Tag: temple

Light of the Brightest Moon

Most of his life Sugam has hid his face from people. He was 12 when a deadly disease left him with big pockmarks on his face, after which, he was afflicted with another skin ailment. He had to be forced to go to school… Continue Reading “Light of the Brightest Moon”

The Invisible Protectors

Ramnagar was once one of the most prosperous villages in Central India, bordering Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh states. It falls in an area near the Chambal ravines, a region which almost 50 years ago was the dominion of the dreaded dacoit gangs. For… Continue Reading “The Invisible Protectors”

Who Was She?

I first noticed the strange happening when I went through the 1800 odd photographs that I had clicked at the recent Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, but could not find even a single photo of hers. I was absolutely sure that I had clicked at… Continue Reading “Who Was She?”

Thoughts Of A Sentient Being

The Shiva temple where I live, has been in a state of disrepair since last few decades, but continues to draw devotees. It was built many centuries ago by a Muslim prince for his favourite nanny, who happened to be a Hindu and an… Continue Reading “Thoughts Of A Sentient Being”

Back from the Brink

Rasbihari waited in a dark area by the riverside. It was Diwali festival night, and like the rest of city, the flight of steps leading down to Ganga river were lit up by thousands of lamps, making the atmosphere surreal and magical. One of… Continue Reading “Back from the Brink”

Temple of Nature

The river meandered through an inlet, cordoning it into a secluded hidden area. The dense foliage converting the vicinity into a world of green, as sunlight streaked in through the leaves from the surrounding trees. The water was also an exotic fluid carpet dotted… Continue Reading “Temple of Nature”

Under the Peepal Tree

She sat there all day long, under the massive Peepal tree (sacred fig) next to a tributary of Gomti river. The children would go and sit around her, trying to catch her glance. She would smile at them sometimes and often make some signs.… Continue Reading “Under the Peepal Tree”

The Elixir: An Atlantean Tale

Shahan’s heart skipped a beat as the ground beneath her feet trembled. This has been happening since the last 12 days. She made her way quickly to the Elixir Temple. She was one among the 15 Shikas who were serving at the temple from… Continue Reading “The Elixir: An Atlantean Tale”

The Hibiscus Garland

Praneja came from a family of priests, who took great pride in their vocation. Since five generations the eldest male member of her family had been the head priest of the temple sanctuary in the northern fringe of the forest near Rajgriha, the ancient… Continue Reading “The Hibiscus Garland”