Anuradha Shankar

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Bookworm, Blogger , Traveller, Heritage enthusiast, Mom ...

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When you have so many idols (and candle holders, and diyas) that you keep them wherever you see an inch of space 😜

#home
I know it's a bit late , but Happy Diwali to all you folks on Instagram ! 
I have been off Instagram for a while now , because my account was hacked and the email changed , which I didn't notice because I was too busy with a whole host of personal stuff. Anyway , the son @samhithshankar worked really hard to get my account back , and so, here I am, once again , and hope I will be able to post regularly once again. .. In other news , we have just shifted into our new home , one we have been waiting a long time for... And this Ganesha shadow lamp symbolises new beginnings.... In more ways than one ....
Sunlight and the staircase. See the different patterns on the walls and on the steps.... What a sight to see when I open the door ! .#sun ##sunlight #light #staircase #steps #reflection #pattern
Watching birds while I am supposed to be working ... #kite #birds #birdwatching #mumbai #indianbirds
Welcoming the Elephant headed Lord to our home... Swipe to see more pics of the celebration... #GaneshChaturthi #ganesha #idol #clay #handmade #home #festival #india #culture #tradition #ganpati
Krishna comes home ..... #janmashtami #gokulashtami #krishnajayanti #krishna #festival #india #home
On the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami , remembering the fading paintings of the Krishna Leela on the walls of the temple at Nurpur Fort in Himachal Pradesh. 
The idol of Krishna in this temple is said to have been brought from Chittorgarh in 1620 , by Raja Jagat Singh. It is believed to be the idol worshipped by Meera herself at Chittorgarh. Read more about the fort and the paintings on the blog. #linkinprofile

The temple is a relatively simple structure,but the inner walls are covered with beautiful paintings , most of which are in a bad shape. This photo was clicked around 3 years back , and I wonder what is the state or these paintings now. 
#krishna #janmashtami #gokulashtami #krishnajayanti #festival #india #himachalpradesh #nurpur #fort #temple #heritage #painting #paintings #murals #art #indianaesthetics #indianart
#nowwriting about the gorgeous paintings in the saspol caves of Ladakh. 
It's been more than a year since I visited Ladakh, and, after all this time have just begun writing about the experience. Where better to start than these stunning caves , painted sometime during the 15th century ? 
#saspol #ladakh #india #jammuandkashmir #j&k #leh
Happiness is... Making puzzles based on Krishna's birth for a Janmashtami based session with kids at home , and seeing them enjoy putting it together. Of course , before they did , both @samhithshankar and I had fun playing with these on our own 😀 
#puzzles #jigsaw #home #handmade #craft #janmashtami #balvikas #kids
Morning visitors to our home today...... ..
#birds #birdwatching #home #window #kitchen #mumbai #chembur
Its always exciting when we get published , in print. But this is extra special , and I am still overwhelmed! Because this is @domus_india , a magazine I never imagined I would ever write for! 
And this is even more special because the article is in collaboration with @sudhageee ! 
We both visited Kiradu separately , and it almost felt as if we had seen two different groups of temples. The sculptures we noticed were different , our experiences were different , but both of us were fascinated by the temples and couldn't get them out of our heads. We both wrote about the temples on our blogs , and they turned out to be very different too ! Which is why , writing this together was such an unique experience ! 
Huge credit goes to @sudhageee for putting together and editing our collaborative effort. I knew she was a good editor but this first hand experience was just too good ! 
Thanks so much , @kaiwanstudio for giving us this opportunity. While writing this , we were both constantly reminded of the lectures as well as our writing sessions at @jnanapravaha_mumbai 😀

And finally, special thanks to @suryagarh for taking us to these temples in the first place. Without them , we would have remained sadly ignorant of these gorgeous temples. 
#heritage #rajasthan #india #kiradu #barmer #temples #article #publication #print #iconography #aesthetics #indianaesthetics #art #indianart #sculpture #stone
The Goswami cemetery in Banganga is a special resting place , for those who took up sansyas, or gave up the attachments of the world. Shankar's great-grandfather is one of them , and this is where he rests. We usually visit his samadhi on the anniversary of his death and perform rituals , but today we made an unexpected visit to see him and gain his blessings. 
This is a place which commemorates death , but it is so incredibly peaceful and serene that I inevitably feel re-energized every time I visit. 
You can read more about this cemetery on the blog. #linkinprofile 
#death #life #samadhi #sanyas #saints #mumbai #heritage