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Places to visit during Ram Navami celebration in India

Ram Navmi is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals which celebrates as the birth of Lord Shri Rama. Lord Shri Ram who is believed as seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

How it is celebrate :

 The festival is celebrated with great vigor and enthusiasm. Generally devotees celebrate Ram Navmi by keeping a fast on this day, visit a Shri Ram temple, and participate in a Bhajan (a devotional song) on the day.

 Although they are celebrated with great fanfare everywhere, there are some places where it is celebrated and considered as special event. And here is the list of those cities and places, have a look over them:

1] Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh


Ayodhya 
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Ayodhya is on the first place where the festival is celebrates in large scale. Situated on the bank of river Sariyu The city is one of the most holiest and popular place. It is believed that it is the birth place of Lord Rama. A beautuful Chariot procession is must see event here during Ram Navmi.

2] Bhadrachalam in Telangana

Bhadrachalam 
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It is also famous for Ram Navmi celebration. The Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy shrine temple which was constructed in the 17th century is most famous temple here which is dedicated to Lord Rama.

3] Sitamarhi, Bihar


Sitamarhi is the third one of the most sacred place where you could witness the festival celebration. Also this place is so important because of it is considered as a birthplace of goddess Sita.  Sitamarhi is situated in Bihar state.

4] Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu

Rameswaram 
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It is famous for it's temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is believed to have been established and worshiped by Lord Ram himself. It is also that place from where Lord Shri Ram began his journey to Sri Lanka, to rescue Goddess Sita after being abducted by Ravan.

So apart from this, which place do you like most to celebrate Ram Navami festival nears you ?
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5 Most Famous Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra


Aundha Nagnath

          (image courtesy:ghumakkar.com)

Among the twelve Jyotirlinga of India it is situated in Hingoli district in the Maharashtra state. It is also belived and said that the temple of Lord shiva have been built by Yudhishthira, eldest of the  Pandavas during thier 14 years of exile.  The temple is built in Hemandpanthi style of architecture. 


How to reach:-  


Nearest railway station:- Chondi, 21 km away.


Nearest Airport:- Nanded 41 KM away. 



By Road :- Well connected to other cities of the state.



Bhimashankar


Located in small villiage called 'Bhojgiri' which is approx. 50 km northwest of Khed, near Pune district in Maharashtra state is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga in India. Built in the Hemadpanthi style in the mid 18th century The temple is always crowded with devotees, especially during the Mahashivratri festival.

How to reach:


Nearest Railway station:- Pune railway station is 111 Kms away. 


Nearest Airport :- Pune Airport 127kms.



By Road:- Well connected to Mumbai and Junnar through other cities of the state.


Parli Vaijnath


  (image courtesy:wikipedia.org)

Situated on a hill that faces towards the east in Parali in Beed district of Maharashtra state. Though the exact date of construction is not known but it believed that the temple is belongs to 12th or 13th century.  On  Gudi Padawa, Vijaya Dashami, Tripuri Pournima and Mahashivaratri big celebrations take place.


How to reach: 


Nearest railway station:- Parali 2 km away from the temple. 


Nearest Airport :- Aurangabad 218 km away.


By Road:- Parli is well connected toLatur,Parbhani,Nanded, Aurangabad,Hyderabad and Pune.

 

Trimbakeshwar:- 

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Trimbakeshwar one of the 12 Jyotirlinga located 28 km from the Nashik city and near Brahmagiri mountain where the holy river Godavari originates. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra.  It is said that Nanasaheb Peshwa had built this temple.


How to reach:-  


Nearest railway station:- Nasik road railwaystation 24 km away.


Nearest Airport:- Mumbai 200 km away .



By Road:- Well connected with Mumbai, Nashik city, and Aurangabad.



Grishneshwar:-

        (image courtesy:ddasedEn)

Known as the 12th Jyotirlinga shrines situated in a Verul a small village which is 20 km away from Daulatabad and 30 km away from Aurangabad city.
Ahilyabai Holkar constructed current existing temple. The temple is beautifully structured and has Garbhagriha, beautiful statutes carved pillars


How to reach:- 


Nearest Airport:- Aurangabad airport is 29 km  away.
 

Nearest Railway station:- Aurangabad railway station is 29 km  away.


By Road:- Well connected by road to Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune and Jalna.


All the roads to reach these places are comfortable to travel and hiring a chauffeur driven car rental is ideal if you prefer to make your way around these places without the hassle. 
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Kailas Manas Sarovar Yatra series - 9


Was it a dream?!


Even now, at the time of writing this, I recall that experience. What was it that I had gone through? How do I describe it to my folks at home? Was it just about the hardships of an adventurous trekking that I am going to narrate? Or about the beautiful landscape? Or about being able to reach the abode of gods and goddesses? Or about securing a place in the list of those luckiest people who could unload all their sins? Any attempt to give a description of that experience would fail. The pain of giving birth to a baby could not be explained in words, just like the joy of touching the feet new born baby. Whatever may be the name of that place…..I call it the womb….womb of the infinite-the unbound-the formless-the nameless-the omnipresent-the un-manifested in the manifested universe. 
 
We had very little time to spend on the top of Drolma La. Neema hurried us to move on. It might turn out to be fatal for vulnerable people. I rushed to my camera, took a few snaps. I was unable to hold the camera, hands were shaking. Entire valley was covered with fog. Colorful prayer flags had provided wonderful contrast against the background of snow covered valley. We had to move from there, we started descending on the opposite side.
While descending, we saw the Gauri Kund. It is a small pool of water that is supposed to be the place where goddess Parvati (Gauri) is said to have done penance for Lord Shiva. It is situated on a bit lower altitude than the Drolma La. We crossed a frozen river stream after that. After about half an hour we descended and reached the plains of a river stream. We stopped at a tiny restaurant like thing to have our packed lunch consisting biscuits, fruits and bread. We had to complete, again about 22 km trek to reach our camp at Zutulpuk. However, it was on a plain path we had to walk by the side of an unnamed river stream.
Gauri Kund (image credit: Prajna LS)

Ponies had arrived there already with their masters for those who had booked. A fellow traveler, he was the youngest of all in our team, was suffering from severe sickness. He was brought to the camp in an ambulance later. It was a terrific walk. I was lagging behind. I had no energy left to walk. Luckily, looking at my condition, Neema Sherpa and also Veerbahadur Sherpa took great care of me till I could reach the camp. The cute looking Veerbahadur used to cheer me up in between, he made me to drink glucose water, asked me to sit and take rest and made me to move again…like a kind friend.
I recall it was like a walk in the oblivion, as if it were a sleep walk. I was feeling very drowsy. It is a symptom of altitude sickness. In that delusive state of mind I had tried to recall the faces of our elder team mates one by one. Then, realized they were on ponies. Huh. But, not all were. Narayan uncle and the father of Doctor Shailaja were also coming by foot. No idea how they were, where they were…Veer Bahadur cheered, “We have almost reached, don’t worry”. He was just consoling my mind, I know.
It was raining by the time we reached. Must be around 7.30 pm we had reached. My folks at the camp were worried for me. They didn’t know for whom the ambulance was sent. Veerbahadur held my hand in a majestic way and dropped me at the door of our allotted room where my folks had been resting!! I just threw out my shoes, rain coat and jacket and lied on my bed, I was drenched in sweat.
Third day!
Next day morning we walked for about 2-3 hours. It was damn easy compared to the second day! We were feeling very light and were excited. It was drizzling and after sometime we could see tiny-tiny snow flakes settling on our rain coats. The entire valley looked fabulous. I told my aunt that we are blessed by Bhagwan through snowfall!
There is a small mound to mark the completion of Kailas Parikrama. We reached there and it was the end of our great venture. We could see our vehicles at that point. Drove back to Darchen, and after lunch the group proceeded towards Saga. From saga we came to Nyalam and from Nyalam we crossed the Friendship Bridge (at Kodari) again to reach Kathmandu.
When I reflect upon this particular experience of mine, all seems like a dream. A dream sent by the ‘un-manifested spirit’ to illustrate the hardships of realising the ‘sublime’. 
image credit: Prajna LS
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