Tuesday, January 26, 2016

67 th Republic DAY

I wish you all A HAPPY 67TH REPUBLIC DAY

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Old students meet Salem GHMH school 1963 S S L C batch

The old students of SSLC  1963 Batch of Gokulanatha Hindu Mahajana High School Salem decided to meet on Salem on 19-02-2016 to exchange our pleasentries among us  All our class  mates are welcome

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Somnath Yatra Part 5


I reached Ahamedabad by 7 PM and passed remaining day time in the hotel.

5-1-2016  Local trip at ahamedabad

  Today trip started at 9.00 Am This time I took an auto to travel as it will be easy to recognise the place. Today trip was to goto famous Jain temple situated at about 68 KM from Ahamedabad city. The name of the temple isJain mahavir temple at MOURI and the priding deity name is GHANTAGAN MAHAVIR, the way passes thro Ghanthi nagar . A temple for Ganthiji is under construction We reached Mouri temple  by 2 hrs . The temple prasadams can be purchased for in ranges from Rs 30 and above  and it will be offered to god and it will be returned back to offerer. The prasadams will not be allowed take outside of the premises. There is  one  dining hall where food is available at Rs 50 per head unlimited one, Pure veg Jain food.On return Journey Mahakali temple is there and repulica of Amarnath temple is also constructed on the way. I reached the hotel by 4 PM

6-1-2016  Today I went ATLAJ STEPWELL .This is 5 storied well and having steps to go upto bottom This has built in the year AD 1555 by a King for his Rani bath. 5 stories are visible and further 2 more stories there the driver informed.The wall are beautiful carvings

. There are TRIMANDIR of Swami Narayan sect, Balaji Temple, ISCON temple Swami Narayan temple at Ghanthi Nagar.

Left Ahamedabad by 5.40 PM and reached Delhi?Gurgaon by 7 AM on   7-1-2016

Adani is building very big housing complex. Multi storied buildings.

In general Ahamedabad roads are Jam packed. No body including stat buses not following the rule og road.Very conjusted. The Sabarmathi River inside the city is well regulated It is the fine outings for people Gandhi nagar is well protected and police bis very strict and fully controlled by CCTV and police not corrupted.

Monday, January 11, 2016



I reached Somnath by 3PM and occupied the room. The rooms are well maintained andthe rates are reasonable. The dining hall fecilities available. There are several hotels and caterings are there. The temple opens upto 9 PM . After refreshing I went to Temple at 5PM which 10 mts walk and after usual secruties went inside There was no rush. THE SHIVA LINGA WAS WELL DECORATED. The temple is located just adjustant to Arabian sea.  After Dharshanam I sat at sea shore ie near compound wall. sitting arrangement ie cement benches are provided by the temple authority. I witness the sunsetting in ARABIAN SEA.

     At 8 PM there was LIGHT AND SOUND show on history of Temple It was one hour At 9 PM came back to Room and had dinner in the dining hall. Food was unlimited for 50 rupees.


      The somnath temple was destroyed by invasion about 5 to 6 times Each time it iwas reconstructed. To avoid further destruction the original lingam was shifted from the temple and it was installed about 200 feet away in underground and over the above a republica lingam was installed and in Somnath temple also one lingam was established. The abhisekam and regular puja done oroginal lingam in the morning. The priest I had contacted told me to come to old temple by 6 AM . I went old temple and had a Dharshan of Lingam It is a big lingam. We can perform Ganga jal abhisekham by our own hands. After having Dharshan I came back to room by 7 AM . My train to Ahamedabad starts from Somnath Station by 9.30 AM, I vacated room by 8 AM and reached station by 8.30 AM for my onward journey  The train starts at 9,30 AM and reached ahamedabad by 6.45 PM



My Somnath Yatra starts from Dwaraka by 8 AM on 3-1-2016 by Hired Taxi.The distance around 250 KM approx.

Dwaraka and Somnath are on the Arabian sea shore. The journey was along the sea shore . The entire sea shore area is producing electricity by wind through by installing gig Fans.
 Harsha Dhayi Temple

  This devi is said to be KULADEVATHA of Krishna  This place is around 40 KM from Dwaraka. We reached this place by 9 AM The temple opens at 9 Am with Arathi . I witnessed the Arathi . The beating of Drums make us clapping our hands automatically A beautiful rhytham. After 1/2 hour our journey commences


    This is place where Krishna after war with KAMSA while returning to Dwaraka took rest for sometime One shiva linga was established here
Our journey continues and the next stop was PORBHANDAR The birth place of Mahatma Gandhiji.
We reached here around 10.30 AM.

Gandhiji Birth Place
 This is midst of market area and the building is maintained without any modification except front side for benefit of visitors. Even the plastering is also not done inside. A place to see every Indian as mark of gratitude

 In Porbhandar also the place of Sudhama alias Kusela place is converted as temple.

   This place where the richest Indian born.
   Yes  This place where Dhiribhai Ambani lived, The house is now converted as memorial. The helipad also constructed nearby

I took the lunch on the way


Veravel is twin city of Somnath.  Export of sea fishes is being regulated from this place. Several huge godowns are situated here for proper storing of fishes arriving from places.

   In this place The arrowman has aimed Krishna legs while he was resting on the tree. That place is now worshipping place A temple is being constructed. A huge Shiva linga is there


    I want to take photo of this place and hence I took the camera from the hand bag and took snaps. I took the snaps from the compound wall area of the temple. The distance from the Idol to compound wall is hardly 20 feet only and after taking snaps  and bowed the god from there itself and proceeded to taxi for further journey to somnath which is about 7 to 8 Km and reached Somnath trust Guest house for rooms. For showing I card  opened bag for purse. The purse was not found. I searched everywhere and in taxi also. It was not there. I told to taxi driver my loss of purse. after recollecting all the incidents I was sure the purse might be fallen while taking camera from the bag. The taxi driver immediately took me back to VERAVEL temple in 10 mts ride. I searched entire place No fruitful,   The driver suggested to go to priest and enquire. I went near the idol where priest was sitting and enquired Negative. I came  back thinking of further mode of action. When I came down from the platform of temple KRISHNA came  in human being and asked whether your purse and handed over purse and he refused to any money from me. This was the game Krishna played for not going near his idol

I reached Somnath by 3PM and booked room for oneday in the Somnath Mandir Trust guest house

Dwaraka -Somnath Yatra part 2

In continuing Dwaraka trip


    On 2-1-2016  After having the dharshan of Bet Dwaraka The time was 1-30 PM I had the lunch and had a rest for 3 hrs. the temple opens at 5 PM . I went to temple after having tea etc . the distance  is walkable distance only. there is separate counters for camera Cell phone and shoes. Free of charge.

  Secrutiny clearence is there. There is not much people. I entered the temple and had a eyeful dharshan of Lord Krishna What I can not able to describe in words My eyes refuse to move away from Krishna  I was  seeing   seeing seeing -------------------

                More than 1/2 hour I was in front of Krishna and more than one hour I  was in temple.


   In the morning 6 AM the temple opens. I went to temple in the morning 6 AM and I had fortunate to see the ARATHI of Krishna and after one hour I came back to hotel room and had a slight breakfast and vacated the room by 8 AM for the onward journey to Somnath


With the blessings of Fore fathers and well wishers I had fortunate to visit the Holiest places in India. Last week ie on the last day of old year 2015 I started my journey towards Dwaraka and Somnath by Train from Delhi and Reached Ahamedabad on 1-1-2016 morning   9.30 AM.


    There is regular bus service from Ahamedabad  ( In Somnath temple voucher the city has been mentioned as AMEDABAD) from 10 pm.  and reaches Dwaraka by 7.15 AM. Many buses are flyingduring that time. Bus tickets can be booked by internet ).As my bus to Dwaraka starts at 10 PM I took a room in a hotel.   The journey upto Amedabad  was normal in all respects. Rajdhani express supplied food as per terms and condition.

    The bus to Dwaraka was a sleeper bus. On experiencing day weather  I had feeling the night will be pleasent. Man proposes and God disposes. With one half sweater I was shivering The bus is not provided  Kambal to protect from cold Any how I  bravely  with stood the cold ( there is no alternative than boosting like this).  The bus reached Jam nagar 3 AM. I took hot tea. The bus was stopped there for about one hour. Most of the passengers got down here. The bus driver and conductor waiting for local passengers.After one hour the resumed the journeyand reached Dwaraka by 7.15 AM. The sun rise is about 7 am. The reason for stopping for an hour I understood.

The bus stop is near temple.The city Dwaraka is surrounding the temple only. I took a hotel room then and there itself. On enquiry it has been found that the local trip around Dwaraka done in 2 times.First trip at 8.00 AM and the second one at 2.00 PM. As Iwas having some 20 mts time I got myself ready by 10 minutes and at 8.00 Am the lacal bus started.

   DWARAKA local trip   2-1-2016

     Dwaraka  trip local Trip covering following places

1.Rukmini Temple   2  Nageswar temple   3.Gopi Talab   4. Bet Dwaraka

Rukmini Temple
  One time Rishi  Durvasa came to see Krishna afterwards he wanted to somewhere. Krishna offered Chariot. But Rishi Durvasa told he dont want chariot driven by animals. Krishna along with Rukmini dragged the chariot. On the way rukmini felt immense thirst. Krishna brought ganga water by his power and gave to Rukmini. She drank the water without getting permission from Rishi. Rishi got angry and cursed Rukmini that Rukmini will be away from Krishna for 12 years. Rukmini left Dwaraka and lived in the forest . This was the place where Rukmini stayed This called Rukmini Temple.  Pilgrims give donations for feeding water here. Water is being served to pilgrims here

Nageswar Temple

   Our next stop was Nageswar Temple. This one of the Jyothir Lingam. Ther are 12 Jyothir lingam in India. One very big Shiva statue  is installed in front of temple.

Gopi Talab

    When Gopis were taking bath inside the pond without clothes to teach them the lessons to them Krishna has took away clothes and hide This is place where this has been held.  ( Vastra Apagaranam) The authorities not maintaining properly and the tank is looks dirty although thousands are visiting daily

Bet Dwaraka

Our next stop was BET DWARAKA

 On the way we saw the a very big factory of TATA salt manufacturing Salt. There are heaps / mountains of Raw salt outside.
 We reached Bet dwaraka. On the way very big fish godowns, Fishes captured by fisherman is being stored here
        Bet Dwaraka is in the middle of sea around  1 Km from the shore. Regular and frequent boat services are there .They charging Rs 10 per head.The journey took half an hour one way.

Bet Dwaraka In this place of Krishna Palace Bramin Sudhama alias Kusela  was received by Krishna and entire family was blessed.
  The temple is located around 1KM from shore. Auto  (shared) are available Rs 10 per head) In this place both Hindus and Muslims are living together. Muslims are boat drivers and fisherman .
No cellophone ,camera allowed Cloak room available Charges Rs 2 per article. After dharshan we made the return journey and reached bus and reached Dwaraka by 1.15 PM.

DWARAKADEESH  TEMPLE                     contd