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  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. CONTENTS Introduction 17 CHITRADURGA 24 HAMPI FORT 18 Introduction 19 The Fort 23 25 8 Impressions Introduction INTRODUCTION 26 9 VittalaTemple 29 BANGALORE10 Royal Enclosure & Introduction Queen’s Bath 30 11 Bangalore Palace Hazara Ram Temple 13 Vidhana Soudha & Zenana Enclosure 31 14 Ulsoor Lake16 Badavilinga, Lakshmi Narasimha, Impressions & Kadalekalu Ganesha 32 Virupaksha Temple 34 Impressions 4
  • 4. 35 BADAMIIntroduction 56 MANGALORE 36 Introduction 57 Introduction37 Aihole 58 Gokarnateshwara Temple40 Pattadakal42 Badami Caves 59 Milagres Church45 Kudalasangama 48 GOKARNA 60 Dr. Shivaram Karnath Biological Park47 49 Introduction Impressions 61 Ulal Beach 50 Jog Falls 63 Impressions 51 Gokarna Beaches 52 Murudeshwar Temple 55 Impressions 5
  • 5. 73 DHARMASTHALAIntroduction 74 Introduction 75 RUDSET Institute64 BELUR 81 MADIKERI 76 Sri Dharmastala Manjunatheshwara Yoga & Nature Cure Hospital 77 65 Introduction Manjusha Museum & 82 Introduction66 86 Car Museum Chennakashava 78 Abi Falls 87 Statue of Bhagwan Temple69 Bahubali Raja Seat Hoysaleshwara Temple 79 Sri Manjunatha Swamy 88 Dubare Elephant 72 Temple Camp Impressions 80 Impressions 89 Namdroling Monastery 91 Impressions 6
  • 6. 92 MYSOREIntroduction93 Introduction94 Shravanabelagola98 Mysore Palace 10399 Mysore Zoo100 Chamundi Hills ABOUT THE 102 Impressions AUTHORS 110 Impressions 7
  • 7. Karnataka is a state located in southwest India neighboring of Monuments in Pattadakal in Bagalkot district are situated IntroductionKerala and Tamil Nadu to the South, Andhra Pradesh to the East, Maharashtra to the North and the beach paradise Goa comfortably one day drive from each other. Once in Pattada- kal, the cradle of ancient Hindu temple architecture in Aihole to the West. It ranges from the middle of the Deccau Plateau and a “monkey paradise” around Badami caves are definitely to the west coast, covering 5.83% of the total geographical worth the visit. The superb view from the stone-cave tem-area of India. There are pleasantly cool highlands in Karna- ples never stops fascinating people. taka, such as Bangalore and Mysore where people come to spend the summer. The drive way up west of Karnataka is splendidly scenic. Go- karna is a beach village in Uttra Kannada district, where it is Karnataka was known as the Kingdom of Mysore ruled by on the corner of Northwest Karnataka. the Wodeyar family at a certain era of history. It became the Princely State of Mysore under control of the British Raj, in Passing by a huge statue of god Shiva on the way down to 1799, after the Anglo-Mysore Wars, which were fought over Mangalore, a principal port city located in the southwestern the last three decades of the 18th century. The Mysore kings tip of Karnataka, Dharmasthala shows up with its sacred as-were so eminent as to firmly establish modern and urban- pects in Dakshina district. It is well-known as a temple vil-ized administrative policies and educational systems, thus lage where many devotees gather up from different districts. building up the fundamentals of Karnataka. After India gained independence, the Princely state of Mysore became Beyond green mountains with the wonderful natural view of a state of Mysore whose boundaries were modified by the ravines, the river Kaveri flows generally south and east. In States Reorganizations Act of 1956, a major reform of the the east of Kodagu district, a town - Bylakuppe - functions as boundaries of India’s states along linguistic lines. In 1973, a Tibetan refugee settlement. Belur and Halebeedu are one the state was renamed to Karnataka. of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka on the out- skirts of the Hassan district. Starting from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka is the best way to travel around as it has a good transportation net- On the Mangalore-Bangalore National Highway 48, where work. Riding the bumpy roads further north, the scenery the state highway leading to Mysore intersects, there is a gets hilly, forts and small villages grow out of the landscape. famous Jain pilgrimage center, Shravanabelagola. Before Chitradurga Fort, located on the surface of rocky hills, is a reaching Bangalore, it is highly recommended to visit the must-see in this administrative district. Moving up a north, most famous places of natural beauty and historic interest in there are the only two UNESCO Sites in Karnataka. Group of Mysore. The trip is over in this old city where the prosperity 8UNESCO Monuments at Hampi in Bellary district and Group of Karnataka took its origin.
  • 8. Introduction Map: KSTDC Bangalore, an anglicized version of the town´s name in Kannada Bengaluru, is the capital of the Karnataka state. With 5,840,000 people it is tinct dry and wet seasons and an average tem- perature of 18C. Combined with the relatively high elevation, one can visit Bangalore any time India´s third most populous city. Bangalore is lo- of the year and enjoy the pleasant climate. Yet, it cated on the Deccau Plateau at is advisable to avoid the monsoon season, which an average height of 3,018ft drops from July to September, with regular rain- (920m) above sea level, which falls usually in the evenings. In a sad contrast to is quite peculiar. The city its refreshing climate, the city is nowadays going is located in the very rather the polluted path to heat and dust. south-eastern part of Karnataka close From the historical perspective, all major ruling to neighbouring dynasties in Karnataka left their imprint also in Tamil Nadu. Bangalore starting with the Western Ganga Dy- nasty, the Cholas, the Hoysalas up to the Vijay- Bangalore, nicknamed anagar Empire when the modern day Bangalore the Silicon Valley of In- was found in the 16th century. After 1799 Ban dia, is a major economic and galore was incorporated into the British Indian cultural hub and the fastest growing Empire and was administered by the rulers of metropolis in India. It is home to many Mysore Kingdom. With several intervals, the of the most well-recognized colleges and main residency of the Mysore State was from research institutes in India. Numerous 1867 until 1947 continually in Bangalore. public sector heavy industries, software companies, aerospace, telecommunica- The older parts of Bangalore - though a bit crowd- tions, and defense organizations are lo- ed - are livable, especially, if one seeks a regional cated here. Beside this, it is home to over cultural flavor. On the whole, the modern town 10,000 dollar millionaires and about 60,000 su- areas like Jayanagar, Koramangala, Sadashivana- per-rich people. gar and Indiranagar are cosmopolitan. The lat- est layouts are beginning to show a sprinkling of 10 Throughout the year the city is blessed with salu- people from several countries, mainly due to the brious climate promoting good health. Bangalore IT boom. experiences Tropical Savanna climate with dis-
  • 9. Bangalore Palace consists of granite seats that are covered with a fluorescent blue ceramic tiles. A decorated staircase leads toward the A glance of a Bangalore palace transfers you over sev- Durbar Hall, where the kings used to address the assembly. eral seas to the old continent to England where a replica of The palace has gothic windows made from a stained glass. the Bangalore palace is standing (…) or is it the other way Yellow color is used mostly for the sofa set. round? In fact, the palace in Bangalore is the one “play-ing the ape” here, while being a smaller replica of its origi- Nowadays, sprawling grounds surrounding the palace are nal in Windsor. Though not that spectacular in its param- used for holding public events including music festivals. eters and lacking the snowy white facade of its Windsor Some of the well known music bands: rock stars and heavy sibling, Bangalore palace can still attract visitors and bring-Hana, Czech Republic metal legends like Sting, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Deep Pur-into life the almost 150 years old British imperial history. ple, and Bryan Adams have concerted here.Bangalore palace, one of the many British footprints left be-hind in India. The palace was built by Rev. Garrett, who was the principle of Bangalore central high school at that time. The style of Bangalore Palace is very different than others.The construction of the palace started in 1862 and was com- Its British style makes it more extraordinary. In Taiwan, ourpleted in 1944. In 1886, it was purchased by the maharaja of president castle and some department buildings are in Japa-Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar. The palace has recently under- nese style. It’s one kind of tracks that refers to a long historygone a renovation. - Rita, Taiwan of colonization.The palace has an amazing interior décor, the ground floor 11
  • 10. Vidhana Soudha Soudha has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an To be honest, it is a mistake to waste such area of 700 by 350ft.building on a parliament! I mean yes, it isimportant and so, but you cannot just for- Noteworthy is that it is the largest legisla-bid people from enjoying such beauty. It is tive building in India. Its eastern face has literally a forbidden fruit, and I will not be a porch with 12 granite columns 40ft tall. surprised if someday I read about someone Leading to the foyer is a flight of stairs with who broke into the place just for the sake 45 steps more than 200ft wide. The cen-of enjoying the view from a closer point. It tral dome, 60ft in diameter, is crowned by is surprising to know that it is only about a likeness of the Indian national emblem.60 years old! My first impression was thatit is one of those 17th century palaces. Even The cost of the construction at those years though it is surrounded with armed guards, was just about 17.5 million Rs. But annual the Vidhana Soudha is tempting you to en- maintenance is what matters now as they ter, and I was not really afraid to do so un- cost more than 20 million Rs. and that in-til I reached the check point… conclusion? cludes repairs, paintings, and other mis-I returned empty handed, with a lot of dis- cellaneous expenses.appointment of not getting closer to that- Ahmed, Bahrainwonder. Never miss the chance to be around the The Vidhana Soudha, built in the 1950s, is building on Sunday nights and on public the seat of the state legislature of Karna- holiday’s evenings, as the entire building taka. It is an imposing building, construct- is lit up and turned into a shining jewel.ed in a Neo-Dravidian style. The Vidhana 13
  • 11. Ulsoor Lake with one belonging to the Madras Engineer- ing Group center of the army. Consequent-So as every water surface breaks and pleas- ly, many studies were made on the lake antly livens up the otherwise concrete sea, that confirmed high levels of phosphate, so does the Ulsoor Lake, one of the biggest nitrogen, chlorophyll and blue green Algae. and oldest city lakes in Bangalore. As Ulsoor This results in a relatively high level of tox-Lake faces severe environmental problems, icities in the lake. a look into its calm waters mirroring sur-rounding skylines is definitely a better op- While walking through the garden sur-tion to any kind of water pleasures. Dotted rounding the lake, a marble statue of with small green islands resembling floating Swami Vivekananda gives the place a lotuses you can switch on your imagination special spirit. Inscriptions on the statue´s and look for the lotus Goddess Lakshmi that- Hana, Czech Republic pedestal contain life lessons as well as must be residing there. positive proverbs full of motivation and Ulsoor Lake, also called Halasuru Lake inspiration. Engraved on the pedestal by the natives, is one of the biggest (1.5 were quotes by Vivekananda himself km2) lakes in Bangalore. The lake de- that give a notorious push toward social rives its name from the place where it is development of the area. situated and is fed by three main drains 14
  • 12. find many brand named shops and to go is MG Road, where you can If you enjo y shopping the best place where high buildings offering res- lly UB City Mall consisting of four a good place for night time, especia end retail stores, a five star Impressions it is also - cafes besides offices, banks, high taurants, food courts, pubs, health clubs and entertainment places as they upset by the closing time of these hotel and serv iced apartments. You might get private house parties. ple usually continue their fun at all get shot at 11.30 p.m. so the young peo will show you one of the best have to find the right people who Bangalore is a city of many faces; you just - Erika, Slovakia parts of it! Bangalore is one of the most important and flourishin g centers in India. This was my very first image of Ban business and IT However, things on the ground are very different from galore back home. There is no subway, and the road is never flat. The my imaginations. infra catch up with such a fast-growing city. It makes peop structure cannot time in “big traffic jams” weaving their way throu le waste lots ofcows. gh the slow-movingBesides, Bangalore is a city lacking its own color;It reminds us that when people pursue high growth it’s very pity.should keep our treasure - culture. of economy weThere’s one more thing making me disappointed;well-behaved city where you cannot have fun afterBangalore is a 9F., No.290, Sec. 4, 12 o’clock. Ihope the rule will be abolished.- Ken, Japan -- Zhongxiao E. Rd., Bangalore has a lot of fascinations not only for short - stay tourists but Da-an District,also people expecting a long stay. As it is very crowded and the roads are always busy, it is the best way to take an auto - rickshaw, which is a motor vehicle for hire to thread through narrow paths. It might be Taipei City 10694, difficult to negotiate with the drivers ; however, it is fun and TAIWAN (R.O.C.) 16exciting to experience the ride seeing how the society operates and howthe locals live.Chisato from Japan.
  • 14. Map: KSTDCIntroduction Chitradurga Fort, a place where solitude can be reached, a symbol of resistance and multicultural integrity. When entering this site, your eyes see immediately many mar- vels that give birth to a story blowing your mind away. While climbing the resistant mountain, trying to reach up to the skies, a feeling of strength and solidity emerges with many other emotions of glory and fascination dragged up by that intense blowing of air. In addition to its purity, it gives the feeling of symmetrical balance. This engages a re- - Ayoub, Morocco laxed state of mind and builds up strong will. Chitradurga Fort, 240km from Bangalore, is the big- gest fort in Karnataka (32km2). Hidden between the rocks, the fort gives the impression of be- ing one with the mountain; whose grey granite was used for its construction. The fort is built in a slope, and a horizon view from its top is well worth climbing up the serpentines. 18
  • 15. from the 14th until the 16th century over the lands of present Karnataka) The Chitradurga Fort is one of the most was facing a series of Bahamani attacks. interesting sites in the State of Karnataka. Although the Vijayanagar Empire was It’s has a great blend of natural beauty soon defeated in 1565, the fort con-and architectural excellence. Being there struction continued under local Nay-takes you on a journey back in time to akas tribes` commands for the next 211 where Indian’s leaders were resisting years, and during that period it was ex-fearlessly against repetitive greedy at- tended considerably. The fort was never tacks. Yet, the religious and natural com- conquered, yet, it was lost by treason in ponents cover the fort with a halo of har- 1779 to General Hyder Ali of the Maysur mony and serendipity. That halo can also Kingdom. 20 years later, the British de-be tracked to the yoga practices around feated Hyder Ali´s son Tipu Sultan, tak-the fort. Honestly, even if I didn’t know ing over the fort without any bloodshed how to meditate, it will not be so hard to to make it the strongest line of defence to do that in such an inspiring piece of his-- Ahmed, Bahrain Mysore´s northern border at that time. tory.The history testifies to the visitor´s im- The fort reflects the influence of both its pression, that Chitradurga went through history and natural setting. Muslim arch-lots of destabilizations and survived es decorate the walls of the fort - which many wars. The beginning of the fort’s literally grows out of the site - and whose construction dates back to 1562 when simple geometric signs like semi-circles, the Vijayanagar Empire (which spread conics or triangular shapes are inspired 19
  • 16. by the surrounding nature. place, all at once I got a huge portion of in-While it was occupied by different inhabit- formation about the history of the fort asants from different backgrounds, the Fort well as the glorious empires ruling Karna-kept its significant religious weight. There taka over centuries, so that I could actuallystill are 18 temples between the forts “process” them properly only in the upcom-walls, with Uchcchangamma temple being ing days. Anyway, the richness of the place´sthe most important. People still come to history was striking to me; it literally leftpray and pay homage to Subramania, the my eyes wide open and aroused my curios-cobra god, and Anjaneya, the monkey god. ity for the rest of the excursion.Once on the top, one can enjoy the gentle breeze while relaxing in the air house, or Chitradurga was a place where I couldobserve Hindus perfecting in a rather con- breathe freely. After a little unease lean-tortionist manner their yoga skills. ing on me since we had left Bangalore, it was like a dose of fresh air to me that is blowing at vast speed on its very top. Fur-I came to India only a couple of days be- thermore, once we had walked throughfore that I spent together with others in the the maze of the fort walls, climbed thebustling city of Bangalore. As I was going winding path and crossed the impres-through a rather intensive cultural shock sive square style open space with templesat that time, our first stop-off at the Chi- and aged trees, I was entirely fascinatedtradurga Fort after long hours spent on the by the endless view from the top into thebus was kind of a rescue for me. lowlands around the Chitradurga hill; the - Hana, Czech Republic one I had only experienced in Russia so far.Chitradurga bewitched me. As our guidehad a very profound knowledge of that 21
  • 17. natural barrier, Wall of China. It is like a t, totally different from the Great It is a gigantic ancient for Impressionsa gift given by the gods. ____ Rita, Taiwan__ A strong wind is on a hill covered wit rocks. the past whe Vijayanagars reined ragingof the southern partsh of IndiaInas Hindu dyna n most royal people created naturally air-conditioned rooms on top of the hillsty, taking advantage of this wind. The city built in the rugged wasteland by in ruins due to the attacks of Muslims. Many temples seem to merge is now the desolate area, which strangely creates a mysterious and fascinainto aspect. Since it has not achieved the development as a sightseeing ting it is hardly likely to be crowded with tourists. There is also an oppospot and Awes to interact with school children who are full of curiosity. rtunity ome!!! Chisato from Japan I swe ar!The defensive walls are so solid that the cannon ball can make only a H.little hole in the wall. When we walked climbed the fort, we arrived ata place where we could enjoy the strong breeze which gives a good view Kupecká 3,of Chitradurga district from the hill. Since we were in a rural part ofIndia and the kids who were visiting the place went crazy and started 949 01 Nitra, interacting with us, we could feel like celebrities for a short moment Slovakiawhich was a rare and unexpected experience for me. 23-Ken, Japan -
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  • 19. Map: KSTDCIntroduction Hampi is Vijayanagar`s architectural masterpiece. It holds a big spiritual value in the hearts of Hindus. Hampi can dress up in different dresses. Its generous beauty, ev- ery part of Hampi`s land participates in that continu- ously variable phase changing. Starting from Vitthala temple, symbol of a typical victory of good versus evil, one can experience a fabulous “review” on this place, which is hardly known to people. I like to see ruins. They -Ayoub, Morocco give me such an immense feeling of the power of time. Once upon a time, Hampi was the former capital of the once mighty Vijayanagar Kingdom (1336-1565). Today it profits mainly from its grandiose history. Fortunately, the monuments are rather well preserved, so that one can clearly read the history written on the temples´ walls. To see Vijayanagar`s architectural brilliance, one should not miss this small village, which by its busy market streets has a charm of its own. In a relatively small area in the vicinity of the Tungabhadra River, one can enjoy Vijayana- gar monuments in its abundance. Even though they can be comfortably visited on one day, these forgotten ruins are definitely worth a longer stay; a microscopic obser- vation would grasp every admirable detail. Hampi is one of the two UNIESCO Heritage Sites in Karnataka. It is an important must visit site not only for foreign travelers; but to all Indian citizens, especially Karnataka residents. Hampi is situated in the vicinity of the now regional cen- tre of Hospet (13km). 25
  • 20. VittalaTemple chronicle: the Ramayana story. Built under the first Vijay- anagar dynasty (the Sangam dynasty - ruling from 1336 to Passing through the entrance to Vitthala temple, a building 1486), the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is said that shaped like a float catches visitor’s attention with its unique- in his incarnation as Prince Rama, together with the Monkey ness. The inside of a tower-shaped gate and the ceiling of the King Hanuman, defeated on these grounds the demon king building, are fully decorated with many types of sculptures. It also impressive to see a building with fifty six pillars “musicstones” that resound with different tunes throughout a hall of Within the temple complex one can find such functional the building once they are tapped. There are many functional buildings as a wedding temple, cooking hall, prayer hall or a rooms in the temple such as a cooking room, a praying room, congregation hall. Once in the congregation hall, look for the and a wedding room that generates some feeling about the- Chisato, Japan granite pillars which, each can be slightly tapped to produce lifestyle of royal people in the past. different gentle musical beats.The Vitthala Temple is one of the earliest monuments of the Vijayanagar Empire. It is widely known for a related Hindu 26
  • 21. Royal Enclosure & Queen’s BathUnfortunately, the queen’s private bath squared shaped, with declining inwardsdoesn’t have many details, but the con- stairs where his musicians gatheredcept behind it might make you compare around him to keep him the current lives of the ruling fami- The second comes a little distance ahead,lies are and how the ancient “rulers” where you find an ancient hundred me-- Ahmed, Bahrainlived their lives. ters long swimming pool –now dry- dag into a hill. It’s amazing that the enter-On the way from Vitthala temple to entertainment of the modern world. tainment of the kings could become thethe King`s Palace is placed the extrava- - Ahmed, Bahraingant Queen´s bath. The mortar bath dates back to the golden era of king A short walk from the Queen´s bath Krishnadevaraya, ruling from 1509 till takes you to the palace of King Krish-1529. Once inside the bath, watch for nadevaraya. The King´s residence is both Hindu and Muslim architectural situated within the Royal Enclosure features used to decorate it, especially that once formed the very centre of the throughout the passages surround- ancient capital Vijayanagara. The enclo-ing the bath, where architectures filled sure occupies an area of 59,000m2 and each space on the ceiling with a differ- within its premises are more than forty ent unique design. three buildings, out of which are the King´s Audience Hall, the Public Bath, If the queen had her private bath, her the Stepped tank (Pushkarani) and Ma-king has his own open bath. This site is hanavami Dibba the most important divided into two basic parts: the first is a ones. 29
  • 22. Hazara Ram Temple & Zenana EnclosureMainly made of polished and carved basalt the Hazara Rama reception hall for the king and his military commanders I felttemple turned out to be resisting to the changing climates blessed to be standing on the floor of the place where influentialthroughout the centuries. It majestically reveals many so- decisions were discussed. It’s visibly one of the most beautifulphisticated and royal incarnations of Lord Vishnu which only structures that gather Indian and Islamic architecture whichshows how Hindus from the 15th century were proud of their were left undamaged during the siege of the ruined city. In areligion. The minute I got in, I was blown away when I per- later stage, passing by the 11 interconnected giant chambersceived the whole story of the area was being told through in the Elephant Stable shows the significant position that these– Hadi, Moroccothe narrative sequences carried out on the temple walls. friendly animals use to occupy and still. The symmetry of these edifices and the way they’re built up and preserved made me re-Between the residential and ceremonial complex is Hazara ing one of the most resistant buildings of the ruined city gives it alize how important the Islamic influence over Hampi was. Be-Ram Temple, dating back to the 15th century. The temple is a unique holiness; it had me wanting to bow to the greatness ofdedicated to Lord Vishnu’s incarnation of Prince Rama as Ra- the royal ruler back then.mayana portraits are found outlining the temples shrine walls. – Hadi, MoroccoThe sanctum, vestibule and pillared dance hall are the main constituent parts of this temple, since it is built in Dravida Vi- Visitors to Zenana Enclosure are most attracted by the Lotus mana style. Mahal (also called the Chitrangini Mahal). This two storied Hindu-Islamic building stays cool even in the hottest sum-I instantly said there’s a unique Muslim touch in Lotus Mahal. mers, and it is said to be there as a queens’ rest house, who had The Indo-Islamic way of erecting this location gave me a sensa- their residence within the enclosure. Not less popular is the tion of pureness and perfection, and once I knew it served as a nearby Elephant Stable, where royal elephants used to be kept.
  • 23. Badavilinga, Lakshmi Narasimha, & Kadalekalu GaneshaThe biggest of all lingas in Hampi, the statue, thus we can only presume that non-human form of Shiva, is the Badavil- Vishnu´s consort Lakshmi used to sit on inga (12ft). Made of a monolithic black Narasimha’s left lap.stone, this linga stays always in water as a canal passes through the temple. Less than a kilometer away from Ba- davilinga, the monolithic 15th century Right next to the Badavilinga is to be Kadalekalu Ganesha is nicely located at found a monolith of Lord Vishnu in his the edge of the Hemakuta hillock. The fourth incarnation as Lakshmi Nara- seated Ganesha sculpture is four armed, simha. With 22ft of height, this is con- bearing in each hand a tusk, goad, noose sidered to be the highest idol in Hampi, and a bowl of sweetmeats. From the pa-dating back to the era of Krishnadeva- vilion in front of the sanctum you can raya. Even though there is no temple see the Hampi bazaar, which can make today, there must have been one at for a good break before entering the some point of history. The absence of a Virupaksha Temple situated at the end roof has inflicted many damages on the of the main street. 31
  • 24. Virupaksha Temple Virupaksha Temple dating back to the Hoysala period. Visi- tors can enter the temple from the eastern, southern as well I was surprised at the number of monkeys on our way to Viru- as northern side. This place composes of a middle hall (Na-paksha Temple. There were more than 30 monkeys, but un- varanga) and an inner Sanctum (Shukanasi and Garbhagudi). like monkeys in Japan they don’t attack you and steal yourcameras. You can get blessed by the elephant, if you give them The deity of the Virupaksha Temple is Lord Virupaksha. The money, but from my point of view, I don’t feel any holiness from- Ken, Japan mythology has it, that a girl called Pampadevi married Shi-this action, because the elephant might be trained to do so. va, so that their son could destroy the demons here. Shiva As the eleven stories tower is visible from distance, finding remained here in the form of lingam, while Pampadevi´s the way to this Hampi highlight is simple. The main bazaar name can be traced down in the town´s name Pampapathi, street takes you right in front of the 165ft high Bistappaya and thereby Pampakshetra or Hampi. Still to the north of the Tower. It is not known who built this magnificent tower nei- Virupaksha Temple there are two temples waiting for the ther is it known when was it built. Once at the tower you will visitor: one for Pampadevi and the other for Bhuvaneshwari. definitely notice the monkeys that live here in large numbers. A drop to the temple´s dark chamber is necessary; to see an Upon passing through the tower gate, you enter the temple upside down image of a tower, whose shadow created by compound that houses the oldest Hampi temple, which is the light coming through the hole in the eastern wall falls on the Virupaksha temple. There are two towers in the temple the opposite western wall, demonstrating the application of complex with the second one named Raya tower. It honors combined advanced science of optics and architecture. It’s the coronation of king Krishnadevaraya. Walking through worth mentioning that there’s another temple that holds the the Raya tower gate takes visitors into the second compound name of this temple, and it’s located in Pattadakal, which will with Pataleshwara, Muktinarasimha and Suryanarayana be covered later on.Temples. The temple in front of the main tower gate is the 32
  • 25. There tus Ma unity of is andLoarchitehalurandanand Elephant Stable where the No one coHi uimagine thct the Elephant architecture exists. e at Muslim Stable was used for Impressions uld as it is splendid. Most of the temples keeping the oldest temple in Hampi, still has are in ruins, whereas Virupakshelaephantles,, visitors can feed and give some money a lot of devotees. Inside the temple, temp elephant,-bunosalsototo h. It ismoenjoyable to buy some banant snanotdonlykshmi to getea blessing e uc to a holy elepha me La Hampi is one of the most bazaar, whtich connefesed e nkeysleliving around the gana of the templeedHath i amazing places I te to fe have ever seen. ct th temp with other parts of th many kinds of restaurants and souvenir e ruined city,. hamp As for meals, it is recommended to go stands along both sides of the streets. The primary orange color of is famous a beautiful to the restaura Ma Tr wh e of food. Itforkes about tenviewutof the river and fine nt, ing ngoth aee, de erngeit the rocks with exquisite scriptures make a won-banana trees ta ng the river Tungabhadto get there by wadin ing wiwn a with among derful view. You must see it from different sides. alo min es lk do pa ra Having a far view makes us exclaim in admiration. Chisato from Japan ra heading toward the west. Viewing the interior of temples makes us discover the mystery behind every scripture. If Chitradurga was a “starter”, Hampi on the follow- ____Rita, Taiwan. ing day was a rather filling main course. Hampi has lost nothing from its medieval glamour and bright shine. It is a place, where the touch of wonderful stone engravings decorating the temple walls revives 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, the history that is following one´s footsteps. Beside this, I found Hampi in stark contrast with the kind of architecture I am familiar with from my European Shinjuku -ku,background. The Hampi architectural pearls are set in remarkable scenery of palm groves and bizarre granite boulders strewn all around that give an impression of Tokyo being just ready-made by the gods for the construction of Hindu temples. Thus, the granite temples and sanc-tuaries evoked in me an image of a chameleon perfectly JAPAN 34fitting into his environs, what is in fact a fulfilment ofHindu harmony between man and nature.(Hana, Czech Republic)
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  • 27. While travelling throughout Karnataka State, visitors will get the chance to visit a variety of temples. Al- though sometimes one gets the feeling that it is just Introduction going to be the same thing over and over again, tour- ists should think twice before considering skipping some of the wonders this State has to offer. Many different cultures that influenced the region gave it an exceptional character, which is reflected by the temples of Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami. Religion has always been considered as the spinal bone of the country and this region. Abundance of forms, styles, decorations and colors, symphony of rites, customs, gods, beliefs, festivals and music, profusion of legends, tales, anecdotes, morals and allegories… all of this takes people in a journey that is simply unforgettable. Temples are the real wonders hidden in a lush green coun- tryside or in the middle of a bustling village, gems of the remote past reminding our heritage. We marvel at the splendor and masterwork of the ancient artists, the wealth of historic societies, and strength of the faith which makes people do such miracles without any hesitation. Just step- ping barefoot on the floor warmed by the sun makes one feel special, then touching a stone after few millions of believers from all walks of life and all centuries simply touches your heart and makes you respect… and willing to explore more… especially here, in this cradle of Hindu archi- tecture, Aihole. Unleash your imagination… Map: KSTDC 36
  • 28. AiholeThis land of wonders with an exceptional tion, that literally means “Oh my river”. 120 surrounding temples became the character stayed away from the influence centre of life, trade and education in of many cultures. It gets delighted every- 540 AD, as the town became the capital day by the light of the Sun God Surya. A for Chalukyan dynasty. The capital sur-friendly piece of air cuddles your hair vived barely 3 years before being shift-then it pulls you toward an exclusive mo- ed to Pattadakal, but the importance of ment of being alive. All these moments this place as a unique scholar centre reflect great cultures, religions and tra- has lasted. ditions, which proves are sculptured on- Ayoub, Moroccoeach column, pillar and temple wall. Nowadays these temples keep remind-The existence of Aihole came after a ing about principles of life and the tale of honour and bloodshed. One of carvings tell their own anecdotes. For Vishnu’s incarnations, Saint Parushara- instance, just a brief look at the turtle ma, after taking revenge of his father’s hold by a group of birds, first carvings murder is believed to have washed his on the round outside the Durg temple axe in the river Malaprabha so that the (not Durga, as it is often referred to), whole water became red. Local ladies, gives a timeless message, a common seeing the reddish river, started to cry moral shared by Humanity: Long time “Ai! Ai! Hole”. The name of the local vil- ago, the turtle was jealous of the birds lage - Aihole - comes from that exclama- because they, by flying, could see much 37
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  • 30. more than it could, so the birds decided to Influenced by Buddhist architecture, the take it for a ride. Held by a couple of animals, temple is dedicated to Suria, the Sun God. the turtle had to depend completely on them After Puja, the pilgrims take two rounds and trust them utterly. The talkative pair around the idol, another around the temple. couldn’t open their mouth; otherwise, the In the second round, visitors can admire the turtle would fall down and die. The sense carvings on the windows and niches, full of of this story is simple, behind the lines it symbols and stories. Most of these carvings shows you how, in certain moments of life, are related to Lords Vishnu and have to adapt, accept the consequences of your choice and live with your limitations. In this same complex of temples, there are also the Navadurga, Ladkhen and Goda Tem-Durg temple complex, literally “the fort”, ples. Basically at the beginning, the temples was built based on the scheme of a human were nameless and served as houses to body, where the entrance symbolizes the many people. Then they were named after legs, the tower represents the face and the the residents.function hall embodies the stomach. As the temple is located far from the water, in the While roaming around Durg Complex, have entrance we can find carvings in the shape a look at a 50 Rs note. Does the building of of a turtle - representing Emuna river, and the Parliament on the back side remind you a crocodile - symbol of Gangha river, placed something? Yes, the shape is inspired by the there in order to give pilgrims and visitors Durg Temple construction. the purity of water. 39
  • 31. Pattadakal The two largest temples are Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna, both built in Dravidian style during an impressively short Pattadakal, impresses visitor by their enchanting beauty and period of 12 years (733-745). The construction of these mas-mastership of its craftsmen. For the whole day I was roaming terpieces was ordered by the twin sisters Lokamahadevi and in the forlorn temples and ruins of Pattadakal, while being ob- Traiklokadevi, the wives of King Vikramaditya II.served by the eyes of dancing waving gods. One can try his best tomaster the knowledge of Hindu deities in their manifold mani- The victory pillar situated outdoors between temples is cov-festations and forms; however, a visit to this “open-air museum”- Hana, Czech Republic ered with mystique and enigmatic sanscrit inscriptions. In-of Hindu religion shows clearly elusiveness of such an effort. side of the Virupakasha temple one can find interesting rep-Once called the Red Town - Pattada Kisuvolal – Pattadakal is resentation of right handed Ganesha, the symbol of purity, situated on the banks of a holy river, Ghataprabha, the only carved on the second column to the left from the entrance. one of its flow in India; which goes from south to north. After Ordinary Ganesha figures show him with his left hand raised, Aihole and Badami, the town became the third capital, cul- as this particular image does not require any special, clear tural centre of Chalukyas Empire. Nowadays it is recognized environment and can be kept in every house. worldwide as a UNESCO heritage site and it still preserves its cultural significance attracting thousands of visitors and The second important temple, Galaganath, built in the North annually hosting a cultural festival in January. Indian style, typically topped with a dome illustrates the evo- lution of Hindu architecture by the usage of innovative steel Each temple within Pattadakal complex is the product of ei- clips to join the stones, as one can observe at the entrance.ther North Indian (Arian) or South Indian (Dravidian) archi-tectural styles. 40
  • 32. Badami Caves 540 – 757). Nowadays Badami Caves re- main one of the most significant and vis-Women in colorful saris are washing ited Karnataka’s destinations, it became a clothes in a huge green pond, having a fashionable, must-see site for thousands rocky mountain with old forts as a back- of pilgrims and buses of foreigners, but ground. Once the sun shines, the view be- still have not lost any of their charm and comes more splendid. A gentle breeze blows character. Due to their spectacular ap-over the forts, as if it was the current of pearance, extraordinary cultural impor-time that has passed since 6th century. In tance and religious and artistic inheri-spite of its magnificence, it is not crowded tance, Badami Caves take place among with tourists due to the inconvenience of top 10 state attractions, if not top three. access from the surrounding cities. A must Those four impressive caves are dedicated see in Badami is a group of stone-cave to different gods, well, even different re-temples that consists of four temples on the- Chisato, Japan ligions… first to Lord Shiva, second and mountain located in the south of the pond. third to Vishnu, and the fourth is a Jain This red monolithic marvel towering Temple. above the town of Badami not only takes your breath away because of plenty After climbing the first dozen of stairs and stairs you have to climb, but also knocks reaching the first temple, no one can pass you off your feet once you see the view by without noticing the singular carvings and approach its fabulous interior. Once, of Nateraja, the dancing Shiva. This is a this fairy-tale spot used to be the second one of a kind sculpture since it is the only capital of powerful Chalukya Empire (AD existing 18 armed representation of Lord 42
  • 33. Shiva. In fact several arms gather togeth- third cave (also Vishnu’s) is an excep-er and analyzed two by two in different tional sculpture of the huge Vishnu sitting combinations they make a certain type of on a cobra. Usually Lord Vishnu sleeps or dance manual of 81 hand positions used stands on this snake. This cave was carved until these days. Wandering around the in AD 578 and probably is the earliest of temple where the dance is the noblest of this group of caves. arts you can even find a carving of Gane-sha dancing with his father Shiva. Ganesha The last and smallest cave is the Jain tem-- the deity - never dances because of his ple, dedicated to the prophet Adinatha large belly and bottom, but this is an rare Tirthankara and was built between 7th exception. and 8th century. Basically, the walls are covered with the figures of Tirthankara Entering the second temple, you have to and 24 other naked prophets, what makes pass next to Jay and Vijaya – two dodgy the temple a pleasant stop for each wom-looking guards of Lord Vishnu, the door- an. keepers who can easily thrill you to death or petrify you just with one ‘gaze’. The in- This temple complex is one of a kind, which ner walls are covered with carvings repre- can easily kindle your love for art, imagi-senting incarnations of Vishnu. On the left, nation and desire for knowledge. The as-one finds bull-headed Varaha, on the right tonishing view of Agastyatirtha Tank and wall – Trivikrama. In perfect wheel shape Badami town make it a perfect location to 16 fish gather together which are the of- stop, contemplate, meditate or simply… ferings for the god. chill out. And watch your stuff here as the blasted monkeys rule the whole place Beyond any doubt, the highlight of the more than the gods nowadays. 44
  • 34. Kudalasangama the founder of the Lingayat faith - reposes here; making the place a center of pilgrim-It is one of the most majestic holy places age. The river, nonetheless, is one of the where you can discover relationship be- longest rivers in India. It merges with its tween mind, soul and body. The temple has tributaries Malaprabha and Gattiprabha differently sculptured pillars which symbol- rivers at its right bank near Kudalasan-ize different parts of the temple character. gama, where it is worth to take a boat ride The inspiration that one gets from the way on the rivers’ junction and admire the nat-these pillars were sculptured is that it re- ural surroundings. This place provides a vives a defensive protective profile for the delight, not only for its particular natural gate of the temple. The river seemed to ex- beauty; but also for the important spiri-ist already with the rise of the temple, since tual weight it carries. It is a very tranquil, it looks very much related to the temple. and an offbeat place, where one can find Even the stairs that lead to the surface of mostly pilgrims and/or locals praying or the river show the emerging importance of simply enjoying views from the pier over the river for the temple. People clean their the river.sins there, after opening up their hearts andsouls for healing. As long as the river flows,- Ayoub, Moroccoit takes away many of the peoples´ sins.At the bank of the Krishna River (1300km) rests the Sri Sangameshwara Temple. Built in the Chalukyan style, the temple has a special significance for the Lingayat believers as the holy soul of Basavanna - 45
  • 35. Sri Sangamesh- wara Temple is Impressions When you go to Badami caves first you will not know, whether it is a zoo or a historical place. You will see enormous number of monkeys a tranquil place crawling over cars and shops. The emerald lake, which you can see situated on the as you climb the cave, is a breath taking scenery. Inside the cave, banks of the holy you can see a powerful carved picture of Lord Shiva and other gods. Krisna River is a - Ken, Japanb - nice place to have a The orange majestic rock standing walk along the river respect for the magnificence of the in front of me makes me feel or even a ride on a add much amusement to the place. nature. Lots of monkeys around boat. Although, wag- ing one´s left part of the rocks, you will find Besides, dont forget to go to the foot on the wobbling board is a smallfrom the turmoil of the surrounding another Arcadia (a retreat away act of courage due to the crocodiles do is relax our exhausted bodies world). The only thing we need to ploughing waters of this river. I likedenjoy the peace and serenity of natu and minds, lie on the natural bed, this place where I could rest with___ Rita, Taiwan ___________ re. my eyes on the rapidly flowing wa- ter, while imagining magnitude of a The red town of Pattadakal, a host of many cultural festivities. Purity runs in river crossing almost the whole In- the veins of thistalkative’ town. One of its stories is that about Virupaksha, dian peninsular from Karnataka to one of the largest temples in the region. A mixture of Dravidian and Arian such a distant place as the Bay of styles of artisanal architecture magnetizes pupils of your eyes towards a Bengal. (Hana, Czech Republic) fascinating piece of art modeling the history of the place in form of sculptured Hauptplatz 1, columns, pillars, and walls of each temple. Badami caves, the souls of the sandstone mountain, where the eyes are magne- 4020 Linz tized by its marvels. The religious value of the site was especially perceived by climbing enormous number of stairs. The higher you go, the more solid you are, a concentrated wave of boost air is smashing your brain. As soon as you see AUSTRIA Shiva sculptured here in the heart of history in these sandstone mountains, 47 you can sense his enormous influence on that era’s intellect. -Ayoub, Morocco
  • 36. IntroductionA winding road goes up into the sunnysky after going up and down the moun-tain. Gokarna, a small beach town whichfaces Arabian Sea lying on the westcoast of India, gathers many visitors asone of the famous destination for tour-ists. On the beaches surrounding thetown like a miniature, it is admiring tosee Indian women in saris dipping their is located feet in the shallows and their figures- Chisato, Japan at the ear-shaped being right above a distant horizon. confluence of the “Gokarna, the ocean speaks of it as an two rivers Gangavali inspiring village”. After a long journey and Aghanashini. By from the Indian inland, a glimpse of tradition, Hindus come Om Beach and its symphonic waves to this place to cherish spreads comfort and refreshment to their holy´s heart. This temple town in Uttara Kannada district has a spiritual weight Heading southward of its own, and wandering around in the from Gokarna leads streets near the beach brings the feeling to the cut off, yet in-of being in a place of intense holiness. viting world of sub-The city holds the Shree Mahabala Deva urban villages that Temple, which is one of seven holy sali- absorbs the visitors vation spots in India (better known as with its peaceful and simple life-Mukti Kshetras). style. The decision to remain on the south route would be rewarding in-Gokarna, meaning Cow´s Ear, is referred deed, as it opens the door to the heav-to as a place, where Shiva emerged from enly isolated beaches, such as Kudle, 49the ear of a cow. Furthermore, the town Half-Moon and Paraside beaches. Map: KSTDC
  • 37. Jog FallsI honestly cannot describe what I felt while season (between July and September) is great facing this nature wonder; I had a mixture as well, while the water falls hard and creates of feelings: admire, peace, and pleasure. a bright rainbow every now and then. The water falls with rhythm; not the oneyou hear in meditation CDs, but more like a Another feature of the falls is that it does not living rhythm, as if nature was singing in a stream on the rock below, but rather falls di-sweet and smooth loud tone. I am certainly rectly (proper naming of such phenomena is returning to that place again, and next time untiered waterfalls), resulting in a louder roar, - Ahmed, BahrainI’m taking my meditation kit along. and an incredible atmosphere in the neighbor- ing area. Another must see site in India’s outstanding Jog Falls – also known as Gerusoppaa Falls state of Karnataka is the masterpiece of na- powers the hydro-electric generators at the ture, The Jog Falls. Consisting of four differ- nearby Linganmakki Dam across the river ent cascades - Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket Sharavathi. In association with the river, –, and falling of 829ft, the Jog Falls are offi- the waterfalls have been producing around cially the tallest waterfalls of India. The site is 1200MW of the station’s full capacity since located on the borders of Shimoga and North 1949. Finding the way to the falls through the Kanara, which is 100km from Shimoga city. thick evergreen forests should be easy, espe-Being around the falls in the winter is the best, cially if dressed smart to cut the way with ease as the sky is clear and dry, but the monsoon and comfort. 50
  • 38. Gokarna Beaches The four beaches are Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half-moon and Paradise Beach (also Om beach and its waves hitting the coast in known as Full-moon). Each of those beach-symphonic and synchronized speeds spread es is situated 20 – 30 minutes away from comfort and refreshment to one´s heart. each other, noting that only Om beach is the The town itself has a spiritual weight of its accessible by car (or rickshaw).own, and while wandering around in thestreets near the beach one gets the feel-- Ayoub, Morocco It’s also known that the furthest beach ing of being in a place of intense holiness. (Paradise) is nothing more than a little bay Gokarna holds the country’s top 4 beaches, area of what’s left of the hippies, whom and the reason it’s being on top of the list moved into India during the simple; they resemble all what a beach should be like: white sand, marvelous palm trees, and service huts. 51
  • 39. Murudeshwar Temple although it is a rather small town, it sets world records. The very first thing Ocean sparkling with the completely that lefts one spellbound - after reach- clear sky, the huge statue of Shiva with ing this place - is the Ornate Gopura, a majestic face is sitting on a small hill. monumental tower at the entrance of Surrounded by small fishing boats float- Murudeshwar temple, that is consid- ing on the deep blue sea as if they were ered the tallest gopura in the world waiting for time to go, a towering gate (249ft). The second tallest Shiva statue welcomes visitors with two statues - Chisato, Japan in the world gingerly juts out from the of life-sized elephants on both sides. tower´s shadow, yet not overshadowed Further south from Gokarna, the coast- by it. Hardly surprising; Murudeshwar al town of Murudeshwar is waiting for is another name of Shiva, who is com- the visitor. Murudeshwar is delusive; fortably overlooking the vast distances 52
  • 40. of the Arabian Sea surrounding the base of the statue, and it illustrates Kanduka hill - where he is seated - the story of the demon king Ravana from all its three sides. struggling in his effort to achieve im- mortality for the soul of Shiva in the The statue is 123ft (37m) in height, form of Atma-Linga.and its construction took about two years. Besides this, Murudeshwara´s At this place one´s attention is almost Shiva “godfather” Rama Nagapa Shet- entirely held by the architecture cu-ty, who is one of the leading business- riosities. Awareness of the land com-men in Karnataka and who put up ponents is lost, except for those very also the Raja gopura, sponsored the few moments where they slip into the construction with approximately 50 eye sight as it shifts itself to another million Rupees. At whichever time of brilliant shrine in matter of seconds. the day one drops in to take delight Those moments reveal the scenes of of this breathtaking Shiva statue, the sandy palm beaches and canoes with idol is designed to get direct sun- fishermen balancing in acrobat-like light and thus stunningly sparkles in style, riding the powerful waves of the the sunrays from dusk to dawn. As Arabian Sea eagerly to return to their Murudeshwar features in many Hindu beloved ones.legends; a museum was found at the 53
  • 41. Leaving behind the Karnataka we moved further west to the sea droughty inland, village. The timing of our tripside – to Gokarna Impressions perfect. After visiting places pa to Gokarna was cal ruins and temples, we hadcked with histori- opportunity to rest up on love this wonderful swim in the stormy Arabian S ly beaches and the waves was an exhilarating ea. Jumping into enjoying the fantastic scenery adventure, while sun setting almost imperceptib around. Golden The statue of rizon, rainy clouds, whose raly behind the ho- Lord Shiva in minute ago for a colourful mist in made only a Murudeswara hold s a y over palm groves and green trop rainbow arching title of the second tallest Shiva background – this is only one ical hills in the statue in the world. With its 123ft it gives the feel- face beaches, with others still luring of Gokarna ing of respect, admiration and charisma and makes to (Hana, Czechexplore.lic) people feel enthusiastic. Additionally, there isthere sea Repub nearby where it is possible to swim. Also, the is a very nice restaurant above the sea, which is worth b- ul beaches and landscapes, but pro visiting.Gokarna is famous for its beautif nice and a ! The nature itself is very Dominic, Austriaably not for European standards if the people of Kar-bit wild in a good way. It would be much nicer, tion. We had a chance to swim in the Arabian Sea and to the country as a tourist destinanataka took care of this part of poor condition and I also sunbathe on the Om beach. The waves were high and notUnfortunatel y, the beach is kept in a pretty many people were swimming in the sea. We had to keep Cows walking on the distance didn’t like the mess and trash on the sand beach. from local people because they are not allowed to you want to experience swim near girls. beach made it even more challenging. But if the We could see a lot of cows on the way wild waves of Arabian Sea, it is an adventure and jump in to the to the beach and some of them were even on the beach. right place to go for it! - Ken, Japan -- Erika, Slovakia 55The waves of the Arabian Sea are really big. We can enjoy the waves hitting us like the dolphin jumping into thewater, enjoying the power of nature._________ Rita, Taiwan______
  • 42. Not only that it’s the administra- gest in the city, and tive headquarter of the Dakshina leading Christian Kannada (formerly South Ca- facility. Taking into nara), but also the 8th cleanest consideration the city in the country. In Karnataka religious tolerance, Introductionit is the 2nd after Mysore. Mangalore is also one of the big- a Christian institu- tion was established a little over a centu-gest sea traffic handlers over the ry ago. Remaining in west coast of India, as the Ara- the religious part of bian Sea Port handles 75% of the the city, the Gokar-India’s coffee exports, along with nateshwara Temple a large mass of cashew exports. – the golden temple – is Considering previous point, just a comprehensive Hin-Mangalore is one of a kind city in du mark in crowded the State of Karnataka, as it gen- place. erates large revenues that boost the states economy. Not far, and as seaside city, Ulal beach introduc-Culture wise, this chief port city es the Arabian Sea to the could literally be called the danc- visitors in a much elegant ing city as it practices a large way, as the craved stair steps number of dancing festivals over leads through the the year. Moreover, this religion large rocks, all the melting pot of India celebrates way down to the sand every religious festival, rang- and the moody waves. Last ing from the obvious Hindu to but certainly not least is the Christianity passing through Biological Zoo that honors Dr. Islam. And with that point men- S. Karnath with its noticeably in-tioned, it is emphasized to visit creasing popularity. 57the Milagres Church, the big- Map: KSTDC
  • 43. Gokarnateshwara Temple the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Mangalore. On this place one can walk on The main deity here is Lord Shiva. Gokar- fleecy carpets laid throughout the whole nateshwara is the most fascinating modern temple compound and follow the route that temple I have been to. Just walking on its takes one on a display of the main temple floor makes you feel like a king, the floor is deities, which are Lord Shiva with his wife made of finely shaped white marble. Lights Parvathi - here praised as the jeweled God-at night are simply breathtaking, especially dess Annapoorneshwari - their son Lord Ga-with the tremendous shining statues of Shi- nesha, and last but not least: Lord Bhairava, va’s family and the temple is embedded with which is a fierce incarnation of Lord Shiva golden buildings and royal red walls which- Hadi, Morocco helping to achieve success and materialistic gives it a rare touch of divine Hindu Gods. well-being. The founding father of the tem-And yet another name for Shiva; Lord Go- ple was Shri Narayana Guru, a Kerala social karnatha, is the main deity of the relatively reformer tackling the castes system in India. young temple in the center of Mangalore. The temple was renovated back in 1991. It The golden temple of Kudroli Sri Gokar- is built in the Chola style of architecture and natheshwara is particularly charming when the new gopuram is 60ft in height.lit at night. It is an ideal haven to overlook 58
  • 44. Milagres Church Indians or foreigners. The entrance hall is decorated with the statue of “Our lady I simply was shocked to see how peacefully Fatima” and after a few minutes spent in the Christians, Muslims and Hindus can cohabi- church you easily notice the Indian influ-tate. I personally think Milagres Church is ence over this church, the colors and flowers one of the most beautiful artistic houses of which are slightly different from the Euro-prayer in Mangalore emphasized with ar- pean churches, thus making this holy place chitectural beauty. It has high columns, long even more sophisticated and unique. seats and French painting of St Monica andSt Augustine which makes it an awesome Moreover, religious education is provided to rare piece of art worth visiting. India, land Catholics from Mangalore and its surround-of religious diversity, each one can follow- Hadi, Morocco ings by the private Saint Aloysius College. whatever religion fits his spirit in total peace. This huge campus is 125 years old. It was Religions in India have no frontiers. This is commissioned by Sri Veerappa Moily, the well documented on the successful integra- Minister of education back then, and blessed tion of all religions, pushing away odds and by Rt. Ref. Dr. William L. D´Mello, Bishop of barriers, leading toward a peaceful, cheer- Karwas. There are many sport courts and an ful and harmonic sociability of all religions. open-air theater, which makes it look more Milagres Church, the biggest church in Man- like a coliseum from ancient centuries. A big galore was built 330 years ago by Bishop church is in their disposition for religious Thomas De Castro, the first Bishop in Man- prayers and confessions which is a good galore and founder of Milagres. With the point in the favor of the tolerant Indian cul-main mass starting daily at 6 pm, the church ture.gathers many Catholics whether they were 59
  • 45. Dr. Shivaram Karnath Biological ParkWhen I first saw it I didn’t believe, I swear I thought it was ing a variety of animals and trees. Among the most noteworthy animals are the Black Sloth just a costume. I couldn’t believe that something can be that Bear; with sloth hind legs, elongated muzzle and longer face, ugly! The ugliest living creature in the world! Looks like a Hanumal Langur; an Indian monkey with grey, dark brown pig… and anything else…I just hope that he doesn’t become and golden fur shadows and also Asian tigers, lions or pan-the star of the Animals version of Prison Break. Five seasons thers kept in large natural enclosures. Lethargic crocodiles with him would lead to an extinction of the human race. lay in half dry water pools. Restless Indian Elephants, eager This can be the only time that Photoshop can’t fix a photo to cover their backs with palm despite the availability of perfect shooting conditions! My- Ahmed, Bahrein leaves and grass as they try to advice, go see it yourself to see that I’m not exaggerating… get rid of disturbing insects. A visit to a biological park is nev- er complete without watching The zoo itself was nothing extraordinary, but the bear snakes, so for that there is a made me speechless, it could win the competition for the snake house which is inhabit-best model ever. That guy was locked in this ‘jail’ just for ed by various types of snakes. his looks, and still he made the best out of his mug as he All is there, from the small-possessed an unbeaten title of the most photographed est River Snakes, reaching to beast. Who knows, maybe the next World Press Photo- Gloria, Poland the Kings of the specie, as in Award is going to be granted to me thanks to that fellow. Pythons, Boas and Cobras. Mangalore is also known for the wild life successfully imi- The famous place will satisfy tated in its parks and forests. Dr. Shivaram Karnath Biological the visitors’ needs of refresh-Park in Pilikula is the most famous biological park in the city ments as they placed kiosks of Mangalore (15min drive from the city center). Surrounded that sell snacks and drinks to by thousands of different kinds of plants, this biological park restore the energy that would appears to be one of the most visited parks in Mangalore be used up to tour such a large with people of different nationalities flocking to enjoy watch- park. 60
  • 46. Ulal Beach of different sizes are beautifully shaped because of the end- less motion of breezy waves, combined with very smooth The favorite beach of Karnataka is Ullal beach, which is and fine beach sand. In addition to an exotic forest with tall not too far from the city of Mangalore. The place provides coconut palm trees and diversity of vegetation that make you with very peaceful atmosphere, as you cannot find so up a magical green landscape and add up to tremendously many tourists in this area. The sea is wild here, because tropical atmosphere. of the open ocean, and the waves might get very strong.Thus, swimming is not very recommended in any season.- Erika, Slovakia Moreover, to make it even a more pleasant visit, there are Generally speaking, it is better for walking and relaxing. kiosks within the beach resort selling snacks, drinks and ice Ullal beach, close to the Ullal fishing village, is one of the fin-creams to satisfy the visitors’ needs.est destinations that can be chosen in the whereabouts of Mangalore (20km from the city center). It’s one of the beaches I love in Karnataka. You can just spendThis charming beach on the mysterious Arabian Sea and the around long palm-shaded road. You just need to relax your one afternoon sit on the beach enjoying the nature or walksouth bank of the Nethravati River is a very peaceful place, a mind and enjoy the quietness.getaway from the everyday’s stressful life. Rocks and stones - Rita, Taiwan 61
  • 47. Mangalore is a relatively middling city in Karnataka that used to have its Impressions prosperous years in the past and still remains thriving. Ullal beach, a long calm beach with a lot of palm trees, lies nearby the city center. Given the fact that it was once colonized by Portugal, it also has a diversity of religions that brings surprises and interests about the religions Indian people believe Pilikula Biological Park in. When it gets dark, Gokarnateshwara temple lit up with a large number of that didn’t really inspire illuminations starts to shine and the figures of palm trees and the setting sun me. I love going to the zoo, reflect off the stone pavement of the temple, which somehow creates an but the boring nature whereexotic and romantic atmosphere. the animals were placed in Chisato, from Japan wasn’t too much eye catching. It’s nature more wild nice for a walk, as you will find the and rough. place you rnateshwara Temple is another holy We went to Pilikula Biolo gical Park. Unlike other Goka not many animals in the zoo park and we could see som s, there were cannot miss out, it’s a must-see ! Compared to other temple was temples in and around Mangalore, this were handicapped. Most e animals that of the animals come from about 10 types of snakes including the king cobra Africa. They had built pretty recently and will impress you with itsanimals most worth seeing that was one of the . shiny gold surface.- Ken, Japan - - Erika, Slovakia Catholic Church of “Our Lad y of Miracles” in Mangalore is very interest- ing because it shows the integration of different religions in India. Hindus,Muslims and Catholics live here together on one place that shows how tolerant the Indian people are. Ul. Szpitalna 25, One of the most beautiful temples in Karnataka is the Gokarnatheshwara Temple. It has a powerful appearance with gold wherever one lays his eye. 31 - 024 Krakow, Also, the two big statues of Hanuman and Lord Shiva are decorated with gold, thus making the temple look rather pompous. POLAND 63 .Dominic, Austria
  • 48. Introduction Map: KSTDCBelur and Halebeed, where two important ancient temples of Hoysala dynasty during 12th century. Each of the cities still keep their glory in the silence, present the very best of encloses a temple proposed for the UNESCO world heritage the Hoysala architecture. title. This title was not proposed out of the blue; the Chenna- kashava Temple earns such title for its uniqueness amongst Belur, also known as Dakshina Banaras or Southern Banaras, the temples of the south and the north of India, while the is located on the banks of Yagachi River at a distance of other temple in Halebeed, - Hoysaleshwara – presents to 222km from Bangalore. the world the best of the 12th century’s sculpturing art, as if all the sculptors and artists of that era brainstormed and Not far from Belur, Halebeed is a small village where Dwara- brought out their best efforts to make this place the way it is sumdra city used to have its prosperous years as a capital right now. 65
  • 49. Chennakashava Temple ter gaining much territory from the once predominant Chalukyas. The Hoysalas As every other magnificent temple, this one left behind almost 150 temples built on makes you marvel at human’s imagina- a star-shaped pedestal and centered on tion, creativity and vocation. What aston- a pillared hall. King Vishnuvardhana in ishes me at the gate of every world-known the family of Hoysala built the Chenna-sight of sacred architecture is how much kashava temple, in 1117, in order to com-people can sacrifice, dedicate and do to memorate Hoysala’s victory over the Cho-feel closer to a god. Here we can see one las. Also, there is another inscription that of the finest examples of such a dedication. the construction of the temple was for his - Gloria, PolandThe Chennakashava Temple in Belur typi- conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism.fies the era of the once mighty Hoysala dynasty that ruled from the 11th to 14th Going through the main gate on east side, century most of the modern day Karna- a statue of Shiva is standing in the middle taka. where he could have an entire view of the temple. The main hall with three en-“Hoysala!” (strike Sala!) said the guru Su- trances has a lot of pillars which are elab-datta to his student, Sala, who was fight- orately sculptured like vases. Moreover, ing a tiger. Sala striking dead the beast the sculptures surrounding the temple and saving life of his Jain guru became a are worth appreciation due to their den-legendary head of the Hoysala dynasty. In sity and perfection. There are 42 Madani-early 13th century Hoysalas established kas or Bracket figures under the eaves themselves as an independent empire af- attracting the visitors on its own merits, 66
  • 50. especially, “Beauty and Mirror” or “Dar- walls as each projection is articulated pana Sundari” which is well-known as like a pillar, and that’s just different a lady holding a mirror in her left hand than the typical southern temples that and looking at her beauty in it. had the Dravida (Pyramidal) South In- dian design. The stellate plans, howev-What is also unique about this temple er, come mainly from the north, but it is the design of its shrine, which com- differs in the sense of number of points bines a mixture of Nãgara style with a where the star is interrupted; while stellate plan that is uncommon for the the northern design come with a full region and times it comes from. While 32-pointed star, but in this particular the former – Nãgara - has lost its most design it comes as a 16-pointed inter-important showcase (the tower), it’s rupted star.still visible on the articulation of its 68
  • 51. Hoysaleshwara Temple What a vision, effort, diligence and mastery els of ingenuity, makes the artist, literally, had to be involved in creation of this gem moving the mountains and overcoming all which keeps inspiring and entrancing till limitations. Undeniably one of magnum - Gloria, Poland nowadays. How many tears, sweat, blood opus’ of a man created in the name of god. was needed to put those stones together. Hoysaleshwara Temple is the biggest in existence, and lays 16km from Belur. A dream, constructed with precision in It was built by King Vishnuvardhana in a mind of a single man or maybe a few, 1121 for his wife’s private use. It is said put on paper and eventually carved in that it took 105 years to complete the con- stone becomes an everlasting symbol of struction. However, Delhi sultan dynasty god’s fame. The temple spins its own yarn attacked the temple in 14th century and which, in this case, instead of worlds made completely destroyed it. Therefore, the is as if of French lace. Every single mil- city where the temple is got its current limeter of the surface just yells to pass on name “Halebeed” which means “ruined its story, enlighten with moral and catch city”. your eye with its splendor. Overwhelming kingdom of detail! A proof that the faith Back to the temple, two similar build- inspires, arouses profoundly hidden lev- ings can be found; where each building 69
  • 52. has stunning stone pillars made on a pot- While roaming between the walls of the ter’s wheel. Seeing thousands of sculp- temple, the eye cannot help but to notice tures lined up close together on the walls the sexual sculptures on those walls. Well, of the buildings, it seems as if they were there is an argument in the modern world united as antiquities. With an image of a that prosperity leads to increased sexual dancing Ganesha at the south gate to an- activity. And as far as this argument goes, it other image of Ganesha on the north gate, touches the necessity of sexual sculptures the overall number of sculptures of such in the temples. So while a party stands images reach up to 240 images, topping for living a luxurious life-style, another the list of the largest number of sculp- defends mass sexual education. There tured images in any other single temple in are other voices rising up with different India. opinions, such as: It is part of Hinduism practices that connect to god, as well as a Note that the Temple was not built by the renewal for the out-of-date interests of be-King himself, but under the supervision lievers; just to bridge the boredom gap of of his minister Ketamalla, who also built routine in house holder’s lives. Yet nothing the Belur temple and the Mahabaleshwar is certain, as all opinions are supported temple at Chamundi Hills, near Mysore. with good defensive points. 70
  • 53. In the town of Belur, we visited another two temples, Chenna- Impressions kashava and Halebeedu Temples. After seeing so many temples in Hindu style, it was pretty much the same experience. The temples are heritage places, and serve more as museums than as active places, therefore you won’t experience too much of spirituality here. But it is a fact, that these objects are significant mas- terpieces. The surface of these temples is decorated with small statues of gods all around as a long story with a lot to say.-Erika, Slovakia Be lur of fers its tourist s two very exciting tem nakesava Temple is a be ples. The Chen- autiful build ing and once passed, there is a big st the entry is atue of Lord Shiva in th temple. The other tem e middle of the ple, the Halebeed Temple its green surround ings impresses with and two palm trees in he lp of sc ulptures on th the entry. With e outside temple walls, itself te lls a historical the temple story. Moreover, there cows mad e out of ston are two holy Pavilhao Carlos Lopes, e for the Hind u to wors hip them. Dominic, A ustria Parque Eduardo VII, Hoysaleshwara Temple is a place surrounded by grass like a garden where you can lie down and chill. The temple complex contains many sexual figures represent- 1000 Lisbon ing the Kama Sutra. You might find it obscene, but you will have to accept the fact, that this was also PORTUGAL 72 used for sexual education which is an important element in one’s life. - Ken, Japan -
  • 54. Set in scenic forests of the Western Dr. Veeren-Ghats, the picturesque temple town dra Heggade IntroductionDharmasthala (70km from Manga-lore) is quite an extraordinary place to visit. Dharmasthala has many s p r e a d s motivation, comfort and faces - a temple town, an important support among pilgrimage place, a community fol- people facing all lowing its own rules under the pa- kinds of hardship. With tronage of the Heggade family. Even the view of providing fund-though it is a small town, Dharmas- ing and training, soon after thala has surprisingly many things his installation into office, to offer. Life of the town is centered Veerendra Heggade started mainly on the Sri Manjunatha Swa- an Integrated Village-Welfare my Temple, the main Hindu temple Program within the Belthang-in Dharmasthala. adi Taluk, one of the divisions of the Dakshina Kannada district. „Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha“, Part of the social engagements of Dharma will protect one who pro- Veerendra Heggade is also the tects Dharma. The holy place per- RUDSET Institute that empow-fectly lives up to its name. Daily, ers young future entrepreneurs thousands of pilgrims find justice, from all over Karnataka to start truthfulness, faith and peace, which their business successfully. are all embodiments of the word Dharma. United sit the rich and the Each year a lot of events take poor side by side in the temple din- place in Dharmasthala, es-ing hall, receiving “Anna Daana” the pecially, the Ganesha and Na-free served dinner. Further on, there varathri Festival, the Deepavali, are public sessions, during which or the Lakshadeepotsava. 74 Map: KSTDC
  • 55. RUDSET Institute tutes of the rural entrepreneurship devel- opment run in 14 states throughout In-We went to Dharmasthala to see the insti- dia. RUDSET Institute has received many tute contributing to social development. awards so far e.g. FICCI Award and Su-Students were making saris and everyone varna Karnataka Rajyothsava Award that of them is looking forward to have his/ make it a replicable model. her own shop in the future. With moreexperience, they can make a sari in an- Ken, Japan The concept of RUDSET Institute aims hour, but for now it takes them two days. at training workers to support the rural Human development is of huge con- development of their particular area by cern in Karnataka. Rural Development preparing unemployed youth to take up and Self Employment Training Institute wage employment as a source of liveli-(RUDSETI) reveals the smart policy fol- hood. Within RUDSET Institute premises lowed by Veerendra Heggade. He insists trainees are provided with free food and on forming citizens with basic knowl- accommodation. The Institute offers a edge, and to push them a step ahead in variety of training programs to fit with their future careers by creating small local needs. Even though it is short term and medium businesses financed by training, this program guaranties a long Karnataka´s banks like Canara Bank. term handholding with a settlement rate of 68%, which would allow the areas in RUDSET Institute is one of the 23 insti- concern to find a brighter future. 75
  • 56. Sri Dharmastala Manjunatheshwara Yoga & Nature Cure Hospital Chikithsa is a kind of air therapy or Mardana Chikithsa a re- juvenation therapy. The illnesses treated in this cure center After a short conversation with a professor from Darmasthala are Bronchial Asthma, Nasal Allergy, Chronic Bronchitis, Dia-in the Hospital about their green policy, applied in environ- betes, Obesity, High and Low Blood Pressure, Migraine, De-ment friendly material choice of the building, I came to see the pressive Neurosis, Arthritis and Gastritis. All these therapies awareness level of this small community. It reminded me again and cures are brought together to give the best medical care that anyone can carry the responsibility of protecting what’s to people from India in particular and from all around the left of green on this planet, despite where they are, or what world and it proves the capabilities of natural health mainte-they do. My question goes out to the world: If they – with their- Ahmed, Bahrain nance in Karnataka. Do not forget that India is the ideal place little facility abilities - could do it, why can’t the rest of us do it? for getting natural cures and meditations.Sri Dharmastala Manjunatheshwara Yoga and Nature Cure Hospital is located in Shanthivana on the banks of the holy This medical center has approximately 200 beds ranging be-river Netravathi, just 2 kilometers away from Dharmastala tween cottages, deluxe and special treatment rooms. People and 70 kilometers from Mangalore. from all over the world come to this hospital; it is equipped with a swimming pool, library, clinical laboratory and rec-The main therapies are the ones based on natural cure, for in- reational center. It also offers the visitors many therapies to stance Jalachikithsa, a type of hydrotherapy, Prithvi Chikith- choose from, depending on the patient´s needs. sa and Akasha hikithsa used as detoxification therapies, Vayu 76
  • 57. Manjusha Museum & Car Museum you can find here among other things mirrors, combs or silver ornamentsThis place keeps many cars from the early 1900s. We were sur- • The “Devine Touch” – displaying the paintings prised to find the car which was used by Mahatma Gandhi. All • The “Touch of Melody” - focusing on musical instru-cars which were in the museum were kept clean and in a good mentscondition. If you are interested in cars, it is worth to stop by at- Ken, Japan • The “Touch of Passion” – centers around indoor and out-this museum. door games like chess and checkersThe Manjusha Museum is one of the most important artifact • The “Mystic Touch” – taking up the Bhoota tradition.museums in the whole state of Karnataka. Situated just 100m away from Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple, it was also found-ed by Veerendra Heggade. This amazing collection of weap- Across the block there is this rather small car museum, its ons, paintings, domestic vessels, ritual objects, manuscripts, collection is very rich. Located in the heart of Dharmasthala, ornaments and contemporary items is well preserved. The the informative car museum is an important aspect of the collection itself is divided into nine sections: city´s touristic demand• The “Touch of Class” - dealing with sculptures made of The founder of this museum is Dr. Veerendra Heggade. In stone and metal fact, the museum is a small showroom displaying vintage • The “Sacred Touch” - referring to the worship and tem- cars of different brands and countries with an oldest car Re- ples nault dating back to 1903, in addition to the most famous • The “Touch of Hands” - indicating the art of craftsmen, cars ridden by Mahatma Gandhi. Nowadays there are around who produced items for the daily use like vessels or jars 40 different vintage cars given to the museum as donations, • The “Touch of Valour” - showing the different kinds of all of which are in a very good working condition. The car weapons like axes, daggers or swords museum is worth the visit; especially that it fulfills the pas-• The “Touch of Beauty” - related to the beauty of people, sion of amateur car collectors. 77
  • 58. Statue of Bhagwan Bahubali A statue of a nude lord standing on over the green tropical valleys. Jain pilgrims come from all over the the top of the hill, but take a second – country to worship Bahubali, as this Jain deeper - thought, nudity stand for pu- saint symbolizes the supreme knowl- rity and devotion. I came to this coun- edge of Karma and strength of medita- try with no expectations, and it paid tion. History tells us that when Bahub- me back with the little details that en- ali was about to kill his brother with his lightened my understanding of the an- - Ahmed, Bahrain powerful arm, he broke the fight and re- cient behavior; and the modern world. nounced the territories he could win. Af- Built in 1966 in Karkala, the statue of ter a lot of reflection, he decided to take Bhagavan Bahubali, the Jain saint, was up the way of meditation. The unique- brought to Dharmasthala under the or- ness of this renunciation, which marks ders of Rathnavarma Heggade, father of the beginning of Bahubali`s quest for Veerendra Heggade. It arrived in 1975 the knowledge of Karma, is the spiritual and took its’ place on the top of the hill base of this site, in which one can feel, at the entrance of the town. The monu- through the dignity of skinhead pilgrims ment is a huge edifice that goes up to and the silence that fills the air, the deep- 20m high and enjoys a spectacular view er ways of Jain religion. 78
  • 59. Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple is administered by the Jainists, an ancient Indian religion fol- lowing the philosophy of non-violence to all human beings. In the early morning we went to Swami Temple. Many peoplecome here to pray, and they have to strip their shirt to show The temple itself is an unforgettable treat. On top of wonder-respect to the gods which was really impressive. It took us ap-- Ken, Japan ful Hindu gods sculptures it houses a Shiva lingam brought to proximately 5 minutes to see all the statues of gods. Dharmasthala from the Kadri temple near Mangalore. Nowadays, the temple is run by the 21st generation of the Heggade family, which is the hereditary administrator of the The dining hall accompanied with the food served during temple. The legend has it that after the angels´ visited his the lunch and dinner times are all going under the umbrella house; Barmana Heggade built the temples and started to of unconditional charity, which according to Dr. D. Veeren-give donations to people in need. Note that the place stands dra Heggade, the presiding Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala for tolerance and confluence of diverse Hindu traditions. temple, “is supposed to be practiced in its purest form”, and While the priests come from the Brahmin caste, the temple therefore no seeker goes empty handed from Dharmasthala. 79
  • 60. use com- how to design books, men fro m 16 to 21 years learn y use is In RUDSET Institute wo ver, I think the way the weave the sari. Howe nnot receive Impressions intings and to help people who ca puter, draw some pa ve this kind of place we also ha time in col-inefficient. In Taiwan, job. We use the night skills that help them to find a also have education learn some e is intensive, and we teach them. The cours lege to let professiona l teachers can use A special place in process regularly. Theysome exams to examine their learning lly helpful. Karnataka is the r in their job. It is rea _ holy town of Dhar- the skills the y learn in school late ___ Rita, Taiwan __ masthala. This holy place attracts each day about Dharmasthala is known as another important place of spirituality as well 10 000 pilgrims. As this as an educational place for people from all Karnataka. We spent in this place is considered holy by the Hindus, it isholy town only one day and it was a pity, as it became a bit hectic to visit strictly prohibited to smoke and drink alcohol all the places and as Dharmasthala has a lot to show. I was surprised by in the whole town. This location has a lot to offer. a little museum in the centre, which in fact wasn’t that little and where There is an amazing museum displaying numerous excit-you will find many interesting sculptures. One can also visit the car museum ing sculptures with thrilling stories behind them. Further-with very valuable car exhibition. It was also a very nice and strong expe- more, there is a vintage car museum with exciting cars. rience to visit Dharmasthala temple, and to personally help with serving Some of them are as old as 100 years, but there arefree food for all the visitors who came there for the spirituality, all sit- also new ones. The unbelievable thing is that all cars are ting on the floor in a huge dining hall. If you want to experience a strong in a working condition. spirituality, this is the right place to visit. People are ready to help you Dominic, Austria with any problems, doesn’t matter which nationality or religion you are! This is a real god blessed place!- Erika, Slovakia RADNICKA 368/8, In a secluded mountain village, there is an institute for the development of rural areas, which was established by a charity. Young people are practically learning how to maximize their potentials. In the temple‘s dining hall, it is BRNO remarkable to see thousands of people lining up and enjoying their meals with CZECH REPUBLIC 80 smiling faces, which come from sharing the happiness. The number of peoplemakes it hard to believe that such a huge amount of food is all covered by the charity.Chisato from Japan
  • 61. As the Kodagu district hides in forests, visitors are eter-nally on the search for its pearls of natural beauty and purity. Once getting to Bhagamandala, a small village Introductionin the middle of nowhere, one can escape the crowded city life, enjoy and reach up the solitude that would heal one´s soul and pump back clean blood through the veins. Formally known as Muddurajakeri (Mudduraja’s town), this town is very popular hill station, with an el-evation of 1525m (5003ft) above sea level. That’s men-tioned, the Raja seat is a favorite spot among the rest of the hills, as the Rajas preferred to use it for recreation; that boosted the level of attraction. The points of attractions in this specific district varies from each other; so as the hills were mentioned, there still are different kind of temples that serves different religions, as the Talacauvery temple that serves the Hinduism, or the Golden Temple that honors the Ti-betan Buddhism. Abbi falls are another appeal for the visitors of this district, created by nature; it connects to another natural destination that is the work of both man and nature: Dubare Elephant Park. Located on the bank of the river, where elephants are retired into en-tertainment business makes it indeed an undeniable desire to be there. Map: KSTDC 82
  • 62. Talacauvery,Bhagamandala that springs here on the slopes of the Brahmagiri Hill (1276m) to Dressed up in traditional Hindu holy empty later into the remote Bay of dress reminding a white skirt go- Bengal. ing down to the knees with a lightred and yellow scarf covering the There is a common belief that Ka-chest, one can enjoy a ready state veri was born from Sankramana of body combined with a clear state Kaveri Mathe springing out from of mind prepared and set up to en- the Kundike, the small holy tank, gage feelings and emotions while on the auspicious day of Thula- experiencing the Hindu rituals in Sankramana. According to Hindu Kaveri river. It’s a special feel- holy texts, Lakshmi sent Lopamu-ing that should be experienced. dre, the incarnation of Parvathi, to - Ayoob, Morocco The way up the hill fully decorated save the elixir of life. After fulfilling with coffee trees takes the visitor her task, Lopamudre was brought to the Thalakaveri Temple with up by Brahma, thus often referred its unique traditions. This holy to as his daughter. Yet, the name place in the mountains of Western Kaveri originates from Kavera, a re-Ghats is a “birth place” of the Ka- nowned sage, who fell in love with veri River, one of the most famous Lopamudre after seeing her medi-and symbolic rivers in Karnataka, tating in Brahmagiri. According to 83
  • 63. her wish to spread blessing among peo- ple come to the river´s birthplace to ple, Lopamudre - now Kaveri - turned witness water gushing from the spring into the holy river flowing through as well as to get blessing by the sight whole Karnataka and Tamil Nadu turn- of the jasmine-wreathed goddess sit-ing the land green and fertile. Thus, get- ting above the tank with glittering coins ting inside of the temple the first thing around. that can easily be noticed is the holy pond where you can find people wor- Once back in the village, it is en-shipping and taking a dip in the sacred joyable to search for the holy river tank where they can get Mother’s Dar- that “disappears” on its way down shan, the god-blessing water. from the Brahmagiri hill to appear in Bhagamandala again, joining its Especially in October, during the Tula two tributaries rivers Sujyothi and Sankramana festival, hundreds of peo- Kannike. 85
  • 64. Abi Falls has to descent considerably, down to the point, where spectacular cascades ap-Walking into the heart of a mountain, pear and huge masses of clear water give the murmuring of the stream gets closer. strength to the holy Kaveri River cross-Abby falls are literally the place for re- ing almost whole Southern India. laxing with refreshing spray that mistsall over the forest around there, away- Chisato, Japan During monsoon season the view from a from the din and bustle of a big city. hanging bridge across the river flowing In a regular manner, rainfalls come and beneath is much more appealing. A slight leave this mountainous area draining not drizzle forms kind of a rainy curtain that less than 40percent of India. No wonder embraces the visitor leaving behind a nature chose to create a number of wa- very powerful impression.terfalls hidden in the woods between cof-fee and spice plantations here. To reach the Abbey Falls (9km from Madikeri) one Nature does it again. It invites you to see the beauty of the waterfalls of Abby, but just as you start to fit into the scene, nature decide that it’s time to raise the level of excitement and adventure for you my dear visitor. If it starts raining, make sure you are the first to leave, be- cause from there you’ll have a long trip on foot back to the top of the hill where 86 you came from, and in a rainy condition - Ahmed, Bahrain it’s just a little wonderful adventure.
  • 65. Raja Seat For thrilling views make a stop-off in the district´s head- quarters, Madikeri (270km from Bangalore) and stroll in Raja’s seat is located on the top of the hill where you can the bewitching garden of the Raja´s Seat. Literally the Seat of get fresh air and enjoy nice scenery of paddy fields and for- the King is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial foun-ests. Since this place was used to watch the sunset, I wish we tains. A place located right on the horizon, from which rich could have seen it on our journey. This place is a nice dat-- Ken, Japan greenery of the surrounding woods and cultivated areas of ing spot where you can enjoy the moment with your lover. paddy fields strike the most. A mortar pavilion with four Kodagu, the district with the lowest elevation of 900metres arches faces the natural screen changing throughout the day above sea-level is a place of enchanting natural beauty that from golden sunrise to ruby sunset bewildering the specta-used to inspire people in the past, as well as nowadays. tors´ eyes. To me it was incredible to see the horizon with the green nature; it carries a special personal val- ue. Where I come from it’s impossible to have such scene, and I literally felt that I was on the top of the world. The joy I felt left my spirit for the rest of the journey and pushed me to expect more. Pleasure and delight, on the spiritual platform, are life necessities in anybody’s life, and this place might just take you there if you - Ahmed, Bahrain connect with your inner self on a higher level. 87
  • 66. Dubare Elephant Camp for the Dussehra festival in Mysore, while nowadays the “retired” elephants turned You will get the pleasure to touch and hug an into a popular tourist attraction. elephant unlike the ordinary Zoo where theywon’t let you go so close to the elephants at To reach this place one needs to cross the all. Moreover you can also participate in their Kaveri River in a boat. That is fortunately playful activities or go for a ride on the top of not that challenging part, as river Kaveri their backs. Visitors can watch Elephants be- flows very gently here. But for those seek-ing given a scrub-bath in the River and also ing action, there are a lot of activities such observe how oil is applied on their forehead, as elephant riding and river rafting that can tusks and other aspects of Elephant grooming. be fairly exciting. Before taking up any of They are well trained and Mahouts take care these activities, and only if one arrives be-of the elephants just like their own children. fore 9.00am, there is the possibility to par-This place gives an extraordinary change to ticipate in the elephant river bathing, which experience the life of the elephants in the wild is an amazing experience. This elephant nature from a close distance. It’s a great fun- Erika, Slovakia bathing occurs every day with the rare op-not just for kids but also for the adults! portunity to feed the elephants afterwards. The Dubare Elephant Camp, in Mysore dis- It is an unforgettable experience worth try-trict, is a very nice place to be in. The for- ing, especially, if one has a dream to experi-est camp is located in the valley of Dubare, ence the wilderness without going into the whose outstanding green space makes it a real jungle. The Dubare Elephant Camp is a nice location for relaxation out in the open. very good place to go to enjoy the presence In the past, elephants used to be trained here of these sacred animals. 88
  • 67. Namdroling Monastery as a home to 6000 - 7000 Tibetan students of Nyigma, the oldest kind of schools in Tibetan There goes the gong in silence. A number of small Buddhism.colorful flags are fluttering in the wind with thesound coming from the Golden temple where Having a look at thousands of students praying young Tibetan monks are reciting a sutra. It together with use of traditional instruments might feel strange to see Buddhist temples among gives a speechless impression to the audience. the Hindu majority; however, there is a surpris-- Chisato, Japan The temple was built by Guru Rinpoche in ingly peaceful coexistence in this neighborhood 1963 who was one of a few teachers left that Getting in a quiet neighborhood of Bylakuppe, received their full training in Tibet. Due to his various colorful flags with unfamiliar letters compassion, all Tibetans consider him to be are fluttering and being in harmony with pray- very kind and revere him as the Second Bud-ing voices of the Tibetan youth. dha. Not far away from the town Kushalanagara, the Inside the temple, three huge statues of Bud-Bylakuppe Tibetan refugee settlement evokes dha can be seen as symbols of faith, peace, the image of a Tibetan Buddhist island in the wisdom, loving, kindness, compassion, and ocean of Hinduism. History of the campsite clean thoughts leading to good actions. dates back to 1959 when an anti-Chinese re- Lord Buddha, the statue in the middle, is volt erupted in Lhasa and the Tibetan refugees, 60ft whereas the other two statues known as given protection by the Indian government, Guru Padmasambhava and Buddha Amityus resettled here. The main spiritual safe haven are 58ft. At peace they are sitting at the back is the Namdroling Monastery, well known for of the main hall watching over the praying its spectacular Buddhist Golden Temple, and students. 89
  • 68. Impressions It was a great relaxing day, as we spent the first part in an Elephant Tibetan temple is a placeCamp. To get to the elephant island, you first have to take a small boat, where a lot of people study which will transfer you to the camp. We took many pictures hugging the to become priests. When elephant and went for a ride on the top of its back. It is a great fun you go inside the temple, not just for kids, but also for the adults. I had the pleasure to touch an hundreds of apprentices are elephant for the first time, as in an ordinary zoo they won’t let you at playing traditional musicall go close to the elephants. by whose dynamism of the It was also the first time for me to visit a Tibetan temple and person- sound you will be over-ally, I enjoyed this spiritual atmosphere much more than I did in the Hindu whelmed. You can enjoy the atmtemples. We had the pleasure to observe the ceremony where there were of the Tibetan culture as if you were osphere - Ken, Japan - in Tibet.many young Buddhists reading and singing together. It gave me the feeling to stop for a little while, sit down with them, relax, close my eyes andyield to the meditative tones of the melody. It is a must-see!” You will be also impressed by the Abbey falls that are better to be vis-ited during monsoon season, as the water flow is very high. During the dryseason you will find the flow more diminished and falls won’t be so impres- sive. You will get a bit wet walking across the bridge, and when you catchthe rain, it is better to be ready with raincoats and umbrellas, as it still Rue Zellaqua Angle, takes some time to walk back to the car park. But, you can enjoy even the rainy part!- Erika, Slovakia Rue Oued Al Makhazine Agdal, Tibeta n Lama we lco Temple. This place m es people coming to Bylakuppe Tibe of interesting statue is a “must-see”. The temples are mta n Buddhist s. Rabat ceremony with around Furthermore, there is the possibility ighty and fullis a really unique ex 200 Buddhists read ing and singing to observe a MOROCCO 91 perience. together. This Dominic, A ustria
  • 69. buildings, sprawling gardens and tree lined boulevards. My- Introduction Map: KSTDC sore is especially famous for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. First and foremost, Mysore has a good chunk of the state`s royal history, as it has been the capital of the Mysore king- dom for almost five centuries. Serving initially as a vassal state of the Vijayanagar Empire, the Mysore kingdom super- seded it in the 16th century and established itself as an in- In a country with such a dependent powerful kingdom in the southern Deccan. Para- deep faith in religion doxically, the Mysore kingdom experienced its peak days and tradition, it hard- during the de facto reign of two Muslim generals in service ly surprises that even of the Wodeyar family, Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, Mysore draws its name during the 18th century. After two unsuccessful rounds of from the Hindu mythol- the Anglo-Mysore wars, the British restored the Wodeyars ogy. The name Mahisuru to power and the royal family continued to rule Mysore as a later Maisuru recalls the leg- princely state until India gained independence in 1947. endary demon Mahishasura who used to live here, in the In a certain way, modern Mysore follows the footsteps of near Chamundi Hills. Bangalore. It is the second largest software exporter in Kar- nataka with many campuses and research institutes boost-In fact, Mysore is all but myth. The second largest city in ing the city´s innovative potential. Furthermore, Mysore Karnataka (800,000) and the headquarters of the Mysore excels in weaving, sandalwood carving and bronze process-district is a perfect place to start exploring Karnataka. ing, not to forget about renowned Mysore silk saris. Still, the Reaching Mysore (146km from Bangalore) is comfortable major industry is tourism, which gives the traveler a rather due to the newly laid world-class four-lane Bangalore-My- big chance to find here in Mysore the imaginary pot of gold sore Expressway. Mysore offers an unbelievable variety of at the end of the rainbow. places to visit reaching from magnificent palaces to majestic 93
  • 70. ShravanabelagolaYou gotta go… force yourself to make No more sweat, no more surprises…one more step, emphasize the mean- but this, as a path of your life is fulling of this climb, the importance of of unexpected obstacles. When youthis effort. are sure the steps are over, then they just start indeed. When you think youYou gotta go… push yourself to the are done, you have to push yourselflimit, to lift your sore leg one more even harder, when you hope there aretime. no more stairs; the new dare comes completely out of nowhere.You gotta go… as the millions beforeyou, curious of the spirit of this place, You have no more force to go high-expecting enlightenment, anticipat- er, but you see the path you left be-ing God’s presence or just simply hind, all this blood, sweat and tearshoping for adventure or challenge you had t poor out of you to reachyourself … this altitude, and you don’t want to waste it, no way to turn back. ThereYou gotta go… believing, not believ- is just one direction, no matter howing, with high hopes or no expecta- exhausted you are, even if for a whiletions… just one more step and you you lost sight of the aim of this hike, if 94are there. you once started, once believed in this
  • 71. one easily into a submissive status, while emphasizing holi- ness, rituality and importance of the place. Yet, it is definitely matter, you got to go… and carry on despite all hindrances. worth the strain.The investment is too big to just simply quit; too big input tocome back empty-handed and hanging your head. Shravanabelagola means “the monk on top of the hills”, which is fully symptomatic, as hermits, mystics and ascetics This temple, much more than the others teaches you the life- have inhabited this place since the 3rd century BC. One can style: self-confidence, self-motivation, self-discipline. There is only imagine, how thickly wooded the hill had been at that always one more step to take. It’s all not about the aim… but time, before the construction of first temples began. about the climb and the lesson you learn while walking theway. There are always the people who take some shortcuts or While temples on the opposite Chandragiri hill remind us of get the lift (usually very expensive), but it is the path itself that- Gloria, Poland such distant history as the reign of the Maurya Empire in 3rd gives you satisfaction and makes the goal really worthwhile... century BC, history of the Shravanabelagola hill revives the The tallest Gomateshwara in Karnataka and supposedly time of Western Ganga dynasty ruling between 4th and 6th worlds´ largest monolithic stone statue lures both Jain pil- centuries the ancient Karnataka from what is now known as grims and curious tourists to Shravanabelagola (100km Mysore district. The Western Ganga contribution to culture from Mysore). Two neat hills, Chandragiri and Vindyagiri, in and religion of southern Karnataka region is essential. Much the mainly lowland area dominate the panorama and nicely like present day Karnataka, the dynasty showed great toler-frame the view of the city; but only after overcoming 614 ance to different religions. Basically, Western Ganga kings stairs aiming to the top of the Vindyagiri hill, which is also were followers and patrons of the Jainist religion that result-called the hill of Shravanabelagola. Climbing the hill can put ed in the construction of Gomateshwara monuments scat- 95
  • 72. tered throughout the region. With its 57ft shrine temple with three sanctums inside (17m) the Shravanabelagola Gomatesh- dating back to 14th century.wara, dating back to 10th century AD, is a world rarity visible from as far as 20km Crossing huge flat granite blocks with distance. Necessarily, one has to come glass-covered ancient inscriptions written closer to see Bhagawan Bahubali ema- in Old-Kannada and Pre-Old Kannada char-nate serenity, dignity and take pleasure in acters, one reaches a small, airy pavilion his slightly mysterious smile. Particularly, known as Tyagada Kamba. It is said, that during the Maha Masthaka Abhisheka fes- the Ganga military commander Chavun-tival, which takes place once in every 12 to draya, who commissioned the construc-14 years, at periods of astrological impor- tion of Gomateshwara, distributed gifts to tance, pilgrims gather on this site to pour local people from this place. It is important thousands of gallons of milk, honey and to mention the remarkable artistic pillar in herbs over his head, thus charging them- the middle of the pavilion. selves with spiritual energy. Only a few steps away from the pavilion, On the way to the giant Jain statue, one is one of the country´s finest and largest passes by the Odegal basti, the broken reliefs decorating the Monolithic Gateway. stones temple, whose granite pops sup- The relief depicts Lakshmi sitting on a lo-porting the temple pedestal arouse a rath- tus with elephants flanking her on both er bizarre impression. It is a type of triple- sides, better known as Gajalakshmi. 97
  • 73. Mysore Palace construction was inaugurated in October 1897 to be completed 1912. Noteworthy The Mysore Palace is a gem of Mysore. The cas- about the construction of the palace is, the tle looks majestic, especially at night when it is utilization of local materials as far as possi-lit. It also houses an interesting museum, which- Dominic, Austria ble and the adoption of fire proof methods of gives a nice glimpse into the royal history. construction, which was an essential feature The palace is built in an Indo-Saracenic style of the new design.combining Indo-Islamic and Victorian Gothic architecture and is a storehouse of exquisite The main three storied building is of mas-carvings and works of art collected from all sive grey granite and is dominated by a five-over the world. There is a common belief storey tower covered by a gilded dome. The that, the Rajas of the fourteenth century tower is about 145ft from the ground to the were living in a palace in Mysore, however, golden flag on its summit. The imposing fa-the first definite mention of the Mysore Pal- cade has seven big arches with an elephant ace is available in about 1630. After almost gate in between and two small arches flank-two centuries, during which the capital was ing the central arch, supported by tall pil-shifted to Srirangapatna until the death of lars. In the first floor above, grand festivities Tipu Sultan in 1799, the palace was recon- were held in the pompous Durbar Hall, espe-structed within two years only. Unfortu- cially during Dasara celebrations. There are nately, the newly - in Hindu style - repaired marvelous pavilions inside the palace with palace made from wood and mud had a short tremendously precious decoration. Simply lifespan. After a sudden fire in 1897 the en- breathtaking is a look at the illuminated pal-tire front wing was destroyed. Soon after ap- ace for what 98,000 lights are used. The pal-proving the architectural plans of the then ace is lit up on Sundays as well as during the 98architect of British India, Henry Irwing, the ten-day Mysore Dasara festival.
  • 74. Mysore Zoo and best animal gardens throughout India. With a panorama of the Chamundi hills in the background, it is a pleasure to If you love to see variety of animals in a nice organized Zoo stroll through the animal garden that was originally built park and have a rest from a lot of temples, you can experience on the premises of the royal summer palace. Even though a nice afternoon in Mysore Zoo, which is one of the oldest and the animal garden got a certain face-lift, the enclosures are most popular Zoos in Southern India and the most visited at- authentic bearing signature of Maharaja´s architects. After traction in the city after Maysore palace. At the same time it is gaining freedom, the zoo was presented by Maharaja to the an educative place as some of the animals and birds, which can Department of Parks and Gardens of the Mysore State Gov-be seen just in books, will be found right in front of your eyes! ernment.It’s a house of some rare and exotic birds and animals, situatedin amidst lush green surroundings. For this new and exciting- Erika, Slovakia In 2004, and due to the large number of animals and birds experience you can’t miss this place, too! that left a very large quantity of organic waste; the zoo came In Mysore, the word royal entitles many things, even the zoo. up with an innovative idea to turn that waste into vermicom-Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden was found in 1892 post. That didn’t only help in improving the zoo’s hygiene, by Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar, and it is one of the oldest but also became a source of revenue. 99
  • 75. Chamundi Hills wari killed Mahishasura on these grounds, thus bringing peace to the land. The temple built in the The Forty-Metergopura in the main entrance name of the goddess houses a stone statue of Cha-attracted both my eyes and my mind. The Indian mundeshwari that is ritually taken by the monks way of building temples in the ancient centuries is every Tuesday and Friday around the temple. the most artistic and creative style I have ever seen.The story behind the temple and the city is simply Another victory factor in many of the Hindu epics astonishing. The temple has a very attractive incar- is Nandi the bull. What now seats facing the shrine nation of Goddess Chamundi wearing an impressive used to be Shiva’s vehicle and his gate keeper, garland of skulls, the thing that made me realize how- Hadi, Morocco among other duties, and played a major role in de-powerful and respectful this heroic Goddess was. feating the demon king of Lanka (Ravana).Chamundi Hills offer a panoramic view of Mysore`s lakes, parks and palaces. On top of the hill is the 12th century Chamundeshwari Temple, at an alti- Being Lord Shiva’s first vehicle shows how intimatetude of 3872ft above sea level. The original shrine and close Nandi bull is associated to his Lord. He iswas built by the Hoysala rulers, while the gopura the gate keeper of several Shiva’s temples and a chieftower was put up in the 17th century by the Vijay- in his army, gathering all this information togetheranagars. Later on, the temple has been reconstruct- showed me the importance of this bull and the lev-ed and further expanded by Maharaja Krishnaraja el of wisdom and experience that he reached. It’s aWodeyar III, in1827, whose statue together with black idol of a gigantic sitting bull likely the biggestthe statues of his three wives are deposited in front one in India. I was literally impressed by the exquisiteof the temple´s sanctum. Adjoining the temple is the pendent bells wrapped around its neckline. I person-gigantic statue of Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed ally think that it’s just the legal guardian angel ofdemon. Legend has it, that Goddess Chamundesh- - Hadi, Morocco 100 Chamundi hills.
  • 76. We needed to climb 6oo steps to the temple piled up by yellow stones Impressionssun(or some carrier would help you to get to the top of the temple). Moresteps, more magnificent scenery flowing to our eyes. The temple com- Theplex consists of two parts. As we went through the gate of the temple, is burningwe could see that on our left side below the hill there are some stonesand dots of red roofs; we could see all of the villages. Also, there is a the steepflat stone platform with ancient words in it protected by huge glass. Next ascent on theto the ancient treasure, there is a strange tower. Some people say it is rocky mountainmoving, others say it is still. See it with your own eyes to know, who Vindhyagiri. Reachingto believe. While keeping going on, we see some of the ancient orange the temple after walking barefoot upon hundreds ofdrawings on the walls. Then, you will go to the top of the temple to stairs, the sense of achievement would be the bestsee the huge statue of Bhagawan Bahubali making you feel respect and way to recover from your fatigue. The statue ofsincere mood. _____ Rita, Taiwan ___ Gomateshwara presents a grand spectacular, which elagola Jain Temple seeing is contrasted with the simply decorated temple.First, we had a funny experience in Shravanab Chisato from Japan ering with open mouths whata naked man running down the stairs, all wond is a normal feature of thisis going on there. After we realized that this The steep ascent to the Shravanabelagola Temple is of the God and we all arereligion that we have nothing to cover in frontthe same in his eyes. really worth the climb. On the top, there is a huge statue of d in this area were mostCity of Mysore itself and the places we visite est from all that we had seen pleasant to me, as I found this city the clean are allowed to visit the palace, before. Although, tourists in Mysore Palace . I experienced it and got a they are not allowed to take photographs inside Bhagawan Bahubali. It is unbelievable that the 57ft y strict and try to hide the fee for taking pictures by phone; they are reall must remove their footwear beauties of the inside furnishing. Visitors also (17.5m) high sculpture is built out of one piece of stone. the best zoos in Karnataka, to enter the palace. Then, we visited one of variety of animals in a nice which I also fully recommend. If you love to see Additionally, the view from the top of the hill is awesome. rest from a lot of temples, you organized animal garden and want to have a . Count at least 2-3hours for can experience a nice afternoon in this place 102 One can see wild jungle, splendid city and fabulous lakes. to see there. going through the park, as you will find a lot - Erika, Slovakia Dominic, Austria
  • 77. Our group of 14 young people from all over the world met at occasion, but repeated visits turn out to be absolute necessity. the beginning of August 2010 in Bangalore, to travel together around one of the 28 states of the Republic of India - Karnataka. We split our work into four areas: writing and compiling, pho- tography, booklet background design and video shooting. Ac-Karnataka is a true touristic highlight, a pearl of the Arabian cordingly, we came up with four sub-teams that were working Sea. We were on the way for 2 marvelous weeks, travelled in their particular areas. through 16 districts, overcame 900 altitude meters and visited 32 touristic places. Our destinations varied from temples, wa- However, our trip wouldn´t be possible without a generous as-terfalls, forts, beaches, zoos, museums to hospitals, gardens, sistance of the Tourism Department and Karnataka Statecolleges and coffee plantations. Also, the conditions were run- Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) that provided ning from extreme droughts in the inland to extreme humidity us with a mini-bus where we spent many unforgettable mo-along the western Konkan Coast. Our “Bombshell Backpack- ments, but above all a bus that carried us safe and sound into all ers” team traveled in such a diverse and pluralistic country as our destinations. This way, we would like to express our special India, so that every day was extraordinary to us. thanks to both of our sponsors as well as to AIESEC Bangalore that brought us together and made our trip possible. And all this time were we documenting, taking notes, pictures, records, in short inquiring to deliver and compile compact ma- Our team hopes that reading the following pages will inspire terial that would present all the religious, historical and natural and fill you with curiosity and wish to come around to Karna-beauties in form of a booklet for all the past, present and future taka. We sincerely hope that the travel bug is biting after turn-visitors to Karnataka. As Karnataka cannot be mastered on one ing the last page of this booklet. 104
  • 78. My name is Ken Muranoi from Tokyo, I am Dominic Hacker from Linz, ing marketing and trade Japan. I am a sophomore student study- at Chuo University. This is economics in my home city and my first time to come to a developing country. Some- Austria. I am a student of social live with my parents and my two younger brothers. I decided to times I had difficulty ad- be a part of this amazing project justing to this environment, “Experience Karnatake” because but at the same time I could it was always a dream for me to widen my view since there visit “Incredible India” and this are lots of things to expe- project realized this dream for rience, which you cannot me. I met 15 great people from 9 encounter in my country. different countries and this was an addition- I hope this book will give ally unique experience. Thank you Govern- a good view on Karnataka. ment of Tourism Karnataka! Thank you AIE- Cheers!SEC Bangalore! Thank you colleagues! I’m Tachfine Abdelhadi (aka Hadi), from Morocco. I am 23 years old and I just got my bachelor from Mohamed V university, my major is “mathematics and computer science”. Choosing a management internship in India has given me the chance to expand my knowledge and gain more experience, it was the best way to discover the oldest Asian civiliza- tion referring to culture, the religion, the people as well as their costumes 105 habits.
  • 79. My name is Erika and I come from a little country called of Europe. I am 24 years old Slovakia situated in the middle and I am an external student, completing my 4th year at Brno International Business School in Czech Republic, in the field of Ni hao~ I am Chen Yu Chen from beautiful island, Taiwan. Management and Economics. Everyone calls me “Rita”. I am 19 years old; I love travel- Since 17 I have been travelling ing, meeting different kinds of people, and knowing cul- a lot and I have visited around ture from every countries. My 15 European countries so far. wish is stepping 80 countries I love travelling from all of my land and getting along with heart and it’s an amazing op- brilliant people.portunity how to get know different nationalities closer. It enriched my inner and spiritual life by getting know other This is the first time I come topeople and experiencing their different habits and man- India; I love India very much.ners. It also made my character stronger and more adap- Indian is the warmest peopletive. I have ever met, who always give the biggest smile: D. In-I came to India in order to experience an adventure and a dia is one of the most amaz-life which is so much different from ours as people become ing places that people shouldtoo immune against the poverty and suffering as far as it is visit in their life.not relating to their lives. By experiencing this reality in a developing country will give you an extraordinary lesson how to appreciate your life and become more modest and understanding in your heart 106
  • 80. My name is Joao Jalles. I just turned 21. I finished my under- graduate in Economics. This internship combines the fabulous experience of travelling all around Kar- nataka, learning about the culture - not only of Karnataka in specific, but also In- dian culture. I was born in Hong-Kong and lived in Macau until the age of 11. This, so long, experience carved a strong connection between myself and Asia. I am Ayoub Glia from Morocco, a mechanical engineer who My name is Joao Lima; is hoping to realize mass production of solar collectors; I am I am a 21 years old very energetic, enthusiastic, willing to go beyond my duties. student from Lisbon, I am solution oriented, decisive and leadership tended. India Portugal. As I study gave new dimension of looking at things. I skipped technical Law I am very interest- work (engineering), and came ed in politics and sociol- to India to follow a fellow dream ogy. of my mind. I realized it by per- suading this project, which its This internship was a result reflects our efforts and great opportunity to work near a governmental institution hard work during this period we and at the same time it gave me the chance to experience remained here.Indian lifestyle, culture, religions, and to meet the different places Karnataka has to offer. 107
  • 81. I’ve been traveling extensively since I graduated; I’ve been not to mention, working and collaborating with 13 people to many countries, but India is special for me, it is a different from completely different walks of life. This time it was even universe, a land where everything is possible, literally. This more demanding as I had higher expectations about the proj-is my second time here; previously I ect and a keener eye for detail. However, was participating in a similar project again… I’ve learnt a lot! in Hyderabad. Designing, travelling, photography, and writing are my truly Now I feel that I finally can afford trav-passions, this experience is exception- eling to other districts (as I could not do ally precious to me. Also, I missed India so before) and exploring more of this in-first time, and I know I’ll miss it again. credible country. Then I’ll set off on an-Say whatever you want but this coun- other journey, but yet, I have a strange try arouses levels of emotions. feeling that I’ll come back here few more times. Designing this book was a challenge, Gloria Kurnik, 25 (Poland)I am Ahmed Yahya, 22 years old, Bahraini. I am cur-rently doing my Business Bachelors Degree in the Bah- Hello, my name is Chisato Kyo and rain Polytechnic. Being on such journey has many ben- I am a student at Osaka University, efits, both on the personal and on the career levels; that is what I thought before accepting the offer. The experience vacations to traveling abroad and Japan. I have dedicated most of my is unforgettable, and the outcome is undeniable. I had my learning different cultures. India is doubts about India one of the most fascinating coun- in the beginning, tries I have visited, so I am glad but being with re- that I could finally make it. What liable and respon- impressed me a lot during the trip, sible people turns were the local people. Communi- that doubt around, cating was sometimes a struggle, anytime, anywhere. but I learned many things from One of a kind jour- them. Anything unexpected can ney… check. happen but you will somehow find yourself smiling 108 after all. India is such a nice country.
  • 82. My name is Wassime Ida. I’m 22. I’m from Morocco. I graduated in 2007 from Aix en Provence Marseille University (diploma for high education and My name is Hana Formánková, access to universities). I’m still studying in a school 24, Czech Republic. Currently, I for leadership and management in partnership with am finishing my MA in Interna- American universities programs. I have developed and tional Relations at Masaryk Uni- learnt how to use my knowledge versity in Brno. Since I entered through different experiences in university, I have been travelling intensively to Eastern Eu- various fields.rope and former USSR countries, where I was either teach-ing English or serving as an OSCE election observer. India Each experience was a new dis-impressed me, a coutry where everything looks, behaves, covery for me to achieve my smells and tastes totally differently – make sure to come goals. I chose India, especially around! Karnataka for the astounding beauty that is hiding beneath each temple’s architecture and building, it’s genuine. My mindset allowed me to go My name is Joao Santos, I’m from a small big country called more deeply in my exploration to meet the native peo- Portugal, I’m 22 and I finished my bachelor in business ple and share with them their culture and costumes; I management. I was looking for a acknowledge that I have a deep respect and admiration one time opportunity to get to know for them. Nothing is folly in their culture; I was bog- a culture so different from mine. gled by the high importance that Indian people give to India and specially Karnataka gave the Paleontology and the Etymology sciences. me the opportunity to enrich my mind with culture and also having I delight each minute I lived in Karnataka and I will 109 lots of fun. not hesitate to come back to this holy and cultural place.
  • 83. Karnataka is an ideal place where, you can get an terms.ofI whatreally en- idea is South India in its geographical, cultural ses onhistoricalpleasing my eyes with a and wasjoying Karnataka with all my “sen alarm”; Impressions inding behind the windows of ouran food so ning mil-bus, strai my picturesque film unw Indi unfataste while playing a roulettein listening to aeveryamic mixture of broken with each and dyn iar to me or taking delight consonants making up Hindu langmuch, biggeh mystery toadven uage whic is a great me. ture listening to, but definitely ainto and seerbeautiful forms in its Karnataka is a kaleidoscopegyou look I could see a lot of things that were with it bright colours. However, alon d of looking at a coin from both its two sides,strikingly shocking to me. Kin beautiful face. They are Karnataka´s pearls are mixed with dirt and litter that stain its and seek” with the visitor that has not easily there waiting, but they uncover them. hidetoo many places I could see splendid are “playing At literally to dig into the ground toing next to the Indian reality of nowadays; next to the history of great civil izations sleep poverty that made me every time sink Indian dream ghts. I experienced into grim thou to me. Travelling Karnataka, travelling India,those like anseen so far. After I come home, only was I have such tremendously different tatiogs from keep my memories living while the Indian dream thin ns willcoffee from Karnataka´ s plan was mad in India! will be over. It was great, whatna, Czeche Republic)Karnataka experience is an experience for the rest of your life. Especially when (Ha you are visiting this country for the first time as it is so much different from our lives we live back home. Even the common things we do, eat, use, travel, etc are not really common here. If you want to experience this country with all its 101 Bayenah Avenuebeauty and differences you must be really open minded and just simply said, don’t think too much! First you will be shocked by the conditions that some people haveto stay in, with the traffic, mess and trash in the streets, hygiene, running cows, East Riffa, dogs and goats in the roads and the smell. You can smell a lot here, but it never smells nice! Just to remind you, you are located in a developing country and once you accept this fact and get accustomed to these surroundings, you can start BAHRAINenjoying India as it has a lot to show. It is a main place of spirituality where miracles are happening, country with special habits, rules and costumes, countryside with picturesque view and great giant monuments with its special atmosphere. You can experience everything, from pretty poor conditions to luxury and wild nature! It’s an adventure and strong experience you will never forget. Erika