Athirappilly Falls…Paradise In Disguise!!!!

Kerala-God’s very own country….What comes to your mind when you think about Kerala is…Coconut trees,Pristine Churches,Houseboats…and the classic natural beauty which could put most popular foreign destinations to shame….and so I can vouch out for the fact that Athirappilly Falls are no different!!!!

Situated in Thrissur districtof Kerala, on the southwest coast of India,they are located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar ranges, this 24-metre (80 ft) waterfall and the nearby Vazhachal Falls and are popular tourist destinations.

The length of Chalakudy river originates  Anamudi Mountains of the Western Ghats,flowing through the Vazhachal Forest finally merging into the Arabian Sea. Below the falls, the river remains turbulent for about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) until it reaches Kannamkuzhi. Then it calms and flows smoothly until reaching the dam at Thumburmuzhi.

Athirappilly mystic beauty extends not just to the serene environs…but also to its dynamic wild life….includes the Asiatic Elephant tiger,leopard,bison,sambar and lion tailed macaque. The unique 180 metres (590 ft) elevation riparian forest in the Athirappilly-Vazhachal area is the only location where all four South Indian species of hornbills — the Great Hornbill(the State Bird of Kerala),Malabar Grey Hornbill, and the Indian Grey Hornbill are found living together. If the proposed 163-MW Athirappilly hydroelectric project is built, these unique birds may vanish from these forests because it will submerge the hornbills’ habitat.Environmentalists claim that Athirapally is a one-of its-kind riparian ecosystem in Kerala. The International Bird Association has declared it an ‘Important Bird Area’ and the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation has recommended that the area should be declared a sanctuary or a national park.

Indian Grey Hornbill

So,friends….If Kerala is God’s very own country…Athirappily is best tourist destination in that….Do visit these falls and catch on a fresh breath of air,if you ever happen to be in Kerala :) !!!!

My New Year Buddies!!!

It’s the end of 2011…and time to usher in the NEW YEAR-2012….

God time surely flies at the speed of light years….So to bid good bye to old year and kick start the new year…I have called in my little buddies…Hope you all love them as much as I do….

The silent Moth...seems to be hibernating....but can just swirl around and fly before you can even snap your eyes...I guess it is also wishing the ol year a Gud bye!!!

Love seems to be the air all time of the year...The only thing that doesn't change with seasons....Now let's just leave these two love birds alone...Wishing them a happy new year and whole new bunch of kids!!!

I know....Mosquitoes are creatures we love to hate...But this is such close shot that I just could not resist putting it on...

A fluorescent COCKROACH...ouch...I know that hurts and they stink...But it's New Year Time...I wish God would rid earth of these creatures at least this year ;)

Last but not the least...I can never miss out on the floral beauty...The New Year would be so dull without them!!!

Here’s wishing all my fellow blogger-friends and my readers “A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR”….May God bless ya all with lots of joy and happiness…Keep smiling :)

Whispering The Sounds Of The Greenery Around !!!

Have You ever observed the color GREEN carefully???…It’s the color that signifies the Heart of Nature….Yes everything Green is normally associated with plants,shrubs,herbs and Trees….So what better way to appreciate this color than This!!!

I love this close-up...Because it shows the veins from the mid-rib

 

The best look of ordinary Indian farm....with the crops dancing in air...surrounded by Coconut Trees!!!

 

The farms set against the mountains....Beautiful !!!

 

Green Juicy Berries...I don't know if these cob-webbed berries are edible...But they do look enticing!!!

 

Did you think that ONLY humans get blisters???....Think Again ;)

Hope you all enjoy Greenery around you as much as I do….Surf into the green farms at times….It’s all worth the effort :)

 

Project Noah-A New Experience!!!!

Yesterday I was just browsing through the National Geographic website for news feed….when I came across a really attractive  badge documenting wildlife which read “Earn some cool badges-Project Noah”….My first thought that may be this some new site for nature lovers….and may be even we could get the codes for these really cool badges from their website which we could advertise on our blogs….

So out of curiosity I clicked on this badge….to end upon the “Project Noah” website….After browsing through the website for some time,I finally came to conclusion that these catchy badges are such for getting viewers hooked onto the site….We bloggers can’t post them on our widgets :(….Anyway,The only good thing that happened was I loved the site….This site is actually a heaven for nature lovers and crazy photographers who don’t miss on any chance to use their cameras to capture new and old sightings…Noah is an acronym for “Networked organisms and habitats “….

Project Noah is free mobile application that allows the users to upload pictures of species that they stumble upon…..You simply need to create an account….Whenever you want to contribute you can click on “Upload a sighting” option in your account….say where this sighting with the help of Google maps….and write up a description….If you are fortunate enough to know the exact name,genus and species,then you can add that as well….But if you don’t anything about the plant or animal whose picture you have uploaded….Not a big deal….You can just tag it as unknown….and if someone from the Noah community has any information related to that organism…they will post back and let u know…Bingo :)

The website has different options….The home page displays your account with a catalogue of recent sightings all mixed up….The next option is named “Organisms” where you will find a classification of identified and unidentified species….The third option is for Map where you can actually see the world map…..The recent sightings country wise are shown on the map….Next option after that is my favorite-MISSION….This segment has 5 categories- Bioblitz,Butterflies and Moths,Birds,Dragonflies and Damselflies,Best Wildlife Picture!!!!…..This segment is properly organized,so you could just click on the segment of your choice and search for your desired organism :)…..

All in all….This site is great educational trip for anyone who is interested in intricacies of Nature….This site is nice platform for nature lovers to exchange their photographs and knowledge….So please do find some time from your busy schedule and visit this site….I promise you won’t regret it :)….

The Different Forms Of The Force……”GOD”-Part 2

People world wide worship God in different forms….celebrate His Glory by different Names….But I personally feel that there is Only One Force in this entire world….Who sustains the life force on Earth…..Who protects and makes sure that All His children are safe and sound….Who like a mother cares for his devotees….and even punishes them for their wrong deeds and gets them back on the right path….It just that different civilizations have given them different names and worship them in different ways….This is purely because of the fact that they are able to connect to that central force whom we call as “GOD”…..Through the way they worship Him and know Him….So the form of the force that I have grown up worshiping is Lord Ganesha…..He is my God….My BEST FRIEND….the force behind my existence and all my successful pursuits!!!!
Lord Ganesha as we all know….is son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati….He is Lord Karthikeyan’s brother….and is married to Goddess Riddhi and Siddhi (although the story varies a bit in southern parts of India where it is believed that Lord Karthikeyan is married and Lord Ganesha is not)…..This post is to take you on a journey to two most famous places in India known for their cosmic connection to Lord Ganesha….

Most Famous-

Among the eight manifestations of Ganesh in Maharashtra popularly known as Asthavinayak….The most famous temple is Siddhivinayak Temple in Prabhadevi,Mumbai…..The temple has small hall with the shrine of the Lord Siddhivinayak….Siddhivinayak literally means “Ganesh Who grants all Your Wishes”…..The wooden doors of the temple are decorated with images of Asthavinayak….The inner roof of the temple is plated in Gold….This temple is one of the Richest temples in India….Siddhivinayak is well known as “Navasacha Ganapati” or “Navasala Pavanara Ganapati” in Marathi(which means ‘Ganapati bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish’) among devotees…..The Aarti on Tuesdays are when the temple is most crowded…..It is believed that one who worships Siddhivinayak wholeheartedly never goes empty handed….So,friends if you are in Mumbai…A trip to this temple should be high on your List….

The Siddhivinayak Temple

The Saffron colored Idol Of Lord Siddhivinayak

My Pick Of The Day-

My all time favorite was,is and will always be….Lalbaugcha Raja….the popular public Ganesha idol kept at Lalbaug,a prominent locality in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi festival…..The idol is kept for public display for Eleven days….Thereafter it is immersed with much pomp on the auspicious day of Anant Chaturdashi….The pendal attracts lakhs of devotees during the festival and is the center of prime attraction…..Ganesh Chaturthi is festival which brings people from all walks of life together….It is most famous festival in Mumbai….All localities and associations in Mumbai have their own Mandals which organize this festival….Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal is the organizer of famous idol of Lalbaugcha Raja….

The Mandal, formerly known as ‘Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Lalbaug’ was founded in the year 1934,because of a vow (Navas) for construction of the present Lalbaug Market at its existing place. The market place at Peru Chawl was shut down in 1932. Hence, the fishermen and vendors who used to sit in the open place vowed to Ganesha for permanent place for their market. With the consistent efforts and support of the then local Councillor….it was agreed to give a plot for construction of a market. As fulfillment of their wish, the fisherman and the traders established the Ganesh Idol on 12 September 1934. The idol was dressed in the customary fashion of fisherman. Since that day onwards, this Lord Ganesh has become popular as it fulfills the wishes of devotees…..

Lalbaugcha Raja-2011

So bow down to the Elephant headed God….and be blessed with Life time of Success,Joy and Happiness…. and most importantly PEACE….For He always is there for his devotees in their trying times !!!!

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