Good day, everyone! If you’re thinking on visiting North India in Any Seasons, you’ve come to the right place. Today, I’m going to talk about 5 of the most famous temples in North India that you must see at least once in your life. These temples were created with great delicacy and precision.
In Addition, I will share some of the most exciting Details about all of Top 5 famous the temples in North India in my blog, as well as a full tour guide.
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1- ISKCON Temples-Delhi
North India Famous Temples is known as ISKCON Temples. It is also called the Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, is a Vaishnav temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radharani as Radha Parthasarathi. It is established in 1998 year by by Achyut Kanvinde and is located in the Hare Krishna Hills. It is one of the city’s most spectacular shrines. The ISKCON temple is known as “Radha Parthasarathi,” a Vaishnav temple dedicated to Radha and Lord Krishna.
The lovely music tune of “Hare Rama Hare Krishna,” which is the dominant theme in ISKCON Delhi, reverberates throughout the center hall with pristine artworks. Sundays are reserved for special prayer sessions, and the Janmashtami festival is commemorated with zeal.
The ISKCON temple also has a museum that hosts multimedia shows based on epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Architecture Of ISKCON:
Three shrines, each 90 feet tall, are positioned beneath the three spires that surround the main shrine. These are respectively devoted to Radha-Krishna, Sita-Ram, and Guara-Nitai. The temple’s outer surface features detailed artwork, but the inner sanctum includes kaleidoscopic mosaics depicting Krishna’s existence in various stages. The ‘parikrama’ enclosure, which is located on the periphery of these shrines, houses photographs of various ISKCON temples. The complex is also adorned with many Radha-Krishna figures.
Tip to Visit ISKCON Temples:
- Liquor is prohibited inside the temple premises.
- Since it is a religious place, dress in a conservative manner.
- Arprit Prasadam is available outside the main temple
- Visit ISKON Temple can be clubbed with Lotus Temple
- Remove Footwear before entering Temples.
Aarti Schedule On ISKCON:
- Mangala Aarti: 4:30 AM
- Japa (Mantra) Meditation: 5:15 AM
- Darshan Aarti: 7:15 AM
- Guru Puja: 7:30 AM
- Shrimad Bhagavatam Discourse: 8:00 AM
- Raj Bhog Aarti: 12:30 PM
- Usthapana Aarti: 04:15 PM
- Sandhya Aarti: 07:00 PM
- Bhagavad Gita Discourse: 08:00 PM
- Sayana Aarti: 08:30 PM
How To Reach:
Make Sure you reach Delhi the Nehru Place station and Kailash colony station are the nearest metro station which are 5-mint to walk away from the temple. If you travelling from the Nizamuddin Railway Station, the ISKCON Sant Nagar is just 5 km from there. Taxi, auto rickshaw and public buses run from every part of the city. The ISKCON Temple is located in the East Kailash region on top of the Hare Krishna Hills. The best way is to travel by Metro.
Take flights to reach Delhi Airport and then hire a Cab or Metro.
2-Badrinath Temple -Uttarakhand
One of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage yatras, Badrinath is famed for the hallowed Badrinath Temple devoted to Lord Vishnu. Badrinath is located in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, perched on the Garhwal hill slopes near the Alaknanda River. Badrinath Temple is set in the backdrop of the huge Neelkanth mountain and is noted for its breathtaking natural beauty. It is located between the Nar and Narayan mountain ranges.
The Badrinath Temple, which stands at a height of 10,279 feet, is said to have been founded by the saint Adi Shankaracharya. The temple contains a 1m tall black stone idol of Lord Vishnu, which is one of the eight Swayam vyakta kshetras (self-manifested sculptures of Vishnu). It is also mentioned in India’s 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
A Tapt Kund, a hot sulphur spring with medicinal properties, may be found in Badrinath Temple. The Alaknanda River is said to have its source here. The Mata Murti Ka Mela and Badri Kedar Festivals provide additional reasons to visit the temple.
Must Know Before You Visit Badrinath Temple:
- Badrinath is easily accessible by road, therefore getting to this pilgrimage site is not difficult.
- From November to April each year, the Badrinath Temple is closed for six months. On the auspicious day of bhatridwityia in October, the temple is closed for worship. An Akhanda Jyoti lamp is burned for six months on the day of the closing, and the image of Badrinath is carried to the Narasimha shrine at Jyoti math. Every year on Akshaya Tritiya, an auspicious day in April, Badrinath reopens.
- The Maha abhishek begins at 4:30 a.m. at Badrinath Temple. It is open to the public from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. It is closed from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. The ideal time to go to the temple |
Best Time To Visit Badrinath Temple:
Badrinath remains closed for six months from November to April. The best time to visit Badrinath is in the summer season from May to June. The temperature during this time ranges around 18 degrees Celsius making it pleasant and comfortable. Another good time to visit Badrinath is September-October which is the post-monsoon season. It is best to avoid visiting Badrinath during the monsoon season of July-August as the place is prone to landslides and cloudburst. The exact date of opening and closing keeps changing every year.
- Liquor and non-vegetarian food are prohibited in Badrinath.
- It is advisable to carry ample woollen clothing since Badrinath is always chilly.
- Photography is prohibited inside the temple premises.
- It is normal to feel a little dizzy in Badrinath due to the low oxygen content in the air.
Legends Of Badrinath:
The Badrinath Temple has a hazy history. According to legend, the temple was a Buddhist sanctuary until Adi Shankara transformed it to a Hindu temple in the 8th century. Another theory holds that the temple was founded in the 9th century by Adi Shankara. According to legend, he uncovered a picture of Lord Badrinath in the Alaknanda River and enshrined it near Tapt Kund. He also ejected the Buddhists who had settled in the area.
The deity in the current temple was relocated by the King of Garhwal in the 16th century. When the state of Garhwal was partitioned, the shrine fell under British authority. The Kings of Garhwal expanded it in the 17th century. It was destroyed in a fire in 1803.
The Badrinath Temple is the subject of several legends. According to legend, Lord Vishnu performed penance here and was unaware of the harsh weather because he was in deep meditation. Goddess Lakshmi, his consort, transformed into a Badri tree and guarded the lord. He was pleased with her efforts and gave the location the name Badrikashram.
Badrinath Temple Pooja Time & Price:
Though the regular darshan is free for all devotees, there are different amounts charged for performing special poojas or Abhishekams. The prices are-
- 4:30 PM to 6:30 AM
- Maha Abhishek (1 Person)- INR 4300
- Abhishek Puja (1 Person)- INR 4101
- 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM & 3:00 PM
- Ved Path (1 Person)- INR 2100
- Geeta path (1 Person)- INR 2500
- Badrinath Special Puja
- Shrimad Bhagwat Saptah Path- INR 35101
- Entire Pujas of a day (1 Person)- INR 11700
- Evening Aarti/Archana & Path (6:00 PM to 9:– PM)
- Swarna Aarti (1 Person)- INR 376
- Vishnusahasranam Path (1 Person)- INR 456
- Kapoor Aarti (1 Person)- INR 151
- Shayan Aarti (1 Person)- INR 3100
- Daily or Periodical Puja/ Bhog & Akhand Jyoti
- Akhand Jyoti Annual- INR 4951
- Ghrit Kambal Ghee on closing day- INR 4951
- Ghee for Deepak on closing day- INR 3511
- Akhand Jyoti One day- INR 1451
- Puja on Special Occasions
- Bhagwan Nar-Narayan Janmotsava (Shrawan Month)- INR 4951
- Shrawani abhishek (Shrawan Month)- INR 11701
- Shri Krishan Janmastami Utsav- INR 10551
How To Reach:
Badrinath is well connected by air, rail and road to all major cities in India. The nearest airport to Badrinath is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, around 317 km away. The nearest railway station to Badrinath is in Rishikesh almost 295 km away. Badrinath is also connected by motorable road to all cities in Uttarakhand while regular buses are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate in New Delhi connecting it to other cities in India. Helicopter services are also available for Badrinath from Dehradun.
3-Golden Temple- Amritsar, Punjab
The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is the holiest shrine in Sikhism and one of India’s most spiritual destinations. The spectacular golden architecture of the temple, which is located in the heart of Amritsar, as well as the daily Langar (community kitchen), draw a significant number of visitors and worshippers each day. The temple welcomes devotees of all religions and provides free food to over 100,000 individuals from all walks of life.
The shrine is housed in the main Temple, which is part of the larger complex known to Sikhs as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib. The Amrit Sarovar, a tank that surrounds the gleaming central shrine, is the spiritual focal point. More shrines can be found around the perimeter of the complex.
History Of Golden Temple:
The Mughal emperor Akbar gave the site for the Golden Temple, and work began in 1574. The construction of the foundation was overseen by the fourth and fifth Sikh Gurus, and it was finished in 1601. It has been regularly renovated and enhanced over the years. The inverted lotus-shaped dome was inlaid with 100 kg of gold and ornamental marble in the 19th century. Maharaja Ranjit Singh, a renowned warrior ruler dearly remembered by the Sikh faith, was the sponsor of the event.
The then-Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, ordered an attack on armed Sikh separatists hiding inside the Golden Temple grounds in 1984. Over 500 people were killed in the ensuing struggle, and Sikhs all over the world were outraged by the destruction of their holy shrine. The Sikh community refused to allow the federal government to restore the temple’s damage, instead completing the work themselves. The temple has since been considerably rebuilt, but the experience is still fresh in the minds of the inhabitants.
Festival Celebrates Of Golden Temple:
Vaisakhi, which falls in the second week of April, is one of the most prominent celebrations at the Golden Temple (mostly the 13th April). The Khalsa was founded on this day, and this festival is held to remember it. The birthday of Sikh founder Guru Nanak, the birth anniversary of Guru Ram Das, the martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur, and other religious holidays are also honored with tremendous religious fervor. On Diwali, the Harmandir Sahib is decorated with lights and diyas, as well as a fireworks display. Most Sikhs pay a visit to the temple at least once throughout their lives.
The Guru Granth Sahib:
Every morning, the Guru Granth Sahib is deposited inside the temple grounds, and every night, it is restored to the Akal Takhat (timeless throne), which serves as the Khalsa brotherhood’s temporal seat. This ritual is known as the Palki Sahib, and it allows male guests to join in the worship of the sacred book. A huge palanquin is used to transport the Guru Granth Sahib. Male guests form a line in front and behind the palanquin, carrying the burden for a few seconds before passing it on. This gives everyone an opportunity to engage while also getting some rest.
In the winter, the ceremony is held at 5:00 a.m. and 9:40 p.m., and in the summer, it is held at 4:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Architecture of Golden Temple:
- The Golden Temple, which appears to float at the end of a lengthy causeway, is a mesmerizing combination of Hindu and Islamic architectural traditions. It has an exquisite marble lower level with pietra dura work adorned with animal and flower themes, similar to the Taj Mahal.
- The glittering second level lies above this, encircled by elaborately carved gold panels and capped by a 750 kilogram gold gilded dome. The priests and musicians in the dazzling inner sanctuary are constantly chanting the Guru Granth Sahib, adding to the already strong religious mood.
- Pilgrims usually withdraw to the second level, which houses the beautifully painted gallery, after paying their respects.
A marble causeway connects the Hari Mandir (central temple) to the pathway.
- Before entering the temple compound, take off your shoes and socks (there is sandal stand at the entrance). Wash your feet in the neighboring shallow foot tubs.
- Put on appropriate attire. In the gurudwara, you must cover your entire body, including your head, as a symbol of respect. Scarves can be borrowed for free or purchased for INR 10 from hawkers selling souvenir scarves. It is, nonetheless, smart to bring a scarf with you.
- Tobacco and alcoholic beverages are strictly forbidden.
- If you want to sit next to the tank, cross your legs and avoid dipping your feet in the water.
- Photography is allowed near the walkway that surrounds the tank, but not within the Golden Temple.
- As a symbol of respect, sit on the ground in the Darbar Sahib while listening to Gurbani.
Structures inside the Golden Temple:
- Teja Singh Samundri Hall and Akal Takht: The throne of the Timeless (God), Akal Takht, is located directly in front of the main sanctuary. The place became noted for its ceremonial, spiritual, and secular events after Guru Hargobind established it after his father Guru Arjan. While the Akal Takht, located within the Golden Temple complex, is the principal seat and chief authority of Sikhism, there are four more Takhts located in Anandpur, Patna, Nanded, and Talwandi Sabo, all of which are important Sikhism pilgrimage sites.
- Clock Tower: While the clock tower was not present during the temple’s original construction, the British built a clock tower to replace the “lost palace.” During the Second Anglo-Sikh War, the British dismantled a portion of the structure and replaced it with a clock tower. The Clock Tower, designed by John Gordon, was completed in 1874 but was demolished 70 years later by Sikhs. Although the temple now has a new entrance with a clock to the north and a museum on the first floor, people still refer to it as ghanta ghar deori.
- Ber Trees: The Golden Temple compound was once open, with several trees surrounding the pool. There is now a two-story courtyard with four entrances and three Ber (jujube) trees on the temple grounds. The Ber Baba Buddha is the first and is positioned to the right of the ghanta ghar deori. Baba Buddha sat beneath this tree while supervising the construction of the first temple and pool, thus the tree’s name. The second tree, known as the Laachi Ber, is thought to have been the spot where Guru Arjan rested while the temple was being built. The third tree, Dukh Bhanjani Bher, is placed on the other side of the sanctum, across the pool.
- Sikh History Museums: On the first level of the main ghanta ghar deori, there is a Sikh museum that showcases numerous artwork of Gurus and martyrs. Swords, kartars, combs, and chakkars on display in the museum show Sikh history in all its splendour.
How To Reach:
Local transportation such as car and cycle rickshaws, which are the cheapest and most convenient means of transportation, can take you to the Golden Temple. There are also car rental companies there from whom you can rent a car and drive to the temple. From the Amritsar Railway Station, the Golden Temple Trust also provides complimentary bus service.
The Amritsar airport, also known as Raja Sansi International Airport, is 11 kilometers from the city. From there, cabs may be hired to take you to the Golden Temple.
Amritsar shares a very strong rail network with Delhi. Taxis and three wheelers like cycle rickshaws and e-rickshaws ferry passengers to the Golden temple.
Traveling by car from Delhi to Amritsar is one of the most convenient options, as both cities are connected by a well-maintained highway network.
4-Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Banaras
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas or temples devoted to Lord Shiva and is located on the western bank of the sacred river Ganga in Varanasi. Lord Shiva, also known as Vishwanatha or Vishweshwarar, means “ruler of the cosmos” and is the principal deity of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. As a result, Varanasi, India’s cultural hub, is renowned as the city of Lord Shiva. The temple’s tower is plated with 800 kilograms of gold.
Cameras, cell phones, and other electronic devices are not permitted inside and must be left in lockers. Foreigners can enter at Gate 2 and go past the Indians who are waiting for their turn. Within the temple compound, there is also a well known as Jnana Vapi.
The king of Kashi (Kashi Naresh) used to attend the temple for worship on major holidays like Shivaratri, when no one else was allowed to access the temple grounds. After the king’s prayers, devotees were allowed to enter. The prominence of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is further enhanced by the fact that it is mentioned in various Hindu holy books. The temple’s exterior is embellished with beautiful sculptures that give the structure a celestial appearance. Aside from that, the temple has a number of smaller temples, including those dedicated to Kaalbhairav, Vishnu, Virupaksh Gauri, Vinayaka, and Avimukteshwara.
Dress Code for Visiting Kashi Vishwanath Temple:
Devotees visiting Kashi Vishwanath Temple must now wear Dhoti-Kurti (for males) and Saree (for ladies) (for women). The Kashi Vishwad Parishad recently decided that devotees doing sparsh darshan (entering the temple sanctum) must strictly adhere to this dress code. Outside the sanctum, however, worshippers dressed in western attire will be permitted to worship the deity.
Architecture of Kashi Vishwanath Temple:
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is a group of lesser shrines in the city of Kashi. The temple complex is made up of a collection of smaller shrines that are placed along the river in a little alley known as the Vishwanatha Galli. The main temple is built in the shape of a square, surrounded by shrines dedicated to several gods. Kaalbhairav, Dhandapani, Avimukteshwara, Vishnu, Vinayaka, Sanishwara, Virupaksha, and Virupaksh Gauri are all worshipped in these temples. The temple’s main Shivalinga is made of black stone and stands 60 cm tall with a circumference of 90 cm. It is placed in a silver altar. A holy well called Gyaan Vapi is also located here, and it is thought to be the location where the Shivalinga was hidden.
History of Kashi Vishwanath Temple:
The Puranas, notably the Kashi Khanda (portion) of Skanda Purana, make the first mention of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Interestingly, this temple has been completely destroyed and rebuilt numerous times throughout history. In the year 1194, when Qutb-ud-din Aibak’s forces conquered the King of Kannauj, the temple was demolished for the first time. During the reign of Delhi’s Iltutmish, the temple was reconstructed, only to be demolished again during the reign of Sikander Lodhi. During the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh constructed the temple. Emperor Aurangzeb demolished the temple in 1669 CE and replaced it with the Gyanvapi Mosque.
It was finally reconstructed in 1780 by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore, the Maratha monarch, as the Golden Temple devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple has two gold-domed domes provided by Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Punjab Kesari, and silver-domed domes donated by the Bhosales of Nagpur. The temple has been handled by Dr Vibhuti Narayan Singh and afterwards by the Kashi Naresh since 28 January 1983, when it became the property of the Uttar Pradesh government.
To get to the temple, go through Kashi Vishwanath Gali, which is known for its stores offering puja goods and sweets. In the street, there is also a popular ladies’ area that sells a variety of things like Banarasi sarees, dresses, religious articles, and jewelry. Bangles, Kurtis, wooden toys, brass products, statues, religious books, deity posters, accessories, dress materials, sweets, eatables, and even music CDs are among the other items for sale. Snacks are also sold at a few roadside shops for those sudden hunger cravings. Devotees can go here for some reasonably priced shopping after their darshan of Lord Shiva.
Significance of Kashi Vishwanath Mandir:
Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of Varanasi’s most respected temples, holds immense religious significance in Hinduism. A visit to the temple followed by a bath in the holy Ganges is widely thought to be the ultimate method to achieve liberation or ‘Moksha,’ and as a result it is thronged by worshippers throughout the year. Another legend holds that Lord Shiva himself whispers salvation chants into the ears of those who pass away naturally at the Vishwanath Temple. Several prominent Hindu saints have visited this temple, including Goswami Tulsidas, Swami Vivekanand, Adi Sankaracharya, Gurunanak Dev, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, and Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
How To Reach:
The Varanasi train station is located about 5 kilometers distant from the temple. If you’re traveling from anyplace in the city, a cab or an auto rickshaw is the best way to get to your destination. However, the real temple is located within the Vishwanath Gali, which is not a motorable road, and you will have to walk up to the temple threshold.
5- Amarnath Temple-Jammu Kashmir
Amarnath, in the union region of Jammu and Kashmir, is one of India’s most prominent pilgrimages for Lord Shiva devotees. An ensconced Shivaling, made naturally with ice and resembling Lord Shiva, may be found in the Amarnath cave.
Every year, millions of tourists travel from all over the world to Amarnath for the challenging mountainous walk known as the ‘Amarnath Yatra.’ This is said to be the same cave where Lord Shiva taught the mystery of life and eternity to Goddess Parvati, according to legend.
Thousands of people flock from all over the world to Amarnath each year to participate in the arduous ‘Amarnath Yatra.’ According to folklore, this is the same cave where Lord Shiva taught Goddess Parvati the mysteries of life and eternity.
Must Know Before You Visit Amarnath
- The Baltal path is 14 kilometers long and takes 1-2 days to complete (Jammu – Baltal – Domail – Barari – Holy Cave). This is the preferred route for returning home.
The Pahalgam route is 36-48 km long and takes 3-5 days to complete (Jammu – Pahalgam – Chandanwari – Pissu Top – Sheshnag – Panchtarni – Holy Cave).
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- Baltal and Pahalgam have helicopter service to Panjtarni, which is 2 kilometers from Amarnath Cave. The cave is a 2-hour trek from Panjatarni. Palkis are also an option.
- To register for the Amarnath Yatra, yatris must fill out an application form and submit a compulsory health certificate (CHC) along with the relevant documentation. The forms are available for download here.
- These forms will also be available for free in the library.
- The SASB has also implemented a ‘group registration method’ for yatris planning to travel with friends, relatives, or neighbors since 2014. Registration information for NRIs and ex-yatris can be found at http://www.shriamarnathjishrine.com/.
Per yatri/per permit, the registration fee is INR 100.
One yatra permit is only good for one yatri registration.
- Baltal, Nunwan, Sheshnag, and Panjtarni all have overnight camping facilities with prefabricated shelters. These range in price from INR 250 to 375 each night.
- Along the yatra journey, there is free food, water, and refreshment. Langars can also be found in a variety of areas.
- Snacks such as biscuits, canned food, dry fruits, chocolate, roasted chana, and so on should be carried.
- On the yatra route, BSNL connectivity is accessible. BSNL provides yatris with pre-loaded yatra sims for INR 230.
Legend of Amarnath:
Amarnath is undoubtedly the most popular pilgrimage destination. Perhaps the countless mythological and historical stories associated with it add to the value of a trip up there. The Amarnath cave story is undoubtedly the most well-known. Parvati, Lord Shiva’s wife, is supposed to have once questioned him about the necklace of beads he wore and what it symbolized. Each bead, Shiva explained, represented a skull that he placed to his necklace every time Parvati was reborn. She went on to quiz him about the origins of his immortality.
Shiva discovered a cave (Amarnath cave) as the ideal location for relaying this story (Amar Katha). Rudra was also developed by him.
He also produced Rudra, who set fire to the cave in order to ensure that no living creature could hear this story. However, a pigeon egg was accidentally left behind and later hatched into a couple of pigeons. Hearing the “Amar Katha” is claimed to have made these birds immortal. Several pilgrims claim to have witnessed the pigeons.
Another legend dates back around 700 years and talks of a shepherd named Butta Malik discovering the Amarnath cave after receiving a sack full of coal from a guru. As soon as he got home, the bag was bursting at the seams with gold. He returned to thank the sage, overjoyed
Best Time To Visit Amarnath:
The Amarnath Yatra is scheduled to begin on June 28, 2021, and end on August 22, 2021. However, due to the current circumstances in India, registration for the Amarnath Yatra 2021 has been temporarily halted. In addition, no one under the age of 13 and no one over the age of 75, as well as women who are more than six weeks pregnant, will be allowed to participate in the Amarnath Yatra in 2021.
For the most portion of the year, travelers are unable to visit Amarnath Cave and Temple. Each year, the Amarnath Yatra is announced for a specified period of time. It usually starts in July on the auspicious day of Skandshasthi (as per Hindu calendar) and ends in August on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan).
How To Reach:
Amarnath is not served by any direct trains. Jammu is the nearest station, located 178 kilometers from Amarnath. Cabs can be hired from Jammu to get to Baltal or Pahalgam. It takes 1-2 days to walk 15 kilometers from Baltal to Amarnath. The Pahalgam path, on the other hand, is a little longer, taking roughly 3-5 days (36-48 km).
The Amarnath cave is the most important attraction in this city. There are two ways of reaching there, one is by taking a helicopter from Srinagar and landing at Panjtarni, which is 2 kms away from the cave or by travelling by car upto Baltal from which it is a 13.5 kms journey, traversable only by foot upto the cave.
These are India’s Top 5 temples in North India to visit. It was a pleasure to share this knowledge with you through this blog; I hope you found it helpful and that you now have a better understanding of the destinations and can easily plan a trip to them. Please like and subscribe to my blog if you find it interesting.