Jagdish Temple is the EPICENTRE of historical Udaipur.
All the bye lanes, including the way to the Bada Pol ( gate) entrance of the City palace radiate from here. Even the lanes leading to the lake and the ghats originate from the Jagdish Temple Chowk ( crossing)
You can be witness to the life of the common citizen of Udaipur from here.
For the Royal experience you need to walk for 2 minutes from the temple to the CITY PALACE. The walk is lined with shops , some of which house vast, I repeat vast and gorgeous treasures of ART.
The pictures that follow are a peep into the activity of commoners.
Take time to ponder over this photograph. There is some activity in every corner of this picture.
At the level of the street or the footsteps of the stairs leading to the temple is this elderly lady sewing a garland of flowers.
Do notice the metallic Lota ( an ancient Indian vessel used for storing water) placed on the right of the basket.Have written on the LOTA , please check it out, very intriguing.
Colourful painted guards, peacock feathers and Mobile phones form the second level up the flight of stairs.
The usually white marble steps are coloured pink due to the festival of Holi being played here this morning.
Watch out for the feast for the eyes, THE ROYAL HOLI in the blogs to follow.
The mother and daughter duo soak in the sun after being drenched in the waters of HOLI.
The spire of the 450 year old Jagdish Temple rises over the sanctum sanctorum.
If you are fortunate you could hear Rustic Folk music as villagers sing and dance spontaneously in front of the main deity.
Jagdish is one of several names for LORD VISHNU.
There are many historical incidents, myths and fables about this temple.Stories of politics and intrigue are whispered in hushed tones.
The view of the epicenter, THE JAGDISH TEMPLE and the Havelis ( now lovely hotels) of Udaipur viewed from the lake.
Personally have experienced many emotional moments in the temple.
As you walk around the lanes you may lose your bearings.
The Spire of the temple, which is visible from every direction , will restore your sense of direction. ( there is an intentional philosophical punch in the sentence)
An awful cold never comes alone, it travels with many companions such as headaches and mild fever to name a few.
The common cold can cast its Spell of Doom at anytime. However it is ably assisted during the monsoons by high levels of humidity.
A cold and a cough can ruin your travel experience.It is best to dismiss it forthwith.I share with you a Wizard’s brew you could prepare yourself as well, which does exactly that.
I reveal the secret of an ENCHANTING GOBLET and a miraculous and curative drink.
It was specially concocted and served in a restaurant called Latest Recipe ( Le Meridien Spa & Resort, Mahabaleshwar) .
The staff probably heard me coughing and caught me sniffling whilst dabbing my handkerchief to the ends of my sore nose.
Miraculously a very large Goblet with wisps of smoke emanating from a light yellow brew was placed in front of me. It was called THE TODDY DRINK by the wizard Abhishek.
I gleefully peered into the magical goblet , breathing in the aromatic steam and saw the most amazing combination of spices floating at the top.
The cocktail worked wonders and revealed the medicinal qualities of these ancient spices ( angels for me) used in AYURVEDA. I am giving the Sanskrit names to reveal the importance these spices had even 2500 years ago.
The first angel is the clove and can be seen clearly in the picture below.
Dev Kusum literally translated means Flower of the Gods.
How appropriate as it is considered the Champion of antioxidants.
Having anti microbial, anti fungal, anti viral properties it is an excellent antidote to a common cold.
In China and Iran ( ancient Persia) it is considered an aphrodisiac. The Toddy cocktail was however served in India and am sure the caring staff at the Le Meridian was unaware of any such mythical properties.( those reading could improvise if they so wish) .
The delicious warm brew has lemon and ginger juice which forms a formidable weapon against the common cold.
The second spice which came to my rescue were the little green pods you can spot in the centre of the goblet.