DEAR DIVINE SOULS

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Monday, 29 October 2012

ANJANERI MOUNTAIN (PARVAT) : Birth Place of Lord Hanuman

ONE TOUR,TWO GHUMAKKARS,THREE JYOTIRLINGS, FOUR TREKS

Dear Divine Souls,

In last last post we had been to Bhimashankar Temple and our trip moves towards Trimbakeshwar near Nasik which houses another jyotirlinga among the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. We had stayed at Sangamner which comes between Nasik and Manchar so that we can save some time in the morning. Morning at 6.00 AM we both were ready and went to  ST bus stop. From there we caught bus for Nasik. Nasik is around 70 kms from Sangamner. 

Map : Bhimashankar to Trimbakeshwar 
Sangamner to Nasik and Nasik to Anjaneri Parvat

The way between Sangamner and Nasik was full of greenery and agricultural fields . Around 8.00 o clcock we reached Nasik . And after reaching Nasik  we went to another bus stop called CBS from where we get bus for Trimbakeshwar. Trimbakeshwar is 25 kms from Nasik. We had two treks in Trimbakeshwar out of which one we were going to do today and one next day . First one was Trek to Anjaneri Parvat and other one was Brahmagiri Mountain. So two days we were going to stay in Trimbakeshwar.  As soon as we sat in the bus we thought to get down at a point 4 kms before Trimbakeshwar from where one can go to Anjaneri Parvat.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

TEMPLES OF VARANASI (KASHI) : Kashi Vishwanath Temple , Visalakshi Temple and Kaalbhairav Temple

KASHI YATRA 2011 
  1. KASHI (VARANASI, BENARAS) :- The Holiest and The Oldest
  2. GANGA AND GHATS OF GANGA AT VARANASI : Place of Purification of Sins and Salvation
  3. TEMPLES OF VARANASI (KASHI) : Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Visalakshi Temple and Kaalbhairav Temple 
  4. IMPORTANT TEMPLES OF VARANASI
  5. RAMNAGAR FORT
  6. SARNATH : Place where Buddhism started
  7. VINDHYAVASINI SHAKTIPEETH : Vindhyachal Dham
  8. SITAMARHI, SITA SAMAHIT STHAL, UP : Where Sita Maa goes underground
  9. TEERTHRAJ PRAYAG, ALLAHABAD : Triveni Sangam, Sleeping Hanuman, Mankameshwar Mahadev, Alopi Devi
  10. CHITRAKOOT : Kamadgiri Mountain and  Hanuman Dhara
  11. CHITRAKOOT DHAM : Janaki Kund, Sati Anusuya Ashram and Gupt Godavari 
Dear Friends, 

First of all Happy Dusshera to all of you

After long time I am writing about my yatra to Kashi which I did it March 2011.I had already written 2 posts on Varanasi. One was about Varanasi city and other was about Ganga River and Ghats of Ganga in Varanasi. But after that I was not able to write about this great city due to bad experience I  had about this holy city. Before I go further I would just say that please be watchful in each and every lane of Varanasi because someone is always watching you. If you are not careful and your attention is distracted then I am sure that you are going to get robbed in those tiny paths and lanes. So always be aware and be careful. 

In the lanes of Kashi one can find lot of shops of eateries , pooja materials , religious book shops , idol shops , Benaras Silk Saree shop as seen in the picture. 

Walking in Kashi lanes near Vishwanath Temple Gate no . 2
We stayed three days in Varanasi, in which one day was idle because my wife Sonali was not feeling well. And remaining two days we visited temples and monuments of Kashi , Ganga and Ghats of Ganga. today we will visit the most important temples of Varanasi for which we did this yatra. The first one being called King of all Jyotirlings, Kashi Vishwanath, Lord of Universe. 

Monday, 22 October 2012

BHIMASHANKAR TEMPLE AND JYOTIRLINGA


ONE TOUR,TWO GHUMAKKARS,THREE JYOTIRLINGS, FOUR TREKS

Bhimashankar Jyotirling is the most remote jyotirling among all the jyotirlings apart from Kedarnath. 

Nagfani Peak or Point

Finally after 6 hours of trek and walking and climbing around 10 km at around 4.30 PM we were on the top most part of the peak called Nagfani. Now those who visit Bhimashankar Temple via road also please go this  Nagfani Peak.Its  a must visit for people who want to see breath taking views. Also it /place where one will find wind blowing at tremendous speed. One will feel as if he/she is flying. If you throw any light things like paper , hankerchief etc.  it will not fall down in the valley it will come back to you , such is the force here. The peak also looks as the hood of the COBRA snake hence it is called Nagfani peak. 


Nagfani Peak : Bhimashankar 
 Then we went towards Nagfani Peak to see the views. This is also called Nagfani point.
Way to Nagfani Point : Bhimashankar

Saturday, 20 October 2012

TREK TO BHIMASHANKAR JYOTIRLINGA - Shidi Ghat to Nagfani Peak


ONE TOUR, TWO GHUMAKKARS, THREE JYOTIRLINGS, FOUR TREKS

  1. TREK TO BHIMASHANKAR JYOTIRLINGA: Till Shidi Ghat
  2. TREK TO BHIMASHANKAR JYOTIRLINGA : Shidi Ghat to Nagfani
  3. BHIMASHANKAR TEMPLE AND JYOTIRLINGA 
  4. ANJANERI MOUNTAIN (PARVAT) : Birth place of Lord Hanuman
  5. TRIMBAKESHWAR : Brahmagiri Mountain and Gangadwar
  6. TRIMBAKESHWAR TEMPLE AND JYOTRILINGA
  7. GRISHNESHWAR TEMPLE AND JYOTIRLINGA
  8. DAULATABAD FORT : THE UNCONQUERABLE ONE
Warning

If you don't have experience in trekking , never try to start with this trek via Shidi Ghat. First complete  2 to 3 heavy treks and then try this one. Or else try this one by Ganapati  Ghat which starts 2 kms from Khandas. 

Flashback

Dear Friends,

In the LAST POST, I travelled from Mumbai to Neral with Trek Expert and Pure Ghumakkar ( Avid traveller) Sandeep Jatdevta . From Neral, we headed we headed towards Kashele village in sharing auto and from Kashele to Khandas village via private car. Then from Khandas we started trekking towards Shidi Ghat to Bhimashankar jyotirling which is around 5 kms from Khandas via trek and walk. to reach Bhimashankar we have to climb three mountains. First we had already climbed and second one we started and some part of the second mountain had to be travelled via Shidi or Ladder Ghat .We both had just reached bottom of the Shidi Ghat and my stamina as well my body structure gave up. Now after walking and trekking for 5 kms and 2 hours I was completely exhausted. Again and again I was feeling lot of heat continuously perspiring and getting thirsty. 

My Own Weight becoming a problem

In Ganeshotav Festival , for ten days I had lot of sweets and that was showing an increase already overweight body by 2 - 3 kilos . My weight was 87 kgs when I started the trek which is at least 10 kgs  more than person having height of 5 feet 10 inches. 

The biggest obstacle which was coming was in form of my round belly which was protruding outside. The Trek was getting steeper and steeper . Now the angle of the mountain which I was climbing was around 70 - 80 degree and also the distance between the two steps where I was going to keep my feet was getting longer . I had to use all my four limbs to climb with lot of power to get up. My belly was the main barrier. I could not move my legs more than a particular angle upwards which was getting in my nerves due to my big belly. Apart from this I had a 4 to 5 kilo bag on my shoulders making my life more difficult. I was damn frustrated and and never thought that being overweight would give me such a huge problem. But this is nothing . Lets move forward to my travelogue . 

Sandeep Jatdevta was already near the ladder and I had to still climb this steep and elevated path. Still there is lot of smile left on my face which will vanish eventually. Let see. My hands were fully brown due to sticking of red mud on my hands. Still the journey was going having some water every 10 minutes. Whenver any stream or waterfall would come in the way, I would pour water on my head and body for cooling , that much was the heat , but the same was not for Sandeep Jat . He was just trekking like a monkey jumping on the tree and this was his routine business.  

BE Sure to carry enough water which would long for 5 hours. 

Steep and Headlong climb near Shidi Ghat : Bhimashankar Trek 
 From here the Ladder or Shidi looks as if we are climbing the ladder of our kitchen or store room to get items stored on the top. Very Easy. It can be easily done.These kind of thoughts were coming in my mind. I was just thinking why the Villagers on the way were talking not to go by Shidi  Ghat and go by Ganapati Ghat.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

TREK TO BHIMASHANKAR JYOTIRLINGA - Till Shidi Ghat


ONE TOUR,TWO GHUMAKKARS,THREE JYOTIRLINGS, FOUR TREKS

Bhimakshankar Trekking via Shidi Ghat

"Trek to Bhimashankar is not a child's play. Leave it to Professional Experts." - Vishal Rathod

"Around 300 meters of this deadly trek are even more difficult than trekking Shrikhand Mahadev" - Sandeep Jatdevta

"Once I removed my T shirt and Once I removed my Three fourth shorts to save my life. Twice Sandeep Jatdevta pulled me over to save my life." - Vishal Rathod. 

How did it happen ?

It was in March 16th 2012 when this rigid, tough, simpleminded, straight forward but capricious and carefree person called Sandeep Jatdevta came in contact me with through a common friend Mukesh Bhalse and obvisously once again the credit goes to the platform called www.ghumakkar.com ( where we write posts regarding our travel). I was first very hesitant to speak with him because of the way he roams is very tough and then sometimes he purposely gets in  a very difficult situation unnecessarily and then write in his blog. But as soon as talks with him grew he became more and more close. The best thing I liked about him was simplicity and motto of enjoying life in each and every situation whatever may be.

Badlapur Station at night 2.30 AM 

Sandeep Jatdevta Panwar and Vishal Rathod

Before that I would like to tell you that nothing is common between us such as Education, Profession,Caste, Location, Financial Status,Mentality,Views about Religion, Way we travel,With whom we travel . My nature is very caring, sophisticated , planning oriented, procedural, does not like much fun and want perfection in everything whereas our Sandeep Jat is down to earth, Carefree ,free like a bird, happy in every situation and does not bother much. Each everything is different, except for we do everything by heart and soul rather than using our mind and we stand by what is true in any circumstances. Other common factor was passion for ghumakkari and never say never die attitude to do more and more travel.

Friday, 12 October 2012

GANESH CHATURTHI : Parel cha Raja , GSB Mandal , Tilak Nagar , Award winning Ganapati



Ganeshotsav Mumbai - 2012
  1. Lalbaug cha Raja & Mumbai cha Raja 
  2. Parel cha Raja, GSB and Sahyadri Mitra Mandal 
Before going to my further travel to various mandals I will just give a small summary on Ganesh Chaturthi  festival. 

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Ganesha Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (re-birth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati.It is believed that Lord Ganesha bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this Ganeshotsav festival. It is the day Lord Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods, barring Lord Vishnu, Devi Lakshmi, Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. Lord Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel or any other start. The festival, also known as Ganeshotsav (festival of Ganapati) is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). This date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September In 2012 it was falling on 19 September.The festival lasts for 10 to 11 days,ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).
While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States, Canada, Mauritius,Singapore,Malaysia,Thailand, Cambodia, Burma and Fiji and Trinidad & Tobago.
In Between lets go to mu Travel with one more dashing Award winning Ganapati called parel Cha Raja 

Parel Cha Raja :- is walkable distance from Ganesh galli towards Parel. Normally the idol is huge with average height of 22 metres and always has some Mahrashtra  touches in it. The idol was huge with one leg on his mount mouse , one of four hands having sword and other having Trident. The rest of the two being free.
Parel cha Raja Main Entrance 


The shine on elephant headed god was magnetizing and alluring . The colors painted were really bright and new , at least I never saw them. Just have view of this great idol. 
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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

GANESH CHATURTHI : Lalbaug cha Raja & Mumbai cha Raja


Ganeshotsav Mumbai - 2012
  1. Lalbaug cha Raja & Mumbai cha Raja 
  2. Parel cha Raja, GSB and Sahyadri Mitra Mandal
I had completed my engineering from Mumbai Fr.C.R.C.E. Bandra in 1998. And it was long time that I had met any friend from that class and institute. Last year due to social networking site Facebook I met two of favorite buddies Rajiv Sharma and Jayesh Kharote from that college and had a very good time in a Hotel in MIDC Andheri. After having around good two hours we promised that we will meet often to start social relationship once again with our families. Still that process is on and in a nascent stage as time in Mumbai is more precious than anything else. And if there is room for time than demon of traffic   and other family commitments does not allow these things to happen.

After that meeting last year my friend Rajiv Sharma suffered from slip disc in  February and then I and Jayesh Kharote went to meet him in hospital. Again we three gathered and decided that we are going to meet once again. 

Last year I went to see the Famous Ganapati Mandals of Mumbai at midnight along with another friend named Rajesh Sargaiya. We had a good time and in around 4 hours we had  seen 5 to 6 big Ganapatis. This year also my plan was to call him but unfortunately he couldn't be contacted. 

This year , I called Rajiv one month before Ganeshotsav to say that I am going to visit Lalbaug cha Raja ( Most famous and biggest Ganapati mandals in the country ) and nearby famous Ganapati Mandals probably on the second day of the festival. Darshan of Lalbaugh cha Raja itself takes more than 5 - 6 hours minimum in a day. Remaining Mandals are OK and can be managed. I told him that if we reach at midnight the rush would be less and our darshan would happen quickly within two hours. He told me that it will minimum  take 10 - 15 hours for the darshan and he being suffering from slip disc cannot stand for that long. But in turn I told that I was confident that maximum it will take 2 - 3 hours. And both were rigid on our stand. So our conversation was deadlock on that end and till Ganeshotsav. But when only 3 - 4 days were remaining Rajiv once again called me to ask about my program. Before the call I was not much motivated to go an also I was staying in my in laws place at Badlapur in Ganesh festival because at their home also they bring Ganesh idols and do pooja. 

But when Rajiv's call came I thought it was Lord's call and decided to go. Rajiv told me that he is not going to go for Mannat line . So i also told him that even I don't go to Mannat line. Now what is Mannat line ? 

There are two queues in Lalbaug Cha Raja Mandal. One is for Mukh darshan. That is you can just have darshan of the huge 16 feet idol from the 5 meters and not allowed to touch Lord's feet and second one is Mannat Queue. Those who have asked wishes from Lord and his/her wishes get fulfilled brings offerings for Lord what they had decided while asking for wish and bestow those on the Lord's lotus feet. That queue of wishes and touching Lord's feet is called Mannat ki line. 

Now I didn't had sort of wish to get into Mannat's line nor did Rajiv. So we chose to  stand in normal queue where we can have darshan from Mukh darshan queue. Anyway for me the Lord Ganesh is same everywhere whether it is Lalbaug cha Raja , Dagdu Sheth or Gameshjee at my place . But the zeal,the passion and excitement with fervor is worth watching near Lalbaug.

22 September 2012 , Friday


It was decided that Rajiv was going to bring his car and we would roam around Lalbaug and Dadar for Ganapati drashan and I would come to Badlapur catching first train at 2.30 AM in the morning. I reached  Dadar at 4.00 met Rajiv and we started our darshan to following Mandals 

1) Lalbaug cha Raja :- The first ganapati we went to visit was Lalbaug cha Raja as we wanted to finish it quickly at dawn when crowd was less. Here at this mandal the crowd was huge and atleast it would have taken us at least 3 - 4 hours for Mukh darshan only. To my surprise Rajiv directly took me to the main gate where his sister was standing with local cop. She had already arranged for direct darshan for Rajiv without standing in the queue with the permission of cops as he had slip disc. But in that case I was the main beneficiary because I was not ill and I went to darshan straight away in the front. So due to Rajiv and his sister I was able to get darshan within 5 minutes . This was nothing but God's wish.


Lalbaug cha Raja - Entrance 

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

VAISHNO DEVI TRIP: Bhawan Darshan & Bhaironath Temple

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR VAISHNO DEVI YATRA 2012
  1. ROAD : PAHALGAM TO KATRA
  2. VAISHNO DEVI : Hotel - Helicopter Booking & Trek to Bhawan 
  3. VAISHNO DEVI : Bhawan Darshan and Bhaironath Temple 
In this final post of this  Mighty Series , We are going to have the darshan of Holy Cave from where Devi went to place where she is seated, Great Goddess in form of Three Pindies  and The Tantrik Bhaironath whom Mata with her mercy gave Salvation ( Moksha). This is the most visited temple of Shakti and second most visited temple after Tirupati Balaji.
At Vaishno Devi Bhawan
At around 11.30 PM we reached Bhawan and there was still thick fog covering the entire place. At the first gate all battery operated cars stop. Beyond this they are not allowed to go further. Again here there is security check. Pithu left us for having lunch.

First Entrance of the Bhawan , Vaishno Devi
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