Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, and 5 reasons to see it

Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, and 5 reasons to see it


Shore Temple is located by the sea in the East Coast of India and it is said to have been built in 700 – 728 AD. Here’s 5 reasons why you should go and see this Hindu temple by the Bay of Bengal, which has survived over 2500 years by the sea and even a tsunami –

5 reasons to see the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

  1. Shore Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. 
  2. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India.
  3. Shore Temple is beautiful and impressive to look and experience at.
  4. It is located by the Bay of Bengal, so you get to see the East Coast of India at the same time.
  5. Mahabalipuram Dance Festival is held by this site, to celebrate traditional Indian dance.

The attached photographs from Mahabalipuram show you the clear blue sky on a typical hot and sunny day in Tamil Nadu and the green nature surrounding the Shore Temples.

In addition to lions and Nandi, many Gods and Goddesses were also carved in the temple stones as you can see from the images –

Shore Temple, a World Heritage Monument
Wall of the Shore Temple
Images of Gods carved in stone inside the Shore Temple
Top of the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, India
Top of the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, India

See also this Indivue short video about the over 2500 year old Indian temple and its surroundings –

Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

After this Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, you might also be interested in the nearby city Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Other famous places in Tamil Nadu, in addition to Chennai and Mahabalipuram, are for example Puducherry and Auroville.

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More details of the Shore temple can be found from the Incredible India website link attached.

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5 reasons to see and experience Oodi in Helsinki, Finland

5 reasons to see and experience Oodi in Helsinki, Finland

Do you fancy drinking tea in a terrace in Helsinki during summertime? Maybe with a random book or magazine? Oodi is making that possible, since the new three-story library building is opening this week in the centre of Helsinki, and it will be having a very big and fancy cafeteria with a terrace on its third floor.

Book heaven on the third floor of Oodi
Book heaven on the third floor of Oodi

Ball chairs in Bookheaven on the third floor of Oodi library
Ball chairs in Bookheaven on the third floor of Oodi library

Book heaven, view from the Fazer café
Book heaven, view from the Fazer café

Oodi library is the 100th year birthday gift from Finland and its capital Helsinki to its citizens, and it took 3 years to build it. This week Oodi will open its doors for the audience and from then on it will be one of the most important sights of Helsinki and the whole of Finland. The view from the 3rd floor of Oodi will most certainly charm you, whether it’s inside or outside, not to mention all the other things one can do in this three-story library building.

Not knowing anything more about those 100000 books and magazines Oodi will be having, here’s still 5 more reasons to see and experience Oodi, which will be open seven days a week starting 5.12.2018 –

1.Oodi will give anyone a free chance to experience clean and beautiful design, the impact of which will surely be healthy and uplifting for the mind.

2. From the balcony on the third floor one can admire sunsets during summertime – There will be no skyscrapers blocking the sun all though it will be in the centre of Helsinki.

3. Oodi is not only a library but a cultural centre – in addition to traditional libraryservices you will also find a cafeteria, restaurant, movie theatre and a playpark for kids from there, among other things. Movie theatre Kino Regina will open in January 2019.

4. On the second floor of Oodi there will be workspaces of various kind in handicrafts as well as digital works and also soundproof rooms for study or work, and music play. Second floor will be fully open when the year changes.

5. Oodi promotes lifelong learning, active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression.

In addition to this, the third-floor ball chairs offer a great opportunity to read blogs in your own privacy on your own phone screen!

More information on Oodi’s website
The video below reveals more beautiful details about Oodi’s architecture and decorative details –

Photographs Noora Saarinen

Find this article in Finnish at indivue.fi

Read more about Helsinki here!

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

Gokarn, also written as Gokarna, is a small village in the West coast of India, in the state of Karnataka, which is a neighboring state to Goa. Gokarn is located some 145km towards South from Goa, and it is a religiously significant place for Hindus, which is why pilgrims dressed in black are common there.

You can reach Gokarn easily by train, bus or car, from Goa, but of all these 3 the busride will most likely consume most of your energy, though nothing beats the warm wind blowing through the bus windows during sunset time.

 

Here’s 5 reasons to visit Gokarn –

 

1. If you are hippy minded missing the good old days of Goa, you can get some of those hippy vibes back from Kudley Beach, Om-beach and especially Paradise Beach in Gokarn. Paradise Beach you can reach by boat and sleep overnight there in some very simple huts by the sea. Sunbathing also allowed.

2. Sunsets by the sea in Gokarn have been a way more beautiful than in many other places in India. One of the best places to enjoy sunset in Gokarn is on top of the hill between Kudley Beach and Gokarn Beach. The wind is very smooth. Just remember to return to the village before it gets too dark.

3. Gokarn will show you the real beautiful India, which is not too modern. It will also show you some incredible things as well, like a man and a woman walking on the same street without a shirt and without any problem from other people. See the attached photo if you don’t believe it.

4. The small streets of Gokarn will give you an idea of the real life of dedicated Hindus.

5. Restaurants in Gokarn are often very spicy for the Western tongue, but one small cafe there used to make really fabulous uttapams. That taste could make the customer come back all the way from Finland. Don’t know if that place exists anymore, but at least in Om Beach there’s one very nice restaurant, namely Namaste Cafe.

 

 

Hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches
Watching the sunset on the hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches

 

People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach
People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach

Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn
Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn

Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black
Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black

Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn
Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn

Religious sight in Gokarn, India
Small religious sight in Gokarn

 

Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India
Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India

 

See also the previous post about Gokarn with videos!

 

 

5 reasons to visit Old Goa

5 reasons to visit Old Goa

 

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa

 

Wall decoration in Basilica of Bom Jesus
Wall decoration in Basilica of Bom Jesus

 

The grave of St. Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus
The grave of St. Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus

 

St. Francis Xavier 500-year-birthday in 2006
St. Francis Xavier 500-year-birthday in 2006

 

Park in Old Goa
Park in Old Goa

 

Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa

 

Gandhistatue in Old Goa
Gandhi statue in Old Goa

 

Old Goa is a historically significant area in-between North Goa and South Goa, little bit towards inland from the capital of Goa, Panjim. Several Christian worship places are located in there, and because of them Old Goa is a World Heritage site.

Here’s five reasons why you should visit Old Goa –

 

1.Basilica of Bom Jesus, located in Old Goa, is the most spectacular Christian building in Goa, India. There is a lot to see in the walls and aisles of Basilica of Bom Jesus for people interested in church art. Inside the building there is also a beautiful garden.

2. Basilica of Bom Jesus keeps the grave of St. Francis Xavier and through the glass cover you can see the remains of his body and pay respect. St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary whose 500th birthday was celebrated in 2006, from the time of which these photographs are also from.

3. Old Goa in India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. The nature and trees in Old Goa are beautiful. You can also see lot of Portuguese-style architecture and one Mahatma Gandhi statue there.

5. There’s also few other Christian churches for a cultured person to see, such as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.

 

You can read this article in Finnish here: Viisi syytä vierailla Vanhassa Goassa

 

Find more inspiring places to go from Indivue’s Travel Opus to Goa!

 

 

Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there

Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there

Roads high in Himalaya mountains, India
Roads high in Himalaya mountains, India

Edges of the mountain roads
Edges of the mountain roads

Houses by the Himalaya mountains
Houses by the Himalaya mountains

Altitude over 6000ft
Altitude over 6000ft takes your breath away

Sunset in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Sunset in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India

Foggy sunrise in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Foggy sunrise in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India

Narrow roads in India, high in the mountains, can make you feel dizzy, like in the video attached, but here’s 5 reasons to go to Mussoorie anyway –

1. If you want to experience the Himalayan mountains in India, then Mussoorie in Uttarakhand is the first hillstation to go, nearest to Delhi.

2. Narrow roads by the hillside will give you plenty of tension and excitement with real highs, no matter what is your vehicle.

3. In the spring and during the monsoon, a hillstation in India is a cool place to be, when the heat is next to unbearable elsewhere in India.

4. Sunset behind the mountains is really awesome.

5. Morning and sunrise behind the fog will leave you speachless.

Check also what else I´ve blogged about India and see the authentic videos, which will take you to a hillride in the Himalayas as well.

Indivues Travel Opus to India will tell you travel experiences from over past 13 years. You can read it also in Finnish here.

5 random scenes from Helsinki

5 random scenes from Helsinki

View over Helsinki city centre
View over Helsinki city centre

Helsinki cathedral
Helsinki cathedral

Aurinkoranta beach in Vuosaari, Helsinki
Aurinkoranta beach in Vuosaari, Helsinki

Bridge for bicycles and passengers over Helsinginkatu road
Bridge over Helsinginkatu

Kaivopuisto, Helsinki
Kaivopuisto, Helsinki

After these 5 random scenes from Helsinki, photographed with a special technique, check what else Indivue has blogged about Helsinki

and Europe.

And watch all the videos inspired by Helsinki here

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5 random scenes from Copenhagen

5 random scenes from Copenhagen

Inneryard of design museum in Copenhagen
Inneryard of design museum in Copenhagen

 

Copenhagen Tivoli in horizon
Copenhagen Tivoli in horizon

 

Inside Christiansborg Palace
Inside Christiansborg Palace

 

Outside Christiansborg Palace
Outside Christiansborg Palace

 

Inner yard of Amalienborg Palace
Inner yard of Amalienborg Palace

 

After these 5 random scenes from Copenhagen, photographed with a special technique, check what else Indivue has blogged about Copenhagen

and Europe.

And watch the video Best of Copenhagen here.

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5 random scenes from Berlin

5 random scenes from Berlin

 

Plaza near Checkpoint Charlie
Plaza near Checkpoint Charlie

 

Berlin Television Tower, Fernsehturm
Berlin Television Tower, Fernsehturm

 

Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

 

Metrotunnel, Berlin
Metrotunnel, Berlin

 

Potsdamer Platz, Berlin
Potsdamer Platz, Berlin

 

After these 5 random scenes from Berlin, photographed with a special technique, check what else Indivue has blogged about Berlin

and Europe,

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5 random scenes from Amsterdam

5 random scenes from Amsterdam

 

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

 

I Amsterdam and tourists
I Amsterdam and tourists

 

Random street Amsterdam
Random street Amsterdam

 

Trainstation, Amsterdam
Trainstation, Amsterdam

 

By the river in Amsterdam
By the river in Amsterdam

 

After these 5 random scenes, photographed with a special technique, check what else Indivue has blogged about Amsterdam

and Europe

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5 random scenes from Barcelona

5 random scenes from Barcelona

Tibidabo on the hill; view from Park Quell, Barcelona
Tibidabo on the hill; view from Park Quell, Barcelona

Barceloneta beach
Cloudy day on Barceloneta beach

Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta Beach

Near Maritime Museum, Barcelona
Near Maritime Museum, Barcelona

View from Park Quell, Barcelona
View from Park Quell, Barcelona

After these 5 random scenes, photographed with a special technique, check what else Indivue has blogged about Barcelona

and photography

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