DEAR DIVINE SOULS

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Friday, 19 April 2013

Durga Temple (Mandir) and Kaudi Mata Mandir, Varanasi


On the occassion of Ramnavmi and final day of Navratri I bring you one of the most important temple of Varanasi called The Durga Mandir . 

Dear Divine Souls ,

After Tilbhandeshwar Mahadev Temple , I went to another very famous temple of Varanasi called the Durga Temple.This temples lies besides a rectangular pond known as Durga Kund. The Kund was connected to the Ganga river earlier .  This temple was built in 18th century by Bengali Maharani. Though built by a Bengali This temple does not have its  influence and built in Northern Style of architecture called Nagara. The temple is painted in Red  with orange ochre which correlates it with Durga  Maa the Great Goddess of strength & power. 

Durga Temple (Mandir), Varanasi
Durga Temple (Mandir)and Durga Kund, Varanasi 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Bharat Mata Temple and Tilbhandeshwar Mahadev, Varanasi


Dear Divine Souls ,

After Kalbhairav and Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple, I took an auto and proceeded towards the important temples of Varanasi . First one was Bharat Mata temple. 

Bharat Mata Temple

There are only two temples dedicated to Mother India, one in Varanasi and other in Haridwar. Bharat Mata Temple is out of the way from all other important temples of Varanasi . This Temple is located in Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyaeeth Campus. It has huge open area with trees surrounding and huge lush green lawn  in front. 

This Temple was made by the nationalists Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta and Durga Prasad Khatri and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936. 

Bharat Mata Temple , Varanasi
Bharat Mata Temple , Varanasi

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Kalbhairav Temple, Varanasi



MAHA YATRA : Kashi and Kumbh 2013

1. Mumbai to Varanasi : Views of Narmada and Ganga
2. Dasaswamedh Ghat and Naga Sadhus, Varanasi
3. Nepali Temple, Lalita Ghat : Varanasi
4. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Visalakshi Shaktipeeth , Varanasi
5. Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi , Where Death is Celebrated
6. Narrow Lanes of Varanasi
7. Kalbhairav Temple, Varanasi

Dear Divine Souls, 

After coming out of the Narrow Lanes of Varanasi I proceeded towards Kalbhairav Temple which is located one km away from Godwlia in Visheswarganj. When I am in tour I normally walk 7 to 8 kms at least in day swirling around at every corner watching all over but today as I had less time So I took cycle rickshaw and proceeded towards the mighty Kalbhairava Temple.

Remember it is believed that Kashi Yatra is incomplete without paying tributes to Kalbhairav Temple. So make sure that along with Ganga Maa , Lord Kashi Vishwanath Temple also visit Lord Kalbhairav Temple.

Cycle Rickshaw is one of the transport systems used in many cities of India thoroughly mechanical in nature . A huge and continuous effort is required to pull that one with two people on it, that too stamina for whole day . Then after that the guy might get some money to live his living. I feel acute pain in my soul when I see them. Hence I don't argue on the amount they ask.

Anyways I reach another Galli  in Visheswarganj similar to Kashi Vishwanath Galli to reach Baba Kalbhairav  Temple.

Kalbhairav Temple Varanasi
A cycle rickshaw in between towards Kalbhairav Temple 

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Couple Walking and Sunset at Juhu Beach, Mumbai


After attending  Neutrogena Indiblogger Meet  on Sunday, 7th April 2013, I went to  Juhu beach with my new blogging friend Avinash Gupta .While roaming I clicked few pictures of this Great Destination of Mumbai . Just don't want to put any words today. Thanks. 

A very lonely couple enjoying their moments in between huge crowd on Sunday Evening in Juhu Beach, Mumbai 

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Narrow Lanes of Varanasi


Table of Contents of MAHA YATRA : Kashi and Kumbh 2013

1. Mumbai to Varanasi : Views of Narmada and Ganga
2. Dasaswamedh Ghat and Naga Sadhus, Varanasi
3. Nepali Temple, Lalita Ghat : Varanasi
4. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Visalakshi Shaktipeeth , Varanasi
5. Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi , Where Death is Celebrated
6. Narrow Lanes of Varanasi
7. Kalbhairav Temple, Varanasi
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Dear Divine Souls,  

Coming to one more important aspect of Varanasi are Lanes of Varanasi. Can anyone imagine a complete post written on these narrow lanes. There are very few and I am one of them. The most thrilling part in travelling in Varanasi City is walking in lanes of Varanasi near Godowlia. The whole area of around 2 kms near Kashi Vishwanath temple is complex labyrinth of small narrow lanes and by paths.

The lanes are so narrow surrounded by the buildings that during many months of the year sunlight doesn't touch the ground. The maximum breadth of the lanes is 3 to 4  feet and somewhere the breadth goes to even one feet. In some places hardly one person can walk. During festive season there is another charm in these lanes with huge crowd present. But still walking here would provide indescribable fervor and huge euphoria. One easily gets lost and has to ask again and again to shopkeepers and policemen to reach the desired destination.

Since I was in hurry, I experienced  that my eye balls were rotating at tremendous speed to sense each and every corner of these unimaginable lanes. And similarly my camera was doing the job of capturing those scenes . While wandering here I took some pictures which will reveal some .

As you can see I was approaching Kashi Vishwanath temple and here the breadth of the lane is just three feet . Hardly one person can walk.

Lanes of Varanasi
Three feet wide lanes of Varanasi 

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi, Where Death is Celebrated


Table of Contents of MAHA YATRA : Kashi and Kumbh 2013

1. Mumbai to Varanasi : Views of Narmada and Ganga
2. Dasaswamedh Ghat and Naga Sadhus, Varanasi
3. Nepali Temple, Lalita Ghat : Varanasi
4. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Visalakshi Shaktipeeth , Varanasi
5. Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi , Where Death is Celebrated
6. Narrow Lanes of Varanasi
7. Kalbhairav Temple, Varanasi
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Dear Divine Souls,

After visiting Kashi Vishwanath temple I proceeded towards the most important and largest ghat of Varanasi called Manikarnika Ghat through narrow lanes of Varanasi.

One of the most unique aspects of Varanasi City is cremation of dead bodies at Manikarnika Ghat. Tourists all over the world only come to see this ritual at this Maha Shamsana. Here dead bodies are brought with joy and fervor with bands, drums and  trumpets in a procession with the shouts of words RAM NAAM SATYA HAI  chorused by everyone in the group . It is said that whoever is cremated at Manikarnika ghat does not get next birth . He straight way gets liberated for the cycles of life and birth. The reason is stated in legends associated with Manikarnika Ghat.

Manikarnika Ghat , Varanasi 

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Visalakshi Shaktipeeth , Varanasi


Table of Contents of MAHA YATRA : Kashi and Kumbh 2013

1. Mumbai to Varanasi : Views of Narmada and Ganga
2. Dasaswamedh Ghat and Naga Sadhus, Varanasi
3. Nepali Temple, Lalita Ghat : Varanasi
4. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Visalakshi Shaktipeeth , Varanasi
5. Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi , Where Death is Celebrated
6. Narrow Lanes of Varanasi
7. Kalbhairav Temple, Varanasi
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Dear Divine Souls,

After finishing with Ganga Bath , Nepali Temple and Lalita Ghat we  proceeded towards the most important shrine of Varanasi, King of all Jyotirlings , Kashi Vishwanath Mahadeva and Visalakshi Devi.   Both the temples are besides each other by a walk able distance of five minutes but one has to visit Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirling first and then Kashi Visalakshi Devi. From Lalita Ghat one can reach the second gate of  Kashi Vishwanath  Temple through the sleek 2 feet lanes of Kashi which is once again a tremendous experience.One post will be written specially on lanes of Varanasi. I always prefer to go by the second gate as gate number one or main gate is heavily crowded . Here from this gate one gets darshan in just 10 minutes.

Also everything is synchronised from second Gate . Ganga Bath , Nepali Temple, Tri Sandhyeshwar Ganesh Temple , Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Visalakshi Temple, Manikarnika Ghat and then from Manikarnika Ghat move on Kalbhairava Temple.

Towards Kashi Vishwanath Temple in lanes of Varanasi 

Monday, 1 April 2013

Twelve Jyotirlings of Lord Shiva



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Twelve Jyotirlings of Lord Shiva
Twelve Jyotirlings of Lord Shiva 


A "Jyotirlinga" or "Jyotirling" or "Jyotirlingam"  is a shrine where Lord Shiva  is worshipped in the form of a self manifested Swayambhu  "Lingam (pillar) of light." There are twelve traditional Jyotirlinga shrines in India according to spiritual texts . 

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