I am experiencing pain in the joint of hip and leg bone. It subsides over a night. But, I find it difficult to walk when I have such a pain. I ask M to apply some pain relief onto my back to get instant relief. I told about this to Dr. Latha, She asked me to keep my legs in a higher position (like on a dustbin or a stool) and to do yoga daily.
I complained that I get tired when I climb stairs. Doctor measured my pulse rate. It counted 120. She asked me wait to take second count of pulse. When she counted again, it was over 120 again. So, she recommended Thyroid and ECG tests.
I woke up in the middle of the night; I experienced shooting pain in the calf muscles in my right leg. I could not breathe properly. The pain was very severe. I could even call ML Eventually the pain subsided. But, I could feel the pain in my leg for 2 days.
As I entered Satyabhama temple in Beyt Dwarka, I sensed incessant movements in my stomach. It took few seconds for me to recognize that it was my baby movements. I could express my joy in words. I sat there for a while. I was amazed at the coincidence. I went to Krishna’s place and I felt the movements. Does this infer anything? Let me wait and watch. J
During my second scan, in the 13th week, my hubby and I got to hear the heartbeats! The profile looked complete and really beautiful. I literally had tears of joy in my eyes. Seeing our baby for the first time in human form was unbelievable.
How I want to hold it in my arms already! It had a big head, long spinal chord. Small hands with elbows, Legs with knees, cute little fingers, etc &all in just 7.2 inches!!The baby is growing stronger and stronger. Now it does gymnastics in my belly. It was a breathtaking experience! Hats-off to the ultrasound technology!
All of a sudden, I get nervous, I get tired, I get emotional, I cry, I laugh; I get argumentative,I become touchy . It's hard to explain what I am feeling.
And all credit goes to my hormonal changes.
I should appreciate M for understanding my behavior which may be even cranky at times. He is taking very good care of me. I am really lucky to have him as my husband and our child is really lucky to have him as father!
I can not believe the transformations inside me since I first found out that I was pregnant.
I walked carefully. I thought twice before eating something. I started to feel tired even during the day. How I wanted to take a nap in the afternoon. The doctor said the tiredness will usually go in another 3 or 4 weeks. I really hope so!
I saw my baby for the first time today. I was tremulous with excitement. J On the first ultrasound, the radiologist was initially exploring a little and finally found what she was looking for. It was beautiful!! The radiologist kept asking me why I was shivering so much. I could see the baby. One nicely formed pouch with the yolk. We saw the fast heart beating of the little child on the screen. The radiologist zoomed in to show the baby’s heart beats. It was beating at 127 beats per minute.
Chitradurga, is a historical town in Karnataka, 200 km away from Bangalore.
It is a 5 hour pleasant comfortable drive on NH4.
Chitradurga name is the appropriate name for this place because some of the rocks here form shapes like elephant, ship, etc. (Chitra in Kannada means picture). The more imaginative you are, the more shapes you can see.
One such example: This stone seems to be an elephant from an angle.
On your way to Chitradurga, you will see a lot of wind mills and sunflower fields by your sides. ( Observe windmill in the backdrop)
Where to stay
Chitradurga has many Hotels, Resorts and Lodges. You can opt for one depending on your budget.
We had decided on Revati Deluxe Lodge. (It is on Church Road Near District Hospital). It was a well maintained lodge. Lodge manager was very hospitable. He gave us a brochure which had listed tourist attractions in and around Chitradurga. He also helped us to plan our itinerary well, being a localite.
We started our day with a visit to the famous “Chitradurga Fort” at 6.15AM. The enormous fort is built over a rocky hill. It was considered to be invincible with seven lines of concentric ramparts. We planned to finish by fort visit by 10 AM, to escape from the scorching heat. To go around the whole of fort you would need at least 3-4 hours.
We hired a guide at the entrance for 200Rs.
The walls are built with stones and are about 50ft. Walls are built to form a maze to confuse the attacking enemy. Since, the entrance is not straight forward; it is difficult for the enemies to attack.
That’s my husband, stooping through “obavvana kindi”
Story behind obavvana kinDi
Hyder Ali’s army entered Chitradurga fort through one of the secret passages. The watch guard had come home for lunch. His wife Obavva came to fetch some water from a nearby pond and she saw some Hyder Ali’s soldiers entering the fort through the “Kindi” (opening). She didn’t want to disturb her husband; she quietly clobbered the enemies, one by one with “Onake” (a long wooden club meant for pounding paddy grains)
Snapshots of various places in the fort
Bird view of the fort from a batheri (Watch tower)
There is a mythological connection with Hidimba, wife of Bheema in Mahabharata who is said to be hailing from this place. There is a temple dedicated to her father in the fort.
One can find lots of ponds inside the fort to hold rain water.
This is the place where they used to grind gunpowder for cannons. Elephants were used for grinding purpose.
A closer view of a grinding stone
We had breakfast at Lakshmi bhavanTiffin Room (Famously known as LTR). The masale dose of LTR is regarded to be the best. It was exceptionally delicious. It is just few meters away from the main entrance of the fort.
By 10.30AM, we proceeded towards ChandravalliCaves. Nearby are the ChandravalliCaves, also called Ankali Math. It is a pre-historic site, located 2 km away from the town. Excavations have revealed many archeological remains of the Neolithic period.
The underground caves here get 80ft below the ground level at a few places. Places in the caves where the saints would go down and meditate in absolute silence. There are places where enemies were left in cells with no sound and light, making it impossible for them to escape.
Inside the pitch dark cave: Photo was taken with the flash
And then on your way back to Bangalore, around 50 km from Chitradurga is the Vaani Vilaas Dam near Hiriyur. It is the first dam to be built in Karnataka. The nature around is fantastic.
Things to be noted
Carry a hat. (Especially, if it is summer. Chitradurga is a rocky terrain.)
Fort visit would take minimum 3 hours. Plan for it.
Avoid afternoon visits. It will drain you out
Carry a water bottle with you.
Engage a guide; else you will not understand the significance of the structures in the fort.
Don’t miss masale dose at LTR ;)
Carry a source of light like torch/candle while exploring the Chandravalli caves. ( The place is completely dark at any time of the day)
It is better to explore Chandravalli caves with a guide. ( You might get lost easily inside the caves)
If you have time on your side, Please do visit Davanagere to eat “benne masale dose”( It is the best of its kind) in any small hotel.
You can also cover Harihara, It has an ancient temple dedicated to Harihareshwara.