Yes I know.I’ve not posted in a long..long..time.
There were several reasons.First of them was “Phailin” which struck Orissa but Ranchi too had heavy thunderstorms and rains.All over the place around 200 trees and a number of electric poles fell.As a result there was no electricity for ten days.We were using generators just to keep our phones alive.
Second.. and most daunting reason for not attending to the blog was I was too low and depressed to write anything.Due to some circumstances which came up,it is possible that we will not be getting a house at all in the station or may have to accomodate in a smaller one.With the kids growing up and parents living close by,this was bad news for me.Munch has just joined school mid-term and I cannot go anywhere till the term end.But to live without a house for so long is getting me down…
And finally the third reason for being away and may be the only silver lining was that I have got a job again in Perk’s school which means I am back to doing what I like best and this opportunity gives me some time off from brooding over house issues.
Wish me luck so that next time I am here to share some more good news with you.
I hope you’ve read about our visit to the elegant Sun temple in Ranchi here.
Our next destination was the famous Dassam Waterfall about 34 kms from Ranchi where the river Kanchi falls from a height of 144 kms.Dassam means ten and the fall is so named because whenever it is seen,ten streams of water can be seen falling.The sound of the water cascading echoes through the entire region.
Falling from a height of 144 kms
To reach the bottom of the falls one has to walk down 230 steps.As soon as I reached the site of the falls,I was mystified.The naked hills,the clouds descending,the sweet sound of the water falling et all.
Ranchi ,I think ,is lucky to have been thus endowed by nature.I am sure there is lots more to be seen and I promise to keep you updated.
Where sylvan are the climes
Where holy bells chime
Beauty, at dozen a dime
When the Rain Gods wash it green
Is when you witness beauty unseen
The serenading falls
The cuckoo calls
The sweet zephyr
The rustic being
Its time to explore Ranchi indeed.
Its been more than a month in Ranchi and I am slowly beginning to like the place despite missing my home town where we had spent the last three years.Ranchi the “City of waterfalls'”,is the capital of Jharkhand.The name Ranchi comes from the name of a local bird.It is also called ‘The Manchester of the East’ from the times of the British Raj.The climate here is adorable.Its been raining since the time I landed and temperatures are pretty much lower than those up North which is a huge relief.
So,with the intent of exploring our current home,this weekend we took off on a long drive to visit some must-visit attractions on the list.We managed to tick off two of them.The drive to the temple itself was a refreshing one with a cool breeze throughout and light drizzles in between.The smell of wet earth and the sight of green terrain filled our senses.
Our first stop was the Sun temple situated 40 kms from Ranchi in Bundu.The temple is built in the form of a chariot with 18 wheels drawn by seven white horses.The temple is dedicated to Sun God and is surrounded by a pond which is used by devotees during Chhath Puja for worshipping Sun God.The surroundings are even more majestic and add to the beauty of the temple structure…
The jharokha inside the temple
The gorgeous view outside
The Sun God
Another view from inside the temple
The black skies beyond
This is not all…I’ll have the second spot we visited in my next post soon.