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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Puri Temple

Early morning at 5.30am i was woken up by Hima, the early riser, I was half way on my dream where i was supposed to meet my dark horse, blissfully forgotten about our plan to visit the Puri Temple. Our company trip ended that day and so there was no escaping or saying "Let's go tomoro".

When my manager first told me that we're planning for a fun trip to Puri, i felt cheated. First, I've never heard of that name before, except while eating them. 2nd, I thought if we're supposed to have fun why not Goa or Ooty or Pondicherry. Then i reached the beautiful resort by the sea and boy i was at peace.

The place was crawling with tourist. And i saw some pandit wearing their orange dresses and driving luna. I went to Konark Sun Temple the other day watching the incompleteness of the complete place and now it was Shree Jagannath Puri's turn.

6.30am : We reached the temple and it was already crowded. Not surprising. Everyone need God especially now since the cost of living is so high and our demands have increased. And it was obvious that i chose the wrong crowd to go with. Hima and me where with the managers of our company. 8 of us. I thought it's better to keep mumb instead of cracking stupid jokes and regret them later. So i stare at the walls and click mental pictures since they don't allow camera inside and the narrator inside my head kept me entertained.

The walls were filled with sculpture of naked women or concubines, monkeys or plain ugly men, cows or bulls, lions or big cats, snakes or lizards (i can never be sure) and an interesting dragon which was posing like a pretty women showing off her figure in a facebook profile.


Jagannath Puri Temple


We visited many dark chambers where there were all sort of Gods. People will just pushed us aside as if it was the end of the world. In one such dark place, i was suddenly shoved aside by a man who was in a hurry. He was quite rude, made some annoyed sound complaining as if i existed in this Earth to be in his way and didn't regard me at all.Then i guess he saw the idol 'coz he lifted his hand and said "Maa, ohhh Maa" in a loud voice, then fell on the ground, touch his head on the floor and started praying. That's when i noticed there were many people sitting at the floor. A women was drawing a circle with a white chalk, round and round and round. It reminded me of the horror movie "The Ring". I had this strong suspicion that half of the people there were insane. Just as i moved out from that chamber i saw that man, who pushed me, draw an ugly flower on the floor.

Good thing about India, we got all these beautiful stone places which showed that there was an era of Kings and more than double the amount of Queens. And they used to roam around the palace and listen to songs, pray towards all type of Gods and eat tasty food(non-veg hopefully). And when they felt bored, they go to war and maintain the population by killing people. Good times, at least for the noble birth.

Beside that, i had an interesting time watching many young and hot pandit scurrying around. Some were bargaining like salesman to allow them to give us a tour/puja. The offerings or Prasada was damn expensive but i guess it was worth it. As we leave, my watch showed 8.00am and a huge crowd were pouring in, forming an alarmingly long queue. Adios sinners.

P.S. :  on a totally different note, if u google images of "pandit" , you'll find many pictures of hot women :D

10 comments:

  1. Hahahaha a nice one. I can't stop laughing. Keep up this sarcastic humor of yours.

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  2. :D i write what i saw and felt. hehe

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  3. nice write once again. Amazing to see the flow. And btw, I did google "pandit" and yup I found many as u said..mainly Kalpana Pandit! hehe

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  4. Lolz. already picked a favourite eh? good choice btw

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    1. thats an interesting narration della..

      " interesting dragon which was posing like a pretty women showing off her figure in a facebook profile. "

      the above lines made me laugh for a moment,

      www.readitt.in (the e magazine)

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    2. Yeah, that was one pretty dragon too :) and thanks 4 dropping by

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  5. It isn't surprising that you hadn't heard of this place- Puri- many haven't, even though it is one of the "four dhaams" of India.
    Good that you liked the place :)
    Abt the drawings on the floor- that must be at the Laxmi Temple. That's where people draw with chalks. Have seen elders in my family do that for years. Don't know why it is done though ;)
    Nyc piece of writing :)

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    1. hehe. thanks Antarik. I heard some interesting piece of history about that temple. And would also love to visit Puri beaches again :)

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  6. A very clear and lovely description dear, i truly love it.I am from Puri only and Lord Jagannath temple is my childhood crush u can say. Thank you very much dear. really so touched.

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    1. hehehe..childhood crush on Lord Jagannath Temple!! that's so cool. You must be a very unique person. thanks 4 reading!

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