St. Mary’s Church, Pune — the mother church of the deccan plateau

St. Mary’s Church, Pune

St. Mary’s Church in Pune city is said to be the oldest church of the Deccan Plateau. It was built by Lieutenant Nash of the East India Company. Bishop Reginald Heber [the Bishop of Calcutta then] laid the foundation of the building in 1825.

Altar of Saint Mary’s Church, Pune

St. Mary’s Church is a large building indeed. There is a lot of space around the church, adding to the peaceful feeling. The roses in different colors are quite beautiful.

Stained glass work in Saint Mary’s Church, Pune

Here I present you with some of the photos that I have taken at the white large church. See the Google location map of the church at the end of the post, just after the last photograph.

A pot in St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Peace is what you gain when you pay visit to such spiritual places. So do take driving directions from the map and enjoy the gain of paying! :)

A banyan tree in the premises of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Carvings on the pulpit of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Chairs in St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Organ inside St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Inside St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Holy crosses in St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Altar of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Eagle lectern of Saint Mary’s Church, Pune

Memorial tablets inside St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Entrance of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Stained glass work in St. Mary’s Church, Pune

A bush in the garden of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Eagle lectern of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Beautiful St. Mary’s Church, Pune

A rose in the garden of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Nursery school of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Dome of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Garden of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Other side of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Premises of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

The dome of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

A beautiful tree in the premises of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

A building in the premises of St. Mary’s Church, Pune

Walkway in the premises of St. Mary’s Church, Pune



Happy Diwali 2014

Wishing you and your loved ones a Very Happy Diwali 2014 and a Prosperous New Year

Southern Alps

Southern Alps

It was a breathtaking view indeed. Flying above the Southern Alps, and seeing from the window such enormous yet gorgeous landscape, was out of this world feeling. A photo above, perhaps expressing the feeling in a visual way.

Chaskaman Dam

Chaskaman Dam

We visited the beautiful Chaskaman Dam a few days back on our way to Bhimashankar from Pune. The dam had went dry, although not completely, due to delayed monsoon this year, revealing the land that otherwise would have been under water. And life on land did not leave this opportunity! Beautiful hues of green, yellow, orange, etc. are of growing grass, and blooming flowers on the land that has showed up for a few weeks. The scene reminded me of a photo that I saw from Iceland with such spectacularly colored land; perhaps those were minerals and not life.

Chaskaman Dam - empty catchment area in dry season

The location of Chaskaman Dam can be seen in the below map. You may want to take driving directions from the map itself!



Panshet Dam

Panshet dam

Panshet dam is one of the major fresh water reserves of Pune city. And it's just beautiful all around except that a lot of forest is gone underneath the water several decades ago. It's a scenic feast with the feeling of nature's gigantism at some view points. Enjoy the photos…

One side of the dam of Panshet

Panshet dam backwater

Panshet dam - visitors not allowed beyond this point

Panshet reservoir and the mountains behind

The road at the base of the wall of Panshet

The wall of panshet

Tree near the Panshet dam reservoir

Here is the map view of the dam…


Oriental Garden Lizard [Calotes versicolor]

Oriental Garden Lizard [Calotes versicolor]

On our way from Ranakpur to Udaipur, we took a lunch break at Sukh Sagar Hotel. It was a small highway-side setup serving snacks and meals. The surroundings were green with the arrival of monsoon. As rain had paused, we decided to sit out. While enjoying the local food in the cool breezes of monsoon’s afternoon, we spotted an Oriental Garden Lizard [Scientific name: Calotes versicolor]. It was so beautiful and slender! Thankfully, it allowed me to close-in for an up-close photograph! How’s it?

Stone carving of Hanuman on the trek of Tikona fort

Stone carving of Hanuman on the trek of Tikona fort

Trek to the top of Tikona fort is an easy one, which I think is a good trial for new trekkers. On way, this beautiful stone carving of Hanuman [GOD in the form of a monkey] takes care of the safety of the trekkers. This stone carving of Hanuman is a must see sight, especially for trekkers. Below is the location map of Tikona fort. My post from the past in the following link shows another photograph taken on our trek to Tikona. See Meditation in nature



String of flowers

String of flowers
It was monsoon time, and we were on our way to see Pabe Ghat [non-famous beautiful location]. Driving on the narrow road, the beauty around was just admirable. Stop at any location, and you will see serenity around. Photograph in any direction, and the pixels will be painted green, except for this yellow flower, and such odds who present themselves against the dominant green. The beautiful tiny yellow flowers were hanging on to the strings of stems, decorating the plant. Hope you like the photograph. Here are the technical specifications…

• Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
• Lens: Sigma Macro 105 mm
• Shutter speed: 1/250 second
• Aperture: f/4.5
• ISO: 200
• Focal length: 105 mm


Map showing the route from Pune.



Request: Keep nature natural. Do not throw unnatural things [like plastic] out there. If you love nature, preserve it, respect it, keep it for the next generations to see and admire.

Waterfall en route Varandha Ghat

Waterfall en route Varandha Ghat

Twilight

Twilight

Carvings on the inner side of a dome of the Ranakpur Jain Temple

Carvings on the inner side of a dome of the Ranakpur Jain Temple

What an amazing architectural example Ranakpur’s Jain Temple is, indeed! I guess, the inner side of one of the domes in this photograph says something about it. What do you think? How is the photo?

The most beautiful house in the world

The most beautiful house in the world

3 monsoons back we went to a not-so-famous location named Raireshwar. People do not know that perhaps the most beautiful house in the world is at Raireshwar. What do you say?

Ganeshji at Meera Mandir of Chittorgarh

Ganeshji at Meera Mandir of Chittorgarh

There is a beautifully carved temple of saint Meera near the entrance of Chittorgarh. Inside the premises, on a wall, is a beautiful statue of Ganpati with his wives — Riddhi and Siddhi. The bright orange color of Ganeshji with Riddhi-Siddhi stands out on the temple wall made from natural stones.

Ganeshji at Meera Mandir of Chittorgarh

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