Monday, June 30, 2014

Nahri temple , KASAULI

I recently holidayed in Kasauli with my family. I was visiting Kasauli after more than three decades and was very excited about re visiting the town again with my family. My earlier trip had been while i was a student in Punjab University, Chandigarh. I had gone on a day's visit with my batch mates.

Being spiritually inclined i always make it a point to visit  temples . along with other sightseeing activities . I  simply  have to make time out for a temple visit.

So i was told that there was an ancient Shiva temple in Kasauli. I set my heart to see this temple. Surprisingly  majority of the locals did not know about this ancient temple called Nahri temple. But a few did. so we set off on a 7 km ride through narrow roads, which ended at the  temple via gravel rods.

As we drove towards the temple the inhabitation became thinner and thinner and i wondered just how far the temple was.

After having covered a distance of 5 kms , we finally heaved a sigh of relief when we saw a signboard





 which assured us that despite  the locals being unaware of it, such an Shiva temple existed.

Taking a U turn from the sign board we drove on and reached the temple.

The temple is situated in Nahri village and thee idol of Lord Shiva and another idol of Maa Bagwati are inside the sacred chamber.

But the temple is beautifully made of white marble











 and as you stand there you get a lovely view 




of the hilly terrain. 

The Nahri temple, dedicated to the heavenly Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga, is believed to have been built around 150 years ago. Also known as the Jantar Mantar Choo Mantar Mahadev Mandir, this temple is famous for its festive celebrations of Shivratri and Dushera. The temple boasts of beautiful idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga placed inside the sanctum of the temple.

 Near the temple, there is a century-old “bauri” (a natural source of water) which still provides sweet potable water. The temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year to offer their prayers to the almighty, and find solace in its enchanting and divine ambience.

I loved the absolute serene , calm and pristine pue atmosphere of the temple situated at approximately 6320 feet above seal level. . So much so that i plan to visit Kasauli once again and this time ill spend a few quiet hours meditating at this ancient but well maintained temple.

The drive is challenging but if you are fond of visiting temples like me, you must visit this Shiva temple.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Faith







One moment faith
Another moment despair
One moment Yes
Another  moment can't be
My thoughts waver
Like a drunken  pendulum.

It is faith that keeps me going
Faith that rejuvenates my doubts
And yet
Every now and then
Doubts creep up without warning
Churning my desires
In a painful flash
Robbing me of peace
My tranquillity.

But behold
You may shake me up
Stir negativity
But by God
I shall never give up
Never give up my dream
For faith is that one reason
I am alive.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Gender Change

It is a paradox that in out country women are worshipped as Goddesses. The female half , or the Ardh Shakti is Goddess  Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.   Nevertheless the plight of Indian girls and women is shockingly beyond imagination. Child widows, dowry deaths, domestic violence, molestation and rape have become synonyms with the indian womanhood. 

While the new age Media its playing its role of doing away with old and useless traditions, a lot more needs to be done.

In 2013, the Holi festival brought relief to the widows of Vrindavan who had lived a life of anonymity and were shunned by the narrow minded and out dated society of our country.For the first time widows played Holi much to the joy of these  women who have been sidelined by society until 2013.

The pictures courtesy Deccan Chronicle vividly show the joy and gaiety of widows playing Holi with flowers and colors, Indeed a heart warming sight.












 In another heart warming news , Malavath Poorna,






a 13-year-old from Andhra Pradesh, became the youngest girl to set foot on the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest proving that girls are in no way lesser than their male counterparts.

In a third heart-warming news, Pankaja Gopinath Munde , the eldest daughter of the deceased politician performed the last rites of her father.



This third piece of news warmed the cockles of my heart. Because we are four sisters. And i have two daughters. I congratulated Mum and said to her:

"Mum, good news for both of us. Now our daughters will perform our last rites and we need not be on the lookout for our male cousins , nephews"

. I know it sounds morbid talking about death and last rites, but this is an emotion which can be understood only by those parents having only daughters and no son.

Early morning i shared the news of Pankaja with my daughter and we both nodded in unison and smiled happily.

Yes, today My Mum and i are very happy.

But this is just the  beginning. We need to question and change many other outdated gender issues and bring in relief and light in our society.

Till one more such news catches my attention, i sign off with a big smile on my face.