Day 18 March SOLSC! #SOL23


On 10th January we had booked the whole day city trip with Kolkata City tours. While making the booking I had written that we wanted to go on this tour on the 9th. Mr. Karmakar kindly told us that many of the sightseeing places were closed on Mondays. So, we went on the walking tour instead.

After seeing the Howrah Bridge, we proceeded to the Jain Temple. The moment we entered the gates it felt like we were in different and beautiful world. I remembered the Jain temples in Ranakpur and Mt Abu in Rajasthan. They too were divinely beautiful. It makes us wonder if human hands can create something so ethereal.  

We kept our footwear outside in an allotted place and walked in. Photography was not allowed inside. The whole place is opulent with wealth. Belgian glass was used to decorate pillars and walls and there was a massive chandelier. I think there were precious stones and gold too. The priest was conducting prayers and some devotes were standing near him. We too prayed silently and then walked around the sanctum which is common to various religions in India.

One of the persons inside showed us a lamp in a glass case. The flame in that lamp has been burning continuously for more than 150 years. It is fascinating to think that someone through the ages came inside and filled the lamp with ghee to keep it alight. Such a lamp is called nandaadeepa (in Kannada it means a lamp which never goes out) Such lamps are present in different temples in our country. They must be giving a sense continuity to the people of that place. Over the last two hundred years many drastic changes have taken place all over the world.

There are many statues, and we were surprised to see one of a European lady near the temple pond. She seemed strangely out of place. An umbrella covered her head. Maybe it was kept to stop birds from sitting on her head. There was a small shop selling handicraft items as souvenirs. Aravind bought some.

We next proceeded to Jorasanko Thakur Bari, the birthplace and home of Rabindranath Tagore.

Architects of Nineteenth-Century Calcutta: An Introduction to the Johari Sath Community | Sahapedia

Calcutta Jain Temple – Wikipedia



By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. With reference to the lamp, supposedly in the Middle Ages, there were four monasteries in England where the monks had sung a sacred song for more that two hundred years, with different individuals joining and then leaving the choir. Not too sure I believe it!

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