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Electric Locomotive Ghaziabad WAP-5 #30017 Hauling August Kranti Rajadhani Express

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Electric Locomotive Ghaziabad WAP-5 #30017 Hauling August Kranti Rajadhani Express
Indian Railways uses a class of electric locomotives called WAP-5. The WAP-5 series of locomotives haul the premium trains on Indian Railways like the Mumbai Rajdhani Express, Bhopal Shatabdi Express, Lucknow Shatabdi Express, Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani, Prayagraj Express, etc. The Bhopal Shatabdi hauled by a WAP-5 travels at 150 km/h (93 mph) in the New Delhi – Agra Cantt section.

The first 10 locomotives were imported from ABB in Switzerland in 1995. They are supposed to be a variant of the Swiss Lok 2000 (Design Concept) and German DB Class 120 (Mechanical Chasis). Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) started production in 2000. It was designed to haul 18 coach passenger trains at 162 km/h (101 mph). It is the first 3-phase locomotive in India.

Other key features of the locomotive are the provision of taps from the main transformers for Head end power (HEP or Hotel Load), pantry loads, flexible gear coupling, wheel-mounted disc brakes, and a potential for speed enhancement to 225 km/h (140 mph). Braking systems include regenerative braking (160 kN), loco disc brakes, automatic train air brakes, and a charged spring parking brake. MU operation possible with a maximum of two locos. At trials, a WAP-5 has been tested up to 185 km/h (115 mph).

Around 60 of these locomotives have been put to service as of January 2013.
@ Wikipedia

The shot was taken with a Canon EOS 550D camera and Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 lens.

Moonlit Light House in Kannur

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Moonlit Light House
Kannur Light House in Kerala is near Payyambalam Beach, a few kilometers from Kannur town. It is adjacent to Government Guest House. The light house is still active and overlooks the Arabian Sea.

Cannanore is the old English name for Kannur town. The light house at Kannur is still often referred to as the Cannanore Light House.

I had to wait patiently till almost midnight for the moon to come up close to the light house. I used a one second exposure at f/4.0. ISO setting was at 800 and focal length was 21 mm.

I was not carrying a tripod, so I had to prop up my Canon EOS 550D camera against a window sill. The sky was cloudless with no haze or mist. So I was able to get a clear shot.

Chendakkaran in North Kerala

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A temple in Thalassery, Kerala is  Ambalavattam Temple. It is  owned by Ambalavattam family and is managed by a charitable trust.

I shot this image at the temple during a festival. The Chenda is mainly played in Hindu temple festivals and as an accompaniment in the religious art forms of Kerala. The Chenda is a cylindrical percussion instrument used widely in  Kerala.

Panchari melam, comprising of instruments like chenda, ilathalam, kombu and kuzhal, is performed during virtually every temple festival in central Kerala. Another chenda melam which comes close to Panchari in popularity is Pandi Melam. Other chenda melams include chempata, adanta, anchatanta, chempha, dhruvam, navam, kalpam and ekadasam.

Click on the link to see an interesting image from Flickr by Ranjith Shenoy R: Rhythm of Kerala



Sree Muthappan Madappura Parassinikadavu

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Muthappan Madappura Parassinikadavu

Sree Muthappan (Malayalam: ശ്രീ മുത്തപ്പന്‍) is a Hindu deity who has a large number of worshippers in North Malabar region of Kerala State, South India. Devotees consider Muthappan and Thiruvappan as manifestations of Shiva and Vishnu. Hence Muthappan wholly represents the idea of Brahman, the unity of God, as expressed in the Vedas. Worshippers believe that if you call Him with Bhakti (Malayalam: ഭക്തി) (devotion), He hears your prayers.

Worship in Sree Muthappan Madappura

Worship of Muthappan is unique, in that it does not follow the Sattvic (Brahminical) form of worship, as in other Hindu temples. The main mode of worship is not via idol worship, but via a ritual enactment of Muthappan, performed daily at the Parassinikadavu temple. Fish is one of the offerings to Muthappan and people of all castes, religions and nationalities  enter the temple and take part in the worship.

Muthappan is also the principal deity in the ritualistic Theyyam dance (Muthappan Theyyam) performed in the famous Parassinikkadavu temple. The ritual performers of Muthappan Theyyam belong to the “vannan” community of Kerala. Priests belonging to Thiyya community perform the puja rituals and rites for Muthappan.

Source: Wikipedia

Isa Khan’s Tomb

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Isa Khan’s Tomb

Delhi has many historical monuments. One of them is Isa Khan’s Tomb.

Isa Khan was an Afghan noble in the court of Sher Shah Suri and later of his son Islam Shah Suri, both of the Sur dynasty. The tomb was built in Isa Khan’s lifetime in 1547-1548 AD, and is situated near Mughal Emperor Humayun’s Tomb which was later built between 1562-1571 AD.

The pillared mausoleum is topped by an inverted flower-shaped dome with smaller supporting domes. It was reopened to public in April this year after a two-year restoration work.

Slanting rays of the evening sun brings out fine details of the tomb. The photo was taken with a point and shoot camera, Sony DSC-W35. It goes to show that you do not need a high-end digital SLR to take good photos.

The photo can be licensed from Getty Images.