Vindhya Hills Haunted By Rocks, Rivers,Temples And Super Souls (Yogis) (Photo Story Part II)

The terrific response which the part one of the travelogue generated really overwhelmed me. It confirmed the sentiment that travelogues, loaded with good photos, leave an everlasting impression on all the sections of people, no matter to which nation they belong.

Photographs are like time machine since the flight of imagination, after viewing them, transcends the normal course of time to move either backward or even forward in an unusual way. They record the present moment for the posterity. That’s why the same photograph viewed at a later stage tells a different story to each viewer. That’s one of the reason why I am pretty conscious when I am dealing with camera. I was sad that I did not use a good camera, but in the aftermath, I felt happy that somehow I managed to get real good pictures. 

The part two of this travelogue has awesome views of Siddhnath Ki Dari, a place one kilometer away from Shakteshgarh Fort; glimpses of landscape around that place; images of ancient Goddess Durga temple and images of Ganges flowing by the side of Chunar Fort. Although Part II of the travelogue unleashes some personal sentiments, it nevertheless never misses to create an universal appeal. 

Like to inform the readers that Siddhanath Ki Dari is a place known for its huge waterfall, which comes alive in rainy season. However, it belonged to a Yogi (saint) named Siddhanath who in ancient times used to meditate here. I shall not forget a hilarious incident which occurred at this place, when my friend and I were held hostage by lots of monkeys. They did no harm to us but left us only when their gang leader came to us, searched our pockets and got in possession of few mangoes which we had kept inside our pockets! The gang leader did that in a very smart fashion without harming us! 

I had no time left to have the photographs of Chunar fort, which as per legends was built by the king of Ujjain Maharaja Vikramaditya in 56 B.C. for his brother Bhartihariji- a great yogi who took samadhi inside the fort! The fort later came to be associated with Babar, Humayun, Shershah Suri, Akbar, and finally it came under the rule of Britishers. Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of Bengal, came to take refuge here for quite some time. It’s a matter of pride for me that my mother’s residence is adjacent to this fort situated on the banks of Ganges.

The Path Might Be In Bad Shape But The Spirit To Move Ahead Remains Intact!

The Path Might Be In Bad Shape But The Spirit To Move Ahead Remains Intact!

Try Walking On It Barefoot!

Try Walking On It Barefoot!

Stones Also Have Life :-)

Stones Also Have Life 🙂

Beautiful, Isn't It?

Beautiful, Isn’t It?

Water At The Base Of These Ancient Rocks At Sidhhanath Ki Dari!

Water At The Base Of These Ancient Rocks At Sidhhanath Ki Dari!

At This Spot A Group Of Monkeys Snatched Our Mangoes. One Of The Robber Can Be Seen Here :-)

At This Spot A Group Of Monkeys Snatched Our Mangoes. One Of The Robbers Can Be Seen Here 🙂

Siddhnath Ki Dari Is Associated With Great Yogi Siddhanathji. Hope He Found My Gestures Fitting!

Siddhnath Ki Dari Is Associated With Great Yogi Siddhanathji. Hope He Found My Gestures Fitting!

Such Scenes Possess The Soul!

Such Scenes Possess The Soul!

These Rocks Come Alive In Rainy Season...For Me Even Now They Looked Great :-)

These Rocks Come Alive In Rainy Season…For Me Even Now They Looked Great 🙂

Rocks And Blooming Flowers!

Rocks And Blooming Flowers!

Preferring The Company Of Rocks Over Insensitive Human Beings!

Preferring The Company Of Rocks Over Insensitive Human Beings!

These Ancient Rocks Touched My Soul And Made Me Smile!

These Ancient Rocks Touched My Soul And Made Me Smile!

A Lonely Path!

A Lonely Path!

Rock What Do You Seem To Preach?

Rock What Do You Seem To Preach?

Finally Found Someone To Lean Against :-)

Finally Found Someone To Lean Against 🙂

Sitting On The Track For The Right Reason :P

Sitting On The Track For The Right Reason 😛

Railway Tracks Make Me So Excited. I don't know why! Anyway, That's Route Of Train Leaving For Chopan From Chunar. Trains Like Swarna Jayanati, CCM And Moori Express Run On This Beautiful Hilly Route!

Railway Tracks Make Me So Excited. I don’t know why! Anyway, That’s Route Of Train Leaving For Chopan From Chunar. Trains Like Swarna Jayanati, CCM And Moori Express Run On This Beautiful Hilly Route!

My Friend Wajir Who Helped Me A Lot During This Trip. He Just Could Not Click An Ideal Image Of Mine On These Tracks. However, I Got A Picture Perfect Of His, Which Also Highlights The Beauty Of Rail Tracks So Well!

My Friend Wajir Who Helped Me A Lot During This Trip. He Just Could Not Click An Ideal Image Of Mine On These Tracks. However, I Got A Picture Perfect Of His, Which Also Highlights The Beauty Of Rail Tracks So Well!

In My Hindi Language I Would Have Said: Geet Gaya Pattharo Ne :-)

In My Hindi Language I Would Have Said: Geet Gaya Pattharo Ne 🙂

My Friend Was Really Worried That Someone Does Not Come To Steal The Petrol! So As Soon As He Got An Opportunity He  Rushed To Check The Petrol Level. Oil Matters ..Ha..ha...ha... :P :P :P

My Friend Was Really Worried That Someone Does Not Come To Steal The Petrol! So As Soon As He Got An Opportunity He Rushed To Check The Petrol Level. Oil Matters ..Ha..ha…ha… 😛 😛 😛

Now It's Time To Bid Adieu To These Fascinating Turns...But Will Love To Move Again And Again On These Routes!

Now It’s Time To Bid Adieu To These Fascinating Turns…But Will Love To Move Again And Again On These Routes!

Awesome!

Awesome!

The Dusty Roads :-)

The Dusty Roads 🙂

Even In Peru I Can See The Walls Constructed That Way!

Even In Peru I Can See The Walls Constructed That Way!

But You Would Not Discover Such Cute Huts In Any Other Nation :-)

But You Would Not Discover Such Cute Huts In Any Other Nation 🙂

It's Hard To Believe That Priyanka  Can Dare To Roam In Such Wild Places :-) Anyway, I Admire The Guts Of Priyanka To Open A Photo Studio In This Jungle :P :P :P

It’s Hard To Believe That Priyanka Can Dare To Roam In Such Wild Places 🙂 Anyway, I Admire The Guts Of Priyanka To Open A Photo Studio In This Jungle 😛 😛 😛

Lovely Hills...

Lovely Hills…

A Cycle Repairing Shop On This Mountainous Route!

A Cycle Repairing Shop On This Mountainous Route!

The Turns Always Fascinate Me :-)

The Turns Always Fascinate Me 🙂

 These Trees By The Side Of Road: :The Mute Spectators!

Trees By The Side Of Road: The Mute Spectators!

The Ancient Goddess  Durga Temple In Chunar Amid Vindhya Hills!

The Ancient Goddess Durga Temple In Chunar Amid Vindhya Hills!

It's Full Of Distance Visitors!

It’s Full Of Distance Visitors!

The Landscape Around This Temple

The Landscape Around This Temple

That's The Entrance - The Mata's Dvar :-)

That’s The Entrance – The Mata’s Dvar 🙂

The Way That Leads To The Temple !

The Way That Leads To The Temple !

Don't Be Confused! That's Not The Prasada Offered At The Temple! It's Delicious Makuni Ki Litti Which Was Being Sold At Dhaba Close To The Temple. I Ate One Piece And Found It Tasty.  Well, this is prepared by filling the flour with stuff called Setua and then fried in the oil. Then it's served with mashed potato mixed with other items  like tomato etc.

Don’t Be Confused! That’s Not The Prasada Offered At The Temple! It’s Delicious Makuni Ki Litti Which Was Being Sold At Dhaba Close To The Temple. I Ate One Piece And Found It Tasty. Well, this is prepared by filling the flour with stuff called Setua and then fried in the oil. Then it’s served with mashed potato mixed with other items like tomato etc.

That's The Tulsi Plant At My Mother's Residence At Chunar

That’s The Tulsi Plant At My Mother’s Residence At Chunar

Notice The Building Made Of Stones...The Way Stone Has Been Arranged On The Walls Reminds Me Of The Walls That I Noticed In Peru's Ancient Heritage Sites!

Notice The Building Made Of Stones…The Way Stone Has Been Arranged On The Walls Reminds Me Of The Walls That I Noticed In Peru’s Ancient Heritage Sites!

The Place Intimately Associated With Me During My Childhood...Now  It Lies In Tatters....I Remember In My Childhood The Place Was Full Of Lively People!  The Owners Left This Place And Now It's An Abandoned Place!The Place Intimately Associated With Me During My Childhood…Now It Lies In Tatters….I Remember In My Childhood The Place Was Full Of Lively People! The Owners Left This Place And Now It’s An Abandoned Place!

Really Sad That My Mother's Place Which Was Once Upon A Time Such A Terrific Place Is Now  In Such A State!

Really Sad That My Mother’s Place Which Was Once Upon A Time Such A Terrific Place Is Now In Such A State!

That's The Courtyard Which In Our Childhood Was Site Of Naughtiest Activities Even In Scorching Summer!

That’s The Courtyard Which In Our Childhood Was Site Of Naughtiest Activities Even In Scorching Summer!

The Building Has Collapsed But Pillars Are Intact. Anyway, The Small Space You Notice Behind The Pillars Was Used By Us To Play Indoor Games In Childhood!

The Building Has Collapsed But Pillars Are Intact. Anyway, The Small Space You Notice Behind The Pillars Was Used By Us To Play Indoor Games In Childhood!

The Better View Of The Place Reserved For Indoor Games!

The Better View Of The Place Reserved For Indoor Games!

One Would Find Hard To Imagine That In Such A Small Space Two Groups Of People, Four Person In One Group, Were Always Involved In Playing Cards!  I Also Was One Of The Member :P :P :P

One Would Find Hard To Imagine That In Such A Small Space Two Groups Of People, Four Persons In One Group, Were Always Involved In Playing Cards! I Was Also One Of The Member 😛 😛 😛

The Dangerous Stairs...As A Kid I Fell Down From These Stairs Many Times..However, except  minor bruises I never got hurt badly..That's was the case with other kids too :P :P :P

The Dangerous Stairs…As A Kid I Fell Down From These Stairs Many Times..However, Except Minor Bruises I Never Got Hurt Badly..That’s Was The Case With Other Kids Too 😛 😛 😛

That's The Eden Garden Of  My Childhood...I Played Many Great Innings Here On This Pitch....Anyway, That's The Front Portion Of Mother's Residence :-)

That’s The Eden Garden Of My Childhood…I Played Many Great Innings Here On This Pitch….Anyway, That’s The Front Portion Of Mother’s Residence 🙂

The Post Match Discussions Always Took Place On These Two Rectangle Shaped Stones :P

The Post Match Discussions Always Took Place On These Two Rectangle Shaped Stones 😛

View Of Ganges From Roof Top Of My Mother's Residence :-)

View Of Ganges From Roof Top Of My Mother’s Residence 🙂

That's The Great Chunar Fort As Seen From Roof Top Of My Mother's Residence :-)

That’s The Great Chunar Fort As Seen From Roof Top Of My Mother’s Residence 🙂

The Muddy Path That Leads To Ghat Of Ganges!

The Muddy Path That Leads To Ghat Of Ganges!

That's The Panoramic View Of Chunar Fort From The Ghat Of Ganges At My Mother's Residence!

That’s The Panoramic View Of Chunar Fort From The Ghat Of Ganges At My Mother’s Residence!

That's The Ghat Of Ganges!

That’s The Ghat Of Ganges!

The View Of Ganges And The Fort!

The View Of Ganges And The Fort!

The Usual Activities At Ghats :P

The Usual Activities At Ghats 😛

Jai Ganga Maiyya....May Your Blessing Always Work Wonders In My Life :-)

Jai Ganga Maiyya….May Your Blessing Always Work Wonders In My Life 🙂

Panacea For The Soul!

Panacea For The Soul!

I hope They Do Not Catch Dolphins Found In Ganges!

I hope They Do Not Catch Dolphins Found In Ganges!

The Entrance Of The Lord Shiva Temple Found At This Ghat...A Temple That's Closely Associated With My Childhood...I Used To Sit Here For Hours Alone Or With Other Kids...

The Entrance Of The Lord Shiva Temple Loacted At This Ghat…A Temple That’s Closely Associated With My Childhood…I Used To Sit Here For Hours Alone Or With Other Kids…

The Cute Nandi- The Bull So Dear To Lord Shiva!

The Cute Nandi- The Bull So Dear To Lord Shiva!

My Salutations To Lord Shiva!

My Million Salutations To Lord Shiva!

That's The Way I Also Used To Sit Here At This Temple For Hours!

That’s The Way I Also Used To Sit Here At This Temple For Hours!

Thanks To Lord Shiva That Even Today Also I Found An Opportunity To Sit At The Same Place :-) :-) :-)

Thanks To Lord Shiva That Even Today Also I Found An Opportunity To Sit At The Same Place 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

9 responses

  1. Well described…. interesting tag line all pics

    Asia laga jaise kuchh jaani pahchani jagah hai…ya..jahan hamara bachpan beeta..usase milti julti jagah ho…

    1. Thanks Rajesh for your kind words…Description of the photo should not only be catchy but it should also compel you to think beyond the obvious..I am happy that Lord has given me the ability to define a certain aspect in appropriate terms!!!

  2. Thanks To These Readers…

    Himanshu B. Pandey, Siwan, Bihar; Adil Ali, Bulandsahar, Uttar Pradesh; Ajay Tyagi, Noida, Uttar Pradesh; Anand G. Sharma, Mumbai,Maharashtra; Sruti Sikarwar, Bangalore, Karnataka; Rekha Pandey, Mumbai, Maharashtra; Manish Tripathi, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; Swami Prabhu Chaitanya,Patna, Bihar; and Anjeev Pandey, Journalist, Nagpur, Maharashtra.

  3. Rajesh Pandey:

    Yes..I have seen all images… awesome moments.. shows how much you are attached with roots…

    Author’s Response:

    I travelled only a short distance to cherish my ancient connections..I have met people who came from other countries, travelling thousands of miles, to search their roots…One can never ignore his/her roots…

  4. Shiva Mishra, Kolkata, West Bengal, said:

    Great post…

    Author’s Response:

    Thanks ..Your compliment means a lot. 🙂

  5. […] Vindhya Hills Haunted By Rocks, Rivers,Temples And Super Souls (Yogis) (Photo Story Part II) […]

    1. Thanks for not being able to resist the temptation of making it part of your article 😛

  6. Thanks, It is real a good and great read, please do write a book on “chunar” and publish it. If you all agree, let us all make chunar one of the most visited place near Varanasi, it will improve chunar’s economy and bring back it’s lost glory. I am Sameer Pandey from Saddupur studied till 12th at Chunar(1-5 Golghar,Middle,PDND ) and now in Delhi. ” “Chhod Aqye hum who Galiyan” the heart cries.

    1. @ Sameer ji ….

      Thanks my friend for dropping by….Feel so good on having received such a heartfelt comment..You have come up with such a terrific suggestion but constraints of time do not permit me to think in this direction. However, I do have desire of having all my articles at one place in book form. That I hope will compensate your desire to an extent!

      My mother is from Chunar. In case, you happen to be at Chunar, let’s find time to see each other!!

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