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Madhya Pradesh Trip-3: Visit to Chitrakoot

Watch the full video here Overview: I first heard about Chitrakoot while watching the TV series Ramayan in the 1980s. Then later read several books and heard from different people how important Chitrakoot is in Indian history. I reached Chitrakoot from Gwalior at around 4am in the morning, and I had booked the Retiring room at Chitrakoot Railway station for my accomodation. But unfortunately after reaching ChitrakootDham railway station, I found the Retiring room in a shabby conditon and in complete darkness. People were sleeping on the platform and there was nobody to guide me on the retiring room. So finally I decided to move out of the station and look for accomodation. I managed to get a single room just opposite the Railway station for Rs 800. There are several options for stay near the railway station, and since I had my next train past midnight, I preferred some place quite close so that I can just walk to the train station. I got freshened up and at around 7:30am, I ventured ou

Lost temples of Karnataka: Haranahalli

Overview: Around 8kms from Arsikere is a beautiful township of Haranahalli. There are two temples Keshava and Someshwara. The temple was locked early in the morning. So we asked the whereabouts of the priest which was not very far from the temple. The priest gave us the keys and we went inside the Keshava temple. The early morning scene in the temple premises was adding to the beauty. The carvings were excellent on the outer walls but from the interior it was too dark. The ceilings were decorated amazingly. In the meantime the priest asked his assistant to open the doors of the Someshwara temple which was on the other side of the road.             The Someshwara temple also was nice and beautiful but it was not maintained properly and bushes had grown all around the temple. The authorities should work on the restoration of this temple. The temple also had beautiful carvings on the walls of various deities in different poses. The ceiling was also carved beautifully.         Reference