CHITRAKOOT DHAM : Janaki Kund, Sati Anusuya Asharm and Gupt Godavari

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This is a lovely stretch of water where it is believed that Sita Maa used to take her bath during her exile at Chitrakoot. Janaki kund poses extreme serenity and tranquility to the pilgrims coming here . Pilgrims visiting Chitrakoot seldom spare the chance to take a dip in Janaki Kund since they strongly believe that these waters are blessed to be the bathing ghat of Sita devi.

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VAISHNO DEVI : Hotel and Helicopter Booking Information & Trek to Bhawan

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Next day early morning we woke up and headed towards the Banganga the Entrance to start the Vaishno Devi climb or Trek or foothills of Vaishno Devi Mountain. Before moving towards Banganga to start the Trek , one has to take a darshan receipt (parchi). For that the Shrine Board has made a separate counter. Unless you take the receipt ( parchi) you are not allowed to enter the trekking path or at Cave entrance. Sometimes in festive seasons even to get the receipt ( parchi )requires 2 – 3 hours. Yatra Registration Counter is located in a Town’s main circle called Main Chowk. From here itself one can go to Banganga which is around 1.5 to 2 kms. Here there are lot of Auto rickshaws available to go near Banganga at the rate of Rs. 50 .

After taking receipt we headed towards Banganga to start our final yatra. Initially we wanted to go via helicopter, but due to bad weather Helicopter services were stopped. So we thought of climbing 14 kms on our feet itself.Trek to Vaishno Devi is very steep but smooth till Ardhkuwari ( 5 kms ) . One becomes really tired climbing till here . After Ardhkuwari the road is less steep and can be covered by walking at a constant pace easily. There are two ways of reaching the main Shrine 1) Himkoti Marg, New one 2) Hathi Matha Marg, Old one . In both the paths again there were two bifurcations a) via plain slanting road b) via steps. We chose Himkoti slanting road for climbing and Hathi Matha marg via steps for climbing down.

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IMPORTANT TEMPLES OF VARANASI

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Tulsi Manas temple is one of the most famous temples of Varanasi. The Tulsi Manas temple is located near the famous Durga temple. It was built in white marble in the year 1964. The temple has been made more charming by the magnificent landscaping around it. The Tulsi Manas temple is dedicated to Lord Ram. It is believed to be built at the same place where Tulsidas wrote the famous Indian epic, Ramcharitamanas. The walls of the Tulsi Manas temple are engraved with verses and scenes from the Ramcharitammanas, the Awadhi ( Hindi) version of the Ramayana.

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VINDHYAVASINI SHAKTIPEETH : Vindhyachal Dham

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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.

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Two Ghumakkars Together :- It all happened this way……………………..

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This post starts with story of  two persons who were unknown to each other before a year. But due to common platform called The Great ” Ghumakkar.com” came together in the following way. They came together in such a way that if they speak about their episode to anyone they can’t believe them. Like mine, many infinitesimal (minute) relationships are growing . So my basic goal is to join these small infinitesimal relationships to one big infinite relationship.

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Sirsi and Sahasralinga , शिरसी और सहस्रलिंग

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अब माता के दर्शन के बाद मैं चला एक जगह जिसे कहते है सहस्रलिंग कहते है। सहस्रलिंग शिरसी से करीब 12 किमी दूर शिरसी – येल्लापुर हाइवे से कुछ अंदर है, यहाँ आप बस नहीं तो शेयर ऑटो करके आ सकते है। सहस्रलिंग पत्थरों से बनाए गए 1008 शिवलिंग है जो शाल्मला नदी पर स्थित है। इसके इतिहास के बारे में मैंने बहुत जाने कि कोशिश कि लेकिन मुझे ज्यादा पता नहीं चल पाया, लेकिन एक बात यहाँ आकर आपका मन जरूर शिवमय हो जाएगा इस बात कि गारंटी देता हूँ। बहती हुई शाल्मला नदी स्वयं इन शिवलिंगों का अभिषेक करती है 24 घंटे। घने जंगल, पवित्र वातावरण, शाल्माला नदी कि खडखडाहट के बीच स्थित यहाँ बड़ा भव्य आभास होता है। यहाँ हर शिवरात्रि पर बहुत भीड़ रहती है। पिकनिक के हिसाब से भी यह बहुत बढ़िया स्थल बनता है नहाने और मौज मस्ती के लिए। शहर से दूर आप काफी आनंद और अध्यात्मिक शान्ति का आभास कर सकते होता है । अब आप इस स्थल का दर्शन कर ले । ओम नमः शिवाय ।

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AMARNATH YATRA : Return Trek And Charri Mubarak

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Charri Mubarak is saffron robed Holy maces of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.These maces were used by Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati thousands of years ago while walking. At the moment the custodian of this mace is Mahant Deependra Giri and its abode is at Dashnami Akhara at Badshah Chowk , Srinagar. These maces ( Charri Mubarrak) travel to Amarnath Cave during the yatra and are offered prayers at various temples enroute Pahalgam, along with huge crowd of Sadhus and devotees. Before the yatra the Charri Mubarak procession reaches Sharika Bhawani temple in Hari Parvat Srinagar, then in Shankarachrya temple, Srinagar and finally moves ahead to Pahalgam on the fifth last day of Amarnath Yatra.Here in Pahalagm prayers are offered with a night stay.There are night halts at every important places coinciding with the legend of Amarnath Katha or Amarnath Cave. On fourth last day charri Mubarak halts at Chandanwadi. On third last day at Sheshnag . On second last day at Panchtarni and finally on the Raksha Bandhan day when the yatra ends the Charri Mubarak reaches the cave. After performing pooja and rituals Charri leaves to its abode in Srinagar via Baltal route and the cave and Yatra is closed. I got have darshan of these great maces and touch them when I was in Sheshnag. I was once again very fortunate to have the darshan as well touch these holy maces of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. Please have the vision of these great maces.

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UDUPI, उडुपी :- Shree Krishna Matt and KOLLUR, कोल्लूर :- Shree Mookambika Devi Temple

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यहाँ का प्रसाद सम्पूर्ण भोजन के रूप में आदमी की भूख को तृप्त करता है। हम दोनों के परिवार ने सच्चे मन से तृप्त होकर इस प्रसाद का सेवन किया था। बहुत ही स्वादिष्ट प्रसाद था, पहलें केले के पत्तों के बिछाने का आरम्भ होता है, फिर उन पत्तों पर पानी मारा जाता है साफ़ करने के लिए, फिर दो पुरुष चावल की गाडी लेकर चावल परोसते है, चावल के बाद आती है सांभर की बारी, चावल के ऊपर सांभर परोसने के बाद प्रसाद का सेवन शुरू कर सकते है।

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RAMNAGAR FORT

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Architecture of the Ramnagar Fort
This Great Structure was built by Kashi Naresh ( king of Varanasi ) Raja balwant Singh in 1650. He used yellowish cream coloured chunnar sandstone. The Fort is made in Mughal style of architecture with decorative and carved balconies, huge open courtyards and pavilions. The fort has museum which stores the articles used in history of kingdom of Benaras. It has been home to Kashi Naresh since 18th Century . The present resident of this fort is Anant Narayan Singh. He is also Maharaja of Varanasi.So only a part of the fortress is open for public viewing as the rest of it is the residence of Kashi Naresh and his family. The flag on the fort is raised when the Kashi Naresh is in residence in his palace fort. Within the fortress, the palace has two white towers, which are accessed by a flight of steps. At the end of the flight of steps, there is an archway and many courtyards that lead to the white tower. The private residence of the Maharaja is on one side of thetower while the Durbar Hall and reception rooms are on the other side. An inscription on the fort wall attests “Fortified House of the Rajah of Benares ” with his state Boat.

This buildings inside the fort are specially made high above the ground level so that in the case of flood they are safe.
Present opposite Tulsi ghat the fort offers mesmerizing views with its shadow reflecting on slow flowing Ganga river. The pontoon bridge which provides access to the fort has rickety planks. During the monsoon season, the fort is accessible across the river by ferry service only . Crossing the wooden bridge (pontoon) made up of floating drums on vehicle is no more than an adventure as if you travelling on the crooked pebbled roads of villages on a bullock carts. After crossing the river,climbing up a little bit and move towards left will bring one toward the gate of Ramnagar Fort. Many local handicraft shops are present where stunning artworks are sold for nominal price.

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