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TGIF! Here’s A Shot!

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The mantra chanted while ringing the temple bell

Aagamaarthamtu devaanaam gamanaarthamtu rakshasaam,
Kurve ghantaaravam tatra devataahvaahna lakshanam

(I ring this bell indicating the invocation of divinity, so that virtuous and noble forces enter;
and the demonic and evil forces, from within and without, depart)

 

Ghanta or Temple Bells | Purnagiri

 Trivia on Significance of Temple Bells

“.….here is a scientific reason behind temple bell presence.  The bell is not made up of just an ordinary metal. It is made of various metals (panchaa dhaatu or asthaa dhaatu) like cadmium, lead, copper, silver, gold, brass, iron, zinc, nickel, chromium and manganese.

The proportion at which each one of them is mixed is the real science behind a bell. Each of these bells is made to produce such a distinct sound that it can create unity of your left and right brain. The moment you ring that bell, bell produces sharp but lasting sound which lasts for minimum of seven seconds in echo mode good enough to touch your seven healing centres or chakras in your body. The moment the bell sound happens your brain is emptied of all thoughts.  Invariably you enter the state of trance, a state where you are very receptive. …...”

 

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Monika Ohson / TravelerInMe

 

 

SatTal – Serene Hills & Seven Lakes

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SatTal, located at about 20-25 kms from Nainital, literally means ‘seven lakes’. These are mysteriously interconnected fresh water lakes namely, Hanuman Tal and Bharat Tal which have less water and are located side by side; Ram Tal, Lakshman Tal, Sita Tal make up the three main lakes; Panna or Garud Tal ; Nal Damayanti or Sukha Tal which is mostly dry

SatTal was one of the very few tea plantation areas during the British rule. Oak and pine trees make up for its dense forest and its a good birding place as it attracts many migratory birds. You will also get to see a variety of butterflies and a museum on them built by Frederic Smetacek at Jones Estate. You also get to feed the famous sacred masheer fishes.

I had a beautiful experience of boating in moonlight – romantic, leisurely, serene and enchanting. I believe the quietude was possible as I chose an off season time to enjoy the place (which during tourist season is crowded and noisy). Early morning treks are the best way to explore the place and its beauty. In fact, SatTal has some of the best cycling and trekking trails in Uttarakhand.

Try your hand at trekking, cycling, angling, birding, boating, nature watch ….. The rest of the day time one can visit Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Mukteshwar. There is a freshwater spring Subhash Dhara in the dense oak forest which I could not visit.

 

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Trivia: Swallow

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Its Surely Summer For There Is A Swallow. Come One Swallow, His Mate Will Follow.

Much folklore surrounds the swallow. To see the first swallow of the year is regarded as a good omen. The sight of this bird indicates that summer is on the way but watch to see if the bird flies low as this will signal that rain is on the way. If this bird builds a nest on the roof of your home, it is thought to be lucky and to be protective against fire, lightning and storms.

There are around 84 species of swallow. Swallows are known to spend more time on the wing than any other songbirds in the world. It takes a pair of swallows up to 1,200 journeys to build a nest. Swallows always drink on the wing, flying low to sip the water. This one I guess is the red rumped swallow.

SwallowSwallows seen @ Baggar. Parent Love @ Gugukhan. District Nainital

 

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