Saturday, May 28, 2016

fine stay, Ulley Ethic Resort, Ulleytokpo




It is one of those resorts where you can do the "vicco vajradanti"....you know...pick the apple straight from the tree and eat.


View of the resort


view of Indus from the resort


Night Sky. You can catch the milky way.


One of the finer rooms.


View from the room window.

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My stay at the place was complimentary of Banjara Camps

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Arigom Inscription


In 1896, a Brahmin living in village Arigom accidentally came in possession of an curious inscribed ancient stone. The stone had been in a piece of uncultivated land near the Masjid Malik Sahib by a farmer  during a dig. The farmer sold the stone to the Brahmin. The Brahmin kept the stone with him for sometime and believing it to be a religious relic, did puja to it. People told him the message on the stone probably was a treasure map and that the Maharaja of the state may be the rightful owner of the stone. Afraid that he might lose it, the Brahmin hid the stone under the wall of his house and later threw it into a pit at the entrance of his cowshed, covering it up with cow-dung. The place from where the stone was found also offered signs of an ancient temple. The local called the place Ganesvara which just less than 50 years ago was known as Gangesvara.


In June 1908, Pandit Mukund Ram Shastri heard about the existence of a rare inscribed stone of Arigom and decided to visit the place on the insistence of Norweign indologist Sten Konow who at the time was visiting Kashmir on an epigraphical tour.

The inscription on the stone were found to be Sanskrit in Sharda script. On deciphering the inscription, it was found that the inscription was a material proof of an episode mentioned in Kalhana's Rajatarangini and a proof the Buddhism lingered on in Kashmir till 12th-13th century.

The old name of Arigom was Hadigrama.

In the reign of King Jayasimha (A.D. 1128) Hadigrama was burnt down by one Sujji. The inscription was from a new building built in bricks replacing an older wooden Buddhist vihara.


The inscription (now supposed to be at SPS museum) read:

Salutation to the exalted noble Avalokitesvara.
Salutation to thee, the Lord of the World, who hast become a light to the three worlds,…who destroys transmigration, the moon of delight to the world.
Formerly the vaidya Ulhnadeva by name made a spotless vihara of wood, an abode for the Lord of the World, in the vicinity of the Gangesvara (shiv temple). After this, by the will of fate, has been burned by king (Jaya) Simha. Ramadeva, the son of Kulladeva, who was devoted to him (Avalokitesvara), made yonder (vihara) excellent with burnt bricks.
Samvat (42)73, the 5th day of the bright (half) of Marga (sirsha)

Sunday, the 16th November 1197.


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Source: Arigom Sharda Inscription, Sten Konow, Epigraphia Indica, Vol. IX.1907–08.
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[To imagine the way that old wooden vihara dedicated to AvalokiteĊ›vara must have looked like, we can look at Alchi]



Lal Ded Vakh recitation



video link

Voice: R.K. Rawal
Occasion: my marriage

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