TURNING YOGI

The calmness was in the air and I was turning into a yogi ..
The atmosphere was serene and pious and the air is filled with the singing of abhangs.

Situated on the banks of  Indrayani River Alandi village is located 19 KM towards North from District head quarters Pune and 136 KM from State capital Mumbai.
Since ancient times, the village has been a shrine of Shiva as Siddheshwar, Lord of Spiritual Attainment. Today, the Alandi Jnanshewar temple is a major pilgrimage center, drawing hundreds of thousands of devotees on festival days. Alandi is also Popularly known as Devachi Alandi (God’s place) has samadhi and a temple of the Saint-poet Dynaeshwar.

pole with sculptures (1 of 1)I went to the sacred place with my parents who are devotes of Saint Dynaeshwar. while entering the premises which was the outer area of the temple, had a beautiful huge pole with big sculptures of birds and lion, at the bottom it has hug lions then eagle then peacock and then the pigeons.. I am yet to discover the mystery or mythology behind the the beautiful huge pole.

Then we came across big arches with tradition design with beautiful and bright yellow and red color, which was the path way towards the temple, surrounded with shops and villagers made me feel the freshness which we have lost in the city life. (photos added in the album)

old school method (1 of 1)There was one more things that amazed me and made remember the old days, villagers practicing  old school methods for day to day life .. for us which is now history .. such as a barber was shaving a person head with the old tool like knife ..(sorry don’t know the exact name for that) and that seriously amazed me.

Moving ahead crossing the market we finally reached the temple complex which has been built near the spot of Sant Dnyaneshwar’s samadhi. Over 700 years ago, Sant Dnyaneshwar took living samadhi here when he was just 21.

There are three entrance of the temple, first is the main entrance (Mahadwar) which is to the north which has old sculptures engraved of dwarpal, lion and elephant, second is the Paan Darwaja (or water door, since the Indrayani River flows outside it) which is in the west, and the third is the Hanuman Darwaja which is in the south and Ganapati Darwaja in the east.The temple over here was built in 1570,  and the Samadhi structure was built in 1492 by one Ambekar Deshpande from Purandar. The Mahadwar and temple wall were constructed in 1672, and the main hall in 1682. One of the most interesting things I found out was that Sant Dynanehswar wrote the Marathi translation of the Bhagwat Geeta called as ‘Dyneshwari’, which was being read by the villages and visitors in the temple.

Mahadwar has a tortoise at the entrance which is also worshiped. (photo in the album). We then headed towards the shrine of Sant Dnyaneshwar’s shrine, it had along Que and photography was also not allowed (but I took some pics through my cell) so just sharing the experience ..its was just magical in there .. i was waling the Que touching the stones and listening to the bhajan people were singing, we then reached the shrine and then to the temple with the connecting path way. In the Shiva temple out side the temple I saw beautifully sculpted  “nandi‘ I had never seen such beautiful “nandi‘ in my entire life, I was mesmerized again. After the worshiping was done by my parents we headed toward the Indrani river. It was flowing with calmness and beauty. The banks were huge and had ‘swastik‘ made on the ghats. We worshiped there as well. It was sunny day but the river throwing the cool breeze made the sun weaker.

Alandi is visited by thousands of pilgrims, and in particular, those of the Varkari Sect. On every Kartika Ekadashi (eleventh day of the Hindu month of Kartik), a big festival is held at Alandi, when the Yatra (procession of pilgrims) reaches the town.

This was a summery of my trip to Alandi with my parents, It was truly an experience which was turning me into a yogi..

 

The Samadhi structure was built in 1492 by one Ambekar Deshpande from Purandar. The Mahadwar and temple wall were constructed in 1672, and the main hall in 1682
— Read more: http://www.ixigo.com/sant-dnyaneshwars-samadhi-mandir-alandi-india-ne-1282181
Over 700 years ago, Sant Dnyaneshwar took living samadhi at the spot on which this temple stands today. He was just 21 then.
— Read more: http://www.ixigo.com/sant-dnyaneshwars-samadhi-mandir-alandi-india-ne-1282181
Over 700 years ago, Sant Dnyaneshwar took living samadhi at the spot on which this temple stands today. He was just 21 then.
— Read more: http://www.ixigo.com/sant-dnyaneshwars-samadhi-mandir-alandi-india-ne-1282181

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