Akshardham, Robinsville NJ

स्वामिनारायण अक्षरधाम) in RobbinsvilleNew Jersey, U.S. is a spiritual-cultural complex. It is absolutely fascinating Hindu temple open to one and all .Only a segment  of the temple has been inaugurated. A complex with Indian heritage ,history and culture is still under construction. The BAPS Swaminarayan temple,  is a denomination of the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism. The mandir is built of hand-carved Italian carrara marble, Turkish limestone and Indian pink stone. The mandir was constructed according to guidelines outlined in ancient Vedas, or Hindu scriptures. A must visit for anyone !!!

I love the peaceful environs..

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Tri Level Split on a Quiet Cul De Sac

Are split level homes outdated or underrated??

The split-level design is believed to have derived from the ranch, which, in turn, was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s low-profile, horizontal Prairie homes and no-frills Usonian houses. The split levels divided public and private spaces through short half levels.(Per realtors mag)

Split-levels look more substantial yet their quasi-stacked designs are still compact and could be affordably built on smaller lots. The tri-level layout contains a lower-level family room and garage, mid-level entry and public rooms, and upper-level bedrooms and bathrooms.

Many of these homes in Ridgewood are affordable.

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Ridgewood 365

I have been unable to post pictures of my hometown for the past one month. Partially due to the fact that I was travelling to India for 3 weeks and on return it has been very hectic at home and work.

In the meanwhile I did post some pictures of my trip to India.Plan to be back posting pictures of my hometown starting this coming Monday. Watch out. Until then enjoy some of these random

photos taken every now and then …

 

Historic Mumbai

This was my first visit to Mumbai as a grown up adult. My last visit was in 1982 when I was very young. I remember having arguments with my cousins from Mumbai how Delhi was superior to it. But seeing is believing. Though I do have a soft corner for Delhi , yet the place that has caught my attention now is definitely Mumbai. It is a parallel version of NYC. There is a strange source of urgency in the air and people are nice and friendly. there is a vibrancy that is missing in Delhi. I am planning a trip already with my kids sometime next year. Here are a few memorable pictures from the trip.

Darasuram – A UNESCO world heritage site

The Airavateswara temple at Darasuram with its heavily  ornamented pillars accurate in detail and richly sculpted walls,  is a classic example of Chola art and architecture. This is the second time I am visiting this temple. Dharasuram is a town located 3 kilometres from Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu, India. Each time I visit this temple I am amazed by the brilliant architecture and the serenity surrounding this small town.A must visit for anyone venturing to visit Tamil Nadu..