This is that time of the year when love is in the air. So I thought of writing about a few legendary places that Celebrate Love in India.
Places that Celebrate Love.
You can not grow in India without hearing the eternal love story of Radha & Krishna. The city of Vrindavan celebrates their love. While Krishna is more popular in the Indian conscience. In Vrindavan, it is Radha who rules. I was told that while Krishna controls the universe, it is Radha who controls him. So she is more powerful than him. People use Radhe-Radhe for just about everything. To say Hello, to say Good Bye, to say Excuse me and to say Oh God!. Holi here is a celebration of their youthful love. That has become a ritual where women from Radha’s village Barsana beat men from Mathura & Vrindavan. You can feel that in the air of Vrindavan their love is celebrated as a divine blessing.
Now is there a more famous monument than Taj Mahal when it comes to Celebrate Love. The 400 years old white building by a flowing Yamuna river has mesmerized millions of hearts. I am sure most visitors – no matter where they came from would have thought ‘ Sigh! wish someone would make something like this in my memory too’. There are many facts that contradict the popular love story but then legends have their own life too.
The fifth Nizam of Hyderabad Quli Qutub Shah created the city by the river Musi. And called it Bhagnagar after his beloved Bhagmati. Legend is that after they got married, she was named Hyder Begum. And the city got its present name Hyderabad. It is also said that the new city was designed on the lines of Jannat or Paradise as described in holy book Quran. So the place not just celebrates love but also creates a paradise for the beloved.
A small temple town a few km’s from Jaisalmer called Lodurva Celebrate Love story of Moomal. A princess who lived here on the banks of river Kak and Mahendra the prince of Amarkot who were separated by a misunderstanding. And eventually died in each other’s embrace. I am not sure if any physical memory of their story is left anymore. But their story continues to haunt you in the music of the region. You can invariably hear someone singing it as if it happened yesterday and they are still mourning their death. A love story that lives in the music of the place.
The story of Rani Roopmati and Baaz Bahadur is what you hear in the ruins of the palaces of Mandu by the river Narmada. Way back in 16th CE these lovers from two different faiths were separated as the third angle came into their story and attacked the region. They died before they could be united. Today as tourists visit their palaces to imagine how their love would have blossomed in those palace’s located on different levels. The pic above is from Khajuraho, as Mandu is still on my yet to be visited list.
Do you know of any more places in India that Celebrate Love? Do let me know, I would add it to the list.
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