It was a bright winter morning on a weekend during our stay in Philadelphia, so we planned a visit to Adventure Aquarium. Actually the aquarium is in Camden in New Jersey just across the river bridge from Philly (Philadelphia).
A road trip to Srisailam from Hyderabad on the ghat roads of Nallamala forests is too exciting. Mallikarjuna Swamy temple in Srisailam is one of the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas (12 holy places having the Jyotirlingas). And it is also one of the Ashtadasa Saktipeethas (18 holy places with the seat of Mahashakti). Lord Mallikarjuna and Bhramarambica Devi are the presiding deities of the temple. This ancient / famous pilgrim place is located in the Nallamala Hills in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.
Sammakka Sarakka Jatara also known as Medaram Jatara is a tribal fair celebrated once in every two years i.e biannually in a small village named Medaram in the Warangal district of Telangana. The place is located at a distance of 285 Km from Hyderabad.
A road trip to Srisailam from Hyderabad is one of the most exciting trips as you got to travel through the ghat roads of Nallamala forest. Vehicles are not allowed to move from 9 p.m to 6 a.m to enable the wild / nocturnal animals move freely in their habitat without getting scarred / disturbed from the headlights and honking of vehicles. That's a wonderful / kind gesture towards the wild by the forest department.
On our return journey from Niagara Falls and Washington D.C, we took two days halt at New York City. We stayed in a budget hotel in Broadway that was booked in advance. The congested room with high raised towers on all sides, was okay for a two-day stay but not up to the mark
About rock-cut cave temples of India
Rock-cut cave temples reflect the architectural excellence of the ancient Indian artisans. The earliest rock-cut architecture in India dates back to 2nd century B.C.E (Before Current Era), saw its zenith from 5th to 7th century C.E (Current Era) and lasted till 10th century C.E.
Barabar caves in the Indian state of Bihar are the oldest surviving rock-cut temples of India. Some of these temples trace back to 3rd century B.C.E during Mauryan Empire with Ashokan inscriptions. The ancient Indian artisans created awesome structures by carving and chiseling the rock surfaces that stand testimony of time.
Most of the rock-cut caves were made for religious purpose like Buddhist monasteries and Jain temples and Hindu temples. There is no dearth for such ancient rock-cut cave temples in India. These are found almost in all regions of the country some of which gained much popularity due to its magnificence which few didn't become popular and are lesser k…
On the first day in the auspicious Hindu month of Karthik, we had an unplanned road trip to Srisailam. After the divine darshan of Lord Mallikarjuna and Goddess Brahmarambica, we returned to Hyderabad the next day.