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The Vaishnodevi Experience 2023

My first trip to Vaishnodevi was unimpressive. Climbing was hard, and it only served to highlight how badly out of shape I was, while my in-laws managed to cope so much better. Further, I hadn’t quite realized that the cave experience wouldn’t be the same as I had imagined, since the original cave was only opened at certain times a year, and that we only entered a newly created tunnel, one far easier to access, and hence more manageable with the crowds that thronged the mountain shrine. The resulting experience at the shrine, for barely a fraction of a second, hardly compared to what I had expected / imagined / heard about. So, for me, Vaishnodevi was like any other temple, nothing to write home about, something that was reflected (though not explicitly mentioned) in the blog post I wrote then.

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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