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The starlit night sky..

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Living in the city, I am used to the harsh glare of the neon lights. Above the bright lights, the night sky paints such an insipid, dull picture in monochrome.  The stars seem to be in hiding under a blanket of a smoky veil. They fail to sparkle to their full potential. I always felt that the star studded night sky could only be seen in movies or books. But this picture changed a few years back. Let me recount that sparkling beauty of the starry night I witnessed.

A few years ago, we had been to a temple located in the interior parts of Karnataka. Nestled amidst the nature’s flora and fauna, the temple resonated a spiritual aura.  There were cottages for the visitors to stay. Basic necessities, religious fervour and simple food defined the life there. It gave one a chance to connect with the lord and disconnect with the chaos of the city 😉

We retired to our cottages in the night after a modest meal, simple yet so tasty. We had just gone to bed when the power went off. Being quite hot indoors, we decided to sit outside till the power came back.

Stepping out, the warm summer breeze, the natural woody fragrance of the forest trees, loud chirps of the insects nearby in the quiet of the night, greeted us. We sat there on the porch, being lulled in mother nature’s lap. The ambiance was such a contrast to the din of the city.  A look up at the night sky left us in awe.

Never had I experienced the beauty of the velvety blackness of the starlit sky. Like tiny glowing snowflakes they filled in the entire expanse. It appeared as if the sky had covered itself with a glittering blanket. Constellations which I had seen only in the books, were magically up in the sky.  I just sat there gazing at the shimmering night canvas, soaking in its brilliant beauty, enjoying the starry music and watching the celestial twinkling dance of the twinkling stars.

Time stood still under that beautiful starry night. The picture of the luminous starlit sky is still painted fresh in my mind. I am sure many of you have been lucky enough to witness the beauty of the starlit night sky. Do paint the picture through your words, of a mesmerising starry night you experienced.

 

34 comments on “The starlit night sky..

  1. Divya Deepak Rao
    May 17, 2018

    So magically described Radhika! You brought that beautiful star-lit night to life with your words! How serene and surreal the experience must have been. I was transported to that night, thanks to your story:)

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  2. boundlessblessingsblog
    May 17, 2018

    Yes absolutely true and agree totally with your beautiful words, Radhika. I too go for pilgrimage three hours from Pune and the nights r awesome under the Starry stars and constellations and so much silence all pervading feel like total bliss would not want to come back in this humdrum life

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  3. Megha's World
    May 17, 2018

    Loved reading this especially the way you have painted the vivid imagery of a starlit sky.. it is so serene and beautiful. I did experience that same feeling when I spent few days in near in a resort outside the city and the sky seems to be so clear and as you said you can actually spot those constellations. Sitting in the middle of the night and listening to the cricket sometimes is so therapeutic. I love your post Radhika.

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 17, 2018

      I am so glad that you experienced the beauty of the starlit sky. I am sure you’ll carry that beautiful picture in your heart for long. Thanks so much Megha 😊

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  4. Malini
    May 17, 2018

    That’s a beautiful memory Radhika! People who live in cities, often don’t get to enjoy these wonderful things. People always lock up their front doors, sadly nowadays we don’t even see the sunset and sunrise. The situation would be totally different if we live in rural areas. Unfortunately, current generation kids are missing many things.

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  5. Rupali
    May 17, 2018

    Seems like a wonderful experience.

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  6. DeepikasRamblings
    May 17, 2018

    Wow, what a beauty you have captured, radhika. We actually need to move away from the hustle n bustle of city life into mother nature’s house for such a wonderful extravaganza.
    As usual, you have depicted your experience beautifully 👍

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  7. totallytales
    May 17, 2018

    Lovely image brought to life through your words….Night sky is always a joy to watch, age no bar 🙂

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  8. debanitaghosh
    May 18, 2018

    Your story made me remember the evenings of my childhood days. Loved reading through your article!

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  9. Author: Sadaf Siddiqi
    May 18, 2018

    You’ve amazingly sketched the skylit night.

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  10. The Type-writer
    May 19, 2018

    No words.. 👍👍💕💕😇😇👌👌

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  11. Sifar
    May 20, 2018

    I have always wanted to do this! Lying under the starlit sky…it’s an amazingly peaceful experience….always reminded me of childhood…when we used to sleep outside in case of electricity failure (which was quite frequent)…so lying on the cots in the ‘aangan’ with whole family and looking up the sky and following each star!! Darkness everywhere and no sound…it used to be peaceful and magical…tab socha bhi nahi tha bade hoke it will become like a luxury!! Nowadays amidst all the pollution even the stars are not visible!! We miss out on such basic happiness …

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    • radhikasreflection
      May 20, 2018

      Ironical isn’t it? Progress has taken us away from nature’s lap of luxury!

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      • Sifar
        May 22, 2018

        Yes that’s the irony. It’s like a moonwalk…appearing to progress but missing out on a lot more actually

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  12. So beautifully described. Really, we, the city-dwellers seldom get the chance of gazing up to a clear starry sky. It’s a magical feeling…it makes us understand how small and inconspicuous we are… isn’t it?

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  13. Your mesmerizing words are more beautiful than the beauty of the night.

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  14. Deb
    September 23, 2020

    Thank you so much for pointing me to this wonderful post Radhika. As I read on, I could almost feel the tranquil dark night, gentle breeze blowing from the woods, the diffused starlight illuminating the temple, the cicadas in the woods and the spiritual vibes which only such a place can produce.

    I had been to the Mahavishnu temple in Wayanad, deep inside the forests, and I think maybe the environment there would be similar to what you had experienced, including the dark night sky glittering with stars. Maybe sometime in future I would find out, this post stoked my travel yearnings even more 🙂

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    • radhikasreflection
      September 24, 2020

      Thanks Deb for reading and commenting. Yes watching the night sky was a surreal experience. It was like witnessing an absolute celestial gala. The city lights rob us of this spectacular marvel. I am sure the temple you mention in Wayanad must have given a similar experience. Nature in its natural glory 😊

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