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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 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

My Tryst With Vindhya Mountains: An Interaction With Breathtaking Beauty Of Deep Jungles! ( A Photo Story)

Writing is a hugely taxing affair, especially if you are doing it in unfavourable conditions. I always meet tough resistance from so many forces during penning of important posts. That makes it imperative for creative souls to venture into isolated corners away from the maddening world. That not only refreshes them but also tunes their mind to receive new insights. No wonder when writing affair starts turning into a routine affair, instead of being a source of joy, I take a short break and get lost in unheard corners of mother earth. Usually, I visit my village and mother’s original residence since both these places being set against great scenic backdrop offer solace needed by my soul.

However, this time I decided to move into valleys formed by Vindhya Mountains. “The Vindhya Range (Sanskrit: विन्‍ध्य) is a range of older rounded mountains and hills in the west-central Indian subcontinent, which geographically separates the Indian subcontinent into northern India (the Indo-Gangetic plain) and Southern India.”

I came to visit Shakteshgarh, located in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh, nineteen kilometers away from Chunar, which is mainly known for Swami Adgadanandji’s Aashrama. He is a well known saint in this area, who has penned a commentary on Srimad Bhagvad Geeta known as “Yathartha Geeta”. The localites informed me that a visit during the monsoon period is more appropriate since gorgeous waterfalls falling in these region come alive at that point of time. Anyway, I found that even during the odd period, the places like Siddhanath Ki Dari, one kilometer away from Shakteshgarh, which encaptures the the charm and the seduction of a  huge waterfall, appear so breathtaking.

During the end of this very beautiful and memorable journey into awesome valleys, full of mystic appeal, I came to capture beautiful images of Ganges flowing by the side of Chunar fort, adjacent to my mother’s residence in Chunar. Over all, the visit really uplifted my sagging spirit. For my readers, I have captured this beautiful images from not so good camera, yet I feel they would come to realize photographic sense is not dependent on a costly camera! You need mind’s eye and not a very costly camera to click a good image! I hope they also come to realize that India is really so beautiful that we need not to venture outside the nation to trace real beauty. The area I visited was haunted by Naxal terror, yet in the end only divine beauty prevailed in form of ancient temples like Durga Temple and etc.

That's The Beautiful Road Which Connects Chunar With Shakteshgarh!

That’s The Beautiful Road Which Connects Chunar With Shakteshgarh!

A Road To Silence

A Road To Silence

Miles To Go!

Miles To Go!

Beautiful Vindhya Hills

Beautiful Vindhya Hills

Truly Elegant

Truly Elegant

The Horizion!

The Horizion!

 A Road To Somewhere!

A Road To Somewhere!

The Energetic Hut :-)

The Energetic Hut 🙂

Also Met With These Pretty Cows :-)

Also Met With These Pretty Cows 🙂

And Here Arrives The Cowboy-The Gwala :-)

And Here Arrives The Cowboy-The Gwala 🙂

The Local Khajur Tree

The Local Khajur Tree

This Peepal Tree Was Quite Impressive!

This Peepal Tree Was Quite Impressive!

A tree that made me get lost into introspection!

A tree that made me get lost into introspection!

The Road To Shakteshgarh Fort!

The Road To Shakteshgarh Fort!

The Main Gate Of Shakteshgarh Fort!

The Main Gate Of Shakteshgarh Fort!

Marble Steps :-)

Marble Steps 🙂

Lovely Roses Inside The Fort!

Lovely Roses Inside The Fort!

The Saint's Temple Inside The Fort!

The Saint’s Temple Inside The Fort!

Divinity!

Divinity!

Swami Adgadanandji!

Swami Adgadanandji!

Almost All The Mango Trees Inside The Fort Tempted Me!

Almost All The Mango Trees Inside The Fort Tempted Me!

Myself Inside The Fort!

Myself Inside The Fort!

Where are my lovely friends?

Where are my lovely friends?

The Shloka from Srimad Bhagvad Geeta points out types of devotees engaged in bond with Lord: Aarta, Arthaarthi, Jigyasu and Gyani!

The Shloka from Srimad Bhagvad Geeta points out types of devotees engaged in bond with Lord: Aarta, Arthaarthi, Jigyasu and Gyani!

Green and Glorious OM :-)

Green and Glorious OM 🙂

Mangoes Ripened..Yum..Yum :P

Mangoes Ripened..Yum..Yum 😛

My Friend Vajir Who Provided Me Great Support During This Trip! Also Clicked Some Real Good Images Of Mine :-)

My Friend Vajir Who Provided Me Great Support During This Trip! Also Clicked Some Real Good Images Of Mine 🙂

Kathal ( Jackfruit) Inside The Fort :-)

Kathal ( Jackfruit) Inside The Fort 🙂

It's Me :P

It’s Me 😛

Feeling The Royalty Inside The Fort!

Feeling The Royalty Inside The Fort!

A Grand Statue Of Rhinoceros Outside The Fort!

A Grand Statue Of Rhinoceros Outside The Fort!

Spotted This Strange Fruit Inside The Fort! No Clue Regarding Its Real Name But Someone Called It Bael Fruit (Aegle marmelos)

Spotted This Strange Fruit Inside The Fort! No Clue Regarding Its Real Name But Someone Called It Bael Fruit (Aegle marmelos)

Fallen In Love With This Cute Elephant :P

Fallen In Love With This Cute Elephant 😛

Who will not love to have lion's share with this lion?

Who will not love to have lion’s share with this lion?

Black is beautiful...Say The Crows :-)

Black is beautiful…Say The Crows 🙂

Great Landscape Environs The Fort!

Great Landscape Environs The Fort!

Texture Of The Soil!

Texture Of The Soil!

The Instant Impact Of Visiting A Saint's Residence :-)

The Instant Impact Of Visiting A Saint’s Residence 🙂

Dawn Of Realization :P :P :P

Dawn Of Realization 😛 😛 😛

Thanks To Lord's Grace That I Can Look Back At My Past With Sense Of Deep Satisfaction!

Thanks To Lord’s Grace That I Can Look Back At My Past With Sense Of Deep Satisfaction!

Train On This Route Must Be Offering Great Sightseeing!

Train On This Route Must Be Offering Great Sightseeing!

Life's Turns Are Like Curves On Road!

Life’s Turns Are Like Curves On Road!

Eyes Will Never Forget Such Beautiful Scenes!

Eyes Will Never Forget Such Beautiful Scenes!

Let's My Association With Vindhya Mountains Remain Intact Forever!

Let’s My Association With Vindhya Mountains Remain Intact Forever!

Why do we suppress the truth and never honour the real person ?

View of The Ganges  From Chunar Fort

View of The Ganges From Chunar Fort


It’s indicative of dark age when righteousness gets marginalized and the glory of real people gets eclipsed by the gestures of fake people.  It’s often too late when truth comes to make its presence felt.  Often the picture is quite murkier when truth strikes its authority.  Let’s realize that promotion of good values cannot take place if we have nothing substantial to offer people dealing in virtues.  The customary gestures are not suffice to ensure the survival of good souls.  How come people with bad reputation emerge as kingmaker while the people with clean reputation remain trapped in ironies of life as sufferers ? I am going to narrate two grim episodes which highlight this aspect.

The previous week I took short break from my writing, making myself get lost in the beauty of nature. The Ghats of Ganges, the long stretches of fields occupied with wheat crop ready to be harvested, the touch of cool wave flowing under the huge Peepal tree, the smiles of naughty village kids and the scent of green mangoes which fills inside the nostrils as we pass through the mango-laden branches are some of the fascinating scenes still moving inside the corridors of my mind.  However,  something unwanted happened which tainted the blissful episodes which occurred in short break.

Some kids who were playing on Ghat close to my place of stay in Chunar-my maternal grandmother’s town famous for its ancient fort built by Maharaja Vikrmaditya the King of Ujjain- somehow slipped into the deep waters of Ganges in an attempt to get hold of the cricket ball which had fallen in the river. It was noon time so the Ghat bore a deserted look.  When three of them started crying for help once they found themselves trapped and started drowning it was obvious that their cries failed to evoke response.  It was sheer luck that one person appeared on the scene and he dared to jump into the deep waters. He made his best efforts to save all the three kids but in the end all he could manage was to save one child from drowning. Two children went deep inside the waters becoming untraceable. When the news spread like wild fire, the Ghat was filled with sea of people in grip of sorrow. The administration acted in swift manner but all in vain. The high police officials and other senior officials were quick in making their presence felt but other than entering in face saving gestures they were no better than mute spectators.

The Chunar Fort Built By King Vikramaditya In Memory Of His Brother Bhartahari

The Chunar Fort Built By King Vikramaditya In Memory Of His Brother Bhartahari

 

They were supposed to arrive on the scene with proper net to locate the dead bodies.  However, they arrived on the scene without any rescue material. They manged to find a fishing net but it was pretty insufficient to trace the dead bodies. Meanwhile, the evening came closer, making tracing of the bodies a remote possibility.  The next day swollen dead bodies of the kids were found floating on the surface of the water.  The print media like always reported this incident the way it does, mentioning the lackadaisical role of administration and gathered some interviews so that city section does not remain vacant!! Ironically,  the dead bodies when reached to the mortuary, the doctors were found missing. The whole scenario is enough to suggest the role which government machinery comes to play in wake of a tragedy. It acts in same heartless manner the way it acted decades ago.  We have new generation in the administration but call it design they prefer to act like their worn out predecessors.  They find it safe to be coloured in deceptive traits of their previous officers.

Now let me state the actual reason which made me write this article.  I didn’t write it to highlight poor administration which is something so commonplace in India.  I was really hurt on noticing that man named Ram Bilas who saved life of one the children drowning did’t get any credit for this heroic gesture. What’s worse,  he was accused by the relatives of the drowned children that he didn’t make proper efforts in saving life of other two kids.  The reality was that this man made valiant efforts to save all the kids even as he found himself trapped in strong currents.  One of the kids came to hold him so tightly that he himself started drowning.  Meanwhile, the other two kids lost their grip amidst this dangerous struggle for survival.  Both media and administration neither bothered to mention the role of Ram Bilas nor they seemed interested in offering him suitable reward.  Is that’s the way to honour the saviour?

Look at the flow of money in IPL.  Huge money is being distributed as prize money each day.  However, we have no money to give to our real hero Ram Bilas who saved precious human life by putting at stake his own life.   It really hurts that our real heroes on most occasions remain unsung heroes.  And as I end this write-up I need to highlight another gross misrepresentation on part of media.  One of the small scale factories operating in my locality caught fire. That made all the residents of my locality took all possible steps to control the fire.  Someone promptly informed both fire brigade and police but like always they arrived when we had already nearly extinguished the fire. Media persons also arrived on the scene to click the perfect images. In fact,  some of them were frustrated on not arriving on time to get sensational image of huge flames!!!
 

Anyway, next day the news items in this regard reported that fire brigade officials after battling with flames for few hours managed to extinguish it totally. The role of localites went altogether missing. Doesn’t it raise doubt about the credibility of media ? After this incident, it became very clear to me that media is far away from the truth in our times. It depicts what sells not what really matters. It’s not interested in truth but only crass sensationalism.

Our Real Heroes Always Fade Into Oblivion

Our Real Heroes Always Fade Into Oblivion

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