Saturday, January 9, 2016

Avarebele Mela 2016-A Tasty Treat To The Tongue!!!

 I write this post as I'm relishing the Avare Kadlekai Chikki/Avare Peanut Brittle courtesy Avarebele Mela 2016 being held at Bangalore. A crunchy bite of it aroused my taste buds, breaking the peanuts and Avare as the jaggery melted along.
Avarebele mela 2016, Bangalore
Artificial Fort Entrance to Avarebele Mela
Avarekai/Avarekalu/Avarebele (in kannada) or Field Bean/Indian Bean/Flat Bean belonging to the bean family of plant species is a seasonal crop and is famous among the south Indians. Another form is Hithkbele Avarekalu or Pressed  Field Bean where the outer peel of the seed removed for use.
A Relaxed Moment 
Avarebele Mela, organised by Sri Vasavi Condiments and farmers from Magadi is held every year to celebrate the onset of avarekai harvest during the months of December-January. A not to miss for Bangaloreans and Avare lovers, the fest offers varieties of food items with Avare as its base ingredient. The stalls put up serve us with a wide range of delicious sweets and  savouries including snacks, chats,etc., all of which exhibit the green color of Avare in someway or the other.  Apart from being delicious, the foods also showcase various textures palatable to the mouth. We had a chance to taste the items of Mosaru Kodubele/Spicy Curd Ring, Othu Shavige/Rice Noodles, Hithkabele Holige/Sweet Flat Bread, and Masala Vada/Spicy Deep-Fried Fritters which we relished completely. The other sweets included Jalebis and Jamoons that seemed succulent and utterly mouthwatering. The menu offers more than thirty varieties of foods which are unique in every aspect. It is indeed a pleasure to our senses of taste, smell, sight, touch and sound!

The Green Army
Avarebele mela
A must visit for the locals and tourists who are around during this time, the Avare celebration is truly an unforgettable experience which promises to bring us back again and again, year after year!
Avarebele Mela has begun from 7 January 2016 and will go on up to 24 Jan 2016 from 11:00am to 10:00pm at Sajjan Rao Circle, V.V.Puram, Bangalore. So, if you are around remember to visit!
Chat Menu 
Fresh Avarekalu
A Tasty Treat



Monday, January 4, 2016

Good Bye -2015

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Wishing all a very Happy New Year - 2016. Have a great, fun-filled and an adventurous year ahead!


Bandallidurga Trek
Ride atop Nandi Hills
Cycling around Sharavathi River Valley (Photo credit: Prashanth M)
Drive through Bisle Ghat
Walkway leading towards Bisle View-Point
Twin Hills of Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri at Shravanabelagola
Betteshwara Temple at Agrahara Belaguli, Hassan
Lakshminarasimha Temple at Javagal, Hassan
Chennakeshava Temple at Ambale, Chikmagalur
Asokan Rock-Edicts at Gavimatha, Koppal
Mahadeva Temple at Itagi, Koppal
Age no bar for travel-An inspiring young lady from Bengaluru at Itagi Temple
Venkatappa Baavi (Well) at Kanakagiri, Koppal
  Cave Temple at Amminabhavi, Dharwad 
The Fortress of Chitradurga  
The Mighty Gol-Gumbaz, Bijapur
World's Heaviest Medieval Cannon (weighing 56 tons)  at Bijapur, 'Malik-E-Maidan'


Friday, December 25, 2015

Belagavi Fort

The Fort Entrance 
The fort of Belgaum is an old fort built in the Chalukyan era which subsequently underwent modifications during the Bahmani rule. Though it seems like the fortification remains intact, the overgrown creepers and plants on the fort walls make it obscure. Sadly, most of the portions of the fort have least or no maintenance. There are many monuments inside the fort area such as the Kamal Basti, Old Jaina Temple, Shiva Temple, Military Durgadevi Temple, the Jamia Masjid and so on.
The Mighty Fort Wall
The High Fort Wall
 On the opposite side of the Kamal Basti is another ruined Jaina temple facing south. Based on the inscriptions, the temple can be dated to have been built roughly around the 10th century. While the garbagriha and sukhanasi have completely disappeared, the ruined temple now survives only with a navaranga and mukhamantapa. They are built on a lowly elevated Jagati (platform). The navaranga entrance door is intricately carved with various geometrical patterns and floral designs. The pillars of the navaranga are huge, unusually tall and mostly plain with varying cross-sectional shapes and beaded carvings on its circular portions. The mukhamantapa has a kakhshasana (stone bench) and four pillars in its front. The parapet of the kakhshasana (stone bench) in the mukhamantapa exhibits on its external side, rows of artistic geometrical motifs at the base and impressive statuettes of musicians, drummers and dancers at the top portions with bands of floral designs and miniature pillars in between them. It proves to be a great piece of art-work. The outer walls of the temple are plain having horizontal mouldings and projections with koshtas or niches on the eastern and western walls. 
The grand Entrance of Mukhamantapa
Pillars of the Navaranga

Artistic Motifs at the Parapet Base
Musicians, Drummers and Dancers at the Top Row
Intricately Carved Door-Jamb
The fort area also houses a ruined Shiva temple facing east and built during the 12th century. Originally this temple is believed to have been built as a trikutachala with three garbagrihas.  Devoid of any shikaras, the only remains of the temple now is the navaranga with four doorways and four pillars. The pillars have engravings of floral designs and geometrical patterns. The entrance doorway is grand with multiple door jambs and fine carvings along with an image of Lord Ganapathy at the center of the lintel. The architrave on the doorway of the navaranga is adorned with sculptures of Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara in the accompaniment of drummers and musicians and other gods. They have pierced windows decorated with floral carvings.  The outer walls are plain with a few partly damaged sculptures of madanikas in various poses. A few meters away from the ruined Shiva temple is the Jamia Masjid which unfortunately looks completely abandoned.
Side-View of Old Jinalaya
 
Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara on the Architrave
Pierced Window with Floral Design
Pillar with Varying Cross-sectional Shapes
North-Entrance







Outer Wall with Partly Damaged Madanikas

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