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A Trip To Shirdi

14 Nov

Shirdi Trip

On 20th June, Friday evening we started our trip to visit two holy places Nashik and Shirdi.
We decided first to go to Nashik and then to Shirdi. After 10 hours journey we reached to Manmad station, from there we went to Nashik by train.

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We stepped in the Nashik early morning. There was pleasant weather at place. We lodged in
a hotel and got ready for the rest of the day. We left the hotel at 11 AM for Trayambkeshwar.

The village of Trimbak, 36 kms from Nashik, is famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple and as the source of the
Godavari River
. Trimbakeshwar enshrines one of the 12 jyotirlingas dedicated to Shiva and this one is considered to be the main
jyotirlinga.

Legend has it that Guatam Rishi performed a rigorous ritual of prayer and penance or tapasya to Shiva on Brahmagiri
Hill which rises above the present-day temple. Pleased with this devotion, Shiva is said to have blessed him and brought
down to earth from heaven the sacred rivers of Ganga, Gautami and Godavari.

On the way to Trimbak it was beautiful panorama of nature. The mountains of various shaped cliffs, the grasslands
everything was creating eye catching scenes. Then we entered in Trimbak, we first went to a holy “Kund” near the main
temple. It was about 12 o’clock we started queuing up for the darshan of lord Shiva. By following the large queue for 3
hours, we could manage to catch the glimpse of the deity.

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After getting blessings of lord Shiva we proceed for the “Dudhsagar” waterfall. This is one of the more picturesque
spots around Nashik. Cascading 10 m into the valley at Someshwar are the Dudhasagar Waterfalls. The spumes from the
waterfall appear milky white and hence the name dudha or milk. You can reach the waterfall easily as there are steps cut into the rock.
We enjoyed about an hour in the waterfall playing with water. Then we moved towards Someshwar Mahadev temple and Navshay
Ganesh temple. These temples are of religious importance.

Then we moved to our next destination Saptashringi Devi Temple. The temple of goddess Saptashringi resides 55 kms from Nashik
at Wani. As you approach the temple a large rocky hill greets you. This is Saptashringi Hill. The goddess is known to have
possessed 18 weapons in 18 hands and is positioned ready to fight the demons. The journey to the temple also has some interesting
sights to offer. We stated towards Saptashringi in the evening, as the night was coming closer, the view of the hill was becoming
more beautiful. We reached to Wani at 8:30 PM. After buying the Prasad we started towards the main temple premises. The temple is
situated at the top of the Saptashringi hill. You have to go through about 500 stairs to get darshan of the goddess. After getting
darshan we took the Bhandara Prasad and left for the hotel. The night view of the temple from the bottom of the hill was awesome.
The whole temple was covered by the foggy clouds.

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Next day (21st June) morning we left for Shirdi by a private cab. It takes about 2 hours to get there from Nashik by road. 122 kms
from Nashik is the abode of one of Maharashtra’s most revered saint — Sai Baba of Shirdi. Popularly known as the ‘Child of God’,
Sai Baba preached tolerance towards all religions and the message of universal brotherhood.

Every activity at Shirdi revolves around the vast temple complex dedicated to Sai Baba. Devotees start queuing up in the early hours
of dawn to catch a glimpse and seek the blessings of the life-size statue of Sai Baba. Thursday is marked by special pujas and
darshan of the Sai Baba statue. There we got divided in two teams, one to visit famous Shani temple in Signapur and other to stay in
Shirdi itself. Then in evening we started queuing up, after 1 hour we got darshan of Sai Baba. There is one well managed museum in
the Temple complex which contains the articles used by Sai Baba.

At 10:30 PM we left for Kopergaon to catch our train to Nagpur with unforgettable memories of Nashik and Shirdi.

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Posted by on November 14, 2008 in Memories, Trips & Fun

 

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2 responses to “A Trip To Shirdi

  1. Abhinay Tiwari

    November 14, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Nice to see your memories refreshed mine too.
    thanks for this

     
  2. Neha Kapoor

    February 20, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    hey bhuppi!
    nice to see ur blog

     

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