Religious

The Leisure Road Trip to Kolkata

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In the morning we got up by 4:30am. All the end moment packing was done starting from camera charger, laptop and mobile charger. We were in a hurry as we had planned to leave by 5:00am and we were running late. Never mind we were ready by 6:15am and left our home sweet home by 6:30am. The Toyota Fortuner which I was going to drive became a small caravan with the facility for breakfast, lunch and some other tits-bits and beverages like a bottle of Coca-Cola, Tea, and Coffee.

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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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औरंगाबाद: अतीत के आईने में

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हम वहां के अत्यंत शांतिपूर्ण माहौल में पहुंचकर तथा औरंगजेब की कब्र के सामने खड़े होकर स्तब्ध तथा आश्चर्यचकित होकर आँखे फाड़ फाड़ कर देख रहे थे और सोच रहे थे……एक समय हिन्दुस्तान पर राज़  करने वाले बादशाह की कब्र…….इतनी साधारण…….इतनी सादगी लिए……….ऊपर छत भी नही……….हमारी इस जिज्ञासा को शांत किया वहीँ पर खड़े एक मौलाना रूपी गाइड ने.

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On The Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka

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The high point of our yatra was the visit to Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sigiriya or Simha Giriya ( Lion Rock ) is a gigantic rock formation ( 660 ft high ) on top of which a complex capital city was built by one king Kashyap and which was said to have been later usurped by Ravana. Still later, it was used by Buddhists to promote their religion. The rock and its surroundings presents a unique concentration of urban planning, architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art.

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Maharashtra Jyotirlings – Aundha Nagnath, Baijnath and Grhrineshwar

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धर्मशाला में रूम का पता किया तो कोई 700 कोई 500 मांग रहा था, हालांकि वहां मन्दिर ट्रस्ट का धर्मशाला भी है वो मन्दिर के पीछे की और है और किसी पण्डित ने बताया की वहां सिर्फ 100 रुपए ही रुकने का किराया है, उन्ही पण्डित जी से हमने अभिषेक करवाने के लिए बात की तो वो भी हमारे साथ हो लिए की चलिए पहले आपको रूम की व्यवस्था करवाता हूँ फिर आराम से अभिषेक और पूजा के लिए चलना क्योंकि सोमवार होने की वजह से बाबा का पूजा अभिषेक 7 बजे तक करने की इजाजत मन्दिर प्रबन्धन देता है,

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Atla and Nalateswari

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Next day we have time in hand so we decided to visit a Shakti peetha called “Nalhateswari Devi” According to the mythologies it is here where the “nala” or throat of goddess Shakti had fallen and so the shrine came to be known as the Maa Nalateswari. It is located in Nalhati, a municipality in Birbhum District of West Bengal near the West Bengal – Jharkhand border.

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The land of monasteries and mysteries of God……

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I entered the ‘Spiti Valley – The Middle Land’ realizing that i have lost all the contact with the world outside. If everything goes according to the plan, it would be after 3 days i.e. on 7th Oct evening when I’ll get the network back upon reaching Manali. But for now let me enjoy the beauty of the Spiti Valley for the final 27 kms left to cover from Sumdo to Tabo. As the valley now divided into two parts ‘Light & Shade’ looked magnificent in the setting sun….

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Kolkata to Kumayon- at the holy city Varanasi

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We started at 0700 hrs from Lucknow, had our mobile breakfast on the way keeping in mind to cover the distance of 314 kms to Varanasi within midday or a bit more to enjoy the essence of the holy city “Varanasi”, as we only scheduled there for only a day. I purposely avoided the NH 30 and NH 19, which went through Allahabad, remembered the situation while we started through Allahabad in the beginning, though there was no special cause of traffic jam that time but didn’t take the risk.Hence took the NH 30 and to NH 31 after Raeberilley from “Modhupuri”. It took the clock 6 hours to stuck 1300 hrs when we reached at Varanasi.

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The legendary Tarapith temple

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 In next 30 mins we were at Rampurhat station, for going to Tarapith one needs to take means of transport from here only. There are numerous mode of transport starting from e-rickshaws, Van-rickshaws, Autos and maruti omni.We hired an  Auto rickshaw for INR 300 and dumping our luggage we sat in bliss and waiting to reach our destination as soon as possible. The entire way towards Tarapith is now becoming commercialized day by day due to increasing number of devotees and mostly its now a weekend getaway as it serves both spiritual and fun peaceful sojourn for travelers.

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Manikaran Sahib, Kullu – A short visit

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As heat in Delhi became unbearable, as we gave up on staying alive in the huge bar-be-que that seemed to follow us wherever one would go, and finally as our frustration psyched us out since we could not find an appropriate, worthy, exciting place for our holiday – along came Kasol. To make the deal more lucrative, it came across that Gurudwara Manikaran Saheb was close-by, hence a visit was warranted.

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सुनो नंदी

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नवीं सदी में बने इस मंदिर में पहुंचने पर तुम्हे वहां विराजमान देखकर बच्चों को समझ आ गया कि भगवान शिव का मंदिर है. और ये भी कि नन्दीश्वरा का अर्थ है नंदी के ईश्वर। किन्तु एक बालिका को तुम्हारे कान में कुछ कहता देख अचरज़ हुआ. कौतूहल

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