Tuesday Feb 28, 2006

In India in Feb 2006

Recent India Trip Feb 2006


I was in India and went to visit the holy Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine on Feb 18. 
First I traveled by bus with a couple of friends to the town of Katra. We then
took an auto-rickshaw to Ban Ganga which forms the Holy Entrance for the trek.
The temple is located at 5200ft above sea level and is 13 kilometers (~8 miles) away from Ban Ganga.

One could walk along the serpentine paved path or walk up the steps all the way to the top.
We walked along the path and took the steps most of the way down.
Here is a View of Trikuta Hills taken about 50 miles away shows the serpentine trekking route
to the top of the hills ( see the white dotted lines). I have seen people run, crawl and roll up
the entire path. Our visit (or darshan) was successfully done within 8 hours.

On an unrelated topic, here is a picture of an Elephant near my house in Jammu Tawi.



Sunday Dec 25, 2005

Details at Wikipedia

I have been adding stuff about Jammu Tawi at  the existing Wikipedia link.
See details at Jammu Tawi which has all the gory details ;-)


Friday Jun 03, 2005

History of Jammu

According to the most popular legend, Jammu city was founded by Raja Jamboolochan in 14th century BC as he found divine power here. During one of his hunting campaigns he reached near a river (Tawi) where he saw a goat and a lion drinking water at the same place. The king was impressed and decided to set up a town after his name, Jamboo. With the passage of time the name got corrupted and became "Jammu". The city name figures in the ancient book Mahabharata. Name of Jammu city is also found in the memories of Timur.Excavation near Akhnoor provide evidences that Jammu was a part of Harappan civiliaziation. Remains of Mauryan , Kushan, and Gupta periods have also been found.

Friday May 27, 2005

About the city

Jammu Tawi !!

I am from Jammu Tawi, the Indian city of temples. It is part of  Indian state of  Jammu and Kashmir. Every year millions of  devotees pass through Jammu to visit Vaishno Devi temple shrine. Last year more than 6 million devotees journeyed there. The unique thing about it is that the actual temple is located at an elevation 5200 feet. Devotees trek  a total of  13 kilometer (~8.1 miles) from an altitude of 2500 feet to reach the temple.

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