Saturday, November 17, 2012

Puttapurthy,Nashik, Tryambkeshwar, Shirdi & Shignapur

I had the good fortune of travelling in different part of India and some of the countries out side India too. During our college days as part of curriculum I travelled during 2nd year to 5th year of our Engg course almost to all part of India. I had also good fortune of travelling through USA, Europe, South Africa, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka & Dubai during my professional life.
Recently I travelled to Puttaparthy, Nashik, Trambakeshwar, Shirdi, Shignapur, Ellora, Ajanata, Daulatabad & Grishneshwar. It was on of most aspiring journey to these places and I will put forward the interesting points of our journey. I was on tour to Bangalore and my wife, sister Deepa & Brother in law were visiting Puttaparty during the time. There was Karnataka bandh due to Cauveri water problem that day and I could not continue meeting at Bangalore. This gave me un-expected chance of visiting Puttaparthy with others.
Puttaparthy is a organised small township in Andhra Pradesh approx 100 km from Bangalore.Impressive social work of Sathya Sai Baba trust is visible every where.. The temple is big & beautiful. We could not take any photos as camera & mobile is not allowed.
                                              Super Speciality Hospital at Puttaparthy 
The programme to visit Shirdi was not planned but as if Baba was asking us to come.  Our programme was made to visit Shirdi alongwith my Sister & Brother in-Law (who visit Shrdi every year) and I roped in my another Sister & brother In law.
Natural Thumbs-up on a Hill between Manamd & Nashik
We first visited Tryambkeshwar from Nashik. Tryambkeshwar is one of 12 Jytirlinga situated near source of Godavari river. Surprisingly this mighty river is like a small rivulet  at this place. Since the day was sunday we had to stand in Q for 3 hours before we had darshan.
                                          Scene when returning from Tryambekeshwar
Next day we travelled by taxi to Shirdi and stayed in MTDC hotel - Pligrims-Inn. We stayed for 3 days in Shirdi and took part in Darshan, Arti, Abishek pooja, Satyavrat Puja, reading  the katha etc. Reading Sai-baba's katha in parayan room with devotion for 3 days was very soothing to soul. We had tasty tea for Rs 1 and full meal for Rs 10 only (at Prasadalaya)
                                                      Prasadalay at Shirdi
Shani Shignapur has a renowned Shani mandir where people offer oil to Shani maharaj (a black stone without any proper shape). Signapur is renowned to have no theft and many buildings are without doors- I lost my chappals in the Mandir.
Sugar Cane Mill on way to Shgnapur

From Shignapur we proceeded to Aurangabad to visit Ellora, Ajanta, Grishneswar & Daulatabad

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ashok Dham near Lakhisarai..

Recently while returning from Samastipur - I asked the driver where is Ashok dham. We were very near the road which leads to this Temple. The driver quipped shall be go there and I could not resist the temptation and immediately agreed. Lord Shiva was obviously call us for a Dashan. We went to Ashokdham now called Sri Indradamaneshwar Mahadev.
Some 20 years ago one young boy named Ashok was playing in the field when he saw some stone like thing peeping through the mound. When the mound was dug up a huge ancient Shivlinga was found. Many other old artefact and idols were also found. Lot of articles were written in the papers that time claiming that this place was actual Harihar Kshetra since river Harohar flows near by.

Now the place is devloped as a magnifiscent temple complex with a nice dharmashala etc. The place is about 5-7 km from Lakhisarai. Some snaps taken there is added..A place worth visitng !

Back to memory lane- Our School at Jamui

Even after one year, I am unable to come out of stories related with my old High School at Jamui. Recently I met grand son of School Chaprasi Late Usman who will ring the bell or provide drinking water to students in those days. His grand son  drove our vehicle from Samastipur to Jamui recently. I was back in memory lane. Another Chaprasi was Mahadev.. forgot name of 3rd Chaprasi we had. These guys made our life in school so comfortable..God give all the peace to their souls..