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Mahishadal Rath Yatra

October 30, 2013 7 comments

Mahishadal Rath Yatra

Towering Chariot of Mahishadal, East Midnapore, West Bengal

See also: Rath Yatras of West bengal

When it comes to Rath (or Ratha) Yatra (Chariot Festival) the first thing that comes into mind is Puri, Orissa (Odissa). The towering raths (chariots) of Puri have almost become synonymous with Ratha Yatra.

Mahishdal Rath Yatra, Mahishadal, East Midnapore, West Bengal

Mahishdal Rath Yatra, Mahishadal, East Midnapore, West Bengal

But West Bengal, the neighbouring state of Orissa, also houses several Rath Yatra festivals, complete with towering raths.  Some of this rath yatras dates back a couple of centuries and attracts devotees from far and wide.

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Ula Birnagar, Forgotten Mansons and Temples

October 23, 2013 11 comments

Ula Birnagar

Forgotten Mansions and Temples

See also: My blog post Mitra Mustafi Trilogy

Stone has always been in short supply in the vast flood plains of Bengal. Hence the architects had to restore to other substitute. As clay was easily available the burnt clay bricks soon became a good substitute of stone. This gave rise to a new form of temple architecture

Jora Bangla Temple, Ula Birnagar, Nadia

Jora Bangla Temple, Ula Birnagar, Nadia

This also lead to the development of a distinctive temple architecture, where God’s didn’t dwell in towering structure but in structures similar to the homes of common man. Thatched roof soon became an indispensible part of Bengal Temple Architecture.

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Hyderabad and Warangal

October 16, 2013 21 comments

Hyderabad and Warangal

FAM (Familiarization) tour of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC)

A thundering voice echoed through the ruins of an ancient fort depicting the the tales of a long lost kingdom and battles long ago. Relevant portions of the fort were lit up to add a new dimension to the story.

L - R: P.  Jogi Naidu, Kiran Mehta, Rangan Datta, Kalyani and Sunil Vaidyanathan

L – R: P. Jogi Naidu, Kiran Mehta, Rangan Datta, Kalyani and Sunil Vaidyanathan (Photo: Kirtana)

Probably you have got it by now, its the sound and light show at the Golconda Fort, Hyderabad and I was part of a 3 day (8 – 10 Oct. 2013) FAM (Familiarization) trip of Hyderabad and Warangal organized by the APTDC.

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Scott Kelby Photowalk 2013, Calcutta (Kolkata)

October 9, 2013 2 comments

Scott Kelby’s Photowalk 2013, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Along the Hooghly (Nimtala Ghat – Bagbazar Ghat)

Also see: My blog post on Scott Kelby’s Photowalk 2012, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Its the first Saturday of October and its time for the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.  Scott Kelby, photographer and photo editor, have been organizing photowalks worldwide since 2008. Held on the the first Saturday of October Scott Kelby’s photowalk is organized in all the major cities of the world and attracts thousands of photo enthusiast. The 2013 version of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk consisted of 1238 walk with 28648 participants.

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk 2013, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk 2013, Calcutta (Kolkata) (Photo: Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

Since the last year Calcutta (Kolkata) has been on the Scott Kelby’ Worlwide Photowalk map and 2013 saw two separate walks in Calcutta (Kolkata). I decided to join the walk in North Calcutta (Kolkata) lead by Manjit Singh Hoonjan.

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Bandel Cheese ~ The Taste of Portugal in Bengal

October 2, 2013 56 comments

Bandel Cheese

The Taste of Portugal in Bengal

Also see: My travelogue on Bandel

Small discs of about a inch in diameter, they come in white and brown colours, they are the Bandel cheese and are available only in a couple of shops in Calcutta’s not so new New Market !!!!!

Bandel Cheese, Plain (White) and Smoked (Brown)

Bandel Cheese, Plain (White) and Smoked (Brown)

Originating from the erstwhile Portuguese settlement of Bandel (about 50 km north of Calcutta) the Bandel Cheese is perhaps the last traces of Portuguese cuisine in Bengal.

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