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Chunar: A Town Wedded To Mysterious Forces Of Nature (Photo Feature)

Chunar a small town sandwiched between Mirzapur and Varanasi district is virtually wedded to supernatural forces.  If you happen to be in this city you will surely come to feel what one really means when one says time has come to a standstill! This town as per legends is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu placed  first step during His Vaman incarnation, and thus,  this place  got its name  “Charanadri”. This in turn got converted to Chunar with advent of time. The place also known as Nainagarh was depicted as place haunted by supernatural events in novel penned by Devaki Nandan Khatri known as Chandrakanta.

Anyway, the popularity of this place rests on Chunar fort built by KIng Vikramaditya of Ujjain to facilitate the meditation of his brother Bharthari, who happened to be a great Yogi. This fort later fell in hands of Mughal rulers via Shershah Suri. Finally it came under British rule and remained in its possession until India gained freedom in 1947.  This place is surrounded by Vindhya Hills. In rainy season, this place is no less than a paradise since greenery prevails everywhere.  The presence of river Ganges provide its a divine touch and so many beautiful waterfalls  located close to this town are like icing on the cake for distant visitors!

Let’s have a glimpse of the beauty which prevails in this area via the photographs.

Chunar Station lies on Howrah-New Delhi route. Many important trains from Allahabad have their stoppage at this Junction station.

Chunar Station lies on Howrah-New Delhi route. Many important trains from Allahabad have their stoppage at this Junction station.Beautiful Landscape before arrival of this station.

Vast Open Fields...

Vast Open Fields…

Rainfall makes train journey visual delight....

Rainfall makes train journey visual delight….

 

Two old ladies engaged in heartfelt conversation....

Two old ladies engaged in heartfelt conversation….

Mirzapur Station....

Mirzapur Station….

India belongs to farmers....

India belongs to farmers….

View outside the train's window...

View outside the train’s window…

Visual Delight...

Visual Delight…

Treat for the eyes....

Treat for the eyes….

Very Close To Arrival Of Dagmagpur Station after which arrives Chunar Junction :P

Very Close To Arrival Of Dagmagpur Station after which arrives Chunar Junction 😛

Express train was running like a passenger train owing to track related problems :P

Express train was running like a passenger train owing to track related problems 😛

Dagmagpur Station Has Arrived :P :P :P

Dagmagpur Station Has Arrived 😛 😛 😛

Unknown Dusty Road. Now that's the rustic charm :-)

Unknown Dusty Road. Now that’s the rustic charm 🙂

Notice That Hills Gain Prominence Before Arrival of Chunar Junction!

Notice That Hills Gain Prominence Before Arrival of Chunar Junction!

Hills are clearly visible if you happen to take road route...

Hills are clearly visible if you happen to take road route…

That's the road which connects my village falling in Mirzapur district with  Chunar :P

That’s the road which connects my village falling in Mirzapur district with Chunar 😛

Glimpse Of Road Journey To Chunar!

Glimpse Of Road Journey To Chunar!

Even Road Journey In Rainy Season Is Awesome..

Even Road Journey In Rainy Season Is Awesome..

Chunar Station....

Chunar Station….

Chumar is famous for pottery work. It's known for its Plaster of Paris crafts ...

Chumar is famous for pottery work. It’s known for its Plaster of Paris crafts …

An overview of Chumar Station...

An overview of Chumar Station…

Chnuar Is A Junction station. One trtack leads to Howrah while the other track leads to Shaktinagar ,Tatanagar and etc.  In the picture one can see CCM arriving from Chopan route. Other well known trains in this route are Moori Express, Swarna Jayanti Express and Triveni Express.

Chnuar is a Junction station. One track leads to Howrah while the other track leads to Shaktinagar ,Tatanagar and etc. In the picture one can see CCM arriving from Chopan route. Other well known trains in this route are Moori Express, Swarna Jayanti Express and Triveni Express.

 

Not many are aware that a dusty road from Varanasi leads to Chumar via Chunar Ghat. The interesting part of this route is that you get an opportunity to have a boat ride across Ganges. That's the road originating in Varanasi in good shape but as we move towards Chunar it gets converted into dusty road..

Not many are aware that a dusty road from Varanasi leads to Chunar via Chunar Ghat. The interesting part of this route is that you get an opportunity to have a boat ride across Ganges. That’s the road which originates  in Varanasi in good shape but as we move towards Chunar it gets converted into dusty road..

That's the landscape which appears if you happen to take road route to Chunar from Varanasi...

That’s the landscape which appears if you happen to take road route to Chunar from Varanasi…

A well known Shakti Peeth On Varanasi-Chunar road route. It's called Sheetala Maa Temple :-)

A well known Shakti Peeth On Varanasi-Chunar road route. It’s called Sheetala Maa Temple 🙂

Scene Around Chunar Ghat....

Scene Around Chunar Ghat….

Passengers On Way To Catch Boat To Chunar :-)

Passengers On Way To Catch Boat To Chunar 🙂

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Skyline At Chunar Ghat...

Skyline At Chunar Ghat…

Chuar Fort's Rear View From Chunar Ghat Side...

Chuar Fort’s Rear View From Chunar Ghat Side…

This Pontoon Bridge Remains Operational All Through The Year But In Rainy Season This Becomes Dysfunctional ...

This Pontoon Bridge Remains Operational All Through The Year But In Rainy Season This Becomes Dysfunctional …

This permanent bridge is under construction!

This permanent bridge is under construction!

Cool Backdrop ....

Cool Backdrop ….

Nature's Paradise...

Nature’s Paradise…

View Of The Fort From The Boat :-)

View Of The Fort From The Boat 🙂

View Of The Fort On  A Day When Dark Clouds Ruled The Roost...

View Of The Fort On A Day When Dark Clouds Ruled The Roost…

Rain waters came to change the face of Ganges...

Rain waters came to change the face of Ganges…

Hard to find suitable phrase to honour the prevailing beauty...

Hard to find suitable phrase to honour the prevailing beauty…

In The Company Of Nature's Beauty...

In The Company Of Nature’s Beauty…

Dance of The Nature...

Dance of The Nature…

Who will love to wipe out such scenes from mind's landscape?

Who will love to wipe out such scenes from mind’s landscape?

 

Magic Of Ganges...

Magic Of Ganges…

 

Beware don't use my cousin Kaanha's this toy steamer to cross the river :P :P :P

Beware don’t use my cousin Kaanha’s this toy steamer to cross the river 😛 😛 😛

That's The Ghat (River Bank) at Chumar's Side...

That’s The Ghat (River Bank) at Chumar’s Side…

Beautiful Shiva Temple ....

Beautiful Shiva Temple ….

Ganges Inside The  Chunar Town...

Ganges Inside The Chunar Town…

Passengers from Chunar going to Varanasi...

Passengers from Chunar going to Varanasi…

It's time to wander on the streets of Chunar to understand that some place are cut off from the usual pace of time..

It’s time to wander on the streets of Chunar to understand that some places  are cut off from the usual pace of time..

Chunar being close to Varanasi has  developed love for congested lanes..

Chunar being close to Varanasi has developed love for congested lanes..

Rustic charm prevails everywhere in Chunar...

Rustic charm prevails everywhere in Chunar…

Streets Of Chunar...

Streets Of Chunar…

Life goes on...

Life goes on…

Life in  a small town is very close to real shades of life....

Life in a small town is very close to real shades of life….

Inside the Chunar Town..

Inside the Chunar Town..

A Popular Corner At Chunar...

A Popular Corner At Chunar…

Streets In Sync With Peace...

Streets In Sync With Peace…

Market Of Chunar...

Market Of Chunar…

Streets In League With Ancient Charm...

Streets In League With Ancient Charm…

Look At The Way Homes Have Been Constructed...Not much different than ones noticed in remote corners of Peru...

Look At The Way Homes Have Been Constructed…Not much different than ones noticed in remote corners of Peru…

The Sky Too Is Witnessing Ancient Appeal...

The Sky Too Is Witnessing Ancient Appeal…

View Of  Chunar From The Top ...

View Of Chunar From The Top …

View Of Sanskrit Paathshala...The building in dilapidated state bears testimony to poor state of Sanskrit teaching...

View Of Sanskrit Paathshala…The building in dilapidated state bears testimony to poor state of Sanskrit teaching…

I came to notice that this city has lots of small and big Shiva temple...

I came to notice that this city has lots of small and big Shiva temple…

Shiva Temple In Company Of Flowers..

Shiva Temple In Company Of Flowers..

Shiva Temple In The Company Of  Greenery..

Beautiful Flowers…

Showcasing Greenery...

Showcasing Greenery…

Rainy Or Winter season are the perfect period to witness the beauty of flowers..

Rainy Or Winter season are the perfect period to witness the beauty of flowers..

Ancient Shiva Temple Known As Boodhenath Baba Situated Inside Fort of Chunar...

Ancient Shiva Temple Known As Boodhenath Baba Situated Inside Fort of Chunar…

 

Beautiful Kid...

Beautiful Kid…

Innocent Sparrows.. A specie in danger :-(

Innocent Sparrows.. A specie in danger 😦

Cows pretty excited about being clicked :P :P :P

Cows pretty excited about being clicked 😛 😛 😛

View Of Chunar Fort...

View Of Chunar Fort…

View Of The Fort From Distance...

View Of The Fort From Distance…

Chunar Fort Looks More  Ancient In Monsoon Period!

Chunar Fort Looks More Ancient In Monsoon Period!

This fort has witnessed so many centuries....

This fort has witnessed so many centuries….

Fort That Survived The Onslaughts Of Time...

Fort That Survived The Onslaughts Of Time…

Saintly Figure Ma Anandmayi Rested At This Place During His Chunar Visit in 50s.

Saintly Figure Ma Anandmayi Rested At This Place During His Chunar Visit in 50s.

Time Changes...

Time Changes…

 

View Of The Fort From A Corner Famous For Dussehara Festival...

View Of The Fort From A Corner Famous For Dussehara Festival…

Got An Opportunity To Visit Nearby Jungle  Close  To Chunar...

Got An Opportunity To Visit Nearby Jungle Close To Chunar…

Wet Greenery :-)

Wet Greenery 🙂

A Poetic Path Leading To House In Jungle :P

A Poetic Path Leading To House In Jungle 😛

Greenery's Dominance..

Greenery’s Dominance..

Delicious Makuni Ki Litti Being Prepared....

Delicious Makuni Ki Litti Being Prepared….

Litti ( An edible prepared from flour) being prepared :P :P :P

Litti ( An edible prepared from flour) being prepared 😛 😛 😛

Inside The Isolation Of Jungle..

Inside The Isolation Of Jungle..

Connected With The Stillness...

Connected With The Stillness…

Always Very Close To Ganges...

Always Very Close To Ganges…

Close To The Fort..

Close To The Fort..

Shiva Temple And Ganges: Hope They Always Find Me...

Shiva Temple And Ganges: Hope They Always Find Me…

That's The Shiva Temple Always By My Side Since Childhood..

That’s The Shiva Temple Always By My Side Since Childhood..

The Same Shiva Temple From A Different Angle....

The Same Shiva Temple From A Different Angle….

With A Senior Journalist Of Varanasi/Chunar,Shri  Rajendra Mishraji. He is also a well knowm social activist.

With A Senior Journalist Of Varanasi/Chunar,Shri Rajendra Mishraji. He is also a well knowm social activist.

Ganges At Evening Hours At Chunar...

Ganges At Evening Hours At Chunar…

Samadhi Site Of One Of The Greatest Saints Of India lying Inside District Court, Mirzapur.

Samadhi Site Of One Of The Greatest Saints Of India lying Inside District Court, Mirzapur.

That's The Place Where He Became One With Supreme Consciousness. Hope His Blessings Continue To Prevail In Our Lives He Was A Great Divine Figure...

That’s The Place Where He Became One With Supreme Consciousness. Hope His Blessings Continue To Prevail In Our Lives. He Was A Great Divine Figure…

His  Ashrama At This  Secluded Place Situated On Bank Of Ganges..

His Ashrama At This Secluded Place Situated On Bank Of Ganges..

Noticed This Cute Shiva Temple On Bank Of Ganges In Mirzapur...

Noticed This Cute Shiva Temple On Bank Of Ganges In Mirzapur…

Ganges In Mirzapur....

Ganges In Mirzapur….

Ganges In Mirzapur Exhibiting  Her Hugeness...

Ganges In Mirzapur Exhibiting Her Hugeness…

Boat And The Passengers ...

Boat And The Passengers …

Evening Hours At Chunar...

Evening Hours At Chunar…

Majestic Sky...

Majestic Sky…

Many Moods Of Sky...

Many Moods Of Sky…

Hope To Find Chunar Again- Native Place Of My Mother...

Hope To Find Chunar Again- Native Place Of My Mother…

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Glimpse Of Village Life: An Ode To Serenity And Simplicity (Photo Feature Part One)

Rural landscape despite being marred by new sociological aberrations allow one to be in company of serenity and simplicity.  That’s one of the reasons which make me  embrace rural world in all its totality. Have a look at these beautiful images which bear testimony to the fact that nature’s beauty alone has the capacity to provide you real bliss.  This photo feature is in two parts. The first one deals with summer life whereas the part two unfolds life during winters.  Interestingly, the winter scenes belong to my previous trip to my village few months back.

River Yamunaji in Allahabad

River Yamunaji in Allahabad

Hilly Terrain In Lalganj, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh.

Hilly Terrain In Lalganj, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh.

My spirit wanders at such places!

My spirit wanders at such places!

Life at its best....

Life at its best….

Scenes outside the train's window as it makes me reach my station Pahara :-)

Scenes outside the train’s window as train makes me reach my station Pahara 🙂

India belongs to farmers!

India belongs to farmers!

Pahara Station That Leads To My Village Kanaura :-)

Pahara Station That Leads To My Village Kanaura 🙂

Overview Of Pahara Station From Atop A Railway Bridge :P

Overview Of Pahara Station From Atop A Railway Bridge 😛

That's Busy Delhi- Howrah Route....

That’s Busy Delhi- Howrah Route….

Outside Pahara Station...

Outside Pahara Station…

Glimpse Of Vindhyanchal Hills !!

Glimpse Of Vindhyanchal Hills !!

The Only Railway Bridge Which Connects All The Four Platforms At Pahara Station!

The Only Railway Bridge Which Connects All The Four Platforms At Pahara Station!

On The  Way To My Village...The Only Railway Bridge Which Connects All The Four Platforms At Pahara Station!

On The Way To My Village…

Morning Hours In My Village....

Morning Hours In My Village….

Neemkaudis of Neem Tree :P :P :P

Neemkaudis of my Neem tree 😛 😛 😛

My Neem Tree Planted By The Ancestors...

My Neem Tree Planted By The Ancestors…

Small Shiva Temple At My Old Village Home!!

Small Shiva Temple At My Old Village Home!!

Under The Shade Of My Neem Tree....

Under The Shade Of My Neem Tree….

Why The Calf Is Not Coming With Me :P :P :P

Why The Calf Is Not Coming With Me 😛 😛 😛

The Home Which Witnessed My Ancestors......

The Home Which Witnessed My Ancestors……

The Calf In My Arms Which Refused To Go Away With Kids ha..ha .ha

The Calf In My Arms Which Refused To Go Away With Kids ha..ha .ha

The Same Calf In Sleeping Mode...

The Same Calf In Sleeping Mode…

With The Sweet Cows....

With The Sweet Cows….

Rice Cultivation Is In Process On My Fields....

Rice Cultivation Is In Process On My Fields….

Rice Cultivation....

Rice Cultivation….

Monitoring Rice Cultivation...

Monitoring Rice Cultivation…

Rural Landscape...

Rural Landscape…

Vast Agricultural Fields...

Vast Agricultural Fields…

Village Children Aiming At Green Mangoes  :-)

Village Children Aiming At Green Mangoes 🙂

Another Child Playing With His Indigenous Toy :P :P

Another Child Playing With His Indigenous Toy 😛 😛

Serenity ......

Serenity ……

Traces of Greenery In Scorching Summer Heat...

Traces of Greenery In Scorching Summer Heat…

Proof That Metal Road Exists In My Village :P

Proof That Metal Road Exists In My Village 😛

Imagine  A Cricket Pitch Right In The Middle Of This Vast Land :-) In fact, we played cricket on one such pitch even as the sun came to breathe fire!!

Imagine A Cricket Pitch Right In The Middle Of This Vast Land 🙂 In fact, we played cricket on one such pitch even as the sun came to breathe fire!!

Imagine the silence which hits such places....

Imagine the silence which hits such places….

These are the places which constitute the essence of my childhood....

These are the places which constitute the essence of my childhood….

Fields near the banks of  Ganges....

Fields near the banks of Ganges….

Canals Are Important Means Of Irrigation. However, in Uttar Prdesh Canals have become defunct...

Canals are important means of irrigation. However, in Uttar Prdesh Canals have become defunct…

My best friend reading consciously my latest write-up...Glad that she showed a deep interest in it :P :P :P

My best village friend reading consciously my latest write-up…Glad that she showed a deep interest in it 😛 😛 😛

My Best Village Friend Possess Artistic Temperament...This self-made hand fan is standard evidenece of her artistic bent of mind....

My Best Village Friend Possess Artistic Temperament…This self-made hand fan is standard evidence of her artistic bent of mind….

 A Village Kukkur ...I mean A DOGGIE :P :P :P

A Village Kukkur …I mean A DOGGIE 😛 😛 😛

 

The Real Village Of Yesteryear .....

The Real Village Of Yesteryear …..

A Chameleon That I Noticed Many Times ....It appears to be great Shiva Devotee :P :P :P

A Chameleon That I Noticed Many Times ….It appears to be great Shiva Devotee 😛 😛 😛

Former Gram Pradhan Of My Village...

Former Gram Pradhan Of My Village…

And That's The Scene Which Makes Me To Be Madly In Love With My Village....Ganges,  The Mother Of Universe, Flows In My Village With All Its Beauty And Grandeur.....

And That’s The Scene Which Makes Me  Madly In Love With My Village….Ganges, The Mother Of Universe, Flows In My Village With All Its Beauty And Grandeur…..

Ganges: The Lifeline Of Bharata....

Ganges: The Lifeline Of Bharata….

Banks Of Ganges Are Confluence Of Peace, Bliss And Divinity :-) :-) :-)

Banks Of Ganges Are Confluence Of Peace, Bliss And Divinity 🙂 🙂 🙂

That's why I Miss My Village So Much...

That’s why I Miss My Village So Much…

Jai Ganga Maiyya Ki.....

Jai Ganga Maiyya Ki…..

I do not need heaven after seeing such scenes...

I do not need heaven after seeing such scenes…

A Right Place To Enter In Meditation...

A Right Place To Enter In Meditation…

Evening Prevails Upon The Banks...

Evening Prevails Upon The Banks…

Ganges In Evening Hours....

Ganges In Evening Hours….

Hope Mother Ganges Always Takes Care Of Me Amid Maya Of The Lord....

Hope Mother Ganges Always Takes Care Of Me Amid Maya Of The Lord….

Captured two naughtiest boys :P They are also part of our Village cricket team :P :P :P

Captured two naughtiest boys 😛 They are also part of our Village cricket team 😛 😛 😛

Myself At My Ancestral Home....A Place That Keeps Me Connceted To My Chilhood...Hope This Place Never Loses Its Majestic Aura!!!

Myself At My Ancestral Home….A Place That Keeps Me Connected To My Childhood…Hope This Place Never Loses Its Majestic Aura!!!

Evening Prevails....Mornings and Evenings Hold A  Special Meaning In Rural World...Their Beauty Is Unmatched...

Evening Prevails….Mornings and Evenings Hold A Special Meaning In Rural World…Their Beauty Is Unmatched…

Time To Catch Train To Allahabad!

Time To Catch Train To Allahabad!

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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