I had mentioned in my previous blog that one never gets to decide when to go to Kailash. When Lord Shiva decides that he wants to have you over, he charts out the entire itenary for you.
As the saying goes, ‘Man proposes, God disposes.’ While we had made our own plans about leaving Nepalgunj yesterday, the weather gods thought otherwise. Continuous rain in Nepalgunj restricted the take off of flights from here resulting in our group having to stay put at the hotel.
Instead of idling away our entire day, we went and visited the Baheswori temple here in Nepalgunj. The Baheswori temple is a temple of goddess Durga and is one of the biggest temples in this region. It also features a very rare idol of Lord Shiva with a Mustache, one of the only two such idols in the country
The temple had a rustic, Nepali feel to it with the buildings resembling Buddhist Constructions and painted in red. The temple also had a beautiful, sparkling pond (What we would call the tank of a temple) with the statue of Lord Shiva placed in a gazebo right in the center of the pond
Another interesting facet of this temple is that while most temples in India wouldn’t allow us to go into the Garba Graha (The Sanctum Sanctorum), the Baheswori temple allows devotees to not only enter the Garba Graha, but also to perform the pooja for the Goddess themselves.
Following this, our entire group was adorned with a HUGE red dot on our forehead which is the sacred KumKum with rice grains.
At this time, I think it would be right to talk a little about our group. While in the government Yatra, the groups are chosen based on a lottery system. But when going through a private operator, a group of people come together and go on the trip. One may think that the group is manually decided and whoever wants can go, but it isn’t so. Whoever gets the calling, goes, as simple as that.
My cousin, Prashanth, who is on his 3th trip to Kailash was the one who coordinated the entire group for this trip. He goes for the trip in July /August and as soon as he is back home, he starts preparing for the next year.
As part of that, many people tell him that they would love to come the following year, but finally so not make it due to various reasons. On the other hand, there are a people who are asked in the last minute and accept the offer off the cuff. Even I was never in the picture for a Kailash Trip, but I joined in during the 11th hour, right on the day the visa list was being sent for approval.
We also have in our group Puneeth, who is visiting Kailash Manasarovar for the 7th time (He missed going in 2013 due to the Uttarakhand floods). He has also gone to Kinnaur Kailash and Shrikandh Kailash(These are part of the Pancha Kailash or the Five holy peaks of Kailash). He is the most experienced member of our group and has a ready answer to all our queries.
Other than this, our group comprises of a melange of people from various walks of life, with me being the youngest at 20, to 2 friends in their early 30’s, a couple in their 50’s, a family friend in his 50’s , my aunt and 2 other ladies in their 50’s my uncle, in his late 60’s and one lady in her 70’s being the oldest.
We may all be distinctly different people with varied personalities. But we all have come together for one common goal – To reach Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. When do we get to go there? I don’t know yet. Let’s see 🙂
ॐ त्र्यं॑बकं यजामहे सु॒गन्धिं पुष्टि॒वर्ध॑नम् ।
उ॒र्वा॒रु॒कमि॑व॒ बन्ध॑नान् मृ॒त्योर् मु॑क्षीय॒ माऽमृता॑त् ।
“He who has divine fragrance, who makes men powerful and full of plenty; Him we worship, the three-eyed Rudra. As easily as a ripe berry falls from its stalk, release me from death, and let me not turn away from immortality and enlightenment.”