Maheshwar

महेश्वर – एक दिन देवी अहिल्या की नगरी में : भाग 1

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ये तो था एक संक्षिप्त परिचय महेश्वर से और अब हम चलते हैं अपने यात्रा वर्णन की ओर. बारिश का मौसम, सुबह सुबह का समय, अपना वाहन और इस सबसे बढ़कर सुहावना मौसम सब कुछ बड़ा ही अच्छा लग रहा था. रास्ते में बाहर जहाँ जहाँ तक निगाह जा रही थी सब दूर हरियाली ही हरियाली दिखाई दे रही थी. हम सभी को बारिश का मौसम बहुत ज्यादा पसंद है, खासकर मुकेश को. जैसे ही मानसून आता है, एक दो बार बारिश होती है बस इनका मन घुमने जाने के लिए मचल उठता है, और हमारे ज्यादातर टूर बारिश के मौसम में ही प्लान किये जाते हैं.

मन में बहुत सारा उत्साह बहुत सारी उमंगें लिए हम बढे जा रहे थे अपनी मंजिल की ओर की तभी ऊपर आसमान में बादलों का मिजाज़ बिगड़ने लगा काले काले बादल घिर आये थे और बिजली की कडकडाहट के साथ तेज बारिश शुरू हो गई. मौसम की सुन्दरता एवं बारिश का आनंद हम कर में बैठ कर तो भरपूर उठा रहे थे लेकिन अब हमें चिंता होने लगी थी की यदि बारिश बंद नहीं हुई तो हम महेश्वर में घुमक्कड़ी तथा फोटोग्राफी का आनंद नहीं उठा पायेंगे और मन ही मन भगवान् से प्रार्थना करने लगे की हमें महेश्वर में बारिश न मिले. ईश्वर ने हमारी प्रार्थना स्वीकार कर ली थी और कुछ ही देर में मौसम खुल गया और पहले से और ज्यादा खुशगवार हो गया. सड़क के दोनों ओर कुछ देर के अंतराल पर भुट्टे सेंकनेवालों की छोटी छोटी दुकाने मिल रही थी, एक जगह से हमने भी भुट्टे ख़रीदे जो की बड़े ही स्वादिष्ट थे.

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The Water Symphony

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Omkareshwar , one the 12 revered Shiv temples ( Jyoteerling) is actually on an island called Mandhata in Narmada. On the south bank you will find the Mamaleshwar also among the 12. The town is similar to all temple towns all over India, full of small lanes packed with Pooja shops and hotels, a free passage to all living animals including humans, devotees and pestering priests and in addition there were flocks of flies as the monsoon special. Omkareshwar is a modern looking temple from the outside however we know the place is ancient and there are ornate pillars inside the temples which give a glimpse of the old temple. Everything inside the temple is to ensure that you should not feel peaceful. The ceramic tiles, the water abhishek mechanism where water goes in a tube and then gets poured on the shivlinga, the overbearing crowd of priests offering a menu card of abhishek in various types and costs. The only time you find solace is when you come out and look at the serene Narmada. That is the real ‘Darshan’ for me.

Mamaleshwar on the other bank is visible from this side with its ornate high shikhar and a red flag fluttering to show the location amongst the crowd of several other small temples and houses. All built in red sandstone, Mamaleshwar has that special quality of providing a devotional experience to the visitor. The temple is typical Nagar style with up-swinging Shikhar. There are many small and medium temple structures in the clean premise. The elaborate door frames and beautiful sculptures on the outer walls of temples are worth a watch. In the premise, we also find several pieces of temple structure strewn away. A lone ‘amalak’ the round top of the shikhar, some carvings and ‘chandrasheela’ – an ornate step to get into the Garbhagriha are all there stashed away, silently suffering the passage of time.

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