Monday, April 25, 2011

In search of God....

Last to last week I went on , I want to call it pilgrimage , but will rather call a vacation to Shirdi and Nashik.

Procession of Shirdi Sai Baba
Shirdi  is the abode of Sai Baba, who was an Hindu saint and Muslim fakir, i.e. someone who is followed by both Hindus and Muslims alike. In fact there is a story that when he died , Hindu and Muslims started fighting for his body. Muslims said he is Muslim so they will bury him and Hindus said no he is Hindu so will have a funeral pyre for him. So in order to prevent the communal riots ,his dead body turned into roses. People call him an incarnation of God. My family is his ardent follower and had long wished to pay a visit to his holy land. I don't know whether he was an incarnation or God himself but at least what I really appreciate about him is the social work that he did for the poor people. The way he served and loved people irrespective of their caste ,creed or financial status is really commendable and worth following. 

The day after we reached was Ram Navami, the Birthday of Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This day is also auspicious for devotees of Sai Baba and is celebrated as Shirdi Divas. On this day there were close to 25 lakh devotees in Shirdi and everywhere we could see processions carrying Idols of Sai Baba like the one I clicked above.

The day we reached was comparatively less crowded and we could have darshan within an hour or two otherwise it almost takes 5-6 hours to have darshan.

On the evening of the day we reached we went to another pilgrimage nearby by the name of Shani Singhnapur (Pic shown below)
Shani Singhnapur
Shani Dev is also one of the 300 million Gods we worship and is the most feared of the Gods because of his anger. Shani Singhnapur is around 75 kms from Shirdi and it costs you around 100Rs for a round trip on the numerous taxis that ply between Shirdi and Singhnapur. The interesting thing about Singhnapur is that there are no doors on the houses and shops around the temple. In fact there is no door on the bank building thats nearby. Such is the ferocity of Shani Dev that no one can dare to do anything wrong.

So as I was saying, on Ram Navami day there were close to 2.5 million devotees in Shirdi so we knew that we can't do much at Shirdi , so we decided to go to Nashik, which is around 95 kms from Shirdi and costs you Rs 200 for a complete tour to Nashik and Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga which is further 35 Kms from Nashik.

Before going to Shirdi , I din't know much about Nashik and just thought of it as some important city of Maharashtra, but on reaching there I found out not only its one of the place where the Khumb happens every 12 years but mythologically its one of the most important city of India. Nashik is situated on the bank of Godavari and is also the place of Sangam of three rivers , Godavari, Aruna and Varuna. Below pics show the sangam point.

Sangam point

Nashik is one of the most important place in Hindu mythological epic Ramyana. It contains the place named Panchavati where Lord Ram, Goddess Sita and Lakshman spend their exile as per the wish of Ram's step mother Kaekai. And this was from where Goddess Sita was kidnapped by Demon king Raavana and taken to his kingdom in Lanka (modern day Sri Lanka) and thus leading to Lord Rama attacking Raavana's kingdom to kill him and bring back his wife. Actually Nashik got its name from the fact that when Raavana's sister Surpanakha tried to force Lakshmana to marry him, he cut down his nose and it fell on the bank of river Godavari and thus the place was named Nashik (Nas coming from nasal or nose).

Krypaleshwar , Nashik

Above is the picture of another temple named Kripaleshwar at the same point, which got its name from the following story. Lord Brahma who is the creator of this earth according to Hindu mythology, had 4 heads in 4 directions and due to his lust for the lady who was born from his navel (hence was considered his daughter) he created a fifth head on the top. Lord Shiva then cut that head and as Brahma was God , it was still considered as a sin and thus was advised by his devotee Nandi Bull to seek solace and remittance at Nashik and the temple was named in honor of Nandi Bull as Kripaleshwar (Lord of Fore head as he gave that good advice.)

KaleRam Mandir , Nashik

Above is the picture of Kale Ram mandir (Lord Rama in black marble) at Panchavati and there was a similar temple named Gore Ram and that was from where Goddess Sita was kidnapped. Also at Panchavati there was a cave in which the real Goddess Sita was hidden and Raavan only took an illusion of her along with him.

Trimbakeshwar Temple

From there we went to Trimbakeshwar(pic above) which is a Jyotirling. Jyotirlinga is a shrine of Lord Shiva where he exists as linga of light which is attained as the highest form of spiritualism. There are total of 12 Jyotirlinga in India. And I have been to 5 of these already.

All in all a very spiritual and enlightening trip and truly recommended to all. Although I was little disappointed by the commercialization of Shirdi but nevertheless a nice place to visit to experience various aspects of faith that people have in this world.

Monday, April 18, 2011

In outer space...

Just want some time alone... Somewhere far far away from where I currently am.. Somewhere where I can be quiet with no one to talk ...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

We are the World Ond Day Cricket Champions....

The day for which I so dreamed has finally arrived... We have won the Cricket World Cup... Thank God and "God" for it :)

Mom Oh Mom...

Mothers are simply amazing. Was just surfing through the channels trying to find something other than the cricket talks that is engulfing each n every media space, where people of any intelluct has an expert opinion on the Indian cricket team. Its World Cup final today between India & SriLanka.

So I landed on one such channel which was airing Sehwag's Mom's interview. The intervieweer asked her what was the last thing she said to Sehwag when he called , to which she replied "Beta kal kuch kar liyo (Son, do atleast something tomorrow) ".

This reminded of the time when I called my mom from college telling her I have topped my semester and her first remark was "You have passed in every subject right?".In her defence, in that semester we had a tough paper in which many people flanked. But the anxious tone she had with which she doubted despite me telling that I topped was so similar to what Sehwag's mom had when she said that.
I am not comparing our talents (as if I have any as compared to Sehwag) but to our Moms may be we are the same. Sehwag with his reputation and performance itself demoralizes the opposition without even touching a single ball and here his Mother asking him with a doubt in her mind that her son is not doing anything.

They are our biggest supporter and perhaps our biggest critic too....

Friday, April 1, 2011


The problem I have with most of the people who are close to me is that whenever I discuss anything thats bothering me with them , they always jump to provide me a solution. But I on the other hand is just looking for someone to listen me out. I am not saying they don't have the right to give their opinion but the moment they start giving it I feel as if they are judging me. Honestly I feel that the only person who can help me out is myself and the only person who has a solution is me. So when I am opening up to someone else its not for the practical approach which I myself very much capable of providing myself but its more for the emotional support.

My friend tells me that I have changed for good in the sense that I no longer get irritated with few particular things but the point is that now I don't want to show that iritation to others. Earlier it was because I wanted them to understand but now I have realised that I fail to make people understand me.
PS: Why Yellow??? Was listening to this lovely song by Cold Play while publishing this post.
Done with so much cricket cricket cricket... After this saturday let this euphoria stop forever