Eid, Dargah Sharif and Ajmer

Eid, Dargah Sharif and Ajmer.

An experience to remember.

In Ajmer my first stop is Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s Dargah, popularly known as Dargah Sharif and is one of the places to visit in Ajmer. I have read all along right through school to now that the people of all religions hold the Sufi saint in high esteem. Being a day dreamer, I actually look forward to the place with a Sufi song “Khwaja mere Khwaja, dil mein sama ja” playing in the back of my mind ! 🙂

Qawwali, the famous Sufi singing, is a common sight here.

It being at a walking distance from the station, I walk through small lanes full of shops and reach a place where it joins a larger road and on one end is the huge gate of Dargah.

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Main gate of Dargah Sharif.

Ramayana on walls

Picture of the moment:- Ramayana on walls of a temple in Kumbakonam:
Picture of the moment is a weekly series exhibiting pictures from around the world.

When I was backpacking to interiors of Tamil Nadu, this was one of the temples I really wanted to visit. I was told that the whole epic of Ramayana is painted on interior walls of the temple.

Ramayana on walls of temple @lemonicks.com

If only you can read Tamil….

The multi-color painting was detailed and beautiful indeed.
By the time I clicked 2-3 shots, one of the junior priests came running, asking me to stop. This was the same guy who

Goddess Kamadhenu

When I was coming down the steps of Batu caves, I suddenly saw this idol. And I had to take a photo of it. Believe me, I was pleasantly surprised. I had never seen a cow with a woman’s breasts ! Forgive me for my lack of knowledge of Hindu mythology.

Later, I wanted to learn about this idol and this is what I know now.
Goddess Kamadhenu, a divine goddess, is also known as Surabhi. Kamadhenu, the sacred cow, is an integral part of Hindu mythology and grants all wishes and desires to the true seeker. She is termed as the “cow of plenty”.

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Goddess Kamadhenu at Batu caves, Kuala Lumpur.

In iconography, she is generally depicted as a white cow with a female head and female breasts or