“If things keep happening to you, don’t fret. It only means you’re alive.”
Last couple of days have been really eventful for me. First of all, I gained charge of the household and the kitchen when my mother fractured her arm. She still won’t rest, though. (I know… Mothers!-_-) Secondly, my brother and I had Dad take us along on a work trip and we visited an amazing place of huge historic importance. Here it is-
Ashapuri is a small village in Himachal Pradesh. It is near Palampur in Distt. Kangra. The village is most famous for its Ashapuri Mata Temple. The temple, as someone said, is over a couple of centuries old, although it seems to have seen millenniums and I think it has.
In Royal times, the location of the temple was also used as a post by Raja Sansar Chand of the Katoch clan. Talking of the location, the temple is situated on the top of a hill, giving it eyes to the valley in all direction. From the point of view of a battle, the place is a strategic gold mine. Today the temple is falling as the old stone weathers away. However, the Government has taken things into its hands and restoration and preservation of the monuments is taking place under the protection act. As per the same, no construction can take place in the area without prior permission.
There is another temple of Maa Vaishno Devi, situated about 3 kms from Ashapuri. This temple is said to have been built by the Pandavas during their exile. It is situated in a den in a mountain. The whole temple is tunneled into it.
Since it is a small village and my father’s colleagues were going to be there, I went with this outfit that was elegant and quirky at the same time. A little bit of colour here and there did the trick for me. There are no details to give because all the items are thrifted. The blazer is a gift from my friends, the neck piece is a gift from Mom.
And here’s a little treat of a picture. This is what I wake up to every morning.
The Dhauladhar Range