A Little Bit of Bastar and Amarkantak - Part I

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#1 Jan 21st, 2012, 16:08
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A Little Bit of Bastar and Amarkantak - Part I

I had a great fun trip from 20th Dec (evening) till 2nd Jan (morning). Roughly did this loop: Delhi-Pendra Road (for Amarkantak)- Raipur-Kondagaon-Jagdalpur (day trips to Tokapal, Dantewada, Chitrakot, Kutumsar) - Bhubaneswar - Konarak - Chilika - Delhi. When I came back, I calculated using Google maps that the total kilometers clocked were about 4000! Travel was a combination of Train (most of the time), Bus (quite a bit), Bike (both self drive and pillion), Boats (couple rides), Auto and finally a car on a self-drive basis. ... read more »

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Expecting detailed reports as usual.

4000 kms in twelve days (at the rate of 333 km per day)! Must be wrecking!!

Intro as well as images are nice!!!
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Fantastic pics vaibhav_arora. And they are very interesting and unique I must say.

Keep up the great work.
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some more teaser pics ...

Here's part two of the trip (in that order) when I went from Tirathgarh back to Jagdalpur, to Chitrakot, Dantewara and the village market of Tokapal, to the surrounding areas of Bhubaneswar, Chilika, etc ...

1. Chitrakot - permanent rainbow.
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2. Adieu to Jagdalpur ...
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3. Konarak - truly a wonder...
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4. New marine drive - between konarak and Puri
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5. Temple detail - Vaital deul - 8 armed chamunda - Bhubaneswar
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6. Mangaljodi on Chilika - Great Heron
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7. Udaigiri - Bhubaneswar
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@vaibhav.....you sure got a good eye mate...nice pics
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The photos are good, but where is the writing?
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Part 1 - almost didnt go

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Part 2- A slow beginning

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Looks like u thoroughly enjoyed your trip. awaiting for further details
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Maikal's daughter

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Excellent story-telling! Thank you.
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You're always welcome TD. and thanks for changing the thread title ... anyways, I have a full 10 days' worth of story telling left!!
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Amarkantak - part 1

After this invigorating walk and the sun-rise, I started walking back from Sona-muda (I didnt go inside mai-ki-bagiya due to the monkeys and also because I was a bit tired and hungry).

The first stop was the Sriyantra Tantrik temple. This is a very interesting structure (as was explained to me by a few locals through the course of the day). The construction of this temple started several years ago (some say as far back as 1912) and is still going on. The principal reason is that construction commences and concludes only during auspicious muhurat (time-frame) as per astrological considerations. After the auspicious time-frame is over, construction is halted and the labor returns to their home-town.


The locals avoid conversations about the temple it certainly didnt have much following or mentions in a positive tone. Photography is prohibited and there's a sign on the closed main gate that says Rs 500/- fine in case of violations.

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So I had to tiptoe in while the priest was away fetching water and had to jump out the wall into the fields to get out after taking these photos.

The temple is dedicated to shakti and is a 'yogini' temple. The temple has a circular periphery decorated by swans (seen below)

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The temple is shaped like a 'sriyantra' per some locals. The central part is shaped like the mountain that was used to churn the seas by the gods to get divine nectar (or amrut) out as per the legends in the puranas.

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Hence you see the giant snake (which was used as the rope for the churn) depicted around the central structure.

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The entrance of the temple (currently closed) is no less fascinating and shows a god with many faces.

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The rest of the entrance is also decorated with shakti depictions.

Overall, a very eerie but fascinating temple and completely worth the time (and the risk!!

My next stop was the kalachuri group of temples - they have very little decorations and no ASI guide was available so I scooted off quickly.

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I stopped again at the Narmada temple, this time in excellent morning light and was able to take better shots.

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A few old statues in the temple date back to 10th century AD. One of these is a small elephant and the local belief is that if you can somehow pass under the 4 legs, it brings long life and prosperity. This explained the enthusiasm of the group of young men visiting the temple - it was a kind of race for them to pass under the elephant. See below:

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I was hungry and stopped at one of the many breakfast shops that line the main street of Amarkantak. I had, in quick succession, a plate of poha, a couple alu-bondas, some pakodas and two cups of excellent tea (on instruction, the shopkeeper cum cook was able to resist the temptation of sweetening it by the cartload as Indian cooks usually do). This savory spread was accompanied by some raw tomato and chilli chutney (that i was to regret later...the next morning specifically).

I again walked to Vasant Bhojanalya (it's near the bus stand area) and was greeted by an additional host - Mithoo the alexandrine parakeet. He spoke his name and whistled like crazy. He also looked quite smart to me and eager to escape his cage

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Good report and photos Vaibhav. The three head idol in this pic looks very similar to some in Masroor, HP.
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Good going vaibhav,the sri yantra temple seems to be very interesting,what did the priest say about the completion time of building the temple???

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