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One Sweet Day

One of the things on my wish list is to see as many places as possible in India. The rich beauty of our monuments always takes my breath away. This Sunday, 50 of us from our apartment condo hired a luxury coach and went on a picnic. See the open flap at the back? That’s where we carried our food and snacks.
Here’s a pic of our bus:
Vidya Sury Coach
We started at 5.45 am. Our itinerary was to visit three places, with breaks for breakfast and lunch. We planned to return home by dinner time. It was a great trip and a fantastic time was had by all. There were lots of children and adults, mostly women. The majority of women were Grandmas. 
So once we took off, about fifteen minutes later, we had a sandwich as a stopgap snack until breakfast, as we planned to visit the Aprameya temple where Baby Krishna is the deity (hey, I seem obsessed with Krishna, no?) 
Okay, so this is the Lord Navaneetha Krishna Temple, at Dodda Mallur, Channapatna Taluk, Bangalore. The deity, a crawling baby Krishna is very cute. 
kich4
Here is a view of the temple from the side
Aprameya Temple
Inside the temple – these are the “vehicles” of the deity
 An elephant
Vidya Sury Elephant
Like a little garage no? Ah, there’s also a horse
Vidya Sury The Vehicles
As soon as we entered the temple, on the right was this solid brass snake – representing Adisesha, Lord Vishnu’s erm….bed. He reclines on the snake with the head of the snake protecting him. Krishna is an avataar of Lord Vishnu.
Vidya Sury Adiseshan
On the left was this solid brass (or copper?) Garuda – another of Vishnu’s vehicles.
Vidya Sury Garuda
Outside, there were lots of shops selling these. I bought copper and brass bracelets and a set of wood bangles.
Vidya Sury Shop
I found this very interesting twisted tree trunk outside. 
Vidya Sury Tree
If you would like a virtual tour of the temple – check it out here!.
We left the temple and looked for a place to park and have breakfast. And had it in this lovely coconut grove. We spread our mats. Got the food out and distributed it in paper plates and dug in. 
Vidya Sury Breakfast
What fun we had on the bus! En route to the temple, we had a lot of song and dance. I tell you, it is hard to jump and make those dance moves in a moving bus! But the highlight of the morning was playing this song at full blast and dancing to it. I was amazed at the enthusiasm of the Grandmas – they rocked the floor – er.. I mean – the  aisle with their moves. Go on – crank up your own volume and listen to this – it is one of the hottest songs in Bollywood and what is termed as an “item” number.
After breakfast, we set out to visit Somanathapura from where we headed to Talakadu. Very interesting places with a lovely story behind them. I’ll post the next set of pictures on Thursday. So see you then!
And now, I am off to Unknown Mami’s to see where the others linking up to this Sunday In My City  linky are taking me.
Have a great week ahead!
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Cheers!

Vidya

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Betsy at Zen Mama
    August 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    You painted a beautiful picture with your writing Vidya! I felt like I was you as your toured the temple and had the picnic. And now as I write this comment I’m listening to the music that rocked the bus and I’m imagining all the grandmas rocked the aisles. Just out of a movie! Not a movie made in the US either. Sounds so fun!!!

    Thank for this great start to my morning!

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      Vidya Sury
      August 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      🙂 We had a lovely time, Betsy. Do come back on Thursday – I’ll be posting photos of the temple we saw at Somanathapura. Breathtaking. I couldn’t get enough of it.

      It is a specialty of the women in our building. There’s a lesson there. 😀 Hugs!

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    My Inner Chick
    August 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Vidya,
    Your passion of life is beautiful. I love that you want to see, observe & do everything.

    You are an angel on earth.

    Fabulous song. I am dancing now.

    I love all things Indian!!

    Luv U Xxxx

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      Vidya Sury
      August 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Isn’t it a fun song, Kim? 😀 I am glad you’re dancing. I listen to a whole bunch of these and love them! Hugs, am glad you’re here to share it with me!

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    carolynhughesthehurthealer
    August 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    What a fun trip! I wish I could have come too!

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      Vidya Sury
      August 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Oh Carolyn, I wish you could have come too! Hugs!

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    Keetha Broyles
    August 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    What a great idea to go together to hire a bus for a sightseeing day. Who organized this trip?

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      Vidya Sury
      August 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      We have a Youth Club in our condo – we are all members. 🙂 We organize activities for children and adults and celebrate every festival together with some program. This was our annual picnic, Keetha. Sometimes we have two. We also have a grand New Year’s Eve party every year. 😀 Oh, I tell you, I am in love with the elderly ladies in our building. They speak fantastic idiomatic English, are broad-minded and ultra cool.

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    Zephyr
    August 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    You do seem to have had a great day and also seem to have enjoyed the grandmas’ capers on the bus and off it. Waiting for more of the picnic. 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      August 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Such great fun, Zephyr. Very enjoyable day! 😀 I’ll be posting again on Thursday – with the Somanathapura photos. :D. If you had come along we could have talked nonstop 😀

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    Hajra
    August 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    LOL! I can’t help but laugh at how wonderfully you put Sheila ki Jawani in there! Personally, I think the song is outrageous; I don’t know why it is such a hit!

    As for the trip, I have to visit Bangalore some day!

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      Vidya Sury
      August 23, 2012 at 4:14 am

      Like it or not, Hajra, the song is so catchy and just makes you move your feet. Item numbers are like that! 😀 and are all outrageous! Still, so much fun.

      Yes, you MUST visit. I seem to recall you have a friend (or two :-)) here.

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    Harleena Singh
    August 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Seems like you had a wonderful time Vidya!

    I do remember the picnics we had as kids, or when we were in college, though it all took a back seat after marriage.

    But it must be so much fun to be with people your age or even Grandmas as enthusiastic as you mentioned. 🙂 Guess they really had a great time – as they all look so happy in the last picture.

    Thanks for sharing more about yourself with us, and I always do love the way you manage to capture such beautiful pictures on your trips. 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      August 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Harleena! We are a diverse age group. In fact, during this picnic, I spent most of my time with a 76-year old lady who was fun to be with.

      I know how picnics take a backseat…in fact this is why we arrange this every year at least once. Great memories . I remember the first picnic, when we moved into the apartment 12 years ago 🙂 A monkey jumped at me and scratched my hand!

      Thank you for dropping by!

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    elle
    August 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    What a great trip Vidya. I love your pics and learning more about your beautiful country. How great to make such fun memories every year.
    I can’t wait for my first visit and I’ve got all your ideas in my memory bank!
    Love Elle
    xoxo

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      August 23, 2012 at 4:13 am

      🙂 Yes! Elle! Do visit! We had so much fun!

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    Terri Sonoda
    August 22, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Wow it really did look like you had ‘one sweet day’ for sure! I would loved to have been on that bus with you, my friend. It would have been such a treat. Thanks for sharing this day with us. XOXOs

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      Vidya Sury
      August 23, 2012 at 4:16 am

      It was such a great break, Terri! Yes, you would have really enjoyed the day – and I did think of you a lot. Hugs. I hope, some day. 🙂 Love you.

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    Vishnu
    August 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for sharing these photos as usual Vidya. Sounds like a fun outing and a close neighborhood if 50 of your neighbors went along with you. So many times we forget to see what’s right around our own neighborhoods and country! Glad you’re making an effort to see the local scenes which look rich and vibrant.

    Crawling Krisha and the snake photo are my favs this week:)

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      Vidya Sury
      August 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

      🙂 The key is to look, Vishnu. We enjoy our community. You know, the first thought that jumped into my head when I saw that brass snake and Garuda was – imagine cleaning them! Yikes. But when a festival is around the corner, they go at it quite dedicated – and have them shining like gold. Then they place the deity on them.

      Thank you for being here today, Vishnu!

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    Pattu Raj
    August 22, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Lovely Krishna Vidya. You really enjoy life !Thanks for sharing.

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    Pamela
    August 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Sounds like a great trip, Vidya! The pictures are lovely!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      August 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

      Yes, Pamela! Loads of fun, laughter and food!

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    Bill Dorman
    August 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I think it’s cool you could even get a group of people together from your apartment to do this.

    The pics were great; is there any symbolism in the elephant’s tusks being cut off and red on the stumps?

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      Vidya Sury
      August 23, 2012 at 4:23 am

      We do it every year, Bill 🙂 We have an informal “Youth Club” where everyone is a member. We celebrate all the kids’ birthdays on a designated day with a massive cake :D. Then there are year round activities, competitions, sports events and festival celebrations that we organize. Love it.

      🙂 So when it comes to picnics, everyone is ready to go!

      I don’t think there’s any significance with the elephant’s tusks being cut off – this must be just the way they made it.

      But – there is significance in the elephant God, Ganesha’s broken tusk. Mythology has it that he broke it off to be Sage Vyasa’s scribe when he dictated the epic “Mahabharata” to him 😀 It is a neat story.

      Hugs – love to have you here!

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    Rahul Bhatia
    August 23, 2012 at 7:19 am

    A lovely picnic you had Vidya and thanks for sharing those lovely pictures:0

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    Unknown Mami
    August 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Brilliant idea. Great way to bond and see the lovely sights. Great way to build a sense of community too.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      August 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

      You know, I love how everyone forgets their regular bickering and just has fun when we go out! 🙂

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    Mary Carol
    August 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing a beautiful slice of India, Vidya! I love your blog!

    Hugs,

    Mary Carol

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      Vidya Sury
      August 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Welcome, Mary! 🙂 I am happy for your presence here today! I do hope you’ll visit again! Love, Vidya

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    Mayura De Silva
    August 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Hi Vidya,

    Seems you had great time with those Grandmas 🙂 Nice trip and more of religious, no? When I go through, I couldn’t find ya in that photo with mats. Are you in there?

    The elephant and horse – are they vehicles of your gods? 🙂 Here in our country have some Hindu temples and I remember seeing horse, but not elephant.

    Cheers…

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      August 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

      🙂 Yeah, we had a good time, Mayura. Hard to believe the “Grandmas” were so rocking – but then I’ve known them for more than ten years now.

      No – I am not in any of those photos. 🙂 I was behind the camera!

      While some Gods have specific animals as vehicles, I think in most temples they just have what they like. I’ve seen a camel in a Hanuman Temple – and I believe there’s a story there.

      Great to see you here! 🙂

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    vanita
    September 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

    that explains why old guyanese grandmas can rock better than the young girls, it’s a cultural thing sewn into them from the “old country” lol. great pics vidya. thank you for sharing sister. i truly hope to one day travel to your neck of the woods. world.

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