Polo Forest: Ancient Jain Temple, Angkor Wat of Gujarat

This is the fourth in the series of posts on our visit to Polo Forest. See the earlier three posts on the Heritage Palace, Vijaynagar, the natural beauty around the forest and the ancient Shiva Temples here. Exploring along a not very clean path at the back of the Shiva Panchayatan-2 we discovered a wonder … Continue reading Polo Forest: Ancient Jain Temple, Angkor Wat of Gujarat

Polo Forest: Ancient Lord Shiva Temples

This is the third in the series of posts on our visit to Polo Forest. See the earlier two post on the Heritage Palace and the natural beauty around the forest here. The people of Vijayanagar, Sabarkantha and around the Polo Forest seemed to be bhakts (devotees) of Lord Shiva since ancient times. In our … Continue reading Polo Forest: Ancient Lord Shiva Temples

The Remarkable St. Teresa of Avila

This post on St. Teresa of Avila has received tremendous response, particularly from the students of this wonderful school in Kolkata, from all over the world. It has helped me reconnect with some of my classmates, no small deed! Some were kind enough to comment, appreciate and also correct some of the facts. Thank you dear friends. So a small correction from the earlier version on Unni-Verse

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I went to St. Teresa’s Secondary School, Kidderpore, Kolkata. (See here for my earlier post on nostalgia for Kolkata.) I felt a link with St. Teresa as October 15th, the day the school celebrated the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, happened to be my birthday. This post has received tremendous response particularly from the students of this wonderful school from all over the world. It has helped me reconnect with some of my classmates, no small deed! Some were kind enough to comment, appreciate and also correct some of the facts. Thank you dear friends. So a small correction from the earlier version.

St. Teresa was  canonized in 1622, that is declared a Saint in the Catholic church. She was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1970, when her writing were recognized as mystical literature of the church. There are very few women declared as saints by…

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Market and More Market, Malaga, Spain

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In which informal market space did one see stained glass windows? Well, we did, in the fruit and vegetable, fish and meat market in Malaga, Andalusia province in the South of Spain. There were beautiful stained glass depictions of the scenes from the Bible in the Malaga cathedral, but in the market? The Stained glass windows in the market depicted the scenes of Malaga, a picturesque coastal town in the Mediterranean Ocean. The Alcabaza Fortress or citadel, Malaga Cathedral, the port, and the quaint little town were depicted in this large stained glass panel. It could be viewed from both the outside and inside of the market.

The fruit and vegetable stalls were a treat, both to the eye and to the palate! We bought some berries, red cherry like. Phew, it was so sweet and juicy. Eating as we walked along, it was like drinking fruit juice. There were…

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