63 years of Indian Republic


INDIA is one of the fast growing nations in the world. India, on 26th January 2012, celebrated its 63rd Republic Day to mark the day when the nation actually instated the constitution. This is celebrated by organizing a grand parade at Rajghat in New Delhi, the capital of India. A grand parade is organized to display the weaponry, different regiments from the Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force. The President of India, the Chief of the Armed Forces in India take the honors and the salute. The chief guest of honor is usually a Head of the Government from another nation. Similar parades happened in all the Indian states where the respective Governors take the honor.

I visited the Republic Day parade that was held here in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The celebration was held with Governor K Rosaiah and Chief Minister J Jayalalitha taking the salute and honors respectively. Vehicles displaying the might of armed forces were displayed.

Latest weaponry and models of naval ships and aircrafts were showcased. Below is a very special Anti-tank guided missile system. These are effective weapons which can bring down a huge battle tank in two correctly aimed shots.

Below is a 7.62mm Medium machine gun which can fire up to 1000 rounds/minute. Indeed a nasty weapon to kill everyone in medium range.

Pride men display the 81mm Mortal which is a very accurate weapon. These are modern-day canons that fire explosive projectiles at low velocities. It would take more time to load the mortar again once you have fired.

It was a moment of pride for the people who serve for the nation. This young man who is part of the National Cadet Corps Air-wing is proud and keeps his head up as he marches ahead.

Some more pictures from the celebration to share with you all.

Though India is very much involved in nuclear weaponry and other battle enhancements, it has always been a peace-loving nation and has not waged war on any other nation ever since its birth. It has only defended when other nations waged war. Proud to have been born in India, the land of cultures. Wish India becomes a Super-power very soon. Jai Hind!

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Mylapore – ‘Land of the peacock scream’


Mylapore is a locality in the southern Chennai. It is famous for many reasons and one among them is Kapaleeshwarar temple. The temple was built in the 7th century by the Pallavas. But there is huge debate about who built this temple and about the actual location of the temple. Visit Wikipedia to know more about Mylapore.

I had gone for a photo-walk with my colleagues, I would rather say, friends. We walked in and around the temple and the market nearby to click some good photographs.

Above is the tallest Gopuram (Rajagopuram) of the temple.You can see a lot of faces in the Gopuram. The Gopuram consists of thousands of small  structures of Gods and Goddesses. It is a wonder that these were built in the 7th century where there was no special technology.

The temple has been renovated recently and vibrant colors give a magnificent look to the Gopuras. Young people in the right age to wed are brought here by their parents and are allowed to talk to their would-be wife/husband to share their thoughts before their wedding. Once they are happy with each other, they proceed with the wedding preparations. This is an ongoing custom for so many years now.

Temple being the place of worship for Hindus, people light small oil lamps praying their wishes to the God. They believe this brings light into their life and ultimately prosperity and happiness.

Kodimaram (Flag Post) are seen in temples here mainly in South India. These flag posts are made up of wood and covered with brass coated with gold. The height of the flag post nearly matches the tallest gopuram (Rajagopuram) in the temple. These flag posts are used to hoist flags during the festivals.

There is a temple pond adjacent to the temple. This water body is regularly cleaned and maintained and is an important good water resource in the locality.

We also walked around the local market and spent some good time together. Thanks to my friends for being with me that evening. One more picture of the market to share with you all.

Mahabalipuram, a 7th century port city


Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) is a port city near Chennai, TN, India. Mahabalipuram was a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The name Mamallapuram is believed to have been given after the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, who took on the epithet Maha-malla (great wrestler), as the favourite sport of the Pallavas was wrestling. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th centuries, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information about the place, please visit the Wikipedia page

Courtesy: Wikipedia

Mahabalipuram was my first one-day tour with my DSLR. The 60-kilometer drive by motorcycle was a nice experience in the early morning. After reaching, my friends and I walked straight to the shore temple.

The clouds were beautiful that day and the cool breeze from the sea was very soothing and pleasant. I tried out some uncommon angles and got some cool pictures.

The below picture shows the “Butter Ball” at Mahabalipuram. Wikitravel quotes “Krishna’s Butterball is a giant natural rock perched on a hillside, seemingly in defiance of all laws of physics—it’s a common sight to see visitors placing hands under the stone posing for pics, which looks as though they are holding it! The rock provides welcome shade if you dare to sit underneath it, and local kids have discovered that the slippery nearby hillside also makes a great natural slide.”

It is told that British rulers, when they had occupied and ruled Mahabalipuram, tried to move the Butter Ball using huge ships and failed to move it by an inch. This amazing natural rock simply leaves us all in awe.

Some more pictures to share with you all!

The below picture shows the Pancha Rathas (Five Raths), a monolith rock-cut temple from the late 7th century. The five monolithic temples are named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi known from the Mahabharata, an ancient Sanskrit epic of India. It is not possible to cover all the five raths in a single frame.

Below picture is one of the Pancha Rathas.