Grounded & Rooted.
In my adult life I’ve never stayed long anywhere. Uprooted constantly. I’m always evolving into the next thing. I am a rolling stone.
Fear and rejection keeps us moving, running, constantly in motion.
Here, I am solid, using connection of this beautiful tree. Feet on roots and hands on its limbs. I find my place. I hold steadfast. Opinions matter less. I hold a view of myself that is loving & kind. I stay. I am in control.
Comparison wanes. I hold the vision, even though old patterns want me to quit. They tell me I’m not good enough. Sometimes it haunts and hounds me. It shrinks me. I retreat.
But at some points I hold ground. I reflect. I see strengths again. Deep rooted connection to inner power. Branches outward, leaves tipped toward light and growth. A solid trunk of foundation and strength. A root system holding strong. Keeping me here and now, stopping me from moving on.
I will keep growing and enduring despite the doubt.
I will be like the tree. Taking up its place, not questioning its existence. Just growing, observing, beautiful and free. 💓
Jaisalmer Fort, situated in Jaisalmer is one of the very few forts in the world that has part of the towns population living within the boundary of the fort. In fact there are innumerable hotels and bed and breakfasts for tourists situated within the fort as well.
Jostling amongst hordes of tourists clicking photographs enthusiastically, local children running around while playing, shop owners displaying their wares on the road and the occasional incessant honking of teenage boys zipping around on scooters, you can get lost in the maze of streets in the Jaisalmer Fort.
Posted at: 2019-07-17 09:10:07
Did you know the second longest wall after the Great Wall of China is in India?
Kumbhalgarh Fort, extending over 38 kms is a site to behold. The sheer size and beauty of this Fort, built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, has made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This impregnable Fort and the 360 temples located within it are breathtakingly beautiful and from a good vantage point you can trace the periphery walls, miles and miles way, the Thar Desert on one far end and the Aravalli mountain range on another side. These very impregnable walls have protected the kingdom from the Mughals and other rulers of Rajasthan, innumerable times.
The 2 things that I loved about the Kumbalgarh Fort are -
1. The absolutely spectacular light and sound show that takes place every evening during sunset. What a mesmerising show it was with the history of the Fort and its rulers being narrated against the backdrop of a beautifully lit Fort!
2. Kumbalgarh Fort is the birthplace of the brave and heroic Maharana Pratap, one of my favourite rulers.
Posted at: 2019-07-17 09:07:00
Mehrangarh Fort located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India with its imposing outer periphery with heights reaching almost 100 feet, ornate palaces and expansive courtyards.
Rao Jodha, the founder of the city of Jodhpur, built this fort in 1459 AD and this fort is one of the very few forts still in the hands of the Rathores.
The standout features of this Fort in my opinion are the 7 gates that lead to the Palace, the mesmerising Sheesh Mahal and the 1843 dated haunting handprints of the queens who immolated themselves (Sati) on the funeral pyre of their husband, Maharaja Man Singh.
Posted at: 2019-07-15 17:38:40
While wars were de riguer in the lives of the Rajput kings, they had to be wary and alert even in their daily lives. Asassinators could creep into the Kings' chambers, poison the food or capture his wife or children.
In one of the forts we noticed that despite the opulent and grand furnishings the bed was a sparse low lying one. Our tour guide with a wide grin said it was purposely so low to avoid an enemy to sneak in and hide below the bed and kill the king in his sleep. In fact few rulers slept with a dagger in their hands in case they were attacked while sleeping.
Posted at: 2019-07-15 17:01:17
If the towering periphery of the forts in Rajasthan were not intimidating enough, the Rajputs made it even more tough to penetrate the forts with their ingenious ploys.
The forts in Rajasthan were fortified with small holes in the outermost periphery through which archers would launch a tirade of arrows without being exposed or would pour hot oil to burn the battalions below them.
They also had big rocks (few still remain as you can see in the second photograph) lined up on the edge of the forts which were just pushed down to land on the elephants and horses and injure them grievously.
The Rajputs known for their bravery were known to invent many such interesting tactics to prevent their kingdoms to be captured.
Posted at: 2019-07-15 16:30:59
Rajasthans' magnificent forts and palaces stand testimony to its war-torn past. As the forts stand tall on rugged mountain tops overlooking acres and acres of forests and barren land surrounding the fort, the battle scarred ramparts give a glimpse of the valour and patriotism of the Rajput rulers. The pathways leading to these forts are long and winding with great inclines to tire out the enemy battalions. Once the enemy reaches the entrance of the forts, they have to face gigantic doors with big metal spikes to hurt injure the elephants and horses used to break open the doors. To make it worse for the enemy their are multiple entrances to reach the inside of the fort. What a painstaking process kingdom takeovers are!
Posted at: 2018-11-24 17:08:03
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