I was searching for the unexplored, unmapped or maybe to discover something new, in a much-liked tourist spot like Gokarna. For a beach lover travelling to Karnataka and not visiting Gokarna is a crime!
The big temple has stood the test of time and has survived many calamities including six major earthquakes and a major fire accident. The entire temple has been constructed from granite stones. Historians say that Raja Raja Chola I promoted the temple as a centre for all economic and religious activities.
I had been to cities like Hong Kong which offer every possible aspect of modern, comfortable and exciting life but what Kashi offered was unique and even though I knew that I could never live in a city like Varanasi, I had gotten attached to the place.
Classical form of art is appreciated by selected set of audience who have inherited the appreciation of these art forms from their families or schools. For thousands of years they were passed from one generation to the other and still continue to do so.
There are Gurudwaras in other parts of Baluchistan like – Dera Bugti, Dera Murad Jamali, Dera Allahyar, Usta Muhammad, Sibi, Lehri and Hub. Though the numbers of Sikhs in Baluchistan run into few hundreds, Sikhism here has been kept alive by Hindu Gur-Sikhs.
The current dispensation, however, has broadened the envelope for partaking in an inclusive nationalism in two ways. For the affluent diaspora, it is the Overseas Citizen of India scheme. For people who have faced religious persecution, such as Hindus from Pakistan and Afghanistan, it is the recent amendments to the Citizenship Act.
Large swathes of India’s natural landscape have been lost to developmental and related activities.
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