After his career in films, NTR entered politics. He founded the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1982 and served three tumultuous terms as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh between 1983 and 1995. He was known as an advocate of Andhra Pradesh's distinct cultural identity, distinguishing it from the erstwhile Madras State with which it was often associated. At the national level, he was instrumental in the formation of the National Front, a coalition of non-Congress parties which governed India from 1989 until 1990.

Early Life

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor
N. T. Rama Rao (NTR) was born on 28 May 1923 in Nimmakuru, a small village in Gudivada taluk of Krishna District, which was a part of the erstwhileMadras Presidency of British India. His was a poor farming family. From a young age he showed an interest in singing and developed a baritonesinging voice as a young man.
NTR passed the matriculation examination in 1940 and joined the SRR & CVR College in Vijayawada to pursue his Intermediate course. While doing this course, he supplemented the family income by supplying milk to hotels in Vijayawada on his bicycle, ran a small provision store and worked as a clerk. At the end of the first year of his Intermediate course, the students of the college decided to stage a play written by Viswanadha Satyanarayana, the well-known Telugu poet and writer and the head of the Telugu department of the college. NTR played a female role in that play. NTR joined the Andhra-Christian College at Guntur for pursuing his Bachelor of Arts course in 1945. During this time, he started performing and directing many stage plays like Chesina Paapam along with Kongara Jaggayya, Mukkamala and K. V. S. Sarma. After his graduation, NTR passed the Madras Service Commission examination and settled down in a sub-registrar’s job at Mangalagiri. He later quit this job to pursue acting.

Acting Carrer

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor
NTR started his film career playing a small role as a police sub-inspector in the movie Mana Desam (1949). The role was offered by director L. V. Prasad. Following this, he appeared in Palletoori Pilla, directed by B. A. Subba Rao.[10] It marked the first occasion that Rama Rao and his contemporary Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) acted together for the first time. The title role was played by Anjali Devi and the story was loosely based on the English play, Pizaro by Richard Sherton. The film was a commercial hit and ran for more than 100 days in six centres. He got his major breakthrough with the 1951 film Paathala Bhairavi, directed by K. V. Reddy, where he played the role of a prince. He soon became famous for his commercial film roles, usually depicting an adventurous prince saving a damsel in distress.[citation needed]
His first mythological film was in 1957, where he portrayed Krishna in the blockbuster film Maya Bazaar.[11] He essayed the role of Krishna in 17 films,[11] including some landmark films like Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1962), the Tamil film Karnan (1964) and Daana Veera Soora Karna (1977). He was also famous for his portrayal of Lord Rama, essaying that role in films like Lava Kusha(1963), Shri Ramanjaneya Yuddham (1974) and Shri Rama Pattabhishekham (1978) to name a few. He has also portrayed other characters from the Ramayana, such as Ravana in Bhookailas(1958) and Seetharama Kalyanam (1961) among others. He portrayed Lord Vishnu in films like Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (1960) among others and Lord Shiva in Dakshayagnam (1962). He has also enacted the roles of Mahabharatha characters, such as Bheeshma, Arjuna, Karna and Duryodhana. These mythological roles catapulted him to the top of Telugu film stardom and he soon achieved a demigod status in Andhra Pradesh.
Later in his career, he stopped playing the role of a prince in his commercial films and began to play roles of a poor yet heroic young man fighting against the existing system. These films appealed to the sentiments of the common man. Some of these films are Devudu Chesina Manushulu (1973), Adavi Ramudu (1977), Driver Ramudu (1979), Sardar Paparayudu (1980), Justice Chowdhary (1982) and Bobbili Puli (1982). He also portrayed fantasy roles, his notable film in that genre being Yamagola (1977).
His film Lava Kusain which he starred as Lord Rama collected 10 million in 1963. Even after his entry into politics, NTR continued to act in films. He directed and acted in the hagiographical film Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra (1984) while he was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He also acted in films like Brahmasri Viswamitra (1991) and Major Chandrakanth(1993) while he was the Leader of Opposition in the assembly. His last film was Srinadha Kavi Sarvabhowma, a biopic on the Telugu poet Srinatha which released in 1993.
In the later half of his career, NTR became a screenwriter. Despite having no formal training in scriptwriting, he authored several screenplays for his own movies as well as for other producers. He also produced many of his films as well as other actor's films through his film production house National Art Theater Private Limited in T. Nagar, Madras (now Chennai). He actively campaigned for the construction of a large number of cinemas through this production house. He was influential in designing and implementing a financial system that funded the production and distribution of movies. He was so dedicated to his profession that he would often learn new things in order to portray a particular character on-screen perfectly and realistically. At the age of 40, he learnt dance from the renowned Kuchipudi dancer Vempati Chinna Satyam for his role in the film Nartanasala (1963).
NTR's film career spanned about 44 years. During this period he acted in a total of 320 films, with 186 of them being commercial films, 55 of them being folklore films, 42 of them being mythological films and 13 of them being historical films. In the remaining 24 films he acted, he was uncredited. 140 of his films celebrated hundred days and 33 films celebrated silver Jubilees while six of his films ran more than 50 weeks. He received three National Film Awards and one Filmfare Award South. His achievements in films was honoured with the institution of the NTR National Award in 1996, which is awarded as part of the Nandi Awards ceremony to a prominent film personality for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema.

Political career

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor
NTR entered politics when he founded the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on 29 March 1982 in Hyderabad. He said that this decision was based on a historic need to rid Andhra Pradesh of the corrupt and inept rule of the Indian National Congress which had governed the state since its formation in 1956 and whose leadership had changed the Chief Minister five times in five years. The popularity of NTR was such among the people of Andhra Pradesh that a jittery Congress decided to hold early elections in January 1983 instead of August 1983 as scheduled.
In the elections, the TDP allied with the Sanjaya Vichara Manch party and decided to field educated candidates who had a good name in the society and were not indulging in corruption, which was an innovative political concept at the time. NTR himself decided to contest from two assembly constituencies, Gudivada and Tirupati. NTR used many innovative ways of campaigning, such as being the first politician in India to use rath yatras for campaigning. For this, he used a modified Chevrolet van which he named as Chaitanya Ratham.[citation needed] In this van, NTR travelled across the state of Andhra Pradesh, crisscrossing all the districts. With his son Nandamuri Harikrishna, also a film actor, driving the van, NTR notched up over 75,000 kilometres during his campaign, a distinctive sight with the van's yellow party flags and banners and NTR sitting on top of the vehicle hailing the crowds. NTR campaigned for restoring the dignity of the Telugu people and advocated the forming a closer bond between the government and the common people, going into the elections with the slogan, Telugu Vari Atma Gauravam (lit.Telugu people's self-respect).
In the elections, the TDP won by an absolute majority, winning 199 out of the 294 seats in the state assembly, with NTR himself winning both the seats he contested. Their alliance with the Sanjaya Vichara Manch fetched 202 seats.[citation needed] NTR was sworn in as the 10th and the first non-Congress Chief Minister of the state on 9 January 1983 with ten cabinet ministers and five ministers of State.
On 15 August 1984, NTR was removed from office by the then-governor Ramlal while he was in the USA to undergo open heart surgery. His finance minister, Nadendla Bhaskara Rao, a former Congressman who joined the TDP during its inception, was made the Chief Minister by Ramlal. Bhaskar Rao purportedly had the support of majority of the TDP MLAs which was never the case. NTR returned to India immediately after his surgery, disputed the claims by Bhaskara Rao and demonstrated his strength by bringing all the MLAs supporting him, which was a majority in the 294 member assembly, to the Raj Bhavan (Governor's Office). Ramlal did not relent, as a result of which NTR relaunched his Chaitanya Ratham campaign, this time campaigning for the restoration of democracy by mobilizing the support of people and various anti-Congress political parties in the country including the Janata Party (JP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Left Front, theDravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), and the National Conference (NC). During the one month crisis, the MLAs supporting NTR were secured in a secret place to avoid horse-trading. Due to mobilization of several political parties and the people and due to bad press, Indira Gandhi, unwillingly removed Governor Ramlal and appointed a Congress veteran, Shankar Dayal Sharma, as the governor of Andhra Pradesh to pave the way for restoring NTR.[26] Shankar Dayal Sharma removed Bhaskara Rao from power and restored NTR as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in September 1984.
A month later, Indira Gandhi (daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru) was assassinated and was succeeded as prime minister by her son, Rajiv Gandhi. In the ensuing national elections to the Lok Sabha, the Congress, riding on the sympathy wave caused by Gandhi's assassination, won convincingly all over the country except in Andhra Pradesh where the TDP secured a landslide victory. TDP achieved the rare distinction of becoming the first regional party to become the main opposition party in the Lok Sabha. Meanwhile in the state, NTR recommended dissolution of the Assembly and called for fresh elections the following year in the state the following year to ensure the people had a fresh choice to elect their representatives. The TDP again won with a massive majority in those elections, with NTR winning from 3 seats; Hindupur, Nalgonda and Gudivada, thus marking the beginning of his second term as Chief Minister. Senior Leaders of the Congress in the state including former Chief Ministers Kasu Brahmananda Reddy and Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy lost in their constituencies of Narasaraopet and Kurnool respectively to the TDP.
NTR completed his five-year term as Chief Minister. In the December 1989 assembly elections however, he was voted out of power due to a wave of anti-incumbency sweeping the state as a result of which the Congress returned to power. NTR himself lost from Kalwakurthy by a narrow margin to the Congress, but retained the Hindupur assembly seat. During this time, he suffered a mild stroke, as a result of which he was unable to campaign, which, according to some political analysts and TDP supporters, was the reason for the TDP's loss. However during this period, he established himself in national politics, forming a coalition of non-Congress parties opposed to the Congress known as the National Front. It included parties, besides the TDP, such as the Janata Dal, the DMK, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Indian Congress (Socialist). This alliance governed India between 1989-1990 with support from the Left Front and the BJP. Meanwhile, NTR assumed the position as the Leader of Opposition in the state.
NTR returned to power for a third and final time in the December 1994 state assembly elections with his party in alliance with the Left Front. This alliance won 250 seats in the 294 seat Assembly, with the TDP alone winning 226. The Congress, which once again had multiple Chief Ministers in the state during its five year rule between 1989-1994, won only 26 seats. NTR contested again from Hindupur and won the seat for the third consecutive time, achieving a rare hat-trick of wins from the same assembly constituency. He also won from another assembly constituency,Tekkali.
NTR's third term only lasted nine months. On 23 August 1995, he was removed as Chief Minister and as the president of the TDP by his son-in-law, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, who engineered an internal party coup against him and took over the offices. Naidu claimed that the reason for overthrowing NTR was that the latter was planning to hand over the reins of the party to his second wife Lakshmi Parvathi and felt that the party was in danger of disintegrating under her rule. Most of the TDP MLA's sided with Naidu and camped at the Viceroy Hotel in Hyderabad, the centre of the revolt. NTR's sons Nandamuri Harikrishna, Nandamuri Balakrishna and his other son-in-law Daggubati Venkateswara Rao played a crucial role in the coup but all of them fell out with Naidu soon afterwards. The reason for this is that Naidu is said have promised to make Venkateswara Rao the Deputy Chief Minister and Harikrishna the party's general secretary, but he sidelined all of them soon after becoming the Chief Minister and Party President. In an emotional interview after the coup, NTR called the coup a planned treachery and lambasted Naidu for being power-hungry and untrustworthy, likening him to Aurangzeb, the Mughal Emperor who jailed his father and killed his siblings to become the King of the Mughal Empire.

Achievements as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh


Main article: Chief Ministership of N. T. Rama Rao
NTR reflected socialist and populist views in several of his policies and provided basic necessities such as home, clothes and food and subsidies on them for people below the poverty line. He was also an advocate of women's rights and worked on a bill to amend inheritance law to provide equal rights for women to inherit ancestral property, enacted in 1986. He introduced many populist schemes such as the Midday Meal Scheme for poor children, rice at   2/kg, subsidised electricity and prohibiting the selling of alcohol in the state among others. He started the EAMCET(Engineering, Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test) which allowed students to join a professional college on merit. He was also a champion of social justice and introduced various measures that broke the upper-caste hegemony in various areas. He passed legislations allowing private transport operators to compete with the government-owned APSRTC. He also pioneered the Telugu Ganga project with support from the Government of Tamil Nadu, which provides water from the Krishna river for drinking and irrigation purposes to Rayalaseema and Chennai. He was a fierce advocate of Telugu pride and was instrumental in shifting the Telugu Film Industry from Madras to Hyderabad. The Telugu newspaper Eenadu wholeheartedly supported NTR and the TDP and covered most of NTR's achievements.
Achievements at the National Level
NTR earned a seat for the poor in Andhra Pradesh at the centre via well-thought out political decisions. NTR extended un-qualified support (cleared an MP seat and did not field a TDP candidate) to Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh P. V. Narasimha Rao resulting in the latter winning from the state and entering Parliament for the first time in his long career with a record majority. While the Congress wanted Narasimha Rao to be a powerless un-elected (Rajya Sabha member) yes-man of the Nehru-Gandhi family, NTR actively made sure Narasimha Rao had independent power. This earned Telugu people some influence even when the Congress was in power at the centre. His National Front government at the centre led by V. P. Singh was at the forefront of social justice by implementing the provisions in the Mandal Commission for providing 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC's).
Campaigning in other states
NTR also campaigned in other states, besides Andhra Pradesh. In 1984, when the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and fellow actor M. G. Ramachandran (MGR) was unable to campaign in thestate elections due to his being hospitalised in the USA for kidney failure and a massive stroke, NTR, who was a close friend of MGR, campaigned for his party, the 'All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK),[citation needed] despite the fact that that party was an ally of the Congress at the time. As leader of the National Front, he campaigned extensively for the constituent parties when they faced elections, again using his Chaitanya Ratham campaigning concept.

Personal life:Family

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor
In May 1942, at the age of 20, while still pursuing his Intermediate, NTR married Basava Tarakam, the daughter of his maternal uncle. The couple had twelve children- eight sons and four daughters. The sons were (Late) Nandamuri Ramakrishna Sr., Nandamuri Jayakrishna, (Late) Nandamuri Saikrishna, Nandamuri Harikrishna, Nandamuri Mohanakrishna, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nandamuri Ramakrishna Jr. and Nandamuri Jayashankar Krishna. The daughters were Garapati Lokeswari, Daggubati Purandeswari, Nara Bhuvaneswari and Kantamaneni Uma Maheswari.
His eldest son Nandamuri Ramakrishna Sr. died in 1962, soon after NTR completed shooting of the film Dakshayagnam.[citation needed] NTR founded the film studio Ramakrishna Studios inNacharam in his memory. His fourth son Nandamuri Harikrishna is a child actor-turned-politician elected to the Rajya Sabha, representing the TDP. Harikrishna's sons Nandamuri Kalyan Ram andJr. NTR are also actors in the Telugu film industry (Tollywood),with the latter being one of the top actors in the industry today. Nandamuri Balakrishna is one of the leading actors in Tollywood from the mid-1980s. He also started his career as a child artist. Balakrishna has plans to contest the 2014 assembly elections as a TDP candidate. Nandamuri Ramakrishna Jr. is a film producer. Nandamuri Saikrishna, who was a theatre owner, died in 2004 following diabetic complications. The other sons Jayakrishna and Mohanakrishna are noted cinematographers. Mohanakrishna's son Taraka Ratna is also a Tollywood actor.
NTR's second daughter Purandeswari is the sitting MP from Visakhapatnam representing the Congress. She is also the incumbent Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry. She is married to Daggubati Venkateswara Rao, who is also in the Congress and is distantly related to film producer D. Ramanaidu. His third daughter Bhuvaneswari is married to Nara Chandrababu Naidu.
Basava Tarakam died of cancer in 1985. In her memory, NTR established the Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital in Hyderabad in 1986. In 1993, at the age of 70, NTR married again, this time to Lakshmi Parvathi, a Telugu writer. He became the stepfather to Lakshmi Parvathi's son from her first marriage, Koteshwara Prasad, as a result of the marriage. She was the author of his 2-volume biography, which was published after his death. However she was never accepted as a family member by NTR's family members, who kept a distance from her after NTR's death.
Discipline
NTR was a highly disciplined and punctual person. He would get up every morning at 3:00 am to do Yoga, physical exercise and worship God. By 5 am, he would be ready for shooting. He would always arrive on the film sets one hour in advance of the stipulated time.[citation needed] He never stumbled or stammered in front of the camera as he used to take all the dialogues by heart when he was doing a particular film. He used to practice hard on the shores of Marina Beach at Madras, to retain his bass and echoic voice for excellent dialogue delivery and base modulations. He insisted on giving and showing respect to all members of the film crew. He would always stand whenever the producer walked into the sets, even if the producer was many years younger to him, thus setting a good precedent to his younger co-stars.
He shunned drinking both on- and off-screen.

Death
NTR died of a massive heart attack in the early hours of 18 January 1996 at his residence in Hyderabad, just a few months after he was ousted from power. At the time of his death he was 72 years old. Though he had been a heart patient, his death was nonetheless sudden, as just the day before his death he had been in good health and had even declared that he would contest theupcoming Lok Sabha elections as a NTR Telugu Desam Party candidate. He was cremated by his eldest surviving son, Nandamuri Jayakrishna. His ashes were immersed atSrirangapatna by his second wife Lakshmi Parvathi, eight years later, in 2004, after Chandrababu Naidu was ousted from power in the assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh held that year.

NTR GHAT 

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) Telugu Film actor

Film Acotrs


Dargah Ajmer India

DARGAH AJMER INDIA : 

Drgah, located on the foot of the Taragarh Hill, the Dargah is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and gateways. The main entrance to the tomb is the Buland Darwaza, which is also the site of the hoisting of a white flag to mark the beginning of Urs Festival. On either side of the Buland Darwaza are two huge degs or cauldrons, in which the tabarruk or holy food is cooked and distributed among the devotees or Urs. The Mahfilkhana is a hall, which is only used for 6 days to host qawaalis during the Urs festival. A particularly interesting piece of architecture is the silver Begami Dalaan, which is an ornately done portico over the main shrine. As you enter the shrine through this, a typical fragrance of sandal paste and attar, with which the tomb is anointed everyday, engulfs you. The main tomb is covered with a canopy fitted with real pearls and embroidered in gold and silver. A silver railing surrounds the tomb and devotees throng this place to offer flowers, sandalwood paste and incense sticks. Other interesting structures within the dargah complex include the Mazhar of Bibi Hafiz Jamal and Aulia Masjid, both used to recite the holy Koran. An interesting Mughal construction is the Jama Masjid, which has all 99 names of Allah and the 33 Koranic verses carved on the walls. Similarly, the Shah Jahan Mosque is made of white marble and covered in delicate carvings. The Jannati Darwaza, created in silver is opened during Id and Urs and it is believed that walking through the gate 7 times grants you a place in heaven! 

Dargah Ajmer India

Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor

Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR)

Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor

Akkineni Nageswara Rao (born 20 September 1923) is a prominent Indian film actor and producer, predominantly in the Telugu language. From paddy fields, he strode into the field of fine arts through theatre. He became a famous stage artiste, specialising, surprisingly, in playing female characters,because women at that time were prohibited from acting. Some of the famous plays he acted in were Harishchandra, Kanakatara, Vipranarayana, Telugu Talli, Aasajyoti and Satyanveshanam. Subsequently, he was discovered, by chance, by the then prominent film producer, Ghantasala Balaramaiah, at the Vijayawada railway station. He was then cast in the film, Dharmapatni. Since then, Nageswara Rao has starred in several films of various genres during his unparalleled 75-year acting career. He won the 3 Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award his acting carrier.He was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour for his contribution to Indian cinema, and is the recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest individual lifetime achievement award for films in India.

Early life and background

Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor
Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor


Akkineni Nageswara Rao was the youngest of 5 brothers born into a poor family on 20 September 1923 at Ramapuram, Krishna District. His parents, Akkineni Venkatratnam and Akkineni Punnamma were from the farming community. His formal education was limited to primary schooling due to his parents' poor economic conditions.
The farm boy, who never imagined that he would cross the borders of his village or district, toured all over the world as an ambassador of art and culture. Dr. Nageswara Rao was invited as a State Guest by the United States of America, England, France and Germany in 1964 and USSR in 1972 besides some other countries in the continent to study the Film Craft and Theatre Arts in the respective countries. He had visited Australia in 1967 leading the delegates for the Indian Entry Film, Antasthulu, at the Sydney Film Festival. He also led a high level Film Delegation to Mauritius. All through the world, the people felicitated Dr. Akkineni with love and honour.
On Oct 19, 2013 he held a press meet and announced that he is diagnosed with Cancer. He also expressed his positive intent over the disease and said he will fight till the end.

Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor

Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor
Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor

It was in 1941, at the age of 17, that he made his debut in the Telugu film, Dharmapatni, in which he played the role of the protagonist's friend. ANR, as he's fondly referred to, was discovered by chance at the Vijayawada railway station by the noted film producer, Ghantasala Balaramaiah, a popular film producer of that time, and was immediately offered the lead role in his upcoming movie Seeta Rama Jananam. He played the role of Lord Rama in that film. Before that, he predominantly acted in theater, many times donning female roles since women weren't allowed on stage at that time. His most popular stage plays were Asha Jyothy, Sathyanveshana, and Telugu Thalli. He has since acted in over 255 films, spanning the Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages. A majority of his films were both commercial and critical successes.
Among other things, Nageswara Rao is credited for influencing Telugu film producers and creating a base for Telugu films in Hyderabad. The Telugu film industry in its early days was based out of Madras (now Chennai) in Tamil Nadu.[citation needed] The new state of Andhra Pradesh was carved out from the Madras Presidency on 1 November 1956 and several leaders opined that in order to create a separate identity for the Telugu film industry, it had to be based out of Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. ANR was one of the first actors of that period who insisted on moving the Telugu film center from Chennai to Hyderabad. He established his own 22 acre production studio/house, Annapurna Studios in the heart of Hyderabad, to facilitate this.

Prominent films

Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor
Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor

ANR played a variety of roles ranging from a charming prince to a frustrated alcoholic lover, from a valiant soldier to a holy saint, and from a college student to a composed government official. He excelled in mythological roles too as Abhimanyu in Maya Bazaar, as Lord Vishnu in Chenchu Lakshmi; as Narada in Bhookailash; and Arjuna in Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddham. In rural oriented films like Balaraju, Rojulu Maraayi, and Namminabantu, he attained the status of Telugu cinema's first superstar. Surprisingly in comedy films too like Missamma, Chakrapani, and Preminchi Choodu, he made a striking mark. ANR is fondly called the "Tragedy King" of Telugu cinema, through his milestone performances in romantic dramas such as Laila Majnu, Anarkali, Batasari, Prem Nagar, Premabhishekam, and Meghasandesham.
The film Premabhishekam directed by Dasari Narayana Rao is one of the biggest hits in Tollywood. It had an amazing 533 days run in Hyderabad City, which is still the highest run in a city for any Telugu movie. Premabhishekam is the only Telugu film to have run for 365+ days continuously.
He was the first to don a double role in Telugu films, and even played nine roles in the film Navarathri. ANR's portrayal of an alcoholic jilted lover in Devadasu erected an everlasting monument to Sarath Chandra's famous Bengali character. Although that role was reprised by many in later years in several different languages, it prompted the famous Hindi actor Dilip Kumar to say, "there is only one Devadasu, and that is Nageswara Rao." A majority of ANR's social films like Samsaram, Bratuku Teruvu, Aradhana, Donga Ramudu, Dr. Chakravarthi, Ardhaangi, Mangalya Balam, Illarikam, Shantinivasam, Velugu Needalu, Dasara Bullodu, Bharya Bhartalu, Dharmadata, Batasari, and College Bullodu were commercially successful films. Sitaramayyagari Manavaralu was released in 1991, exactly 50 years after his debut, and was a huge success at the box office, despite the influx of newer and younger stars.
A unique feature that won ANR acclaim from critics and art lovers was that he enacted the roles of literary and cultural icons of different regions in India, thereby making them instruments of national integration.--as the great Sanskrit poet, Mahakavi Kalidas of Ujjain; as the celebrated musician saint, Bhakta Jayadeva of Odisha; as the temple sculptor, Amarasilpi Jakkanna of Karnataka; as the devotee saint, Vipranarayana of Tamil Nadu; and as the singer Bhakta Tukaram.


Literary works
Apart from being a movie star, ANR was a prolific writer. Some of his prominent books being are his autobiographical work, Nenu Na Jeevitham, the memoirs of his first visit to the USA, Nenu Choosina America, and the expression of his thoughts in his book, A Aalu. His most recent, contemplative, self-reflective work is the book Manasuloni Maata. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from several Indian universities.

Cultural Ambassador
ANR was invited as a guest of the State by the USA, Russia, UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Malaysia, and Japan. He toured all these countries as a cultural ambassador representing India. He visited Australia in 1967, leading a delegation representing the Indian film, Anthasthulu.
Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao had also served as a Director on the Board of the National Film Development Corporation of India.

The Akkineni Nageswara Rao college
Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor
In 1957, he donated a considerable sum of money to the Andhra University. He was the Chief Donor and President of a College at Gudivada, which was subsequently named after him. Being a strong advocate of education, he created scholarships in the Universities of Andhra, Madras, Sri Venkateswara, and Osmania. Apart from being a Life Member in the Senate of the Andhra University, he is also Adviser to its Department of Dramatics and Theatre Arts.

ANR National Award
Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor

When Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao was honoured with the prestigious DADA SAHEB PHALKE AWARD in 1991, a desire rose in him to create a similar award in his lifetime. The Akkineni International Foundation is the charitable arm of Annapurna Studios. The ANR National Award was instituted by the foundation in the honor of Akkineni Nageswara Rao in 2005. The award is given annually to recognize people for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the India.

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Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Film Actor

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