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My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
« on: November 09, 2005, 07:24:46 AM »
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  • I thought of visiting shirdi when my offer to the new company was confirmed. When I rang my aunt (mother's sister) to accompany us, my uncle (her husband) replied that we will go to Konark or some other place this time as we had visited shirdi few times. I made up my mind to go to some other place this time. Heart in heart I thought of going to Chennai if the trip to Konark do not materialise. Due to heavy rains in their place, it was evident after few days that we can't go to Konark.

    I began pressuring my mother to visit Chennai. One of my mother's friend never visited Shirdi before and she doesn't even know the story of baba. She just knows that baba is a god through my mother (her childhood friend) and also by the many temples of him. She asked my mother to take her to Shirdi and Srisailam sometime. I am asking my mother to go to Chennai and they are planning to visit Srisailam.

    Suddenly aunty asked me last sunday like why don't we go to Shirdi first? I replied ok, then, why not, as I first thought of visiting shirdi only. But to go to shirdi we can't take decision (ofcourse to go to any place, I need HIS permission). I told her like once I return home I will ask for HIS consent and if he gives the permission we will go. I came home and opened Sai Leelamrutham. There I got the message like, 'A pilgrimage would be fruitful only when it has got Sadguru's blessings'. Then I insisted like that is what I am seeking your permission and blessing.  I again opened the book and there HE gave HIS consent. 'First go to shirdi and then go to your home'. This is the first time in few years that HE has given a message as soon as it was requested.

    Later when we heard the news of floods in Chennai my mother commented that 'That is why baba changed our minds and directed us to Shirdi instead of Chennai'. Yes. I was in such a state that I feel like going to chennai at any cost (this time I wished to visit Anna Baba Mandir too and other temples too if possible). It is too adamant to say that I would have gone (No one can do anything without HIS wish), but my urge was as such. Anyway baba directed me to shirdi itself.

    That is how we planned a trip to shirdi and we got the tickets in RAC. Anyhow on the day of leaving our reservation was confirmed.

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    How the place, Vani, came into picture!

    As our trip was scheduled for 3 days, I thought of going to Pandarpur. My mother likes the place a lot and me too. Also it has been a long time (2 years) since we visited Pandarpur. We boarded in 'Hotel Sachin' run by Sri Kumaraswamy, a resident of nellore. He asked us to stay in that hotel when we went to meet him in our previous trip to shirdi. He was not there but his people there provided us the room and all as we informed them before hand. When I enquired them about pandarpur they said it was almost 16 hr journey to and fro. So we gave up the idea and decided to stay back in shirdi itself.

    While on the queue to Samadhi Mandir my mother spoke to one gentleman and he said that he is a telugu guy and he has been residing in Nasik for the last 23 yrs with his family. He then spoke of Vani and said that it is a 2 hr journey from Trayambak and she is a powerful goddess and there would be festivities during Vijayadasami. Then I felt happy. I always wished to visit the places mentioned in Sai Leelamrutam. So I thought of going to Vani. It was as if baba is saying through him to go to Vani.

    When we went to hotel I enquired them and they rang to the taxi person and they said that very few people ask for Vani and they have to bring a vehicle only for us for the trip and it would cost Rs. 1600 to and fro (Vani, Trayambak and Panchavati). First my dad and my brother decided to stay at shirdi only. So we told him that we will ask my father and will inform him whether we go or not.

    At the same time, the cook there told that she has been to Vani many times and it would be like Tirumala on seven hills and we have to walk 750 steps to reach the temple after reaching the top hill. Then my heart was sinked with disappointment as both my mother's friend and my dad have arthritis problem and they may cancel the trip. My dad denied to visit vani and he said that he would stay back. Only my brother agreed to come along with us. But the next day morning somehow my dad too changed his mind and we embarked on the journey.

    The hotel people are so considerate that they offered the empty room(as the rooms are vacant. Shirdi too is normal without much crowd.) to have our bath quickly. The van came late and we started at 7 am instead of 6 am. The driver is a telugu guy only. I am also happy that we are visiting Trayambak (I like this temple too a lot for the architecture. Two eyes are not enough to see the beauty of it). I am also happy that I am going to see two new places Vani and Panchavati. In my earlier trips (on tourist bus) they didn't show us.
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    Visiting Vani - Saptasringi goddess' abode

    We started by 7 am at Shirdi and reached Vani by 11 am. The temple is on seven hills like the lord Venkateswara. The condition of road is good and also the way is full of greenery. I could see many flowery crops(Bamti Poolu) and grape gardens.

    The ghat road on the hills is not so curvy. Even the climate is sunny. I haven't seen the picture of Saptasringi Devi until the vehicle was parked at a shop. There are many shops that sell different pooja items. We can offer Rupas (the forms of hands, legs and different organs of body), coconut, saree, bangles, flowers, incense sticks and camphor. The sarees are also of different measurements viz., 5 gajas, 6 gajas etc., But the sarees of length 12 gajas can only be decorated to goddess. A basket of pooja items - a coconut, incense sticks, camphor and flowers costs Rs. 31. If 5 gajas saree is added, it costs Rs. 101. If 6 gajas saree is added, it costs Rs. 125. That is about the cost of the pooja items.

    From this place (atop seventh hill), there are approximately 750 steps. The steps are somewhat stoop and slope like. I too feared a lot to climb them. I climbed each step by chanting baba's name. I was the first one to reach the sanctum sanctorum. The Darshan was wonderful. The goddess is so beautiful and she is decorated wonderfully. The idol is 8 ft. tall and she is smeared with Sindhoor and was tied a Silk Saree (Pattucheera). There are many idols of Lord Ganapati beside the steps on the way to the temple. There are also the idols of Lord Hanuman smeared with Sindhoor. Also present were Lord Rama with Sita, Laxmana and Hanuman. One can also see many monkeys as one climbs the steps.

    My mother and her friend stopped half-way.  I went to the main temple and offered the pooja items of ours and also aunty's to the priests there. One has to see the beauty of the goddess' idol. It is really wonderful and decorated well. Though the eyes are big, she looks cool but not as 'Ugra Roopini'. We also can find 'Padukas' there and we can touch the padukas as we cannot touch the idol which is at a distance to us. One priest will keep Sindhoor on devotees' foreheads.

    Heart in heart I wished they too come and offer prayers. Slowly my brother, my father, then my mother and her friend too came. They are all very happy that they could climb the steps and could take darshan successfully. I thought of doing archana but as my father couldn't sit (due to Rheumatism - Knee pain), I paid money and requested the archana to be done on Diwali day.

    On return journey we feel a sense of strength in us and we were very much rejuvenated. We all understood that it is the result of the darshan.

    Visit to Panchavati

    We visited Nasik (only a temple with all marble idols and also Padmavyuham) and Trayambak earlier when we went on a trip to holy places in a tourist bus. But they didn't take us to Panchavati.

    Panchavati is an area of few acres where Rama used to live for 4 months during the Vanavasa period. (I wish the entire place is walled and there shouldn't be any residents but only trees to be planted.) We have to go through old and narrow streets to see 6 to 7 mandirs. Godavari water here is very dirty.

    We can see 'Arthanareeswara' form of Lord Shiva before the confluence of Godavari river and two more rivers. We can see children diving into the water and they ask the pilgrims to throw coins into the water so that they can bring them back and keep those coins with them. Diyas (lamps) are also sold with flowers as a set to be left in the water.

    After few yards, we can see the temple which houses the lords Dattatreya, Gayatri Devi, Shiva , Ganapati.

    'Nasika' means Nose in Sanskrit. It is here that Lakshmana, younger brother of Lord Rama, cut the nose of Surphanakha, younger sister of Ravana. Hence the name 'Nasik'. The agitated Ravana sends his brothers with army to kill Lakshmana. Then Rama hides Sita in a secret place (Guha) and to remember the place he plants 5(Panch) trees (Vata) - (Pancha Vati). So we can see 'Seetaguha' there. We have to go downstairs through a very very narrow opening. We can see beautiful idols of Seeta, Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuma.

    Besides that there is a Sivalinga in another room and we have to come upstairs from that side through another narrow opening. Near Sitaguha we will find the 5 trees numbered.

    The best temple in Panchavati is Kalaram temple. One must visit this temple if they happen to go to Nasik.  The story goes like this. In the godavari river (actually the confluence of three rivers) near this temple, people found the black idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman.
    So the then peshwa of the place brought black stones from different places and built the present temple. They used only limestone and milk instead of cement. The significance of the architecture of the temple is that on the day of Srirama Navami, the first ray of sun falls at the feet of the idol of rama in the sanctum sanctorum.

    The temple is in the middle and there is much open space on all sides inside the prakara (compound wall). We can take the photo of the idols here.

    The autowallas charge Rs. 51 to take us to all these temples and they act as guides too.

    Visit to Trayambak

    Trayambak, one of the Jyothirlingas and also the idol of Shivlinga is very different. The shivlinga here is the form of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. We can see the forms at 3 corners of the same linga. (I am not good at explaining this form. I wish we can see the idol in photos). The architecture of Trayambak temple is in the Hemadpant's style. One has to see the sculpture. So lively and lovely are the images over there.

    But the premises of the temple changed a lot. The place became very crowded with shops and all. At the back of the temple one can see a temple of Gayatri Devi. It is so beautiful. We can go inside and can touch the feet of the idol. We also can see a thin line of water (godavari) here.

    We have to walk for 5 minutes to go to a place where we can find Pushkarini (with godavari water). Actually Trayambak is the birth place of Godavari. We have to climb 750 steps to see that place. Unfortunately I couldn't go there even this time (this is my 3rd visit to Trayambak). Only in the morning time pilgrims are allowed to go to the spot.

    Near the pushakarini we can find Shiva temple and the priest there offers to perform Archana and bless us that our trip to Trayambak be successful and we get the fruits of the pilgrimage to the place.

    One can see different types of prayer articles here in various metals. We feel an urge to buy all of them. On the way back to Shirdi, we can find a hotel run by telugu people (from Vijayawada).  We left Trayambak at 6:15 pm on 30th october, 2005.

    Back to Shirdi

    We returned to shirdi the same night by 9 pm. I wished to go for ShejArati and remain there for Kakad Arati in the queue but my parents refused. So I remained in the room. The next day we booked tickets for Sai Satya Vratam. Very few people are there. Only the first 4 rows are filled. But this time VIP disease attacked this place too. The first row is reserved for VIPs. I was little disturbed as I always used to get the first row whenever I go to do the Pooja. (Initially too that day I was disturbed.) But I feel like wherever we sit, we have to do the Pooja with utmost devotion. But this time I was somewhat angry on baba and satyanarayana swamy and I begin to shed few tears with frustration. I began to question baba and satyanarayan swamy that I love this vratha and believe in the greatness of this pooja but why I was deprived of the fruits of this vratha and why HE was so indifferent to me and my sorrow.  

    There was very less crowd. I could take baba's darshan leisurely for 1/2 an hour. I got cova (sweet) as prasad from the security guards inside the samadhi mandir. They took the prasad from the priest and they distributed it to some of us who are standing in the Samadhi Mandir. I went to Dwarakamai, Gurusthan and Parayan Hall. I distributed the prasad of Sai Satya Vratam in the prayer hall and also to the beggars near hanuman temple. I also bought bread and distributed them among the beggars there. I usually do not go for shopping and try to spend as much time in the Parayan Hall as possible. This time I went for shopping and bought few photos of baba and also a small idol of Natya Ganapathi (Lord Ganesh in dancing pose).

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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
    « Reply #1 on: November 09, 2005, 07:47:17 AM »
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  • Prasanthiji you are indeed in Baba's arms always and

    your experience and number of trips to Shirdi itself makes me feel that

    I have had Sai's darshan through you.

    Thanks for sharing the same.

    Sai should grant such chance to all His beloved devotees.

    JAISAIRAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
    « Reply #2 on: November 09, 2005, 09:27:05 AM »
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    Rasanthi dear, reading your post it felt as though we had been there with you. Thank you for sharing your blessings with us. You are indeed a blessed child of BABA.

    OM SAI RAM

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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
    « Reply #3 on: November 09, 2005, 06:43:13 PM »
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  • Sister Prasanth,
    Yopu experience is most beautiful. Yes very thing happens according to HIM. You are indeed blessed.

    om sai sri sai jai jai sai
    om sai sri sai jai jai sai
    om sais ri sai jai jai sai.

    Ram Kumar.
     

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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
    « Reply #4 on: November 10, 2005, 12:09:21 AM »
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  • Thank you all dear sai bandhus for sharing your feelings. Yes. I am HIS child. Usually children are mischievous and naughty towards parents. But here our dear father is being mischievous and naughty with me. Let us see how long will HE be the same :)

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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
    « Reply #5 on: November 10, 2005, 03:26:04 AM »
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    Prasanthi, my dearest, BABA has called you to Shirdi seven times so far and it doesn't look like HE'd ever stop. HE has taken you to all the sacred places you longed to be, gave you the most wonderful Darshan everywhere -- and you call HIM mischievious and naughty?
    Well, if so, then this is the most loving caring mischieviousness and naughtyness I've ever heared of ... [;)][:)]

    OM SAI RAM and HAPPY BABA's DAY TO YOU AND ALL

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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
    « Reply #6 on: November 10, 2005, 03:50:58 AM »
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  • Hello Astrid ji,

    Yes. Ofcourse. He is there with me. He does everything for me. Even in the job front also after 4 years of struggle, He has chosen a good position for me. Time became good for me after much trauma I undergone. I am feeling great relief. But HE is not addressing a serious issue that bothers me a lot. HE know what is there in between HIM and me. But still HE is just watching when I am experiencing life going out of me. I can say that HE let me undergo the most troublesome period, the very much trauma in the best possible manner. I couldn't think of any smooth sailing rather. But HE is not talking to me. HE maintains HIS silence. It is very hard to go through. Even if HE scolds me, if HE talks thats ok. HE doesnt' scold me but didnt' talk either. That is my problem.

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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
    « Reply #7 on: November 10, 2005, 04:01:08 AM »
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  • OMSAIRAM!Prashanthi garu.....you are the blessed one to be called to Shirdi 7 times.........you are really meritorious and BABA's blessed child.........
    After I read your mail i longed to see Sri Rajarajeshwari Devi at Saptashringi, Nasik..............i searched and found this photograph of maa......

    http://chitrapurmath.net/csfeb03_01.htm

    http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/mtdc/Shrines.aspx?strpage=shrines_Saptashringi.html

    http://www.nashik.com/travel/shirdi.html

    THANKYOU PRASHANTHI GARU !

    ..........coz of you i had darshan of Saptashrungi Nivasini (one who lives on a mountain with 7 peaks).


    Sai baba let your holy lotus feet be our sole refuge.OMSAIRAM


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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
    « Reply #8 on: November 10, 2005, 06:39:26 AM »
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  • Deepikaji, thanks for the great urls. I didn't search NET. Wow. What a wonderful photo, the third one. Yes. The Goddess is very beautiful and cool. I bought a CD there and in that CD, they picturised the way the priests do various abhishekams and decorate the goddess with saree, nose ring and bindi on forehead. It is as if they are doing it like a mother dressing and decorating her child.

    I am really very happy that I could visit Wani most unexpectedly. We never thought that we could go (Though I have a wish that I should visit all places mentioned in Sai Leelamrutam).

    Thank you once again for sharing those urls.

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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
    « Reply #9 on: November 10, 2005, 07:32:10 AM »
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  • Great links deepikaji,thanks for sharing with us all.
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    « Reply #10 on: November 10, 2005, 08:17:01 AM »
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  • Baba wanted to see your presence in Shirdi. HE must be missing you.

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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
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  • Rightly   said Raviji and even I was thinking the same.

    Happy Baba's day to you and I am sure all is well at your end.

    SAI bless you always with  lots of happiness.

    JAISAIRAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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    Re: My Seventh Trip to Shirdi
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  • Great!! A Travelogue!!!! I wish there were specific blog for religious travelogues
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