Saturday, December 6, 2008

White flower

This simple little five petal flower... I love the colors, white with light yellow and the fragrance is mild and refreshing, the shapely petals. ...it cannot be called a delicate flower.



It's found more during dry season. I used to pick these flowers and keep smelling them and would never get bored of it. Couple of times, I had brought them home and they stayed fresh for almost a week.



During one of the visits, I brought a small branch and planted that in our office backyard. It sprouted leaves, grew up and flowered. This plant is a wild one, grows in rocky terrain. I've seen this tree in Hampi also.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Sunset and Savandurga

Looking to the West from Bangalore, Savandurga is a small bump on the horizon.


Looking to the west from Savandurga.

It's wonderful to see how Sun lights up wild grass flowers.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Roots

I was listening to Jethro Tull 'Roots to Branches' and happened to see these roots shot during my last visit.



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Saturday, November 8, 2008

One misty morning...

Manchenbele as seen from the summit some time June or July


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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Basava connection

Basavanna has his presence here at the base in a temple and on the top in a small mantapa.






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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Shades of green...

...at Savandurga change with seasons. This is my favorite, the one you can find during rainy season. The grasses not only enjoy rain water but also the water which flows down the hill through the gaps in rocks.



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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Some more ruins

This wall is the first "mile stone" on the way up. Ideally I should reach this in about 12 minutes with a light backpack.



This is the second "mile stone", I should reach this point in about 25 minutes. The stretch between these two mile stones is the steepest in the route I take normally. 



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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Remembering Savandurga

I was thinking about the hill... wishing to see it during rainy season.

Everything looks so green and fresh from the top.

On the way to the top, you can see rain water collected at several spots... such clear and cool water. You could drink it and play in it.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Stone Inscriptions

Found these stone carvings near Tavaraekere (between Magadi and Bangalore)





The language looks like it's Halegannda (old Kannada)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Lord Hanuman...

Lord Hanuman with moon on his right and Sun on left.

Friday, May 16, 2008

shadows and reflections

shadow of the hill on a screen of mist... if you look carefully, you can see my shadow too.


reflection on a cloudy day

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Ruins of Savandurga


Temple Gopura in ruins


a shelter designed for summer?


quarters for soldiers on guard duty atop Savandurga


A gate way in the fort wall on the smaller neighboring hill


wall built on one of the hills


another view of the wall


part of the fort wall


a narrow gateway for security






Sunset at Savandurga

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Over night stay atop Savandurga - I

December 1996. Gulli and I set off to Savandurga on my Kinetic Honda for an over night stay on top of the hill.



The night was windy, misty and cold. The wind made all kind of scary noises. Gulli was worried about ghosts.

The fire hardly lasted. But we had moon's company. We saw the Moon rise over Bangalore...

We saw city lights... Bangalore towards east, Ramanagara on the south and Magadi on the west.




Just the two of us on the largest rock hill in Asia!! Frankly speaking, we just waited for the Sun to come back.

First time I ever saw sun-set, moon-rise, moon-set and sunrise... an experience to cherish.

Gulli behind a bouquet of wild grass flowers.



It was fun!!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

The first time I reached Savandurga's top

Visit One
My first visit to the place was time November 1994 with Anish and Gulveer (Gulli), my neighbors and good friends. We went there out of curiosity...we had come to see early morning mist at Thippagondanahalli, a rain water reservoir about 40km on the west of Bangalore. We had a wonderful time; breathing cold air, watching clouds of mist floating around, listening to the birds singing... nothing like nature. Gulli and I pitched stones on water till our arms ached. We played around like kids... till we were hungry... which made us head towards Magadi. We stopped at a junction on the outskirts of Magadi...we saw a small shop selling 'vada' and tea... the best vadas I'd ever tasted.
We learned about Savandurga from the shopkeeper and decided to go there. Riding our bikes through the woods... we stopped. I saw few wood apple trees and decided to take some wood apples home. We did take them home, my mom told us that wood apples are not supposed to be plucked. W were supposed to pick up the ones fallen off the tree (since they fall off when ripe). However, getting the wood apples to fall of the tree was more fun than actually having them.
We parked our bikes close to a temple at the base of the hill... one of the local kids lead us to the ancient temple...we paid our tributes to the Gods and headed to the hill guided by the same kiddo. By now, the sun was up, beating down our heads... 20 minutes later we reached the first wall. Another 20 minutes we reached the second wall... all of us exhausted.
We decided that we had had enough for the day... There goes our first climb... I decided to come back, soon. (the picture you see above was shot some time 2003)
Visit Two
Gulveer and I, were back determined to make it to the top. I do not remember how we met our volunteer guide, a local kid. Our little guide knew the most easy path but we hardly obeyed him.
We went past the first wall - ruins of an incomplete fort.
From this point onwards, the path is very steep. This is the stretch where most first time climbers give up.
We reached the second wall - point where we had given up.
Our guide encouraged us and of course we too were determined. Actually, I was the one who was struggling while Gulli and the guide were going easy. I hardly paid attention to the view or anything else... We reached the ancient stone structure (we took more than one hour to reach this point). I was breathing real fast.
I could feel my heart beat like crazy.
We shared our our breakfast of biscuits, oranges and water with the guide. We were told that the summit was not far from here, in fact the stone mantapa was in sight. The short break let my heart beat come back to normal.
We followed our little guide through head-high grass, a passage through stones and finally we reached the Basava Mantapa, the end of the trial. We had made it!!
The view was breath-taking!! These pictures give you a rough idea, that's it. You should see, smell, hear, feel and experience the place for yourself.
One thing I should tell... Not all pictures in this post are shot during this visit.
The sun was up. Now we could feel the heat. Another hour it would get real hot.
We started back. The descend was effortless for me, Gulli was little scared climbing down. At one point, we climbed down a very steep part, literally slid down, it was madness. Our guide was scared but joined us in our crazy adventure.
The climb, up and down, was fantastic. A totally new experience for me!!
I'd fallen in love with Savandurga.