My Girnar Experiences

June 17, 2018

No. 14

Filed under: Girnar, Shri Dattatraya Temples — Tags: , — Prashant Ghotikar @ 11:48 am

9-Jun-18

2.00pm : Reached Junagadh by Saurashatra Mail….went to City Star Rest House…welcomed by Uncle….freshen up….had some rest…thought this time will visit Shri Kashmiri Bapu Ashram.

3.50pm: Went down…had snacks @ Girnar snacks and then tea @ Kailash tea stall…..have asked them will I get darshan of Kashmiri Bapu now….they said…yes..but you will need to come back after evening aarti @ 7pm….as nobody is allowed to stay there…..except their volunteers

4.00pm: Started with special Tumtum for Rs:80/-…reached Lambe Hanuman Temple….(I know how to reach there, as I went there last time)

4.20pm: Started from Lambe Hanuman Temple……reached at 4.40pm….so 20 mins walk with my pace…so I guess….distance will be around 2-2.5km from Lambe Hanuman Temple….there were people waiting for darshan….they said Bapu will come by 5pm…so waited…..there was arrangement of water & Tea

5.30pm: One of the volunteer asked us to be in Queue….so rather than Bapuji coming in the Hall, which I thought….darshan started @ 5.30….each one went to other side…there was one room where Bapuji was seated on a bed….every one was taking darshan from outside the room….as no one was allowed inside the room…..did took darshan of Bapuji and tried to put Bapuji’s image in my memory !!!…..he is pretty old now….so his photos that we see on internet are pretty old….when he was young (relatively !!)…..he was waiving his left hand to give ashirwad to visitors….then I took darshan of one (old) Mataji as well….she waived both hands for Ashirwad to all visitors….she asked all people to take prasad as well….took plate and bowl and seated in a row…prasad was roti, subji, dal & rice…had small quantity of each…as already had snacks…after prasad…..washed dish and bowl and kept in the same place.

6:00pm: started to return…thought to go by walk…as I had to do cross training today…so thought walking will be best……on the way, saw 11 mukhi Hanuman Temple…had darshan inside…..on the route, Junagadh team has created an open park…so its like tourist destination for junadagh wale….road is too good….people do race pretty fast on the road…..reached Kalwa chowk by 7.30pm….good 1.30 hrs of walk

7.30pm: Bought few items for tomorrow’ darshan…..coconuts, flowers, pedha, banana

8:00pm: Had onion ottampum in one and only south Indian hotel sum stall.

9:00pm: Packed bag for tomorrow and tried to sleep early.

 

10-Jun-18

2.50am: Wake up and ready by 3.50am

3.50am: Went down and took auto for Rs: 80/-

3.57am: Started by bowing down on first step.

4.43am: Reached Raja Gopichand and Bhartuhari Gufa

5.11am: Reached Jain Derasar

5.18am: Reached Gaumukh Ganga

5:29am: Reached Ambaji

5.38am: Reached Gorakhnath Temple

5.48am: Reached Kamandalu Kund

5:58am: Reached Dattatraya Temple

Had good darshan…though could not sit for few minutes…as guard asked to leave….obeyed his orders and went to Kamandalu kund…had good darshan…the temple premise is renovated and made it bigger..construction is still going on….

While climbing the steps…thought came in my mind that this Girnar Journey started when I did Kailash Mansarovar Yatra…at that time there were 2 members who were from Junagadh……after having darshan for first time….one fine day….when I visited my sister’s house…..she gave me one book which she bought from “raddiwala” for Rs: 10/-….just by looking at the front cover which was having Shri Gurudev Dattatraya’s Photo…..it was the book by Mr…...( I forgot the name, as well as not able to find that book at my home…will update when I will have ) who did Girnar yatra for 21 times……after reading the book..thought I will also try to have 21 yatras….so started the Journey…..or say Gurudev Datta allowed me to have these darshan….till now no. 14…now decided that I will not write these blogs after 21 count.…which was my original target….as when I achieve this…..my original target will be completed…..though I will love to have darshan many more time after that as well….but will not write my “counts”….as this may built up my “ego”….21, 25, 30, 50 etc….which I do not want to…need to be “on ground” every moment…as I have already seen people…when I say I had darshan for x many times now….they found me/sounds like I am special…..frankly found that my ego goes up…..though momentarily…….though I know, it is only because of Gurudev who allowed me his darshan for so many times…..so unless I found new thing in Junagadh….will write only on new things/place/temples…..lets see

6:27am: Started from Kamandalu Kund.

Reached Ambaji Mata Temple and participate in first morning Arti as well….saw Mr. Nilesh as well…he recognized me…though after darshan..he left and I could not talk to him.

7:57am: Reached exactly at base !!

so this time had Darshan of Shri Kashmiri Bapu as well !!…hopefully have another darshan in this year…lets see.

 

 

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March 8, 2018

Girnar-13

My first darshan of year 2018 !…this time not alone but with 4 members….including my elder brother.

2-Mar-18 & 3-Mar-18

Met my friend and my brother’s friend at Borivali station…..boarded Saurashtra express….had good sleep…this time went outside of Rajkot station to have fafda, bhajiya & dal wada, as one of the member was knowing the place, as he used to get regularly these items when he visits his place…..had good breakfast….reached Junagadh @ 2pm…went to City Star Guest House…welcomed by Uncle….freshen up & went for lunch @ Raj Lunch Home in Kalwa Chowk…..all had Thali…with unlimited buttermilk…..had some rest….in evening went to bus stand by walk….good 1-1.5 hrs of walk…..went to dinner @ 9pm..had only dal-chaval @ Sagar Restaurant in Kalwa Chowk….had few hours of rest

Started @ 10.40-45pm from Kalwa chowk…took auto to Girnar Taleti…

3-Mar-18

Started exactly @ 11pm by first bowing at the first step of Girnar…all shops at the base were closed….one of the passenger in auto already told us to take sufficient water, as we will not get in this hour. He was true, as all shops were closed…..at about 50 steps…..we saw one BIG BLACK dog sleeping in middle of path…he started to follow us…at time going ahead (to see all path is clear :)) or keeping behind us….at 150 steps luckily one shop was open….we took walking sticks for Rs:30/- per stick….they will return Rs:20/- per stick when we return them……we reached Raja Gopichand & Bhartuhari @ about 12.30am….the dog came with us till Jain Derasar….reached Gaumukh Ganga and then Ambaji Mata temple @ about 2am….started and reached Gorakshanath….reached Kamandalu kund….one of the member said we should sleep here as temple will open by 5am but I convinced them to reach at top and then rest there…we started the last stretch…reached exactly at 3am…so we took 4 hrs to reach Gurudev Datta temple…we settled down on the steps….it was cold…in between we also took few naps….at 5.30 guruji and one guard came…then guruji performed morning aarti…..after that we had very good darshan….the guard told us that anybody should start at 3am in morning…to reach early morning here rather than coming too early and waiting here….but when we started we were unsure of how much time we will take to reach…and even though we reached early…we thought…staying at temple point is lifetime experience as we will not get such opportunity in normal hours.

We started at 6 am to descend….again one member was not sure to visit Kamandalu kund and return back again…..we convinced as its worth to visit this place…had good darshan at Kamandalu Kund…and sip of tea and started….reached Gokrakshanath temple…here the priest offered us tea again….for the first time I took or stayed here….also we visited akhand Dhuni inside Gokarkshanath temple….my first darshan inside temple as well….the priest gave us “Angara” as well…we all bowed down and started…reached Ambaji mata Temple…had good darshan….this time never saw much crowd…reached Jain derasar….we have good darshan….my first darshan…inside temple, there is too tall, about 12-16 feet idol of Lord Neminath…..started again and reached Raja Gopichand & Bhartuhari temple…it was closed…started and reach 150 step…returned sticks….they gave money back…and reached the base at 10.30am…..so took 4.50 hrs to return….thank god to have another darshan.

While return to Kalwa chowk…we asked auto driver to wait for few minutes at Lambe Hanuman and Bhavnath Temple….had good darshan at Lambe Hanuman (my first one) and @ Bhavnath Temple as well…reached Kalwa chowk and had breakfast of Dhokla, Patra and tea.

Freshen up and had good lunch…..boarded Veraval- Bandra Terminus train….had good rest in train….

 

Few things noticed this time

-In this hour (@ 11pm), almost all shops were closed. Hence if you need walking stick, please plan accordingly

-In all path (almost all path), we were alone…..this was something unusual, when I normally start @ 4am in morning…..hence requesting to take a note, if you start at this time, you will probably be alone on complete path

 

 

 

January 6, 2018

Girnar-12

My last trip to Girnar for year 2017 on last day of 2017….my 5th this year !!!

This time, my reservation was not confirmed but RAC…though when I booked, it was WL-1, so thought it would be confirmed on 29-Dec-17…but….so had, not so good sleep till morning ….though due to long journey to Junagadh….had good rest…reached Junagadh by 2.30pm….meet Uncle @ City Star Rest House….freshen up…had some rest…in evening went for a walk for almost 2 hrs…had some snacks in evening….had light snack in night…tried to sleep early…..had good sleep for about 3-4 hrs.

31-Dec-17

Wake up @ 1.40am…so another 1hrs to get up…had alarm at 2.50am…ready by 3.50am….went down @ Kalwa chowk….started waiting in one auto stationed…waited for 2-3 minutes…asked driver….how much he will take for special auto…he asked for Rs:60…I said Ok and asked him to get more persons, if he gets in between (not for my money to share :)…but in this wee hours, people were waiting just like me :)…and in between 4 persons joined us….

Started exactly @ 4 am….bowed down on first steep to have good darshan…reached

Shri Gopichand & Raja Bhartuhari Gufa @ 4.43am

Jain Derasar @ 5.11am

Gaumukh Ganga @ 5.17am

Ambaji Mata Temple @ 5.29am

Shri Gorakshanath Temple @ 5.37am

Kamandalu Kund @ 5.46am

Shri Dattatraya Shikhar @ 5.57am

Had good darshan today…it was too crowded, as good season…. lots of people.

While coming back, had darshan @ Kamandalu Kund…had sip of tea..and started for Gorakshanath…had darshan @ temple….reached Amabaji Mata Temple…had good darshan…saw one person in the temple…which I have seen him every time I visited Girnar…so while returning…asked him his name and said, I saw you whenever I am here. His name is Mr.Nilesh (photo attached)….he is from Junagadh and taking darshan @ Ambaji every Sunday from last 14 and half year !!!….started conversation with Nilesh…though he was too fast paced. I was not able to have pace with him…so lost him after Gopichand & Bhartuhari Gufa….reached base @ 8.15am.

Thought to visit “Kashmiri Bapu Ashram” this time…on the base, there is Lambe Hanuman mandir…just opposite to this temple…its about 20-15 minutes walk….full in forest….path started with houses having cows, bufaloos…then its all in forest….was alone…and to be frank, scared as well :)….then found marking on the path…in between…. meet 2 persons….so my path was correct…one of the person updated that Bapu will give darshan by 10am….entered the Ashram…the sevekari asked to have a seat….waiting for 10-15 minutes…was bored so return back without taking darshan of Bapu….People says…he is 110-120 years old….never speaks but communicates using eyes…while returning back one person said in Gujrati that I should wait and have darshan and prasad….let’s see…next time !!

Happy New Year 2018 !!!

 

 

 

November 9, 2017

Girnar – 11

Well…this time planned for Girnar Parikrama on last day….thought to reach on 4-Nov-17 and start parikrama by 4pm…and finish by 1-2am Sunday morning….but when I reached on Saturday 4-Nov-17…the scene at Bhavnath was….all vendors were wrapping on the street….had good darshan at Bhavnath temple…asked one of the people inside temple…they said today was last day and they will not allow me to start parikrama…again asked to one of the street vendor…he also said same thing that they will ask people inside forest to finish parikrama ASAP….so took auto and return to City Start Guest House…!

05-Nov-17

Started by 4.07 am…

reached Raja Gopichand & Bhartuhari Gufa @ ?

Jain Derasar @ 5.15

Ambaji Temple @ 5.34

Shri Gorakhnath Temple @ 5.45

Kamandalu Kund @ 5.54

Reached Shri Dattatraya Temple @ 6.04

Wow..this time in 1.57 hrs…never expected to be sub-2 when I started today.!!! weather was good…

My fourth visit of this year !…Shri Gurudev Datta !!

While returning…can see full moon (as full moon finish was on 4-Nov-17) at Ambaji from Gorakhnath Temple and at the same time can see sunrise from Ambaji

 

July 1, 2017

Girnar – 10

Filed under: Girnar, Shri Dattatraya Temples — Prashant Ghotikar @ 4:09 pm

My 10th visit….this time need to cancel my confirmed reservation on 2-Jun-17, due to demise in my extended family….so planned for this time.

23-June-17

Started by bus from Borivali…reached Rajkot @ 12pm….went to ST bus stand…boarded bus for Junadagh….reached by 3pm….welcomed by Uncle @ City Star Guest House.

Had some rest…in the evening, went to market…had light food…tried to sleep early…though could not as usual.

25-June-17

Wake up @ 2.50am….ready by 3.50am….boarded in an auto….started exactly  @ 4am….reached

Raja Gopichand & Bhartuhari Gufa @ 4.46am

Jain Derasar @ 5.17am

Ambaji Temple @ 5.37am

Gorakshanath Temple @ 5.45am

Kamandalu Kund entrance @ 5.54 am

Reached Shri Dattatraya Temple @ 6.05am.

All path was wet & foggy…..also few patches were dark…torch helped this time…

Had good darshan…no crowd as such….had wonderful, peaceful 10 mins…maximum time spent in the temple till date….had good chat with pujari…he gave me Shri Dattatraya Yantra this time…

Started descending @ 6.15am…had darshan @ Kamandalu kund…and sip of tea (as usual)….started to descend from Kamandalu kund @ 6.35am…had morning Aarti @ Ambaji Tempe….has good darshan…both times Gufa of Raja Gopichand & Raja Bhartuhari was closed…had darshan from outside….reached base @ 8.15am…took an auto reached Kalwa Chowk…had snacks & tea…again had good bath and rested for few hours….

Boarded new train 22992 @ 2.02pm….which is 30 mins ahead of Saurashtra Mail….all compartments were new…nice & clean…as it was off season…not much crowd in the train as well….had good journey…reached next day @ 5am.

Hoping to have one more darshan in this year…..lets see…

March 21, 2017

Girnar-9

My 9th Visit !!…9 the magic number…

18-Mar-2017

Started from Saurashtra Mail…reached 1 hrs late….checked-in @ 3pm in City Start Guest House. Freshen up…was hungry…went out to eat…had food and rest for 1 hrs……went to ST bus stand for a walk…had a good 1.5 hrs walk…came back by 7.15pm….had Dosa in evening for Dinner, as had heavy Lunch @ odd hrs in afternoon….tried to sleep early….but no chance…but had 2-2.30 hrs good sleep.

19-Mar-2017

Wake up by 2.50am…ready by 3.40am….at this time 3 people checked-in guest house…opened the main gate…got auto immediately…never asked for fare…on the way in between got 2 more passenger…reached Girnar base-Taleti….gave Rs:100/-….Started by 3.51am….reached Raja Bhartuhari & Gopichand Gufa @ 4.35am…..reached Goumukh Ganga @ 5.03……reached Jain Derasar @.510….reached Ambaji Temple @ 5.22…..reached Shri Gorakshanath  Temple @ 5.30……reached Kamandalu Kund Gate @ 5.40….started with all force remaining…reached Shri Dattatraya Temple Entrance exactly at 5.51am….had very good darshan…pujari’s mood was also good…he was interacting with everybody & asking to have water, tea at Kamandalu Kund.

Reached Kamandalu Kund….had good darshan, cup of tea….started @ 6.15…reached Ambaji Temple @ 6.44….gate was closed…waited to open the gate….participated in morning Aarti….started by 7.08am….reached Raja Bhartuhari & Gopichand Gufa…still gate was not open…took darshan from grill gate…..reached base @ exactly 8.15am….so this time 2 hrs each – to & fro.

Few Observations

  • This time, all path was illuminated, no complains at all !!
  • Whole path is newly colored

Need one Help

  • I want to visit Renuka Mata & Kalika Mata Temple, which is beyond Shri Dattatraya Temple, more precisely the path is from Kamandalu Kund base….anybody having any info/help….pls let me know….
  • I want to visit Navnath Place @ Datar Hills as well

Any help will be appreciated.

Jai Gurudev Datta !!!

January 5, 2017

Girnar-8

Happy New Year 2017 !!!…Able to do, yet another visit on first day of year 2017.

Need to cancel my planned trip to Girnar in Oct-16 & for Girnar Parikrama in Nov-16…this time planned on Christmas and able to get Tatkal ticket on 30-Dec…

31-Dec-16
2 changes, I saw by traveling Saurashtra Mail…the train no. is changed from 19005 to 22945, 2nd is timings are changed, so traveler get almost 1 hrs more…so Borivali start is at 10.21pm instead of 9.21pm. The boogie was newly build….so nice compartment…reached Junagadh late by 1 hrs @ 3pm. Took auto to Kalwa..checked in City Star Guest House..welcomed by Uncle…freshen up…had some rest…went to Bus stand, Market. This time visited Narasi Mehta Sarovar, which is very near to ST Bus stand…nice place though nothing unusual at water front…tried to sleep early…though there were lot of sound, loud voice I heard in the room.

1-Jan-17
wake up @ 2.50am…ready by 3.40am…took keys from caretaker and open the lock of entrance…again gave keys to caretaker…in the chowk, immediately got Auto…never asked for fare….as reaching was more important…he took Rs:100/-….haven’t have bad experience so far about Auto in Girnar…at this hour…Rs:100/- was OK for to & fro…

Started by 4am…reached Raja Gopichand & Raja Bhartuhari cave by 4.40am…..the door was closed, thought will take darshan while coming back….reached Jain Derasar by 5.10am….this time there was no light in certain patches….my torch helped this time…reached Gaumukh Ganga by 5.15 or so….reached Ambaji Mata by 5.30-40am….after Gorakshanath Temple…it was all descend…but one needs to concentrate very hard while descending the steps…as if any error, you will fall down on the steps….reach Kamandalu kund by 5.45am…there was lot of rush for people coming down….Reached at a place very near to Shri Gurudev Temple, where there was queue…it was 6.05am….so almost 2 hrs this time to reach….

People were saying that the priest had lathi charged 1-2 person, as they took photos in the temple, or he was bashing visitor, so be prepared….when I entered the priest was shouting at one of the visitor…do no why…but he was clam, when my number came for darshan…though this time I was not allowed to wait any long in front of Guru Padukas…..had good darshan of Shri Padukas…started descending…lot of rush at that hour as well…reached Kamandalu kund…had good darshan of Aakhand Dhuni….had sip of tea and started by 6.25am….reached Ambaji Mata Temple…..morning aarti was in progress…..able to enter the temple and in few minutes…had good darshan…started descending…there was huge rush of people…so it was difficult to get path to descend….reached Raja Gopichand & Raja Bhartuhari cave, but this time as well it was locked…..reached at base by 8.50am…..

Two things noticed at this time, first was group of eunuch demanding money from people….they were in group of 10-15…as I started early..it was too dark and able to move ahead before they demand money from me…while returning at the same stop, same group were demanding money 5-10 rupees…by placing both hands open & not allowing any path to go up….and trust..they were all heavily build…almost 6 feet by 2.15 feet…:)…though was able to move ahead from them while returning as well…second was, this time there were very few moneys compared to earlier visits.

Hope to have more darshan this year….Gurudev Datta !!!

July 12, 2016

Girnar – 7

17-June-2016

Yet another Girnar darshan…..m greedy to have more…lets see….was about to go in April but last moment, need to cancel….hence booked by looking at confirmed tickets….happens to be full moon day…though I never looked at calendar…only criteria I looked for is departure on Friday evening and start by Sunday afternoon to reach on Monday morning. Nothing much happened in the journey…only thing I got to know that at Gondal station…there is a shop adjacent to S8-S9 boogie….which sells butter milk packet….Rs 10 for half liter….tried… very tasty..as there was no rain….also its cheaper than butter milk sold by local vendors in the train….full 2 glasses in 10 rupees….the vendor sells one glass for Rs 20 :)….anyway checked-in in City Star Rest House….welcomed by care taker….freshen up and just had rest…as was not hungry….Went for a  walk in evening….in the night about 10pm….20-30 people checked-in in guest house….for first time saw this much crowd in the guest house.

18-June-2016

Wake up by 2.50am…ready by 3.40am…..asked care taker to open main grill entry door….in the chowk….there was one tum-tum….he said Rs 50….as I was only passenger in it…..I obliged….and it started….in between we got 2-3 people….reached Girnar Taleti….Started by 3.50am…reached Jain Derasar in 1.15 hrs….reached Ambaji Mata temple in 1.35 hrs….reached Gorakhnath temple in 1.45 hrs….reached Kamandalu kund in 1.53 hrs…reached Shri Dattatraya temple in 2.05 hrs…..temple was closed for Aarti…there was small queue….after aarti….had good darshan….there was no electricity…..so Pujari was showing Datta Paduka’s in torch light…..went to Kamandalu kund….had darshan of Akhand dhuni…had tea sip and started by 6.30am…..at one point, while descending slipped 6-7 steps…but luckily no major injury….reached base by 8.05am….

This time, could not took any photos, as it was not clear and foggy most of the time…

Hopefully will visit for Girnar Parikrama this November.

Gurudev Datta !!!

January 13, 2016

Girnar-6

1-Jan-2016

Started from Saurashtra mail…reached Junagadh…checked-in @ City Start Guest House…though rent was increased from Rs:150/- to Rs: 250/…after settling down…owner meet me…he said…rent was increased after 3 years now 🙂

Had lunch in one of the nearby hotel…@ 5pm meet Mr.Mayank Vagadia, whom I was in contact through sms, whatsapp for 2-3 times…he was from Junagadh…got reference from one of the online review site. He also gave reference of one of the friend…Mr.Ankit Shukla…who was knowing Sheshavan, Bharatvan route…had a talk with him…he said…full route was having steps…though you will be alone…but can be used.

Had bhel, ragda pattice in evening…as had lunch @ odd time…tried to sleep early….

3-Jan-2016

Wake up by 2.50am…ready by 3.50am…just downstairs @ Kalwa chowk…there was shared auto…driver said fare would be Rs: 20/…after few minutes…11 people left for Girnar Taleti….

Started by 4.07am

5.17am reached Jain Derasar

5.23 Gaumukh Ganga

5.36 Ambaji temple

5.44 Gorakhnath temple

5.54 Kamandalu kund entrance

6.04 reached Girnar Temple…

1.57.37 as per my stopwatch…

Had good darshan of Shri Datta Charan & Paduka….went down @ Kamandalu kund…had good darshan as well….had tea at Kamandalu kund…

Started @ 6.28 from Kamandalu kund….able to watch beautiful horizon of pre-sunrise…all pinkish in the sky…could not capture in camera though…had good darshan @ Ambaji Mata and started descending…reached Gaumukh Ganga @ 7.30….

Started from “Sahasavan” route….meet few travelers who were coming from this path…I was on right track…all the path had steps…just like…normal route of Girnar…though the steps are narrower compared to normal route…3 feet wide or so…reached at one place…which had marking for Sitavan, Bharatvan, HanumanDhara & Girnar Taleti. Taleti was 3200 steps from this spot.

Just on the right…there was a temple named “Sitavan“…don’t know significance of this temple…had darshan in the temple….one Sadhu & few travelers were having “Kaash” of Ganja in the temple premises….then again started on right direction towards “Bharatvan“….the path was actually in the jungle…not like familiar Girnar path…10-15 mins…reached another temple….named “Bharatvan”…had darshan….here few people had stayed…they were having breakfast….asked about Hanumandhara...they directed me. Just about to enter Bharatvan…there was an arrow marker for left direction for Hanumandhara…you need to descend few meters to reach Hanumandara…here as well, there was temple of Hanumanji. One source of water was coming from mountain….may be this is called as Hanumandhara.

You will need to take same route to come back to main route/junction, where Girnat Taleti is 3200 steps away…there was an arrow for Girnari Gufa as well…which I never tried…maybe next time 🙂 …started from the spot/junction…reached at marking of Jata Shankar Mahadev Temple route @9am….and reached Taleti by 9.15am…so it took almost 3 hrs to reach from Sheshavan route (with Sitavan, Bharatvan & Hanumandhara temples)…

So for Jatashankar mahadev, you will need to walk roughly 2-2.5km from Girnat Taleti…and from there…I have no idea…how much to walk inside Jungle…maybe next time 🙂

Nice trip, so this time able to explore Bharatvan route…though few spots still remaining 🙂  ….

October 4, 2015

Girnar @ FullMoon – Poornima & on Monday

27-Sep-2015

My fifth trip so far…thought to witness Akhand Dhuni cleaning & new woods ceremony, which happens every Monday morning. After reservation, came to know that I will be visiting on “Full Moon – Poornima”. Also there was Lunar Ecslipse as well, which was seen in Gujrat only.

Nothing unusal happended in the journey from Borivali to Junagadh by Saurashtra Mail on 26th Sep-15. There was one group with 8-10 people came from Pune for Girnar. There was another group from Pune – Manchar, about 40-45 people scattered in 2 boggies. Also came to know few people from Palghar Taluka who does darshan every poornima for years !!!.

On sitting in a shared auto, one person was sitting already who also came from Mumbai- Thane. Exchanged few notes, he said dormitory @ railway station was full, so I said he can come to City Star Dormitory. He also ended up in the same dormitory. Had early dinner today. Went to “Patel Dinner House”…took limited Thali…taste was average….can avoid in future.

Never slept….was almost awake all time….get up @ 1.30am…ready by 2.15am….the attendant told me I will not get any auto at this time. Waited in the chowk for 2 mins or so… there was no sign of any auto. After 2 mins, from nowhere one auto came (now such incident can increase our faith in GOD….isn’t it ?)….he asked Rs: 100/- I obliged as, need to reach Girnar by 6am for the program.

Started by 2.33am

3.16am reached Raja Bhartuhari & Gopichand Gupha

3.45am Jain Mandir

3.51am Goumukh

4.05am Ambaji Mata Temple

4.16am Gorakshanath Temple

4.20am Kamandalu Kund Gate

4.32 Reached Girnar

(Convincing Sub-2 in marathon terms :)…1:58:40)

Autowala was saying, I need to start by 4am, as nobody will start at this hrs. I ignored his advice…he re-iterated 2-3 times, I just ignored him. Started from base…reached Raja Bhartuhari & Gopichand Gupha @ 3.15am…..meet members from Pune group, with whom I travelled from Mumbai…they started @ 6pm yesterday & they will miss Akhand Dhuni program…started again…reached @ Jain Temple @ 3.45am…reached @ Ambaji Mata Temple @ 4.05am…After starting from this, meet another 2 persons from Pune group, with whom I exchanged by seat. Then started again, reached Gorakshanath temple @ 4.15am…..started descending in torch light, rather accelerating…. Reached Kamandalu Kund @ 4.20am. People started telling that Girnar temple will close @ 4.45am for morning Aarti for 30 mins, so reach quickly.

Started from here with all my energy. The last route has step ascent…reached at the entrance of the gate, it was 4.32am…did my first sub-2…in 1:58:40…extremely happy to achieve this. There was queue and people were not listening to move on….I quickly had darshan & started descending. Because of full moon, temple was open full night, otherwise normal schedule is to close from 12pm to 5am…..reached Kamandalu kund @ 4.50am.

There was crowd @ Kamandalu kund…had darshan & waited for more than 2 hrs. The process of removing “angara” & then placing new woods in that place started @ 6.30 or os. It was like every one was wanting to see this (obliviously, as all came or stayed here for this !). Once woods are placed, all came out and within few seconds, the flame started automatically. Flames were almost 7-8 feet in height. Had good darshan & started descending by 7am.

Reached @ entrance @ 8.40am…so took 1.40 hrs to reach from Kamandalu kund to entrance.

Nice trip..

  • Able to witness Akhand Dhuni ceremony
  • It was Full Moon – Poornima
  • It was Lunar eclipse as well (remembered my recent visit to Kashi, where I was lucky to see eclipse & then Ganga Aarti)

Still Sheshavan & JataShankar Mahadev Temple missed this time as well…hopefully next time, as people said, there is no much road compared to this route. Also Sheshavan route is all in Jungle, it’s better to go with group ( I said in my mind, I never came in group here, so it’s ok).

Had tasty poha & Dhokla @ Kalwa chowk…had 2 cup of tea @ my famous place “Kailash tea stall” in chowk. Did freshen up….reached Rajkot by bus…gad good lunch @ Hotel Pakwan…and reach to Borivali by Saurashatra Mail. Though it was RAC, @ Ahmadabad, got full berth…so had good sleep as well.

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