About: Lachman Jhula Suspension Bridge (1927-1929)

About - Lachman Jhula Suspension Bridge (Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India)

Span 450 feet
Height of roadway above mean summer water level 59 ft. opened to traffic by H.E. Sir Malcolm Hailey C.C.I.E.. K.C.S.I. Governor of the United Provinces on April 11, 1930.

This bridge was constructed by the public works department during the years 1927-1929. It replaces the old bridge of 284 feet span, which was the gift of Rai Surajmal Jhunjhunwala Bahadur, father of Rai Shewpershad Tulshan Bahadur, and was situated about 200 feet downstream. This was washed away by the great flood of October 1924, which undermined the left abutment. The extra cost of rebuilding this new bridge as nearly as possible on the site of the old bridge has been contributed by Rai Shewpershad Tulshan Bahadur to perpetuate the honoured memory of his father, and no toll or tax will ever be imposed or realized for crossing this bridge.

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About: Shaheed Bhure Khan – A Brave Warrior

About - Shaheed Bhure Khan (Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India)

In 1808, the armies of Jaipur and Bikaner laid siege to the Jodhpur Fort. At that time, Syed Evz Ali Sakin was an officer of a military unit in Rewari Fort. Shaheed Bhure Khan was also a brave warrior in this troop who sacrificed his life while fighting with great bravery. This hero was buried here.

When the construction of Jaipol and the present building started, this tomb came in between and Beldar started breaking it. At that time Bhure the martyr appeared in the dream of Kiledar Govardhan and said I sacrificed my life for the King and you are digging my tomb! When Maharaja Man Singh came to know about this he ordered not to destroy the tomb of Bhure the martyr and ordered to pay the expenses of the worship of the tomb on behalf of the state, which is being given till today.

(This photo was taken at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

Village Dhungri, Manali – Location of Veer Ghatotkacha

Village Dhungri, Manali (India) - Location of Veer Ghatotkacha

Brave Ghatotkacha was born for a special purpose from the womb of mother Hidimba (who was demonic by birth). His father was Bhima, the brother of the Pandavas. The literal meaning of Ghototkacha is one with a smooth head like a pitcher. He was born only to destroy the infallible weapon of Sun’s son Karna (which he had kept to kill Arjuna) by his own sacrifice. He was very strong and devoted to his mother. By the order of Mother Hidimba, he came in handy for his Pandava clan twice.

Once Abhimanyu‘s wife Uttara was brought from Dwarkapuri along with the bed and for the second time in the Mahabharata, while destroying the Kaurava army, by making a suicide attack on Karna, he sacrificed himself and destroyed Karan’s infallible weapon and realizing Lord Krishna‘s determination to win the Dharm, he ensured the victory of his Pandava clan by saving Arjuna.

His wife, Kamkanthika, the daughter of Rakshasraj (demon) Mur, received many blessings by worshiping Shakti. A son named Barbarika was born to him, who became so powerful by worshiping Shakti that he could single-handedly kill the entire army with one arrow. Therefore, under the influence of ego, he expressed his resolve to support the defeated side, leaving the distinction of his own. Therefore, on the demand of Shri Krishna, donating his head is worshiped in the name of Sheesh Dani, Shyambaba, Khatushyam. He has a huge temple at a place called Khatu in Rajasthan. A beautifully carved temple of Shyam Baba Barbarika is also being built in Manali.

This place of Veer Ghatotkacha was rebuilt on 13 September 1997 by the people of Dhungri village under the supervision of Rohit Sharma priest and Kardar. The old place was broken. So it was re-constructed and duly established on 27.06.98.

There are temples and chariots at many places in the Siraj Valley of Kullu of Veer Ghatotkacha and it is the center of faith of thousands of people.

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About: Nageshwar Jyotirlinga – Symbolizes Protection from Poison

The Nageshwar Temple also known as Nagnath Temple is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. This Jyotirlinga holds special significance as it symbolizes protection from all types of poison. It is believed that those who worship this temple become free of all poisons. According to the Shiva Purana, a Shiva devotee by the name of Supriya was captured by the demon Daaruka. The demon imprisoned her with several others in his capital Daarukavana. Supriya advised all prisoners to chant ‘Aum Namaha Shivaya‘ which enraged Daaruka who ran to kill Supriya. Lord Shiva manifested in front of the demon and put an end to him. Thus the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga came into being.

(Source: Display/Notice Board at Babulnath Temple in Mumbai (Maharashtra)

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About: Somnath Temple – The first of the 12 Jyotirlingas

Considered to be the first of the 12 Jyotirlingas, the Somnath Temple in Gujarat is situated near Veraval in (Prabhas Kshetra) Kathiawad district. This jyotirling in Gujrat is a highly revered pilgrimage site in the country. There is a legend related to how this Jyotirling in Gujarat came into being. According to the Shiva Purana, the moon was married to 27 daughters of Daksha Prajapati, out of which he loved Rohini the most. Seeing his negligence towards the other wives, Prajapati cursed the moon that it would lose all its radiance. A disturbed moon along with Rohini came to Somnath and worshipped the Sparsa Lingam after which he was blessed by Shiva to regain his lost beauty and shine. On his request, Lord Shiva assumed the name Somchandra and resided there eternally. He became famous by the name Somnath. Ever since the Somnath Jyotirlinga has been destroyed and rebuilt many times in history.

(Source: Display/Notice Board at Babulnath Temple in Mumbai, Maharashtra)

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Room Rates of Sood Dharamshala in Chandigarh

Sood Dharamshala (Chandigarh, India) Room Rates

During my stay at Sood Dharamshala in Chandigarh, I paid Rs. 400 per night for the ground floor room.

The room had a double bed, a fan, and also a personal English toilet-cum-bathroom.

Note: No toiletries were provided and the lock for the room one has to use his own.

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