“Kadalekayi Parishe” – The Groundnut Festival

This festival is unique to Bull temple, Bangalore.
Some information about the festival which I found out from the internet is:

The legend has it that the surrounding area of the temple, known as Sunkenahalli was cultivated for groundnut. A bull started grazing in the well-grown groundnut crop, at this, a farmer got furious and hit the bull with a club. Immediately the bull sat down becoming motionless and was transformed into a stone. Poor farmers were left stun and felt guilty. For their repentance they decided to build a temple for the bull, to their surprise the bull was growing in height. The worried farmer then prayed to Lord Shiva who advised them to redeem a trident buried a few feet away from the bull and place the trident on the forehead of the stone statue to stop it from growing. Farmers followed the Lord’s advice and the bull stopped growing. Still one can see the trident place on bull’s forehead.
Since then farmers offer their first crop of groundnut to the bull. The farmer’s hold a Groundnut fair known as Kadalekayi Parishe, near the temple premises every year, to show their thankfulness. It is one of the worth visiting places in Bangalore.

I studied in B.M.S. College of Engineering which is right across the Bull temple, and I had never been to this festival.

When I reached the place, I could see lots of stalls around. Huge piles of groundnuts and people selling them.

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Rock Garden – Chandigarh, Punjab

Place: Chandigarh, Punjab

Date: July 20th 2008

Team: Varun, Swaroop and Vikram

I was in Chandigarh visiting my friend Varun’s Hometown. I asked him what are the nice things to see around and he said there was a rock garden with really old and cheap rattan garden furniture. The first thing that comes to my mind with rock garden is a small park with some huge rocks in it. If that’s what you have thought about you will be surprised.

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Rock Garden at Chandigarh is a wonderful creation of Mr. Nek Chand. He was a road inspector in the early fifties supervising the construction of roads in Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab.

He created beauty out of industrial waste. Things like plugs, sockets, broken tiles etc.

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As we walk by we see a nice waterfall.

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Beauty of karwar

Date: 12th May 2007

Group: Manohar, Aravind, Sandeep, Manjunath, Rahul and his wife Rhujuta

We had been to Karwar for Milind’s wedding (Click here for the wedding photos).

Few snaps from the bus…

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Snap from the moving bus…

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We reached the beach in the late afternoon…

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Saw a few kingfisher birds, clicked them. I saw this one sitting on a boat. I loved the colour combination.

Blue bird!

Beautiful evening at Karwar beach

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Trek to Kumara Parvatha

February 25th and 26th 2006:

Trekware:

Kumara Parvatha… toughest trek in Karnataka. It is truly challenging. We left on Friday evening and were back on Monday morning.

The Team:

Amit, Akshata, Abhilash, Ashish, Ajay, Ajay Rao, Belmeera, Mahesh, Swaroop, Sindhu & Me.

Kumara Parvatha

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