Away In A Hamlet

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The chiming bells , the floral scent , pulsing positive vibes echoed around me .

Some entered with folded hands , some with awe gaping at the Hoisala architecture , but mostly mesmerised by the beauty and divinity that emit from the mother and everything around her .

While I rested casually leaning against a cool column, I saw a figure enter from one of the three entrances placed in cardinal directions . The figure ; a boy , barely ten or twelve years old , his shikha swaying in the ashada wind , draped in shalya ; walked so swiftly swishing the umbrella in his hand probably to dry it of any excess water droplets ; proceeded to prostrate before the goddess .

With one swift turn and before I realized he had completed paying his obeisance around the circum-ambulatory path and with a final bow to the goddess he strode out of the sanctum through the opposite exit.

I watched all that in silence , not aware of my own racing thoughts , enveloped in awe and admiration .

Perhaps a couple minutes passed and then through the same entrance as the boy had entered , like a swarm of bees , students , their attire very much like the boy’s breezed in.

I was still frozen at the same spot and suddenly it occurred to me that , these students , from veda-pathashaala have been the harbingers of an age old legacy , mastering knowledge rooted to our country ; that would probably be lost knowledge if it weren’t for them.

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Their place of dwelling and study situated in a secluded place unknown to many , where they practised a disciplined life of a brahmin.

I had come to realise that my wildest dream to be in a place of fantasy , something out of a book had come true .

It is rather astonishing that I could gather words to describe heaven to this extent . For the feeling of peace and tranquillity of Sringeri can hardly be put to words but can only be felt and experienced .

 

*I understand Sringeri is no longer a hamlet but a thriving town . However , the word hamlet is used only to title the descriptive paragraph *

Bringing up the lost roots

Hello everybody!
This will be a slightly different post to what I usually put up. Today I will be reviewing a restaurant.

But what makes this post special is that , this restaurant is not just any other, typical restaurant.  It is what we fail to get these days . It takes a lot of courage to do something like this when youngsters run behind fast foods .

I’m talking about madhva bhavan .

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Placed around an area of hustle and bustle in the royal city of mysore , madhva bhavan serves you the most healthy , hygienic and homely prepared food .
They are bringing back a lost treasure to the surface . Eating out of plantain leaf has its own pleasure . But apart from that not many know the health benefits and other properties that come from eating out of the leaf .

Down to the food , I’m going to rate it below –
Food – *****
The taste of the food will leave you surprised. It’s not too spicy or too plain . The right amount of sweet and savoury food varieties combine to give your taste buds a satisfaction never felt before .
Plus it is healthy ,unlike other restaurants they do not include  unhealthy ingredients to gain profits . You could pass it for being organic  .
Ambience – ****
I would give ambience a 4 on 5 only because many people will probably  find it quite different . To us , it’s a nostalgia . There is still room for improvement but this does not affect the taste or the service .

Service -*****
If I could , I’d rate it higher . The service was excellent and generous . Trained or not , I’d say they have an air of motto around them which is to make the customers feel at home .

Affordability and cost – *****
My word ! I was expecting our bill to turn up above a thousand bucks and when I did take a look I was speechless . It costs only between 100 to 150 rupees per meal ! At times where a salad costs you more than a burger , you get a complete balanced diet for prices as low as that . If that isn’t a happier time for your wallet , I wouldn’t know what else to say .

Overall I would rate the restaurant 4.5 on 5 .
I’m amazed and I’m sure I’ll keep going back .
Do visit the hotel anytime you are in mysore . I will leave the link to their Facebook page below
https://m.facebook.com/MadhvaBhavan?rf=359310504179368

You will find their address and other customer reviews on their page .
I hope you enjoyed this post and was a help of some sort .

                      Till next time .
                           Toodles
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