Siddharth Chakravarty is a pirate. Or at least that’s what he is known as on the high seas, along with others just like him, battling giant fleets that are on the rampage for whales. At the time, he was working on a campaign for Sea Shepherd Global called Operation Zero Tolerance, navigating the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Sea Shepherd Global is an organisation that was started in 1977 with the sole aim to use innovative direct action to defend, conserve and protect marine ecosystems across the world. Simply put, they fought, with whatever means available, fleets that carried out illegal poaching on the waters.
Mysuru’s regal past reigns supreme over a traveller’s itinerary. And while the city’s mahals, extravagant gardens, and vast museums are spectacular, they tend to skim over the charm of the city’s present: its people. Don’t miss the chance to meet these Mysuru heroes when you’re visiting.
Sunita and the girls feel more confident about travelling after this journey and have more road trips planned for the future. Talking about the taboo that women travellers still face and feel in the country, she said, “Yes, in India some place may not be safe and there are risks involved but our experience taught us that proper research and planning makes the journey completely doable. We felt so safe in the north states of Himachal and Kashmir and people were willing to help all across the country. So we think the time for all-women travel is now and there should be no stopping that!”.
Alex Chacón, is a well known 27 years old international traveller/blogger who is living his dream of riding around the world on motorcycles after selling every thing he had, to fund his travelling. Since 3 years of his expeditions, he has travelled 200,000+ kms, 41+ countries, 75+ borders, 5+ continents and has working directly with many charities to support social issues during his adventures.
Hundreds of thousands of Hindu faithful including ash-smeared holy men gather in the Indian city of Nashik on the banks of the Godavari River, as devotees from all walks of life bathe in the holy waters.
Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, is celebrated in four different Indian cities over a period of 12 years. This time round pilgrims congregate in Nashik, in the western state of Maharashtra.
Hindu faithful, sadhus or holy men among them, gather to pray in the water and cleanse themselves of sin. Kumbh Mela is rooted in the Hindu belief that Vishnu fought with demons for a golden pot containing the nectar of immortality. Four drops fell to earth in the cities of Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujain and Nashik.Pilgrims take ritual grand baths, or Shahi Snan, during auspicious planetary alignments. Believers say spiritual energy flows to earth while they plunge in the water.
Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honor of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed, remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings and wisdom. These days we are seeing the Ganesh Idols which are causing environmental effects while immersed in water. Some of the people who are aware of the adverse effects are making eco-friendly Ganesha’s.
Let’s hope these idols bring awareness among people about the environment. We wish you a Very Happy Ganesh Chaturti
There are two different versions about Ganesha’s birth. One has it that Goddess Parvati created Ganesha out of dirt off her body while having a bath and set him to guard her door while she finishes her bath. Shiva who has gone out, returned at that time, but as Ganesha didn’t know of him, stopped him from entering. An angry Shiva severed the head of Ganesha after a combat between the two. Parvati was enraged and Shiva promised Ganesha will live again. The devas who went in search of a head facing north of a dead person could manage only the head of an elephant. Shiva fixed the elephant’s head on the child and brought him back to life.
The other legend has it that Ganesha was created by Shiva and Parvati on request of the Devas, to be a vighnakartaa (obstacle-creator) in the path of rakshasas (demonic beings), and a vighnahartaa (obstacle-averter) to help the Devas.
This year, September 17th marks the beginning of this festival which is also called as Vinayaka Chaturthi