Thursday, February 3, 2011

Photographs from Here, There and Everywhere in Nashik-Shirdi...

 A shop selling bronze and brass idols outside the Kalaram 
Temple, Panchvati - Nashik
A shop selling a large variety of brass and bronze statues of various Gods and Goddesses, temple bells, wind-chimes etc. outside the Kalaram Temple in Nashik.

A 
shop selling Rudraksh malas and beads in Trimbakeshwar
Trimbakeshwar, being the land of Lord Shiva Rudraksh beads are sold in plenty here. Spot them in the extreme right and left hand sides of this photograph taken near the Trimbakeshwar Temple. Characteristic with grooves called mukhis, Rudraksh is believed to be Lord Shiva’s tear and is very sacred to the Hindus. These beads are strung together to form malas for japa (repetitive chanting) or are worn around the neck for treatment of various diseases. Other items like conches, sea shells, old coins, necklaces made of colorful beads and horse shoes can also be seen here.

A Lord Shiva Temple in Trimbakeshwar
A Lord Shiva Temple in Trimbakeshwar
One thing which was quite remarkable in this trip was that most of the temples, be it the Kalaram temple, the Sundernarayan temple, the Trimbakeshwar temple or the not-so-famous ones like these, were all black in color.

A farmer sells Onions on the Mumbai-Nashik highway
Since Onions are grown in large quantities in and around Nashik and Shirdi, you will come across many farmers selling their surplus along the highways in these pink sacks. With the price of Onions soaring to almost Rs. 70/kg recently, I reminisce those wonderful times when I had bought this big 25 kg sack (in July) for just Rs. 70. Wish I had saved some for this day!!

A Sugarcane juice shop on the way from Mumbai to Shirdi
Maharashtra being a large producer of Sugarcane, you will find a lot of shops like these selling fresh sugarcane juice all along the Mumbai-Nashik-Shirdi route. Do stop here and relish the fresh juice given with a dash of ginger and a squeeze of lime and refresh yourselves up for the journey ahead!


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27 comments:

  1. lovely clicks ... kalaram mandir was my favorite ... it looked so beautifull


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  2. Lovely pictures . Onions have made many cry last year .

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  3. Great photos as always and a very interesting post for the day! I do enjoy reading about your country! Thank you!

    Sylvia

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  4. I love your pictures! They make me feel like I'm in India all over again! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Will sugarcane juice keep very long in the refrigerator? I'm thinking that it would. I love your bead picture, I clicked to enlarge it and get a better look at them, and the pretty shells. Did you buy any?

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  6. These kind of interesting Photos always bring out the environment of the place very well..Nice snaps Arti.. !

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  7. Superb..I always thought of visiting this place but nevr got a time till now..

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  8. Happy weekend Arti - and thanks for another lovely peek into India - sugarcane juice sounds so good to me!

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  9. Love the photos! What an interesting country. I'd love to visit there.

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  10. Wow you got a steal with the Onion vendor.. ... Your pics are so natural..no milawat..pure nature...

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  11. Loved those pictures especially of the beads.My new hobby weaving beads, You can see my blog chitrasjewelart.blogspot.com

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  12. Very cool and interesting photos!

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  13. Wonderful temples.. so everyday yet so special too.

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  14. This is a fascinating post and your photos are as ever amazing. Thanks.
    I particularly like the shop in the first photo and the covered tuk-tuk later on.

    Have a nice day, Boonie

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  15. Arti -- those are beautiful pictures. I am not usually much of a shopper, but I'd go to that place if I were close enough! A beautiful colorful area -- wish I could be there.

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  16. great pictorial presentation.
    very well written.

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    btw, very nice pics n 25Kg onions for 70KG. WOW!!! I really like ur write up here cos it gives an interesting bit of of Maharashtra, then flavors them with the local traditions, garnished with the lil interesting tit bits n the brilliant photos which complete the whole picture. Just makes me realize that there's so many more miles I need to go within India. Truly a great post.

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  18. You took some interesting and fascinating photographs..

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  19. Interesting as always Arti -- we have roadside vegetable vendors around here as well. Sometimes their prices are good, sometimes not as they are just trying to catch people on their way past.

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  20. Interesting to find so many things about so many places in India. There is so much more to know. It's always nice to read your post Arti:)

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  21. Amazing! The first and the third pics stand out. :)

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  22. Wonderful images. Had been to only Shirdi here.

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  23. That's so fresh ! awesome.........keep sharing

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