Ellora Caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Ancient sites are my thing. I may not know every single historical detail but am always in awe of incredible craft and skill that went into creating stupendous pieces of art. Ancient sites typically have mural paintings, sculptures, stone, marble or sandstone carvings – I just love the intricacies of every curve and detail. I also can’t help but wonder about the greatness of mankind that even in early civilisation, human beings could be as talented and already appreciative of fine art then. During my trip to the state of Maharashtra at the end of Sept, I had purposely made

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In Pictures: Wesak Day Celebration at Buddhist Maha Vihara

In Malaysia, Wesak Day is a public holiday and was celebrated on 13th May recently.  Wesak or Vesak Day is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists in many countries all over the world. It is sometimes called “Buddha’s Birthday” as it commemorates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and his departure from the human world. I visited the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur – a Buddhist temple founded by the Sinhalese community to provide a place of worship in the Sri Lankan Thevrada Buddhist tradition. There was going to be an 8km Wesak light and float procession at night, so I

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