Another enthralling journey to ancient India’s heritage sites-I Puri, Orissa

Dear friends,

I have just arrived from an extensive travel- trip- pilgrimage cum personal journey to Orissa.  I had informed you about this in the last article and those of you who have just come in on this page may refer the last post- Listen to the voice of your soul-II.  And so we shall pick up from there and continue our journey ahead with this new entry titled –Another enthralling journey to ancient India’s heritage sites- first with pictures then with words.

I have spent some good five days there trying to cover as much as possible. On the first day I visited Lord Jagannath’s temple in Puri. I had my camera and cell phones with me and as per the rules one cannot take them inside. Hence I dropped the idea of going in because the arrangements to keep fragile and breakable items were missing and I decided to come again the following day. As photography was strictly prohibited, I cannot show you any. There was a sea of people visiting the abode of Lord Krishna with his brother Balaram and sister Subhadra. It is the only temple in India where Lord Krishna is worshipped along with her dear sister Subhadra and his other sibling Balaram. The yearly rathyatra  is synonymous with this temple. It is believed that Lord Jagannath himself comes out of the temple to give darshan to all the people liberally on this day.

The temple was very beautiful and spread out and looked quite old and graceful. There was a touch of antiquity all around it. Except for lack of good management in the premises, everything was perfect. Some holy places of India are for the brave and devoted ones. One should visit the holy place with the eyes, mind and attention completely fixed on the set purpose ignoring what is happening around oneself. I did the same and tried to absorb the aura and hidden divinity present in the temple. My long held back desire to make a visit to this holy place, one of the four char dhams of India was at last fulfilled on 22nd Feb’12 evening. I sat there in the temple at sunset thinking to myself how does God deal with the multitude problems of humanity and how come so many people have such great faith and reverence in this place and how does God respond to so many people’s inner feelings, hopes and needs. Only God knows!

The next day I left my room at 5.20am to see the famous sunrise of Puri beach. When I went at that time there was hardly anyone except for one lady, me and the security guard who was deputed for me by the manager of the hotel.   The fishermen were waiting for the sun to break with their nets and boats. It was pretty dark and quiet and I enjoyed every bit of the mystic feeling permeating in the air with sound of the sea waves in the background,  rising and falling in darkness. Slowly the activities picked up with more fishermen jumping in the sea and one by one people of all ages coming on the shore to watch the Sun coming up from the horizon in the Bay of Bengal. After waiting for quite some, the mist and haze did not relent but the fishermen kept on plunging in the sea with their companions and fishing tools. Because of unexpected mild fog, the Sun was seen only after it was quite high in the sky and sadly I  missed the opportunity of appreciating the actual Sunrise of Puri beach.

Friends, as this month has 29 days only and the stipulated date of another post is on 30th of every month, I will make a short presentation of the events of this trip to heritage sites of ancient India by putting up a short picture gallery every day of the various places and events starting from Puri to Konark to Bhubaneshwar. As there are many things to share and see, I will post one photo gallery each day . So there will be a short post everyday with lots of pictures to explain and to cover this splendid journey to the East. And after that there will be  one or two articles comprising of  my spiritual insights once the viewing of the photos is over. Some readers are keen that I share my photos with them therefore I begin the first day with the pictures of Puri beach.

The places that I visited apart from the beach were the Chilika Lake, Konark Sun Temple, Dhauligiri and many temples in Bhubaneshwar- Lingaraj Temple, Mukteshwar, Raja Rani and  a few others. So here I begin…..

At the sea beach of Puri to watch the Sunrise early morning.

From darkness to Light…literally

When returning  to my hotel, I came across very colourful homes with a lot of beautiful paintings at the entrance. Apart from flowers and creepers, there were images of Lord Jagannath also.

Sacred feet of Goddesss Lakshmi at the threshold to bring home prosperity.

Lord Ganesha to bring good luck on the right side.  Found the lord of the Universe- Jagannath in every nook and corner of Puri- truly omnipresent and universal in essence and form….

4 Responses to Another enthralling journey to ancient India’s heritage sites-I Puri, Orissa

  1. Dear Sarikaji,
    Really so beautiful pics of Puri! ‘fr darkness to light’ love them. I dont know how and why, but sea and sunrise always attract me so much! I hv a curiousity for one pic, in which yr feet are on sea sand, does this pic hv any hidden msg?! Pranaam with love n gratitude. Nirav

  2. spiritinlife says:

    Thanks Nirav, the pictures of Puri beach are very good indeed. I am appreciating myself for the reason that I alone know how difficult it was for me to take pictures on the beach although there was a guard with me around 5.30 am.
    He spoke only one language-Oriya! He was a help as security but it took me some time to realize that I am taking pretty ok pictures because there was so much darkness and the mist and the splashing of sea waves were playing havoc with the lense; I discovered after half and hour into shooting session!! But once warmth and sunshine came forth, I was able to take pictures to my delight and joy.
    What you have said, regarding that all I can say is there was nothing mysterious about that picture as such except that when I was standing on the shore seeing one devotee with white dhoti bring so many garlands of previous day and immersing them in the sea, I became very emotional. See in the next three pics, that was my view. The reason was that there was so much holiness and devotion permeating on the sea shore amongst all, that it touched my heart. People had come from far and near, some from very far.
    When the sea waves touched my feet, I remember telling them-“Please do not touch my feet. I want to touch yours as I have been wanting to come to you since so many years. Atlast my wish has been fulfilled by God. Puri is moksha nagari. But I cannot touch the waters because I have a camera and other acessories with me. How I wish, I could bend and touch you reverentially because so many, so many saints, sadhus, mahatmas and revered souls have come to this site since eternity. And I consider myself very, very fortunate to be able to put my feet on that very holy ground and waters…….Thinking of all this and to remember my fond remembrance of a wonderful day, I took that picture and uploaded it as you can now see on the blog.
    If you by seeing these pictures can send your reverance and devotion to Puri and Lord Jagannath, you shall benefit too.

    • I also appriciate that u hv taken ideed amazing pics in such conditions! And i can feel that Puri’s land should be very sacred and divine.
      Before almost 2 yrs i went to Dehradun, and fr thr i went to Haridwar and Rishikesh, i was all alone and not in good state of mind. But when i went gangaji’s ghat, i was so much in peace, and specially in Rishikesh, i travelled max by walking, i went to Nilkanth Mahadev temple, u know i was feeling so peaceful and full of divine energy, i felt that someone was with me all the time, giving me positive energy and peace. Without any reason i was so happy at that time. Now i understand that such places are full of divine vibes and it helps us. Thanks for making me understand that. Lots of love. Nirav.

  3. Shilpa says:

    Thank you Sarika aunty, for this post.
    I read this post before also, but now I could relate to it more because last week only I came back from Puri pilgrimage.
    I felt, Puri and its sea really has divinity there all over. It was so much good there, I had tear in my eyes when i was going back from Puri.
    I felt very good inside the temple, although it was uncontrollable crowd there, but still everything had such a flow and i felt secure there even in that over crowd. There are soo many ashrams in Puri, such a divine place to be.
    Thank you very much Sarika aunty for again reminding me of my own trip to Puri.

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