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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chamatkarik Hanumanji of Jam Sawli, Travel destinations Chindwara, Madhya Pradesh, India

This gigantic Hanumanji is in sleeping position, resting under a tree, the idol (Chamatkarik or Magical Hanumanji near Nagpur) has self-emerged from the ground and the beauty or magnificence of the idol is amazing.

I visited the Chamatkarik Hanuman Mandir Jam Sawli that is 25km from my relatives place.
Hanumanji of Jam Sawli has the magical powers to call his devotee to bless him with his bountiful. It is believed that no one can visit the place unless he is called there. It was an amazing experience and the total travel time was around 3 hours both ways. While travelling you can see people selling Jujube & Gauva on the road side which makes travelling experience awesome.
Once inside the sanctum sanctorum, there are different gates for both men and women. Hanumanji is a Bal Bramhachari(the god who never married and considered all women as his mother), hence to maintain the sanctity, men are allowed a little close to the idol and the women have to contend looking at the idol from a distance. Shraddha however is the same.
Hanumanji of Jam Sawli grants boons aplenty and he senses your troubles and relieves you of all pain.
This is one of the Great Holy place!! I must recommend you to visit at-least one time to this great place! You can easily get a transport from Nagpur/Chindwara to go there and meet Shree Hanuman!!

Travel Destination Calangute Beach , Goa

The 'queen of beaches', Calangute one of the most visited travel destinations, nine miles from the Goan Capital Panaji, the beach is spread four miles along the Arabian sea. On the north is hamlet of Baga and to the south is Candolim village.

The name Calangute according to locals is a distortion of the local vernacular word 'Koli-gutti', which means land of fishermen. Others say it has derived from Kalyangutti meaning the village of art, and still others say it came from the earlier name Konvallo -ghott because the village is full of coconut trees.

Tan yourself spreading on beach or go swimming. Calangute is a reasonably safe place to swim though one should keep at least three hundred meters away from the mouth of the river.

Take a fifteen minute walk from the main beach front area and you will come in a hawker free zone. Sights of rows of wooden boats and teams of village fishermen hauling nets in a high tide can be seen here. Together the sun, sand and sea set the mood for that perfect holiday. And while at beach you will not miss hundreds of stalls of sea food. Gorge on the prawns or the lobsters.

Calangute is one of the few beaches where water sports are available. There are more than a dozen of water sport operators along the beach. You can go for para sailing, water surfing, water skiing or banana and bump rides depending upon which you find more thrilling.

Church of St. Alex celebrated its fourth centenary in 1996. This parish church is a must see in Calangute. It has a two towers and a magnificent white dome and ornate altars.

Calangute Beach , Goa

Location : 16 km From Panjim, North Goa
What To See : Church of St. Alex, Baga Beach
What To Do : Snorkelling, Kayaking, Water-skiing, Sailing, Wind-surfing and Fishing
Best Time To Visit : December To February

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bullet Baba Temple, Travel Destination Rajasthan. Pali (Rajasthan)

Travel Destination Rajasthan. Pali (Rajasthan), The unlikely shrine near Chotila village, around 20 km away from Pali en route to Jodhpur on the highway, has a Royal Enfield 350 cc motorbike, called a Bullet, as its deity. It's a shrine dedicated to the Motorbike Devta, also called Bullet Baba. The deity is indeed a motorcycle and such is faith that hundreds of devotees turn up every day to pray for a safe journey.

It's hard to miss the din of pilgrims here. Every day nearby villagers and travelers stop and pray to the bike and its late owner Om Singh. The temple beside the Enfield motorbike has a big picture of Singh, fondly known as Om Bana.

It is said that a person who does not stop to pray at the shrine is in for a dangerous journey.

The story goes that about 21 years ago, on a fateful summer night, Om Bana was returning from Pali to his native Chotila on his bike when it skidded and hit a tree, killing him on the spot.

The tree stands over the battered vehicle till date. Villagers say after Om Bana's death, the motorbike was taken to a local police station. But next day morning, it was found at the accident spot.

Police initially thought it was a prank and after emptying the fuel tank they brought the bike back to the station. However, the motorcycle was again at the accident spot the next day.

"As soon as the story spread, people in the nearby village built a platform on the spot where the death occurred and started offering prayers," said Chotu Singh, a resident of the nearby village.

The temple has a priest who manages daily affairs. Many shops offering incense sticks, flowers, coconut and red thread meant for offering prayers have sprung up near the shrine.

Local people sing folk songs in the name of Om Bana who owned the Royal Enfield.

Travelers, especially drivers of vehicles that pass by, offer prayers at the site, which is almost in the middle of the road.

Some drivers also offer a small bottle of country liquor at the site, praying for a safe journey. "Whenever I pass this area, I never forget to light incense sticks, offer liquor and lie prostrate in reverence," said Jagdish Singh, a taxi driver.

Devotees also apply the 'tilak' mark and tie a red thread on the motorbike.

"Villagers here believe Bana's spirit still hovers around the place and they can hear the Royal Enfield rev up at night," said Hem Singh Rajput, the resident of a nearby village.