Thursday, August 31, 2006


Oh ! what this august turned out to be. I have not seen as much as five cyclones in a single month. It is water and water everywhere. In front of my Heritage House(bcoz it is already 102 years old now) I discovered knee high man made flood as a surprise in the morning after a great raining night. And my surprise turned into horror, then into nightmare when I discovered that this black water rivulet is not receding at all. What a curse on us who prefer to stay in this millenium city inspite of opportunity to settle at Bhubaneswar.

Flood is coming as a Guest
The state government announced the welcoming ceremony of a big flood coming tonight in small rivers like Mahanadi and her siblings. Only God can save coastal belt of Orissa.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


At the eastern coast of Orissa, facing the blue bay of bengal, is the 13 th century marvel KONARK, the Sun Temple.The magnificent temple at Konark is the culmination of Orissan temple architecture, and one of the most stunning monuments of religious architecture in the world.Built by the King Narasimhadeva in the thirteenth century, the entire temple was designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twelve wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across the heavens. Surya has been a popular deity in India since the Vedic period .

The Sun Temple of Konark marks the highest point of achievement of Kalinga architecture depicting the grace , the joy and the rhythm of life all it's wondrous variety. There is an endless wealth of decoration from minute pattterns in bas-relief done with a jeweller's precision to boldly modelled free standing sculptures of exceptionally large size. Under the crackling wheels of past events , the Sun Temple has lost its main sanctuary but the remaining structure and the ruins arouns testify till today the boundless creative energy of Orissan artistes and their impresive contribution to the treasury of Indian Art and building technique. Standing majestically on the sandy coast of the Bay of Bengal, the porch, in its solitary grandeur is an eloquent testimony of a gracious and mysterious past. Dedicated to Sun God, this temple was constructed by Raja Narasinghs Deva-I of the Ganga Dynasty was dazzling supreme in the political firmament of India

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