MYSTICAL AND MEMORABLE KEDARNATH

My Kedarnath yatra was a part of Do Dham Yatra . In its first part I had covered Badrinathji and then arrived at Phata Helipad , by the same helicopter .It took about 50 Mnts to reach Phata from Badrinath. Here we changed another shuttle Helicopter after 15Mnts. That took about 8 Mnts to reach Kedarnath Helipad, which is very near to the main temple. Weather was fine today ( As weather is highly unpredictable in this region, it may suddenly change and start raining ,so you must  wear woolen clothes and have  one umbrella ) There was  bright sunshine  today ,but it was colder than Badrinath ,so I put on my cap .We walked on foot and after crossing a small bridge on Mandakini  river ,reached at the foot-steps of Kedarnath temple. Ascended upwards through many steps .Oxygen level was little low at this height, so we walked slowly to avoid breathlessness. Reached at a big platform in front of the temple. Took some rest and prepared the Pooja thali for VIP darshan . While sitting and watching the facade of the temple, I went into the flash -back nightmare memory of  16/17 June 1913, when great devastation occurred at this place, due to the furry of nature.(Probably  Nature is supreme). After torrential rain and cloudburst, suddenly there was huge amount of gush of water along-with rocks, boulders and silt from the above Chorabari Tal, downward, which washed away, everything which came in its path. Many thousand peoples had died and many injured and stranded at places .Whole area was filled with dead bodies. Although everything around the temple and its compound was washed away with flood, main temple remained, protected by a huge boulder, which stucked, just behind the temple. I took snaps of this rock, which saved the temple and idol of Kedarnathji. Scenes  of  this Himalayan range is great .Behind the temple  stands the majestic Keadarnath peak at the height of about 22000 feet .Changing shapes of clouds making unique pattern and giving weather a quick turn ,are simply magical scenarios of Kedarnath region.Just before the temple is a big statue of Nandi bull .In sanctum, the idol of Kedarnathji  is in the form of a rough conical –hump( Pindi) .Since we had VIP Pooja permission so we did short Abhishek-pooja and touched the Jyotirlingam. It was great moment for us .This is only posterior half (Prist-Bhag)of the Jyotirling ,as its front half  is enshrined in the Pasupatinath temple of  Kathmandu Nepal.That is why it is said that Darshan of Kedarnath ji incomplete till you also visit Pasupatinath temple of Nepal, which is also known as13th Jyotirling.I was simply fascinated by the mystical charm of this temple and Kedareshwar hill range, which will stay in my memory for long time to come.                                                                                                                                             Satish Tripathi     sctri48@gmail.com  .                                                                                                                                                           

BADRINATH TRAVEL BY HELICOPTER

BADRINATH YATRA BY HELICOPTER                                                                                                                                          Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Badri ,who is the form of Lord Vishnu .Established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in 9th century as one  of the four Dham for Hindus, situated in the Chamoli  district of Uttarakhand ,is the most visited temple of Hindu,s                                  I visited this temple through a Do-dham package tour by helicopter, arranged by a traveling company.  From Sahastradhara Helipad ,Dehradun  we flew at 7.15 AM .It took about one hour to reach Badrinath helipad. It was a breathtaking air journey and great feast to the eyes ,to watch Tehri dam below with green water in it and the range of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. We landed at the  Badrinath Helipad. Before landing, pilot showed us the Arial view of the Badrinath temple .From here  we were picked  up  by a pre-arranged taxi and dropped near the temple ,which was less than 100 meter away.  We walked on foot and after crossing Alaknanda bridge ,reached in the temple  premises .Our entry was quick ,because of VIP pass . We sat inside the atrium and got the Dibya-Darshan of  Lord vishnu .His statue was about 1 feet ,made of black stone. Overall it was a mesmerizing experience to all of us.

                                    Satish Tripathi  sctri48@gmail.com  

MADHUBAN- A VIBRANT SMALL EDEN GARDEN OF BHU –VARANASI BUT POORLY MAINTAINED

This garden was inaugurated by, then, Visionary Vice Chancellor of B H U, Prof Lalji Singh on 10th July  1994 and its name was given Madhuban ,a Freestyle Udyan , as engraved on its inauguration stone.  . Progressive pre-thought about this free style garden would have been that, its disciplined students should be given some vent to express their feelings about affection, creation, performing arts, sculpture and a place for free-lance talking and freedom of speech in a very natural green and clean ambiance. With this view in mind, this garden was created.                                 Its name Madhuban is synonym of Nidhivan of Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna  performed  Ras-Leela with His Gopicas. That is why it is swarmed with many modern Radhas and Krishnas .Second thing that PDA (Public  Display of Affection) is very common in western and European countries .But in our country there is some moral restrictions about it, so this Garden fulfills this purpose on local basis. Display of affection is accepted norm in this Garden. That is why, besides cross section of visitors,                                    it is an Eden-Garden  for love-birds and young romancing couples ,may be offending to some moralistic visitors.                                                      Located at a distance of about 10 Kms from the Varanasi junction railway station, it is inside BHU campus, just on other side of the College of Nursing.  OPENING TME – is 5 AM to 6 PM.  In the morning it is filled with morning-walkers and, peoples doing yoga. Many performers do rehearsal of their play and dancing practice. In the noon and evening it is filled with youngsters and romancing couples besides peoples of all ages. Park has a walking lane at the periphery .A podium /dais for open air performance and meetings. Durga-puja festival is celebrated here with great pomp and show.                                        Madhuban Gosthis are famous and its dates are advertised in social Medias .STATUES- I saw three freestyle statues inside garden .Tallest one is that of a Venus, with her head bent on one side as if talking to someone, as touted by someone that this statue was created by its sculpture-artist in the memory of his girlfriend. Another statue is that of women, sculpted in modern-art style. Next unique statue is that of a male and female figure in embracing pose. So the atmosphere of this park truly justifies its name and is Eden Garden for romancing peoples, who have eaten forbidden fruit.        There is a small lotus pond at the eastern side of the garden, having few lotus flowers but many empty water bottles thrown by rowdy visitors, making it a garbage pond.                                There are two Nescafe canteens serving yummy coffee and eatables like maggy pasta and few others .But its ambiance is very shabby and unclean. Broken benches with dogs roaming side by side visitors and rubbish below the benches is today’s picture. Dustbins of this garden are weeping  on its condition ,that instead of  using it ,rubbish is being thrown  around it.BHU administration as well students and visitors of this garden should make a note of it and co-operate in cleaning and maintaining this beautiful freestyle Madhuban Garden. Since foreign tourists also be visiting it, what impression they’ll carry to their country about the gentry of this university. Overall it’s a beautiful green Eden garden and asset to this university. Satish Tripathi Gorakhpur  sctri48@gmail.com                                                                                         

BIGGEST PARK OF THE ASIA WITH VERY CLEAN, GREEN AND ECHO-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE

2aJaneshwar Mishra park is the largest park cum garden of Asia region and is constructed o the pattern of Hyde park of London . It is sprawling in an area of 376 Acres, situated in the Gomati Nagar region of the Lucknow, and is pride of the city. Its architectural pattern is very unique and eye catching. It was inaugurated by, then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadava and Sri Mulayam Singh Yadava ,his father and MP on 5th August 2014 and opened for the public. Named after Samajwadi Leader Sri Janeshwar Mishra ,whose towering statue is placed in the centre of this park , and can be viewed from all part of the of this park. Opening time is 5AM till 8 PM, all the days and Entrance ticket is Rs.10/-per person. This park is multipurpose and complete in all the respects with sufficient parking spaces at four places. From its main gate it looks as arched monument and placed at a height. One Battles tank is placed on either side of the gate, provide it magnificence. Just after the entrance there is vast walking area, from where one can have panoramic view of entire Park. On right side of the park is placed a Mig 21 Indian fighter plane, in take off position, and is the site of great attraction after the main, central statue. Central area of the park is encircled by an artificial lake and spring fountain at places with bridges across it, which adds to its beauty and charm. There are three Children playing areas in this park and an open gymnasium. Walking pathways are dotted with palm trees .There is a synthetic jogging ground also. Besides it has .Sports ground, an amphitheater, speaker’s podium and a public meeting place. Butterfly and rose garden .There is vast area of pine tree grove also, which gives a feeling as you are walking around some hill station. There is an cafeteria inside, serving snacks .coffee and cold drink. Walking in this park is very pleasing and refreshing and impels one to come here again and again. No doubt it is a great boon for this city, as it is very echo-friendly and anti-pollutant .Satish Tripathi Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur Mahotasava-A Social,Cultural Identity and Trade fair of the City.

Gorakhpur is a fast growing, highly populous city, bordering the country of Nepal.It has many uniqueness to its credit. Firstly it can boast to have the longest railway platform of the world.It has world famous Geeta Press Gorakhpur,which publishes highest number of religious books in the world. Thirdly teracotta earthenware potteries of this place are famous world over. It is also Buddhist circuits transit station, having a very good Buddha museum.Buddha’s birth place Lumbini, is at a distance of 90 Kms, Buddha left his body at Kushinagar, which is at a distance of 51 Kms from here.Famous Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon, is about 200 Kms from this city . Another unique thing and pride of this city is that Head priest of famous Gorakhnath temple of Sri Yogi Aditynath ji is the chief Minister of UP state.

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Social,Cultural Identity and Trade fair of the City.

Separating Blog You from You You: Online Boundaries

It’s really a good piece of information for new bloggers .It is a sort of base guidelines.Rest one can personalize it, according to his taste and lifestyle.I think one should be honest in his efforts.

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No matter what kind of blog you publish, you’re sharing some information about yourself. Yet even if you write a purely personal blog or are completely comfortable peppering posts with details about your life, you may want to shield some things from the internet’s prying eyes.

We often encourage you to use social networks and other online tools to help grow your blog — it’s a key part of growing traffic, and it brings in motivating feedback — but not every online space you frequent has to be connected to your blog. It’s time to think critically about managing your online identity.

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Ghats of Varanasi are the World of Fantasy and Window of World,s Ancient Living City.

If you have,nt seen the India ,you have,nt seen the world ,if you have,nt seen the Varanasi, you have,nt seen the India and if you have,nt seen the Ghats of Varanasi then you have,nt seen the Varanasi. Because it is the show window of world,s most ancient living city. WALKING AROUND THE GHAT ,

is a better way to feel the spirit and pulse of the Ghat. You may also take a boat ride to have panoramic view of these Ghats. It is something like you are moving a Kaleidoscope in your hand and scenario is changing, every minute, from one Ghat to another. Look below towards river, look above and watch the unique architectures of the buildings, temples, some having palatial look, each have its own history and mythology related with it.These Ghats were built and inhabited by various dynasties and monasteries and rich men’s, in due course of time span.

Ghat,s of Varanasi have different meaning for different group of people’s . FOR LOCAL PEOPLE –These Ghats are their life line. Their daily routine starts by taking dip in the holy river Ganga. In facts their life begins at this place and their last eternal rites are also performed at this place, whether Child birth, marriage or any other celebrations, they come here every time . FOR TOURISTS OF INDIA AND PILIGRIMS-It’s a place to take holy dip in the river Ganga, to absolve all their sins, then enjoy its ambiance and boat ride on the river. FOR FOREIGN TOURISTS-My suggestion to them is, that if you really want to enjoy these Ghats, please give some rest to your brain .Don’t criticize, analyze or compare, just be an onlooker and try to feel the spirit and changing mood at different Ghats and have glimpse of world’s most ancient surviving city. You will not find so much of differences and contrast at any one place of the world .It may be a kind of assault to your senses, but ultimately you’ll love it. SCENERIO AT THE GHATS Look below ,peoples taking bath ,some taking dive into the river ,peoples and priests ,performing rituals, offering ,water, milks, flowers to Maa Ganga (mother Gange) ,as they call it. Peoples sitting below bamboo strip made canopies, changing clothes, putting tilak on their forehead, taking blessings from priests, some chanting Har Har Gange, Jai Ma Gange. Walking along the Ghats, you may encounter masseurs, Sadhu’s, beggars, flower and spiritual article sellers, child flying kites, peoples washing clothes at some Ghats . At Harish Chandra Ghat and Manikarnika Ghats ,you may find, fumes rising from the pyres of burning dead bodies, their mourning relations (It is believed that those die in Varanasi and if their bodies are burned at these Ghats, will get Moksh (free from the tangle of life and death and will go to eternal heaven).A word of caution for these Ghats ,that keep silence and don’t do any kind of photography here. You may also encounter some wandering cows, pooing and peeing at places, but local people don’t mind it, because cow is supposed to be a sacred animal by Hindus. May be some guy urinating at some place. These are some of the down points but the administration has recently become aware about it and is going to take action ,to make these Ghats cleaner and free from animals. BEST TIME TO VISIT is early morning between 5 to 8 AM and in the evening between 5 to 7 PM, when you will watch a very unique and mind blowing event, GANGA ARTI .At this time many priest will pray to mother Ganga ,by offering multitier lamp ,incense ,flower water and fumes ,chanting Mantras with sounds of gong s ,which will end by blowing of Conch . BEST MONTHS to visit are from October to April- Avoid rainy season of July and Agust, because then Ghats are submerged under rain waters . To end with I can say that the experiences on the Banaras Ghats is very unique, second to none, spiritual, magical and unforgettable.

Satish Tripathi sctri48@gmail.com