We made a detour for a visit to archaeological sites and monuments from 21st to 25th November, after having witnessed and participated in a historical event on November 19th – the grand opening of Bouddha Dharmapithamu Buddhist Centre in Andhra Pradesh, a southern state of the Indian Continent.
Here is a pictorial tour of the itinerary of the various sites we visited. For the descriptions of the sites you may go to the internet for more comprehensive information.
The Golkonda fort is listed as an archaeological treasure on the official “List of Monuments” prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India under The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act. Today, even after almost 800 years, the fort still stands as one of Hyderabad’s greatest architectural wonders. One of its greatest engineering marvels is the fantastic acoustic effects: one handclap at a certain point below the entrance dome can be heard at the highest point of the pavilion almost a kilo-meter away. This was said to be used for warning the royals in case of an attack. (Source: Wikipedia).
You may follow the above link for a brief notes on Ajanta and Ellora Caves during my last visit in 2014. We shall now take a pictorial tour of the two Caves.
Do marvel Buddhist Cave No: 10 or Carpenter’s cave for the acoustic engineering feat of an echo chamber with a voice that resonated and reverberated with ambience created from 600 to 1000 CE period. Voice credit to Brother Tham Chee Keong for the short chanting.
One of the airiest places in the city, the Kanheri Caves premises offers a pleasant break from the pollution and the noisy metropolitan life. Nestled in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivali, the Kanheri Caves are also known as the ‘lungs of Mumbai’, because this is the only place in the city with the maximum amount of greenery and consequently, a lot of fresh air. The caves date back to 1st century BC and are believed to be one of the oldest cave formations of the country. The Kanheri Caves are renowned for their natural Basalt formations, ancient Indian styled architecture and the 109 special entrances to the caves. The word Kanheri originates from the Sanskrit term ‘Krishnagiri’. Each cave here, unlike the other caves in the country, is adorned with a ‘splinth’ or a rock bed. Congregation halls with large stupas also indicate that the caves were Buddhist shrines and a focal point during the Buddhist settlement in the 3rd century. The Kanheri Caves became a distinctive Buddhist institution for congregational worship, study and meditation. (Source: Mumbai.org.uk)
Qutb Shahl Tombs
Downtown shopping spree
While we were in Mumbai to catch the flight home we spent the time downtown on a bargain hunting spree for “cheap” stuff taking into account the advantage over the parity of the foreign exchange rate greatly in favour of the visitors.
It was an enjoyable trip for everyone notwithstanding the unpleasant gastric flu that afflicted some of us. There was no serious or near fatal cases and we all emerged much stronger and reached home safe and sound.
I was amazed by the traffic condition where everyone is tolerance and gives way to one another without having to resort to horning with agitation. Jay walking is the way of life and it has replicated by them in Singapore if you visit Little India on a Sunday.
The Photo Gallery is open for your viewing pleasure for more photos and you may download them for keepsake.
Contributor: Chin Kee Thou
Date: December 20th 2017
Texts, photos and video clip by contributor who takes responsibility for any inadvertence, factual or otherwise.