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Ladakh Diaries Part 9: Lamayuru

Lamayuru is one of the most ancient monasteries in Ladakh, the oldest surviving structure dating to the 11 th century CE. What makes this monastery particularly fascinating, is its location, amidst what is today called the “moonscape”, for the spectacular natural rock formations, which truly are “out of the world”! As per legend , there once existed a huge lake in this area, populated only by the Nagas (serpents). It was prophesized that there would be a great monastery built here. This prophecy came true when the great acharya Naropa (756-1041 CE) arrived. He emptied the lake, meditated for many years inside a cave, and built the first monastery here. The present structure is a new one, built around the cave where Acharya Naropa is said to have meditated. This legend seems to fit well with the geological formations seen in the area, which suggest this was a paleo-lake, which disappeared around 1000 years ago. Lamayuru is about 130 km from Leh , and the Indus River flows along th

Shirdi Temple Update - Speedy Darshan

I have been fortunate to have been able to visit Shirdi plenty of times. You can read about my experiences at

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/09/quick-trip-to-shirdi-and-shani.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/03/quick-trip-to-shirdi-and-shani.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2007/12/trip-on-diwali-from-shirdi-to-bordi.html

I will therefore not waste more words talking about the temple and my experiences.

This post is meant to be an update on the speedy darshan facility recently started at Shirdi during crowded weekends.

The temple authorities have opened a paid darshan facility during the weekends, to cope with the huge crowds at that time. To avail of these passes, one has to approach the guards at Gate No.1. They will direct you to the person issuing the passes. a limited number of passes are available each day, starting at 7AM, and the rates are as follows:


Only darshan : Rs. 100 per person
All aartis except kakad aarti: Rs. 200 per person
Kakad Aarti: Rs. 300 per person.
The passes for the Kakad aarti have to be collected the previous night.


Passes are issued only in person, and can not be collected for others. Some proof of ID is required, such as PAN card, Election ID, Driving license, etc. 

Ours was, as usual, a hurried trip, and we attended the Kakad aarti standing in the queue, since we had no time to enquire about these passes. However, I was able to find out the required information for my father-in-law, who was able to buy a pass and had darshan in just a few minutes! So, please do use this information and have a wonderful darshan at Shirdi!

Comments

  1. Thanks for the kind information. It will be very useful to pilgrims who visit the holy place for the first time

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  2. Thanks for sharing the info Anu. I will pass it on to my relatives who visit there and will be useful for me too

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  3. Thanks for the info.this is one temple i would like to visit.

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  4. Thanks for the info.this is one temple i would like to visit.

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  5. hi,this is ajay,

    i read your blog and i like it very much..
    thanks for posrting such a wonderful aarati...

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  6. I am planning to visit shirdi temple for darshan of shree sai baba. For this I have booked shirdi tour package. Thanks

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  7. You can book Room, Darshan, Aarathi via internet. This can be done even two days before. I had done recently. Dec 13. You have to registere your self with them

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