Bikaner Fort, Bikaner. Photo by Tarun Mazumdar
This series called the Dark Haiku Tales from the Forts of India is my tribute to Black Metal for being brutal. Bands like Mayhem, Behemoth, Gorgoroth, Burzum and the likes have been pummeling the scene with gut wrenching and soul twisting music for years. I am particularly in love with Behemoth.
Enjoy the series.
The series might contain fictional tales and must not be taken out of context and if taken, well, who gives a fuck. If you are offended by sexual content, please don’t read as the future posts might have sexual content.
My dad and I decided to visit the unique Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke, India in the month of June. Certainly, it was one hell of a decision given that Rajasthan boils in summers. The sun scorched our backs as we travelled across Bikaner and Deshnoke; the mercury hovered around 46 degree Celsius. But for the love of Karni Mata, rats and travel we went all out and braved the summer sun.
The pictures were clicked at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, India. Previously, the fort was called Chintamani and was later renamed as Junagarh. Most of the forts in Rajasthan are built on hilltops but this fort stands bang in the middle of Bikaner and the city has developed around it. Raja Rai Singh of Bikaner started building the fort in 1589 with the help of Karan Chand and it was completed in 1594.
Ancient Palm in Junagarh Fort
The fascinating palm patterns caught my eye; I wonder what they signify. In fact, I composed a senryu on one of the palms which will be uploaded soon as a part of my travel haiku project.
Patterns in Junagarh Fort
Karni Mata Temple
Karni Mata Mandir
Flight of Pigeons at Karni Mata Temple
Karni Mata Temple (2)
Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke
Karni Mata Temple-Deshnoke
Rats at Karni mata temple
The Temple of Rats popularly known as Karni Mata Temple in a small town called Deshnoke in Rajasthan, India. We visited the place in 2011 and it was a fascinating (creepy!) experience. One of the rats managed to climb on my jeans and I freaked out. If you are planning to visit Rajasthan, Deshnoke has to be on your list. And if you see a white rat, you are lucky.
It is the weekly photo challenge, and I am delighted that we can share our memories of 2012.
I have decided to take you folks on a trip to India, places I have travelled in 2012. Enjoy. Drop a comment if you like them, and even if you don’t, drop a piece of advice.
Tombs of Mughal Era
Tender flowers at Kasauli
Love and Sunset
Sunset Point – Kasauli
Streets of Bikaner
Palm at Bikaner Fort
Mall Road, Shimla
Shimla and the Sky