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. It 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. Shore Temple 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 photographs from Mahabalipuram show you the clear blue sky on a typical hot and sunny day in Tamil Nadu. There’s a green nature surrounding the Shore Temples.

In addition to lions and Nandi, many Gods and Goddesses were also carved in the temple stones. See the images attached –

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 this over 2500 year old Indian temple and its surroundings.

Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

After watching the Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, see the nearby city Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Other famous places in Tamil Nadu, in addition to Chennai and Mahabalipuram, are Puducherry and Auroville, for example.

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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

Book heaven, view from the Fazer café

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. 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 you’re inside or outside the library. In addition there is a lot 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. It will be open seven days a week starting 5.12.2018 –

5 reasons to visit Oodi in Helsinki

1. Oodi will give anyone a free chance to experience clean and beautiful design. The impact 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 is 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, a playpark for kids, etc. 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. There will also be soundproof rooms for study or work, and for playing music. This second floor will be fully open in 2019.

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 with your own smartphone!

Find more information on Oodi’s website

The video below reveals more beautiful details about Oodi’s architecture and decorative details –

Photographs by Noora Saarinen

Find this article in Finnish at indivue.fi

Read more about Helsinki here!

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

Sunset and horizon in Gokarn, 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 it is very common to see there pilgrims dressed in black.

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

Park 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!

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

Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there

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

5 reasons to visit Mussoorie –

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.

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

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.

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5 random scenes from Copenhagen

Inside Christiansborg Palace

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

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5 random scenes from Berlin

Gendarmenmarkt, 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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