Several places sacred to Hindus lie along the banks of the river Ganga, including Haridwar, Allahabad and Varanasi. During the Loy Krathong festival in Thailand, candlelit floats are released into waterways in honouring the Buddha and the goddess Ganga for good fortune and washing away sins.Read More
Lal Bhairav Temple
Before reaching Vindhyachal,on the way there is Bhairava Temple on the road . Now in all Devi Puranas and Mahabhagwat it is said that where there is a Shaktipeeth there is always a Bhairava present in any form to guard. Here in Vindhayachal he is in the form of Lal Bhairava. There is huge 6 feet tall idol of Bhairava blood red in color showing one of his angry forms.One feels dense spiritual power here in addition to glimpses of fear. It is said that if do the only darshan of Bhairava also you will get all the benefits and fruits of visiting a shaktipeeth .
Importance of Vindhyavasini Shaktipeeth
Shrimad Devi Bhagwatam has given special importance and special mention to Vindhyavasini Shakti Peeth out of its 108 Shaktipeeths. Every years lakhs of devotees from every corner of India come here of both the Navaratri. Thousands of saints come to Vindhyachal Dham and Vindhya mountains for performing 9 days penance and meditation. Every day the temple has huge crowd of devotees.
Many scriptures state that there is no other shrine as pure as Vindhyachal elsewhere in the universe. The 3 supreme powers Maha Lakshmi, Maha Kali and Maha Saraswati reside at this place.
Devi Parvati had performed meditation at this place for Lord Shiva and got the name Aparna. Lord Rama performed Shraadh – Tarpan of his ancestors at Ramganga Ghat and established the Rameshwaram Linga. He also established the Ramkunda here in Vindhyachal . Lord Vishnu received Sudarshan Chakra from Lord Shiva at this place.
Vindhyachal is situated on the Mahalalakshmi Yantra which is circled with mountain is considered as the land of power. It is a very significant place out of the 108 Shakti Peetha and 12 Maha Peeths. According to legend back of Sati had fell at this place. This place has multiple virtues.
Vindhyachal is called as Shaktipeeth, Siddhipeeth and Manidweep in scriptures.
Hong Kong Disneyland opens at 10:30am but reaching early is advisable. It will give you chance to enjoy rides without any/long queue. It saves a lot of time later in the day as you are already through few rides before crowd starts pouring in. Use Hong Kong Disneyland App for choosing rides as soon as you enter. Selfie sticks & outside food or drinks are not allowed, so do not bring it with you.Read More
Well I did not see any angels, but yes truly a land of dreams ! Innumerous people come to Hollywood with this dream in their heart that they might get a chance in a film and make it big…..and end up being some impersonator on the Walk of Fame street…..Hmmmm….scary isn’t it…But what’s wrong in Dreaming….So Dream oh Dream !!!!Read More
Pattaya in Thailand is famous for adult fun and is not usually considered for family travel. However, it offers great experience to all kinds of travellers.
Come visit Pattaya with Vrinda (Kuhu). Vrinda is 8 years old. In this video she shares with you her top 5 tips on Pattaya, Thailand .Read More
I opted for tandem jump. On the assigned day, I reached Mysore airport. Staff from Kakini enterprises, organizers of the skydiving arrived later. There were about a dozen participants that day and my turn was at the end. That day’s group had few air force personnel and some adventure seekers like me. Those performing static dive had to undergo training previous afternoon and clear a test that morning, before instructor felt confident that they’re good to go. (Static dive is done without instructor, hence students should be familiar with emergency operations). A small Cessna would take participants up, one at a time. Watched others dive and eagerly waited for my turn. After each dive the parachute is repacked and readied for next jump.
By Mid day my turn came, all decked up in a red suite we boarded the cessna. My instructor, Rajan, demonstrated how to step out of the plane when in mid air. Another instructor got on board to record the precious life moments of my dive. Fitted with a goPro and a video camera on his helmet, he would jump with us to capture the memorable moments of free fall!
Cessna is like a TVS XL50- takes its own sweet time to climb up. Fighter jets take 30 seconds to reach 10000 ft, while Cessna 172 took full 30 mins. As the pilot took permission from ATC and became airborne, I enjoyed viewing Mysore airport and nearby places from high above.Read More
The medium sized Dzong, named as Yuduchuney Dzong, was not as big as the one at Trongsa or at Bumthang. It was situated on the lap of a hill, surrounded by very tall mountains with serene view. I met many youngsters over there in traditional Buddhist attire.Read More
पर्यटकों को लुभाने वाली तमाम जगहों से भरी राजस्थान की धरती में पुष्कर का एक अलग स्थान है, क्योंकि बाकी जगहों की तरह यहाँ कोई रेगिस्तान, महल या किला नहीं है, पुष्कर पूरे विश्व में अपनी पहचान रखता है अपनी धार्मिक और सांस्कृतिक विरासत के लिए I पूरे विश्व में ब्रह्मा जी का अकेला मंदिर पुष्कर में ही है, इस कारण हिन्दू धर्म में पुष्कर का एक बहुत ख़ास स्थान तो है ही पर उसके अलावा पुष्कर की इस विश्व स्तरीय पहचान के पीछे, हर साल कार्तिक के महीने में आयोजित होने वाले पुष्कर मेले की अहम् भूमिका है I साल के वो आठ दिन जब ये मेला चलता है, तो पुष्कर देश ही नहीं पूरी दुनिया के मानचित्र में होता है IRead More
What was supposed to be a 400km ride turned out to be a late night biking expedition covering 530kms, as we rode 60+kms in wrong direction. All was well till noon, when we stopped for lunch at Mae Sariang. Post lunch, we should have taken Route 105, instead we continued on Route 108. A few display said this road heads to Chiang Mai and that didn’t ring a bell to any of us. Only later, our pilot Sumon pulled over, cross checked his map, consulted our support team (who had take right turn) and decided that we need to go back. Without a whim we rode back all the way to the city where we had lunch. We should have added another 200 curves to our count by then, because of this extra ride.
It was evening by now and we still had another 230kms to cover. We fuelled up and began riding, this time in the right direction.
Soon it became darker and suddenly, we found ourselves on dirt track. This feels like India- we told ourselves. Our speed dropped to single digit and we negotiated the bad road slowly, maintaining gap between bikes to let the dust settle. We were very close to Burma border, with our road running parallel to it. There were hardly any vehicles other than hours and there were no lights or shops or anything else. Pitch dark, deep forest and 100 more kms to go.
By the evening it is time for the light and sound show in the precincts of the fort. The starry evening sky with the stories told through light and sound across various towers and buildings in the fort make the entire history come alive. A must watch for any tourist. A fascinating experience that will take one to edge of their chairs and marvel at the fate of dauntless men, women and children, who lived and thrived here ages ago, thus ended our trip to mystical city of Chittorgarh.Read More
Venice is a beautiful city, it is a group of islands and has no roads, only small streets and canals. To move around one needs to walk or take any of the water transports like water taxi or gondolas. Please watch my video for my top 5 favourites in Venice:Read More
Rajasthan with its rich culture, grand palaces and forts has always been one of the most coveted regions aspired by Mughals and later by British. The story of Udaipur and Chittorgarh are no less. Udaipur was built by the valiant Sisodia king of the Rajputs, Maharana Udaisingh in 1553. It was the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar. Udaipur succeeded Chittorgarh which was besieged and taken over by the Mughals. After 1818 it became a British princely state. Udaipur is popularly known as the “City of Lakes” with its numerous lakes major ones being the Fateh Sagar Lake, Pichola Lake, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Rang Sagar Lake and Doodh Talai Lake besides others. The city is flanked with ethereal gardens and mountain ranges.Read More
यहाँ एक बात मैं स्पष्ट कर दूं की हम लोग ज्योतिर्लिंग मंदिरों के बहुत विस्तार से दर्शन, पूजन, अभिषेक करने के इच्छुक रहते हैं तथा ज्योतिर्लिंग मंदिर के लिए अपेक्षाकृत ज्यादा समय की योजना रखते हैं अतः हमने श्री नागेश्वर ज्योतिर्लिंग मंदिर के लिए अगले दिन के लिए अलग से प्लान किया ताकि पहले दिन द्वारका दर्शन बस से भी नागेश्वर के दर्शन हो जाएँ तथा अगले दिन अलग से भी यहाँ आकर अभिषेक और दर्शन कर लें.
हम जब भी धार्मिक यात्रा पर जाते हैं तो हमारी हमेशा यही कोशिश रहती है की विश्राम स्थल मंदिर के जितना हो सके करीब हो, ताकि अपने प्रवास के दौरान हमारा जितनी बार मन करे उतनी बार हम भगवान् के दर्शन कर पायें, साथ ही साथ मन में यह संतुष्टि भी होती है की हम मंदिर के करीब रह रहे हैं, और हम मंदिर की सारी गतिविधियाँ देख पाते हैं.
उज्जैन के प्रमुख दर्शनीय स्थल निम्नानुसार हैं –
श्री महाकालेश्वर मंदिर, श्री बड़े गणेश मंदिर, श्री हरसिद्धि मंदिर, श्री चारधाम मंदिर, श्री नवगृह मंदिर, श्री प्रशांति धाम, श्री राम जनार्दन मंदिर, श्री गोपाल मंदिर, श्री गढ़ कालिका मंदिर, श्री चिंतामन गणेश, श्री काल भैरव, श्री भ्रतहरी गुफा, श्री सिद्धवट, श्री मंगलनाथ मंदिर, श्री संदीपनी आश्रम, वेधशाला, श्री चौबीस खम्भा मंदिर, शिप्रा नदी, कलियादेह पेलेस एवं इस्कोन मंदिर.
चूँकि हमारे पास समय की कमी होने की वजह से हम यह सारे मंदिर तो नहीं देख पाए लेकिन इनमें से अधिकतर स्थलों का अवलोकन करने का सौभाग्य हमें प्राप्त हुआ जिनका वर्णन करना मैं आवश्यक समझता हूँ.