Posted by: Kumar | October 14, 2009

Kumar’s Believe it or not

A test of faith or a show of strength? either ways, yes I’m sort off using the whole ripleys thing but this was one of those moments. As i was continuing my travels in India i came across this procession of self sacrifice for the Hindu Goddess Kali. The procession had over 50 people dragging cars and trucks by attaching ropes to hooks that were then hooked on to the backs of the people participating. I have seen these things a lot on T.V. and it looks a lot harder to do in person than it does on T.V. because we assume that these people are comfortable with needles so this is not really a big deal for them, but that was not the case when i saw it in person you can see the amount of strength and perseverance required for them to be able to accomplish this in their faces. But these people are determined to accomplish their task in order to achieve the blessing of the Hindu Goddess. So yeah enjoy the pictures and comments would be appreciated.

Kaali procession 1

Man pulling Maruti

Man getting ready to pull small bus

Man pulls small bus

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Man pulling black maruti

Just in case you were wondering why i have so little pictures of this event, it’s cause i just came across this while i was travelling. I cannot say that i was a part of this procession because i didn’t stop or go down the car to try to take more pictures since we were on a tight schedule. But for what it’s worth im glad i saw and took the little pics i have of the procession for me to be able to share it with you guys.

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Posted by: Kumar | October 8, 2009

The Golden Temple

Like stated in my previous post, here is my next post and it contains pictures from the 2 times i went inside the temple. one was around sunset and my other visit was next morning at around 10am. So in this post you would find pictures of one of the most holy place in for the Sikhs. But make no mistake about it people from all religions are welcomed there and if you do find the time to go there im sure you would enjoy what this place has to offer. Other than it being extremely beautiful just being around, looking at the temple and meditating or just walking around can bring a sence if peace in you. For the moment you are there it would feel like you are in a place that’s out of this world and at the same time you feel like you are a part of a bigger world and those are only some of the reasons why thousands of people are attracted to this place everyday. So yeah just check the pictures out to have a better idea of how this place is. If you ever decide to visit India this place is definately a must see. So yeah i hope you like this post, comments would be appreciated as usual.

Souvenir market outside the golden temple
Souvenir market outside the golden temple

Souvenir market outside the golden temple

Girl Checking stuff out
Girl Checking stuff out

People at Souvenir shop
People at Souvenir shop

Sikh coat of arms
Sikh coat of arms

Punjabi salesman
Punjabi Salesman

Mom bargaining with salesman

Punjabi salesman

Mom cleaning her feet
You have to clean your feet before you enter the compound as you can see none of them are wearing shoes or slippers. That’s cause like all Indian temples you arent allowed to wear footwear inside the temple.

People meditating and chilling

Front shot of the temple
The Golden Temple

Picture of temple compound.
Picture of temple compound

Golden temple

People waiting for the prayer
People waiting for the prayer

Another shot of the surrounding buildings

People bathing

People praying by the lake
People praying by the lake

Carps in the Lake
Carps in the Lake

Evening prayer time.
Evening prayer time and time for the temple to shine

The golden temple all lit up.
The Golden Temple all lit up

Temple Front shot

People adoring the beautiful temple
people appreciating the beauty of the temple

Entering the temple
Entering the bridge to the temple

Entrance Chandelier on golden ceiling
Entrance Chandelier on golden ceiling

People patiently wating in line
People patiently wating in line

Temple guard
Temple guard

The exit lane.
The exit lane

People entering
Another shot of the lane

Golden fence outside the temple
Golden fence outside the temple

Lamp surrounding the temple
Picture of one of the many lamps around the temple

Actual golden temple entrance
The actual entrance. last point before they ask you to off your camera, i could have taken shots if i really wanted. But as a sign of respect i didn’t plus you only get to view the “Guru granth” or the Sikh bible for less than 30 seconds. Operations are very organized, thats why even if there are hundreds of people in the line, it won’t take you longer than 20 minutes to get inside from way back. But thats on a normal day. Im sure thats not the case in other Holy days.

More Carps
More Carps

Outside the temple
Outside the temple

A shot of the bridge to the temple.
A shot of the bridge to the temple

People resting by the temple lake
People resting by the temple lake

People enjoying the view
People enjoying the view

Sideview 3

Group picture. ofcourse im not in it.
Group picture, too bad im not in it. we tried but none of them could take a pic with slow shutter speed and if i took one with the flash the temple didn’t look as beautiful. 😦

Sister, Niece and Cousin waiting for food.
My sister Maya, my niece Diana and my cousin Tanuja waiting for the food.

Food hall
This is the food hall. they serve free food here 4am to 12 midnight. everyone is allowed to eat here the food you recieve here is believed to be blessed by God. You can say it’s something like communion but you eat real food. Note thousands of people go here everyday and there is never a time here that they run out of food.

Man inside the food hall

People helping wash the plates and utensils
People helping wash the plates and utensils

A big kitchen
The giant kitchen, incase you were wondering this is where they cook food for the thousands of people that come here everyday from 4am to 12 mid-night.

Another shot of the big kitchen

Another section of the food hall.
Another section of the food hall

Day 2

Day 2: second visit to the temple

Ouch.
People walking on extremely hot marble. Trust me when i say it’s hot. You couldn’t stand even for one second.

People getting ready to bath
People getting ready to bath in the lake

People
People

People chilling by the lake

People and the temple

Man bathing in the temple

More people bathing

People getting some water
The water there is super cold and it tasted good too. It tasted like fancy bottled water.

Temple compound

Temple guards walking around
Temple guards walking around with spears and swords and make no mistake about it, these are for show if someone trys to cause trouble and refuses to cooperate these keepers of peace are given the right to use their arms.

Another temple guard

Temple guard

Sikh Temple Guard

Souvenir market outside the golden temple

A morning shot of the temple
Farewell shot of the temple.

Can’t wait to go back and visit again, and like i said if you are ever around this part of India you must visit this temple. So yeah keep visiting guys more pictures from my trip to India are to follow. Feel free to comment guys as they would be highly appreciated.

Posted by: Kumar | October 2, 2009

Journey to Amritsar

Yet again, it’s a late post. As usual i’ve been busy with college so yeah here are more pics from my trip to India. In this post i would be sharing the pictures i took in the 1000km drive to Amritsar from Jodhpur. For those familliar with the route you guys might wonder why i don’t have any pictures from the places we passed by. But yeah i have few pictures because we drove non-stop. We only stopped for food and tea. So yeah it was 30+ hours of travel. as tiring as it sounds this would have been awesome if i wasnt on a schedule. So yeah comments would be appreciated guys. good or bad! everyday is a learning experience.

The beginning
Starting point. Sardarpura, Jodhpur.

Happy people
so happy in the start.. they have no idea we are in for a 30+ hour drive.

Streets of ajmer
Streets of ajmer

Pigeons
Pigeons

Bad ass ride
Bad ass ride

Streets of Ajmer
Streets of Ajmer

Amritsar 678 Kilometers.
Just 678 kilometers more.

Tata Truck
A Tata truck, for those who didn’t know Tata motors owns Jaguar and Land Rover.

Rajasthan Roads
Rajasthan Roads

Overloading Revamped
Overloading Revamped

Happy people
Uncle, Cousin, Cousin, Sister, Niece and Mom.

Truck and peeps
I should try that next time. i’ve always wondered why people like sitting on top of truck ands trains.

Pari shy/pissed off
My niece being camera shy. Bet she was extremely tired it had been almost 18 hours since we started travelling.

Dia shy/pissed off
So tired.

Lightbulb

Mom surprised!
Mom and sister extremely tired.

Dhaba
Dhaba’s the place to eat when ur travelling in India.. It gives u a sense of where you are. The food is good. Just pick a good one before you stop. In our case our driver knew this one. So yeah we had some tea and streched our backs there.

Only in india
Uncle “stretching” his back after a long drive. Im pretty sure he was asleep.

gas station
Gas Station in Punjab. Im surprised some gas stations in Punjab are better than the ones in the philippines they even had playgrounds and rooms.

My clueless niece
My niece Dia, Enjoying the morning breeze and the play ground.

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Cousin and Mom enjoying the swing after almost 20+ hours on the road.

Me enjoying the swing.
Sorry, I couldnt resist. haha

Bench In the gas station

Indian cargo transport trucks
Indian Tata cargo transport trucks.

Gas station play ground
Gas station play ground.

Pari in the slide
My niece Pari enjoying the slide.

Gas Station
I wonder what these bycles are doing in the gas station? hehe

Pari loving the open area

Lush greenery of punjab

The Milk man's ride
The milkman’s badass ride.

Indian Chai
Punjabi Chai

People enjoying early morning fresh air
People enjoying early morning fresh air.

Roads of Punjab

Overloading Reloaded
Overloading Reloaded

Roads of Punjab
Election time. So yeah the Indian Military was everywhere.

Roads of Punjab
Camel on the road.

random shot
A shot of the sign leading to the Golden temple.

Sun set
Finally the outside of the structure where the lake and the Golden temple are located at.

So yeah we left at 9am and got there sunset time nextday. Keep visiting guys pictures of the Golden temple and it’s surrounding would be the content of my next post.

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