My Girnar Experiences

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 !!!

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