Makalidurga...the places and people

December 25, 2010

The trip to Makalidurga was also full of interesting sights that had more to do with people and places….

We started by trying to have early-morning chai/coffee to ward off the chill, at a Darshini.Alas, nothing was ready, and we finally moved to a little tea-shop nearby. I was very tickled to see that a delivery of vessels had been made for the Darshini…

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As we were going past Dodballapur, it occured to us that having breakfast there would be a good idea. Chandu called up Karunakar, who gave excellent directions to a very good darshini, the Ayyappa Tiffen Centre: ayyappa tiffen centre ddbllpur 241210 Here are Anil, Chandu, Prashant and Vittal, full-of-breakfast, heading back to the car after having watched Flowerpeckers and Tailorbids in the nearby tree: anil chandu prashant vittal 241210 We soon reached Makalidurga, and the scenery was stunningly beautiful: hill and sky 241210 We also visited a large water body there, but surprisingly, did not see too many water birds: waterbody 241210 We then decided to park near the station and bird from there, but a puncture intervened! puncture 241210 while the others got down to the hard work (the car nearly ran off the jack, apparently, and it might have resulted in a car-less Anil and an arm-less Vittal) I walked down to the pretty little station: mkldrg sttn 241210 See the beauty of the trains chugging across the hillside: makalidurga train 241210 On the (single) platform, this ascetic walked, to catch a train (this was the Bhubanshewar Express, so perhaps he was going to Orissa?) acetic mklidrg 241210 The water tower at the station said, "Alight here to Happy Valley"...the resort, however, seemed to have closed down: alight here for hpy vly 241210 We had a lovely time, spotting and observing, and my not-bisi belA huLi annA, Prashant's home-made grape juice, and Anil's VV Bakery jam (sweet) and "congress" (peanut) savoury buns all tided us over lunch-time, too. In the bright sunshine, we must have drunk litres of water! We also drove to Ghati Subramanya temple, and on the way, saw this woman winnowing grain, with a statue of Ganesha in the background: winnowing grain 241210 On my Picasa web album, you can see the scenery, with the gOpurA of Ghati Subramanya in the background. The uniquness of this temple is that the front of the deity is that of Subramanya, and the back is that of Narasimha. We were not able to visit the temple as it was closed, but the archways too reflected this duality. The back of the arch: lakshmi narasimha 241210 And the front of it: ghati subramanya 241210 This is very unusual, as Subramanya is the son of Shiva, and Narasimha is an avatar of Vishnu! I saw this man pedalling a cycle with the bulkiest load I've seen on a two-wheeler! cycle load 241210

And a profession which is not very much in evidence in Bangalore caught my eye, when I saw these knife vendors having lunch, with their array of knives and a pedal knife-sharpener in front of them:

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With so much to look at, I wouldn’t really mind if there were no birds!

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A wonderful day…Thank you, Chandu, for the great idea!