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2023 - The Year That Was

Places impact you for a variety of reasons. And the same place impacts different people in different ways. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual experiences, where every single person’s experience is unique. And personally, every spiritual experience is unique, the same person can have different deeply spiritual experiences at different places, at different times. This thought has emerged because of my own experiences over the years, but especially so this year, with different and unique experiences at various places I have visited recently. I began this year with a visit to Baroda (Vadodara) with friends. It was meant to be a relaxed trip, a touristy trip, with our sons. We enjoyed ourselves to the hilt, but the highlight of that trip was a visit to the Lakulisha temple at Pavagadh. It was the iconography of the temple that I connected with, and I spent a few hours simply lost in the details of the figures carved around the temple. There was an indefinable connect with

Diwali Wishes

Wish all of you a very happy Diwali….


May this festival of lights brighten your life…..

Our Diwali celebrations began yesterday with a grand Rangoli pattern (a combined effort of me and my neighbour, Aarti), and the house being lit up with lamps of all shapes and sizes. Here are some snapshots……





















Meanwhile, for those who have been wondering where I have been, well, the answer is of course – travelling!!!

We began our Diwali vacation with a trip to Ujjain and Indore where we visited the two famous shrines of Lord Shiva – Mahakaleshwar and Omkareshwar. This trip, my first foray into Madhya Pradesh, brings me closer to the completion of my Yatra of the 12 Jyotirlingams.

I have barely had time to upload the numerous photographs I have taken, before I am off on another trip – this time the much visited Shirdi, a trip we try to make every year, especially when my sister-in-law Sandhya is visiting……

So, while I enjoy my travels, you can enjoy the photos I have uploaded here.

Or take a look at the slideshow below….







Comments

  1. Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali too Anu.

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  2. Wishing Happy and Prosperous Deepawali to you and your family

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  3. oh lovely pics.. Am sure you've had a great holiday..

    The Rangolis are awesome... You should see mine... its absolutely little... (now I'm a bit hesitant to post the pics of my rangoli - ha ha)..

    Happy Diwali to you and your family.. Hope the year enlightens your life with love, laughter, health & wealth!!

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  4. Happy Diwali to u too Anu....Wow, travelling again..lovely, looking fwd to reading it.. gonna chk out the pics now!! :)

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  5. lovely kolams and lovlier diyas.. happy diwali to u too..

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  6. Thanks everyone for the wishes... hope you all had a great Diwali too....

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  7. Happy Diwali, good to see your post :) Travelling! hurrey! thats the best thing to do! :) go go come with interesting stories.

    I love the rangoli,very colorful and that airballon diya is fun! :)

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  8. Thanks, Srivats.....

    yes, have come back with interesting stories this time round too... and an experience that you might enjoy reading about... but you have to wait till i settle down and start writing again...

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  9. These pictures are beautiful. I'm glad you had a good Diwali, and all the best for the completion of the pilgrimage.

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  10. Awesome rangolis!
    Looking forward for detailed posts on Ujjain trip.
    :)

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