Ahinsa Sthal – a quick tour with relaxing music :)

Ahinsa Sthal is a Jain temple located in Mehrauli, Delhi. The main deity of the temple is Mahavira, the 24th and last Tirthankara (human spiritual guide) of present half cycle of time. A magnificent statue of Tirthankara Mahāvīra is installed here.

(Text source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahinsa_Sthal)

Bhateshwar Temple Complex + Shani Mandir

Bhateshwar: Truly Mystical! This is an archaeological site comprising about 200+ ancient shrines in Morena district, Madhya Pradesh. The shrines in Bateshwar complex are dedicated mostly to Shiva and a few to Vishnu. The temples are made of sandstone and were built around 300 years before Khajuraho temples were built!

Our video-blog about this trip can be found here.

Also, here‘s an informative documentary depicting how these temples were restored with help from locals and even the dacoits of chambal!

Shani temple: On our way back we visited this ancient Shani temple which has an interesting story of lord Hanuman associated with it 🙂 We also met the pet deer and it’s cute little cub 🙂

Our full playlist of VIDEOs  from this HERITAGE TOUR to Gwalior and Morena can be found here on YouTube >> Gwalior Morena Video Playlist


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Siddhachal Jain Temple Caves – Monoliths and Carvings at Gwalior

On the way up to the Gwalior fort the road climbs through a wooded gorge called the Urwahi valley. Facing it, and carved into the soaring sandstone cliff, are the imposing ‘Jain‘ monoliths that depict the Teerthankars. The Sanskrit/Hindi word “Teerth” means a destination situated at the bank of a river and “Teerthankar” would mean someone who enables a traveller to reach this destination. Symbolizing the flow of existence as a flowing river, “Teerthankar” would essentially mean an enlightened master who helps fellow beings in crossing the river and reaching the ‘destination’. The monolith statues are believed to have been carved in the 15th century under the patronage of a Tomar king.

For a video tour to these massive monoliths please see >> this post!

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More info about the carvings: http://www.touristlink.com/india/jain-monoliths-gwalior/overview.html

Struggle of Life – A sculpture exhibition by Shrikant Pandey

Recently visited this unique exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi and happened to treasure some moments in our camera as well as the artist, Mr. Shrikant Pandey himself, and also our super talented cousin Stuti Pandey gave us a tour of the exhibition. You’ll be amazed to see that something as simple as M-Seal can be put to such an artistic and meaningful use 🙂 The exhibition will be again setup in March ..this time in Mumbai.

More details here : Struggle of Salvation: मोक्ष का संघर्ष. Cheers 🙂