In Search of Lost Gods – Cambodia Part 5

Smile of Angkor, Avalokitheshwara faces

After visiting Angkor Wat, we went to explore another symbolic temple of Cambodia, the Bayon temple which was built nearly 100 years after Angkor Wat. The Bayon is located in the center of the city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) is a 3km x 3km walled and moated royal city and was the … Read more

In Search of Lost Gods – Cambodia Part 4

Angkor Wat

On the third day in Cambodia we started our journey with AngKor wat which is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed by humankind. Its name means “temple city.” This time we had tour guide Samart with us. Taking a guide immensely helps to enrich the knowledge and our guide made the whole trip … Read more

In Search of Lost Gods – Cambodia Part 3

Preah Khan HDR Pano

After the sumptuous lunch on our grand circuit trip at Angkor group of temple, we started to cover the large temple city – The Preah Khan. The Preah Khan The Preah Khan temple located just outside the capital city Angkor Thom was built in 1191; its name translates to “the Sacred Sword”. Preah Khan was … Read more

In Search of Lost Gods – Cambodia Part 2

Pre Rup Towers

Second day at Cambodia we wanted to explore temples of Angkor. Angkor which in Khmer language means Capital City, was the capital Khmer Empire, seems to have flourished from approximately the 9th to 15th centuries. Angkor was a megacity supporting at least 0.1% of the global population during 1010-1220 CE. The word Angkor is derived … Read more

In Search of Lost Gods – Cambodia Part 1

Sunset at Marine Drive, Kochi

Whenever I told my friends in India I am planning to travel to Cambodia, I used to get raised eye brow and question back to me. “Where is it? Africa?” Such is the ignorance among us about this ancient Hindu kingdom, which has the world’s largest religious monument. Kingdom of Cambodia is a country in … Read more

Moodabidri Kambala 2016

Moodabidri Kambala 2016

My home town Moodabidri hosted its 14th annual Buffalo race, Kambala at Kadalakere Nisargadhama on Saturday January 23rd. The Kambala or the buffalo race is unique to Udupi & Mangalore districts. Historically Kambala was the event when farmers paid tribute to their gods for protecting their crops. There used to be lot of celebration and … Read more