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The Legends of 84 Kos Brij Yatra

My Trip, Religious - Shubham Varshney - March 31, 2018

It was past half 4 in the morning and I was ready to embark my voyage to the prestigious and India’s very fortunate land, Brij Bhoomi. At that time stars were glittering in the sky, no sign of Sun or daylight. We were just about to explore a sacred and off the beaten places, which Lord Krishna revealed them his magical powers. There are some stories which are connected to those marvelous places. On which I will come in next paragraph. With me, there were some people to whom I love very much and a little bit more they love me back without any selfishness (my lovely lady, mom, and my supreme venerable, dad).

A day before this day, I explored and found some places to visit in Barsana. I was told that there are several villages in this whole Brij Bhoomi, which witnessed all the notorious activities of Lord Krishna and some places are familiar with the daydreamings of Shree Radha Rani. Our relatives used to live there, as they retired and puked themselves in the services of adorable couple. They told us that in this Brij region, there are all the four pilgrimages Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri present. Along with Neel Kanth Mahadev (originally located above the Rishikesh), Har ki Pauri (Haridwar).

The whole Brij Mandal (region) is widely spread in 84 kos, which a kos stands for 3.62 km and the total something about 300 km. People say that about 5000 years ago, when the Lord was just about 5 years old, his parents express their keen desire to Krishna, that they want to go on a pilgrimage (Char Dham Yatra). The Char Dham, four abodes or four sacred pilgrimage centers of Hinduism, in all the four sides respectively. Just to fulfill the desires of his aged parents and after scrutinizing their conditions, Lord Krishna with his superstitious powers brought all the divine forms of these places of worship.

How to get there and from where to start:

No doubt in assuming that all these places should be on the top of Aravali hills and the mountains are easily accessed by road but somewhere it is nicely built and somewhere gravel paths. Once arrival at Barsana, you could easily book a cab in 3000 bucks for the whole trip. There is no need of a guide, drivers know each and everything about these places. It is a belief that one who completes 84 kos Brij yatra, gets the pure blessing of the god and no one can harm them in any way.

These are the places which I have visited on this short 84 kos brij Yatra:-

  • Kameshwar Mahadev
  • Vimal Kund
  • Charan Pahadi
  • Kedarnath abode
  • Badrinath Temple
  • Gangotri and Yamunotri with Neelkanth Mahadev
  • Har ki Pauri
  • And in the last, Yoga Maya Temple.

The things which have blown away my mind are:-

  • Charan Pahadi (feet hill), the saying is that once Lord Krishna was playing the flute and the whole atmosphere was so charged that the mountains were started melting. The feet of god was imprinted there and it is still there. We can touch it and we can feel it.
  • Kedarnath Temple, as like the original one it is situated on the top of the hill very beautifully. About 400 steps we have to hunt down in order to have a glimpse of Lord Mahadev. The steps of that Kedarnath Yatra are just nose-bleeding up from the grounds.
  • Instead of not having a famous stand, this place gets visitors from far and wide. I have seen many cars climbing the mountain which led to Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. People make their regular pilgrimage to this sacred place.
  • There I have seen Har ki Pauri as, like the one in Haridwar, I had a dry dip in the holy place (nowadays water is not there). Neelkanth Mahadev as like the one situated above the Rishikesh and much more amazing things.

No matter if you’re a person of faith or not there are still plenty of things to experience. The views from the top of every hill are simply breath-taking. You have to believe on it, with me, that these photographs are not doing justice to these places. With an uninterrupted vista out over the gracious land, you will feel the magic in the air. I recommend this place to the peace seekers, religious, living person, and mountain lovers. Please have a visit to this beautiful place, it’s a plea from the core of my heart.

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Feelings for supreme power and things to do in Barsana: Day 1

My Trip, Religious - Shubham Varshney - March 19, 2018

“When will happen and how will happen, what should I give the reference?
When you are up then, for what I have to worry.
Every second, every minute, my soul can manifest that
You are here, you are present hither and thither”

These are the lines which are written on a wall in a small town Barsana, near to Mathura and Delhi. It is the village of Radha Rani, the saying-consort of Lord Krishna, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hope you all are acquainted with him, from the Indian Mythologies, he is the preserver of this world and one of the sole powers which are ubiquitous. My sanctimonious part and full reverence to my deities, taken me to this village and right after entering in this town, I heard my inner voice which was like “I have had made the right choice”.

Barsana is a village, near Mathura and somewhat 132 km is the distance from Delhi. This city is situated in the foothills of Aravali hills. There is a saying that on the hill where the Palace of Radha Rani is, is the mountain form taken by Lord Bhramha, the creator of this World. And the anecdote is that Lord Bhramha expresses his desires that he wanted to live in the feet of Radha Rani. Lord Krishna in his notorious age had many girl-friends, but Radha Rani was the one to whom he loved the most. And now they both are worshiped together, as a couple though they are not.

This village quite a well famous not only among Indians but for some foreigners too, as I was able to spot some. The main temple or the Palace of Radha Rani is at top of the hill (called Bhramha Parvat) in the center of the village. There are two ways which can lead you to the sanctum sanctorum where the couple is magnificently present in the form of Idols, one is the steps way and the second one is the upward plain incline way. No matter which way you choose but the thing is, they both worth. Once you will get to stand in front of the Idols and you will start feeling fanatic behavior in you and you will be able to create a deeper relationship with the sole power.

Well, it may sound a little bit surprising that this is the village where one should visit at least for once because hearing the tales from the saints about the superficial power that they had done this thing here and that thing there. Imagining the playings of Lord Krishna at the right front place is the thing which can provide you the real calm. If you had a kind and gentle heart than this place will make you feel the presence of Lord in the air, in the sand, or even in the wells. The air keeps moaning itself “Radhey Radhey” and even the gravel paths keep churning the same “Radhey Radhey”.

They say that the wells (also emptied), once had all medicinal herbs were present in them and the water was as pure as the love which had the power to rejuvenate anyone. There were lots of things which are very beautiful and safely kept by the caretakers, who even had the small connection with the divine form. Digging into more deeper in the tales of Lord Krishna, there were 8 other female-close-friends other than Shree Radha Rani lord have had. With whom they played, they used to tease them, makes fun of them and also loved very much. In today’s time, in Barsana there are 8 temples where all the 8 Gopis resides and the main from the mains is Lalita Devi, sitting on the peak of a hill, the constant companion of the couple.

Things to do in Barsana just to make the most out of your trip:

  • Visit all the eight temples of each gopi (Sakhi), at each temple you will see that how nature’s beauty lie at the feet of supreme power.
  • Climb up all the stairs which led to the Radha Rani temple and others stack of stairs to the Maan Mandir (temple).
  • Try out some snacks at Rangeeli Gali, buy some souvenirs and take back them to your home.
  • Drink sugarcane juice as much as you can, it was just in 10 bucks.
  • Join the sermon chanting at any of the temples and play some instrument if you want and let yourself drift into the state of nirvana.

These are the couple of things which one can do in the lavish village, and in the last, I believe that exploring a whole city cannot be possible, it is more of a journey than a destination. So, here I have had discussed all the things that I have gained from this village and just wanted that have a visit to this village and I bet you, you will have to get used to it.

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Experience the charm of Heritage at Taj Mahotsav

Agra, Festival - Shubham Varshney - March 5, 2018

Main Gate

As I have said in my post (post), Agra just held 27th Taj Mahotsav from 18th Feb to 27th Feb 2018 successfully. This time this enormous carnival had the theme ‘Heritage’, for which my country is known very well. India has many things as a heritage tagged, though they truly deserve. As it was a thematic grand procession which showcases our Heritage things from classical folk dance to the heritage monuments. This annual extravaganza reveals the rich cultural heritage of the country and unveiled the finest specimen of Indian craftsmanship. For a yearlong, every year the people of Uttar Pradesh not mentioning particularly only this state but I have seen many people from different parts too, wait expectantly for this festival help at Shilpgram.

Craft Work

India is the largest and old continuous civilization, has its name registered in the list of UNESCO Cultural Heritage list, by having the utmost number of sights and things (special thanks to Agra). People from all the parts of this endless world, feel awe for India and they want to visit this country at least for once as the same in the way we want to explore the other countries. And yes, it made me feel proud on that. Yet, I haven’t seen much things till now but from every now and then I have a lust for exploring them back and forth. The heritage things will never be laying down us, an anecdote from my grand maa, she used to tell me every time.

Colorful Mugs

This 10-day long carnival has the power to put anyone into amusement. This festival comprises of culture, craft, cuisines, and community (sometimes all we need is some doses of vitamin ‘C’). Jokes apart, out of these 10 days, I made it to this festival for three days, but it may vary day times. I had a visit in the late afternoon and one day I had a visit in late night and on last day I had a visit at the peak time. Every time there was something which tends to think me that I had a visit for the very first time. On one day I saw some aged men were playing the drums with a mint of classical beats and some of them lost themselves in the magical sound produced by the drums. The whole arena was filled with the echoing of the drums. On another day I saw some entertainers, costumed like a horse and they were entertaining the crowd in the best way as they could be.

Sweet n Sour

The experience of this one of India’s biggest carnival was simply amazing and as far as I concern I will going to visit not every (keeping all the necessary things in mind) but many Taj Mahotsav. As soon as I entered through the main entry with holding a VIP pass (which somehow I managed), there were many stalls which are having many artifacts like Basses, pots, paintings, chandeliers, and many more crafty items. Some people bargaining over the stuff that they liked and some bought the things which they find necessary. That’s what for which this festival known.

Glittering Tree

Like every year, Taj Mahotsav spaced a particular area for the Mainstage on which India’s best artists perform various classical folk dance, which seldom not produce a dancing effect in the giant tent (really it was felt be me only). Sometimes or for being a time period not big but recognizable celebrity performed on that stage like some that I witnessed Abhijit Bhattacharya and Palak Muchhal. They both gave grandeur performance just for the sake of entertainment of the public. Just right after the main stage, there were the stalls of best Mughal cuisines where people have had the best taste so that they could able to satisfy their taste buds. And believe me the taste was really mouth-watering, and until the moment when I swallowed the first bite, the countless time I had to take gulp back in my throat.

Book Stall

 

The Train

There was a thing which attracted me most, there was a stall of books (the only thing which I love the most now), and the thing that attracted me was they were selling books at 200 bucks for one kg, can you imagine one Kg for 200 bucks in INR. Taking the whole advantage of this power I bought 5 books (weighted as 1 kg), thinking that I can pass the half year on them. There was a particular area in which the Northern Indian Railway showcases their every model from the beginning till now, and getting about them was really an outstanding experience for me. When I was wandering in this jamboree I was clearly able to felt that how great our Heritage things are and all this is only due to our ancestors. It forced me to think that we should also do the things on which our upcoming generation will have a proud of them.

Rides

The one who said that experiencing is the only way of exploring, undoubtedly had a genius mind because that is the thing which I felt after coming back to den from Shilpgram. For the very first time, I get to know that India has 8 classical folk dance forms (Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Sattriya, Manipuri, and Mohiniyattam) and like this many more thing about our cultural Heritage I got to know. And focusing on my favorite part, on the opposite side of stalls, outside the arena of markets. There was a huge ground in which there were different types of rides like a giant wheel, roller coaster, gravitron, spinning teacups and many more. I had a ride almost each of them. After seeing this type of rides the kid in me wakes up and he enjoys till the last moment.

Nonetheless, exploration comes after the experience, the more you experience the things smoothly the more you will explore or get exposure. So keep the pace with the life and keep focusing on the things which help in living a happy life. Because the life is meant to be lived joyfully.

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