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Exploring the Enchanting Village of Banavasi(Bengaluru Rural): A Hidden Gem Amidst Hills

Watch the full video here Overview: Nestled along the scenic Harohalli-Anekal road near Bangalore, Banavasi is a tranquil village enveloped by majestic hills, offering a serene escape from the bustling world. This unassuming village holds within its bounds a rich tapestry of history, spirituality, and natural beauty that beckons visitors to explore its hidden treasures. Exploring Banavasi's Temples and Shrines: At the heart of Banavasi lies the venerable Maramma temple, a cherished spiritual landmark that has stood for over 150 years. Tucked beneath the shade of a sprawling Banyan tree, the temple boasts a stone image in the distinctive folk style. A sense of reverence permeates the air as devotees gather here to pay homage and seek blessings. Adjacent to the Maramma temple, a charming shrine dedicated to Karadi Maramma comes into view. Housing an image of Durga and an intricately engraved wooden idol crowned by the Keertimukha, this shrine exudes a rustic charm that resonates with

Dancing Colors of the Past: Unveiling Ancient Art at the Plains of Mystery (Mallachandram & Jagatab, Tamil Nadu)

Watch the full video here Overview: Welcome to Mallachandram, where history comes alive through the whispers of weathered stone. Here, amidst the rolling landscapes, you'll find around 200 dolmens that hold the secrets of an ancient time. Dolmens, known as 'portholes' to experts, dot this landscape in various designs, each offering a glimpse into a different chapter of the past. Picture a circular dolmen standing proudly among stones, a silent witness to the generations it has witnessed. Another design showcases a dolmen encircled by a ring of stones, guarded by towering menhirs, standing sentinel over the resting place within. A more intricate arrangement presents a stone cist, embraced by upright stones forming a gentle wall—a sacred space that speaks of those of great significance. And then, there's the simplicity of a lone grave, unembellished yet profound, the earliest echo of this tradition. But the stones tell more tales beyond their shapes. They bear etchings th

Raichur Trip Day 3: Lingasugur, Maski, Pothnal Manvi & Kallur

Watch the full video here Overview: Embarking on the concluding day of our enchanting Raichur sojourn, we bid adieu to our overnight abode in Lingasugur after a hearty breakfast. Our compass pointed towards Maski, a hallowed site resonating with the echoes of ancient history, where monumental Ashokan edicts stand as silent sentinels. Amazing roads in Raichur District Nestled gracefully along the meandering banks of the Maski river, an intimate tributary of the Tungabhadra, Maski emerges as a township with an intriguing past. Rooted in the etymology of "Mahasangha" or "Masangi," the town's name whispers tales of a bygone era. The sands of time unveiled Maski's historical prominence when the intrepid explorer C. Beadon, in 1915, unearthed a momentous revelation—the remarkable Ashokan edict. Among Ashoka's inscriptions, this edict marked a pivotal juncture, bearing the imperial name "Ashoka" rather than the preceding references of "Devanampi

Raichur Trip Day 2: Devadurga, Gurgunta, Lingasugur, Mudgal & Jaladurga

Watch the full video here Overview: On the second day of our journey through Raichur district, we bid farewell to the cozy comfort of our Railway retiring room in Raichur and embarked on an exploration of the district's western realm. The early morning air nipped at us as we set out on our motorcycle, adding a touch of invigorating chill to our adventure. Our day's odyssey commenced with a hearty breakfast in the quaint town of Devadurga. Energized and fueled, we directed our wheels towards our initial destination - a unique grove of Baobab trees. As we arrived at the premises of a Government school, our eyes were drawn to the majestic presence of a solitary, towering Baobab tree. A fascinating historical tidbit accompanied this natural wonder; this arboreal giant was said to have been planted by the Adil Shahis, who imported its seeds from the faraway lands of Africa. The intertwining of cultures and epochs was evident beneath its branches. Devadurga Leaving behind Devadurga,