While browsing through my old pics, I stopped at these bell pics and wondered what was I thinking when I took pictures of these bells. Sure, the dense clustered bells must have been an intriguing factor, but the presence of so many bells in a temple not so heavily crowded was a little surprising. These pictures are from some temple in a small hilly town of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh, India.
Bell sounds can be commonly heard in India. And when you hear it, it is apparent that there must be a temple nearby. In India, you will never come across any temple without a bell, it is a ritual here to ring the bell before praying. After much thought on why it’s a norm for every temple to have at least one bell, I read somewhere that these bells are made of different metals in different ratios that gives them a distinct sound. It is said that when the tongue of the bell is struck against the outer cap it produces the divine sound of ‘Om’. In Hinduism, ‘Om’ is considered as the holy syllable which encompasses all the sounds of our universe. So, the theory is by striking the bell before praying, you are inviting the virtual energy or vibes to engulf your surroundings while diminishing the negative ones at the same time.
This picture was taken at the ruins of Khaba village in Rajasthan, India. It is actually an abandoned village. There are around 84 abandoned villages in Rajasthan state in India. These villages were inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins clan. The story behind this abandoned village is that many years ago there was a shrewd tax collector (also a close associate of the king) who got smitten by a girl from Khaba village. He asked her father for her hand which was obviously refused due to different caste. The revengeful tax collector threatened to destroy the village if the girl was not given to him. It is understood that to save the honor, overnight the villagers abandoned the place.
A more generic version of the story which is applicable to other abandoned villages is that the tax collector and other officials of the king used to harass the villagers by asking them exorbitant taxes and monetary fines in order to fill the king’s coffers. Consequently, to save themselves from the harassment the villagers deserted the villages.
All these ruins now serve as photogenic tourist sites.
This photograph was taken enroute to Leh, Ladakh, India. This place is called ‘The Magnetic Hill’. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway at an altitude of 11,000 ft. This place is really interesting especially for science lovers. Basically, the hills in and around this area are understood to have magnetic properties because of which the passing vehicles experience the magnetic pull. So, we did exactly as the hoarding in the picture says, stopped our car and it slowly moved backwards due to magnetic force. Somebody even told that the magnetic pull is actually so strong that even aircrafts passing over this area have to fly on increased altitude to avoid the effect. Now the twist is, I was really fascinated by this whole phenomenon so I googled it and found that actually there is no magnetic effect at this place but optical illusion (a phenomenon when the visually perceived images differ from the objective reality.) But I am pretty sure I saw the car moving backwards!!