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ગાંધીધામથી શ્રી. કેદારસિંહજી મે. જાડેજાજીએ પોતાની આ રચના મોકલાવ્યાબદલ ખૂબ ખૂબ આભાર.

 

 

બહુ નામી શિવ

સાખી..
કર ત્રિશૂલ શશી શીશ,  ગલ મુંડન કી માલા . કંઠ હલાહલ વિષ ભર્યો,   બૈઠે જાકે હિમાલા…
ત્રિ નેત્ર સર્પ કંઠ,   ત્રિપુંડ ભાલ સોહાય .  સંગ ગિરિજા જટા ગંગ,  સબ જગ લાગે પાય…

શિવ શંકર સુખકારી ભોલે…
મહાદેવ સોમેશ્વર શંભુ, વિશ્વેશ્વર વિષ ધારી…ભોલે..

ગિરિ કૈલાસે ગિરિજા કે સંગ, શોભે શિવ ત્રિપુરારિ
ડમ ડમ ડમ ડમ ડમરુ બાજે, ભૂત પિશાચ સે યારી…ભોલે..

ગંગા ગહેના શિર પર પહેના, ભુજંગ ભૂષણ ભારી
બાંકો સોહે સોમ શૂલપાણિ, ભસ્મ લગાવત સારી…ભોલે…

વાઘાંબર કા જામા પહેના, લોચન ભાલ લગારી
વૃષભ વાહન વિશ્વનાથ કા, ભૂમિ સમશાન વિહારી…ભોલે…

મુખ મંડલ તેરો મન લલચાવે, છબ લાગત હે ન્યારી
મૃત્યુંજય પ્રભુ મુજે બનાદો, બેઠે જો મૃગ ચર્મ ધારી…ભોલે….

ચરન ધુલ કા પ્યાસા પિનાક મે, ભૂતેશ ભક્ત હિત કારી
દાસ “કેદાર” કેદારનાથ તું, બૈજનાથ બલિહારી…..ભોલે…

રચયિતા:
કેદારસિંહજી મે. જડેજા
ગાંધીધામ.
૯૪૨૬૧ ૪૦૩૬૫

 

ૐ નમઃ શિવાય

निर्जला एकादशी

                                                   

                                        निर्जला एकादशी

ज्येष्ठ मास की शुक्ल पक्ष पर पड़ने वाली एकादशी को निर्जला एकादशी कहा जाता है। यह इतना कठोर व्रत है कि इस व्रत में पानी भी नहीं पिया जाता। इसलिये इसे निर्जला एकादशी कहा जाता है। इस व्रत को रखने से सभी एकादशियों का फ़ल मिल जाता है। इसलिये वर्ष भर की चौबीस एकादशियों में ज्येष्ठ शुक्ल एकादशी को ही सर्वश्रेष्ठ माना जाता है।

यह व्रत सभी वर्ग के लोगो को करना चाहिए। इस दिन एकान्त में बैठ कर भगवान विष्णु का शेषशायी रूप में ध्यान और “ऊँ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय:” मंत्र का जाप करना चाहिये। इस व्रत में रात में सोना वर्जित माना गया है। द्वादशी को स्नान आदि करके भगवान विष्णु का ध्यान लगाना चाहिये। गोदान, वस्त्रदान, फ़ल,शर्बत आदि का दान करने के पश्चात ही गुड़ का बना शर्बत पीना चाहिए। उसके कुछ घंटे के बाद ही भोजन करना चाहिये।
महाभारत काल में एक बार महार्षि व्यास पांडवों के घर पधारे. भीम ने महार्षि व्यास को बताया । युधिष्ठिर, अर्जुन, नकुल, सहदेव, माता कुन्ती और द्रोपदी सभी एकादशी का व्रत करते है, और मुझसे भी व्रत करने को कहते है, परन्तु मैं बिना खाये पिये नही रह सकता हूँ। इसलिये चौबीस एकादशियों पर निराहार रहने के कष्ट साधना से बचाकर मुझे कोई ऐसा व्रत बताइये, जिसे करने से मुझे सभी एकादशियों का फ़ल प्राप्त हो जाए। महर्षि व्यास जानते थे, कि भीम के अन्दर बृक नामक अग्नि है, जो अधिक भोजन करने पर भी शान्त नही होती है। महार्षि ने भीम से कहा कि तुम ज्येष्ठ मास की एकादशी का व्रत रखो। इस व्रत को करने से चौबीसों एकादशियों का लाभ मिल जाता है। तुम जीवन भर इस एकादशी का व्रत करो। भीम ने बड़े साहस से निर्जला एकादशी का व्रत किया, जिसके परिणामस्वरूप सुबह होते होते वे बेहोश हो गये, तब पांडवों ने भीम की बेहोशी को दूर करने के लिये गंगाजल, तुलसी चरणामृत का प्रसाद देकर उनकी बेहोशी को दूर किया। इसलिये इसे भीमसेनी एकादशी भी कहा जाता है।

                                                 ॐ नमः शिवाय

KAILASH MANSAROVAR YATRA 1996 – 3

Way to Lipulek Pass towards Chinaside.

With the help of each other we climbed the Pass nearly 1 km. left from border. Our I.T.B.P. Jawans and our Horsemen helped us to cross the border.

        We reached ‘Nabidhang’ by 11 o’clock and waited there up to 2 clock to see ‘Om Pervert’ but our fortune did not allow us to see it. So we left for ‘Kalapani’ and reached there at 3 o’clock.We traveled other seven days leaving our ‘Pangu’ camp on last day.

    In ‘Sirkha’ camp local people entertained us by dancing their Folk Dances and Singing their Folk songs.

Thirtyeth Day:-19th July 1996

      We had to reach ‘Dharchula’ without waiting in ‘Pangu’ camp. We had to descend down the ‘Thanedar ki Chadhai’ without help of horses or horsemen. It was ‘Blessings’ of ‘Lord Shiva’ that we had finished our long and very difficult Yatra harmlessly. Though it was only 5 km. but we took 5 hours to get down to reach ‘Tawa Ghat’. It was the last stretch for walking. At last we reached ‘Dharchula’ at 5 o’clock in the evening. Though we were so tired but we visited Nepal ‘Darcucha’ crossing just one river bridge. We did little shopping there. After visiting Nepal we did our repackaging for returning back to Delhi.

Thirty First Day:- 20th July 1996

     After starting from ‘Dharchula’ we visited our I.T.B.P. Base Camp. All credits goes to our Liaison Officer Mr. D. R. Kartikeyan, our CBI Officer from India.
We reached Delhi after travelling 2 days by bus.

    During these 2 Days we also visited ‘Patal Bhubneswar Temple’ in ‘Bageshwar’. Our night halt was at ‘Kosani’ which is one of the most beautiful Hill Stations in India.
       On 21st July at midnight we reached at Delhi via Nainital, Bhimtal, Kathgodam, Muradabad, Rampur.

Thirty Third Day:- 22nd July 1996

           After collecting our Luggage we left Delhi for Mumbai at 4 o’clock by Rajdhani Express. Thus we finished our Third Stage of our Long but Happy Yatra.
OM NAMAH SHIVAY

From Neela and Sudhir Kadakia

શિવમાનસ પૂજા

કૈલાસ પર શિવજી

આજે મહાશિવરાત્રી

रत्नै: कल्पितमासनं हिमजलै: स्नानं च दिव्यांबरम् l
नानारत्नविभूषितं मृगमदामोदांकितं चंदनम् l
जातीचंपकबिल्वपत्ररचितं पुष्पं च धूपं तथा l
दीपं देव दयानिधे पशुपते ह्यत्कल्पितं गृह्यताम् ll

હે દેવ ! હે દયાનિધિ ! આ રત્નજડિત સિંહાસન, શીતળ જળથી સ્નાન, અનેક પ્રકારનાં રત્નોથી વિભૂષિત દિવ્ય વસ્ત્ર, કસ્તુરીની સુવાસથી સુવાસિત મલયગિરિનું ચંદન, જૂઈ, ચંપો અને બિલ્વપત્રથી રચિત પુષ્પમાળા, ધૂપ અને દીપ – આ સર્વ માનસિક પૂજા હે મહાદેવ આપ ગ્રહણ કરો.

सौवर्णे नवरत्नखंडरचिते पात्रे घृतं पायसम् l
भक्ष्यं पंचविधं पयोदधियुतं रंभाफलं पानकम् l
शाकानामयुतं जलं रुचिकरं कर्पुरखंडोज्जवलन् l
तांबूलं मनसा मया विरचितं भक्त्या प्रभो स्वीकुरु ll

 

હે પ્રભુ ! મેં નવીન રત્નખંડોથી જડિત સોનાના પાત્રમાં ઘી-મિશ્રિત ખીર, દૂધ અને દહીં સહિત પાંચ પ્રકારનાં વ્યંજન, કેળા, શરબત, અનેક પ્રકારનાં શાક, કપૂરથી સુવાસિત મીઠું પવિત્ર જળ અને તાંબૂળ – આ સર્વ મન દ્વારાભક્તિપૂર્વક રચીને આપને પ્રસ્તુત કર્યું છે કૃપા કરી આપ તેનો સ્વીકાર કરો.

छ्त्रं चामरयोर्युगं व्यजनकं चादर्शकं निर्मलम् l
वीणाभेरिमृदंगकाहलकला गीतं च नृत्यं तथा l
साष्टांग प्रणति: स्तुतिर्बहुविद्याह्येतत्समस्तं मया l
संकल्पेन समर्पितं तव विभो पूजां गृहाण प्रभो ll

 

છત્ર, બે ચામર, પ6ખા, નિર્મળ દર્પણ, વીણા, ભેરી, મૃદંગ, દુદુંભી એ સર્વ વાદ્યોનુ સંગીત ગીત અને નૃત્ય, સાષ્ટાંગ પ્રણામ તથા નાનાવિધ સ્તુતિ – આ સર્વ હું સંકલ્પથી જ આપને સમર્પિત કરું છું. હે સર્વવ્યાપી ભગવાન ! કૃપા કરીને એનો સ્વીકાર કરો.

आत्मात्वंगिरिजा मति: सहचरा: प्राणा: शरीरं गृहम् l
पूजा ते विषयोपभोगरचना निद्रा समाधि स्थिति: l
संचार: पदयो: प्रदक्षिणविधि: स्तोत्राणि सर्वा गिरो l
यद्यत्कर्म करोमि तत्तदखिलं शंभो तवाराधनम् ll

 

હે શંભુ ! મારો આત્મા એ [સાક્ષાત] આપ જ છો, મારી બુદ્ધિ એ પાર્વતી છે,મારા પ્રાણ [ઈન્દ્રિયો] આપના સેવકગણ છે, મારો દેહ [આપનું] નિવાસસ્થાન [અર્થાત મંદિર] છે, સંપૂર્ણ વિષયભોગની રચના [ઉપભોગ] આપની [ષોડશોપચાર] ‘ પૂજા છે, [જ્યાં આપની સાથે મિલન થાય છે તે] નિદ્રા સમાધિની સ્થિતિ જ છે, પગ દ્વારા હરવું ફરવું એ [આપની] પરિક્રમા જ છે. સર્વ વાણી [જે કાંઈ હું બોલું છું તે] [આપનાં] સ્તોત્ર જ છે. [આ રીતે] હું જે જે પણ કર્મ કરું છું તે તે આપની આરાધના જ છે.

करचरणकृतं वाक्कायजं कर्मजं वा l
श्रवणनयनजं वा मानसंवाऽपराधम् l
विहितमविहितं वा सर्वमेतत्क्षमस्व l
जय जय करुणाब्धे श्रीमहादेव शम्भो ll

 

હાથ, પગ, વાણી, શરીર, કર્મ, કર્ણ, ચક્ષુ કે મનથી જે અપરાધ થયા હોય તે વિહિત હોય કે અવિહિત; એ સર્વ માટે હે કરુણા સાગર, હે મહાદેવ, હે શંભુ મને ક્ષમા કરો. આપનો જય થાઓ, જય થાઓ.

–શ્રી શંકરાચાર્ય

 
[ગુજરાતીમાં ભષાંતર શ્રી વિદિતાનંદજી મહારાજે કર્યું છે. પુસ્તક:- વન્દે શિવમ શંકરમ]

ૐ નમઃ શિવાય

KAILASH YATRA – 2 1996

Eleventh Day: – 30th June 1996

 

Our second stage of Yatra started from today. Today we had to cross Indian Boarder and enter theChineseTerritory. Today we had to cross “LipulekhPass” which is situated at the height of 16,750 feet. Here either rainfalls or snow falls. We experienced both on the same day. To reachLipulekhPasswe started 2.30 A.M. in the morning. To face cold we prepared ourselves by wearing woolens cloths as well as raincoat. Though we had started very early in the morning we had keep our torch handy. When we started it was raining and when we reached nearLipulekhPasssuddenly snowfall started. The road became slippery and it was difficult to climb up. Due to slippery road horses started to slip so we had to get down from horses. With the help of Jawans and horsemen we reached to top ofLipulekhPass.

Our destiny did not favour us. Though it was batch exchanging day 1st batch did not reach Lipulekh Pass on time and we had to stay in snowfall nearly 1.30 hours. Batch exchange means when 1st batch reaches on Lipulekh Pass and enters the Indian Boarder then only 3rd batch can enter Chinese Boarder. Though we reached to boarder at 7o’clock in the morning but 1st batch did not reach so we had to wait for them.

Two of our yatries named Shree Sudhir Kadakia and Shree Bachubhai Prajapati started helping other Yatries. They started rubbing Axe Oil on everybody’s face and started feeding “Sukha Adarakh Laddoo to everybody. And they also gave everybody 1cup of Brandy. The Jawans advised us not to sit but keep jumping to keep ourselves warm.

At last at the request of our Liaison Officer Mr. D. R. Kartikeyan to the Chinese Guide we were allowed. After passing nearly 1 K.M. we met 1st batch. The road was steep so with help of each other we could walk down. But we were lucky on this side of Lipulekh side, as there was no rain or snowfall. It is nearly 3 K.M. of descending. This time there were no porters or horsemen to carry our luggage so we had to carry our luggage. Indian Porters and Horsemen are not allow to cross the border but they promised us that they would come back to receive us when we would come back.

The horses were ready when we came down. There is only 1 horseman between 4 to 5 horses. We were afraid to ride on horses but these people did not listen to us because of language problem. We had reach to the bus waiting for us for “Taklakot” which is our base camp on Tibetan side. Continuous horse riding made us tired. On the way we had to cross the River Karnali. When we passed the river the bus was waiting for us to take “Taklakot” which is situated on the bank of River Karnali. Due to hilly area the roads are not developed. 20 K.M. away from where we started, we reached “Purang”, Guesthouse where we had stopped.

We had paid $ 500 p.p. as The Yatra Fees atDelhi. After 10 days we could stay in guesthouse but all in vain. There were no proper toilets and bathing place and also no proper food also. But in any yatra nobody should expect any luxurious facilities from govt. Here the Chinese Customs officials checked us in. After taking lunch and rest we visited Nepal Market in the evening. Those who had not brought plastic jars for Holy water of the Holy Lake Mansarover bought from this market.

Twelth Day: – 1st July 1996

 

Today it was rest day. It was necessary to take rest for everybody to immune to weather. On this day we were separated in subgroups ‘cause there is no facilities for a big group to stay together while in Parikrama. So 1 group can finish Holy Kailash Parikrama and in same time the other group can finish Holy Lake Mansarover Parikrama.

Our liaison officer Mr. D. R. Kartikeyan was leader of our “A” Group and Mr. Bachubhai Prajapati was leader of our “B” Group. I was in “B” Group so I was supposed to do Manas Parikrama first. Our fast food packets brought fromDelhiwere separated in 2 parts. Each group was supposed to make their own food during Parikrama.

On this day we to hire pony for Manas Parikrama and Yaks for Kailash Parikrama. We had to pay 150 Huans for both rides p.p. Huan is Chinese Currency and 1 Huan is equal to 4 Indian Rupees.

We bought 1 tin of “Coca-Cola” and “Jangli Bav [The mixture of honey and orange] each p.p. for each day of Parikrama.

Tibetis the only big plateau in the world, which is situated at such a height. Being a rain shadow region of The Great Himalayas it lacks rains. So farming is not possible in this region. Though it was holiday, the Bank exchanged the Indian Rupees into Huan.

 

Thirteenth Day: – 2nd July 1996

 

After taking one-day rest we started our Yatra towards “Holy Kailash Bhumi”. “Gurla Madhanta” Range starts after 61 K.M. away from “Taklakot”.

 

“Gurla Mandha range”

It is said that “Madhanta” was very brave king who challenged “ Lord Shiva” to fight with him but pride does not last for long and king “Madhanta was killed by “Lord Shiva” by ‘Pashupati’ and he bagged “Lord Shiva “ to let him settle near him. So this range of mountain is known as “Gurla Madhanta”.

This range of mountain is always covered by snow. Little further we found a huge blue coloured beautifulLakewhich is very clean and calm. It is known as “Rakshash Tal” or “Rakhas Tal”. It is situated to the West Side of Holy Lake Mansarovar.

It is said that Mighty King Ravana did deep meditation and “Tandava Nritya [The Dance of Lord Shiva]” to please Lord Shiva and created ‘Padas’ like ‘Jatakata hasmbram bhramnnilimp nirzari’ [in Sanskrit language]. He tiedHolyKailashMountainand tried to pull it. Still there are markings of rope on the mountain.

Due to clear weather we had 1st Darshan of Holy Mountain Kailash.

 

First Darshan ofHolyMountainKailash

 

On that day it was looking like “Nandi”, “Lord Shiva’s ‘Vahan’. It is said that one should have Darshan of “Mahadev” after having Darshan of his ‘Vahan’, ‘Nandi’. So we did the same. The Darshan made us so happy that we did not like move from that place but we had to proceed further. “Rakshash Tal” is linked with ‘MansarovarLake‘ by ‘Gangachu’ River. It freezes during winter.

We continued our Yatra towards the bank of Holy Lake Mansarovar. “Zaidi” is situated at bank ofHolyLake. We had to reach at Zaidi. From that point we were going to separate into subdivision. It is only 10 K.M. away from “Rakshash Tal”.

At last we reached at Zaidi and what a beautiful sight we came across which we can not forget. Pure, clean, blue coloured ‘Holy Lake Mansarovar is seen. With such beautiful sight we forgot the whole world and suddenly tears flowed from our eyes. This is the only lake, which is situated at the height of 16,200 feet. Its circumference is 105 K.M. and its depth is 100 mtrs. From Zaidi we had Holy Darshan of Holy Mountain Kailash. 

As I was in 2nd batch, I was supposed to do my Manas Parikrama first. Separating from 1st group we left for “Hore” our first stay on the bank of Manas by bus. It is said that the water ofHolyLake never gets stale. It is pure ice water. It is also said thatBath taken inHolyLake washes all sins of life.

Kailash Darshan from “Hore” and “Holy Lake Mansarovar”When we reached to Hore it was nearly 6.30 p.m. Since it was summer, shines nearly up to 9.30 p.m. Due to sunshine we took our first bath inHolyLakeat Hore. The bank near Hore is muddy and dirty but water is pure, clear and transparent. We could see even pebbles deep in the water. Though the water was ice cold but Mantra “Om Namah Shivay” gave us strength to have bath. First bath inHolyLakemade us fresh and happy also. The massage of Mustard oil helps us to keep warm. Mr. Bachubhai Prajapati got silver coin while taking bath.

On this evening we cooked our dinner and enjoyed our evening. There were no electricity but we didn’t find any difficulties to do preparations for next day as there was lot of sunshine till 9.30 p.m. After the sun set, the cold breeze started and atmosphere became very cold.

Fourteenth Day: – 3rd July 1996

 

On this day we had to reach “Shrungu”, 42 K.M. away from “Hore”. 6 of our yatries decided to walk and the rest decided to take the horses.

Let us know few facts about these religious Tibetans.Tibetis the biggest plateau on this height. Being a rain shadow region and height, farming is not possible for them. This made them hunters and non-vegetarians. Due to surroundings they become rigid in their religion and very strong. Poverty is also there. The Mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” always plays on their tongue. Due to cold weather this tribal people always looks dirty. They have horses and yaks as their pets. They are shepherds. They speak Dumshera’ language.

On the west ofHolyLake‘Rakshash Tal’, on the south there is the range of Gurla Madhanta and on the north there is the range of Mountain Kailash. In olden days ‘Mansarovar’ was known as ‘Bindu Sagar’. The ‘Holy Lake Mansarovar’ and about swans are mentioned in the ‘Meghdoot’ the Great Poetry written by ‘Kalidas’.

When the sun shines on the water of this beautiful lake, the beautiful colours of the rainbow are formed and heavenly feelings fill up our hearts. We are unable to forget this beautiful sight of Holy Lake Mansarovar. The Blue Colour Lake Mansarovar is situated near foot of The Brown Colour Mountain Gurla Madhanta range whose peaks are always covered with silver snow. His Holiness Feelings automatic feels our mind.

With continuous chanting of ‘Om Namah Shivay’ our yatra on that day ended after 13 hours. During this Yatra we had to cross the River ‘Gangachu’. When it is full of water everybody has to sit on the horses and cross the river. The water of the river is very cold which may cause frostbites. Taking rest in between we reached “Shrungu” at 8.30 p.m. Due to the summer, the sunlight was still there. At this time nobody was able to take bath in The Holy Lake. Though we were tired we managed to make our so-called Dinner by ourselves and enjoyed. Though there was lack of electricity, water, and toilet we did preparation for next day and then we slept.

Fifteenth Day: – 4th July 1996

This was the second day of ‘Manas Parikrama. We had to reach “Zaidi” which is 35 K.M. away from “Shrungu”. The road was slippery, soft and there is little grass on the road. The sand of this bank is colourful. Some yatries took as ‘Prasad’ [Holy sand]. This sand is known as ‘Jilal’ the Holy Sand inTibet. In this route, between ‘Shrungu’ and ‘Zaidi’, the flock of mosquitoes comes and bites the yatries. To protect from the mosquitoes everybody should have the facemasks. We were lucky not to face the mosquitoes.

We were able to see brown swans swimming inLakeand the colorful fishes floating in the ice-cold water. Due to windy and cold weather we could not had bath in theHolyLake.

The dry fruits and the dry snacks were our lunch. Due to the height and the cold weather we were not able to eat much. And as such we were not able to make the lunch for us during the Parikrama but we were able to make our dinner at our camp. After the journey of 11 hours we reached our next camp ‘Zaidi’. Due to the cold weather we could not come out of the room. Next day it was the rest day.

Sixteenth Day: – 5th July 1996.

Today it was the rest day. We were not in hurry to get up early in the morning. It was sunny day for some hours, so were able to take bath in The Holy Lake Mansarovar.

We were able to collect the pebbles from the lake. The pebbles of thisHolyLakeare known as “Shivling” and the pebbles taken out of the river “Gandaki” flowing in “Nepal” are known as “Shaligram”. The ‘Shivling’ is the Idol of “Lord Shiva” and “Shaligram” is the idol of “Lord Vishnu”. We offered silver bail leaves [bili patra] by putting them in theHolyLake. We took the Holy Water in our cans. The weight of the Holy Water does not count in our weight of our luggage.

Seventeenth Day: – 6th July 1996.

Today it was the day of exchange of Subgroup i.e. ‘A’ group, which had completed the Parikrama of Holy Kailash, was coming for the Parikrama of the Holy Lake Mansarovar and ‘B’ group which had completed the Parikrama of the Holy Lake Mansarovar was going for The Parikrama of the Holy Kailash: We met our Subgroup at ‘Tarchen’. They greeted us very warmly and described us their experiences of their Parikrama.

The Base Camp of Tarchen was big and comfortable. There were few shops in the campus. Behind this campus there were few tents of tribal people. These people were selling Bids, bells and few handmade things. There was a Video Room and separate kitchen.

Though the Parikrama is difficult some of us decided to walk. Rest of the group decided to ride on ‘Yak’. From this camp we had beautiful ‘Darshan’ of Holy Kailash. The River named ‘Umachu’ passes near this camp. It is said that if yatri take bath in it then it will be easy to perform the Parikrama of Holy Kailash.

Let us know something about Yak.

‘Yak’ is the vehicle of “Lord Shiva” as “Nandi”. So the Tibetans do not sit on ‘Yak’. ‘Yak’ is a very strong Mountain buffalo with long hairs on its back. It always thinks of ‘Leadership’ and always tries to lead the other yaks. It always tries to feed itself by eating grass whenever the grass is seen. So we have to be very alert if we ride on it.

Though the language was the big problem for us to make the yak men to understand they were very good at heart. They always take care of us with smiles.

Let us know something about ‘HolyMountainKailash’

The Kailash range is situated from West to East inHimalayanRange.  The Holy Mountain Kailash is situated between South West of Tibet. This range is situated from Kashmir toBhutan. The Holy Mountain Kailash is only one, which is made up of Granite stone. The Holy Kailash is 23,000 feet high and always cover with shining silvery snow. It has 4 corners and it shapes like Huge Shiva Lingam. It is also known as Abode of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. This range is also the origin of 4 rivers known as Satlage, Sindhu,Brahmaputraand Karnali.

In ancient times, the Holy Mountain Kailash was known as Mountain Meru. Lord Ganesh, Lord Kartikeyan, Mata Parvati are the family members of Lord Shiva. Lord Hanuman is the second birth of Lord Shiva.

When the sun shines early in the morning the surroundings to shine very beautiful.  We do not feel like moving from this sight. Very first rays of the sunshine on The Holy Mountain create the beautiful shining Diamond Crown on Lord Shiva’s head. Sometimes theHolyMountainshines like Gold or sometimes like Red Burning Fire or sometimes like Rishi in meditation. I am unable to describe any more as I do not have any more words.

Eighteenth Day: – 7th July 1996.

Today we had to reach “Direbu” from “Darchan”. This 20 k.m. distance is very difficult.

It is said that the Kailash should be on our right side and we have to go clockwise. We had Darshan of Holy Kailash for the whole day. From every angle we could see theHolyMountain.

We started our Parikrama at 7.30 am. in the morning. Though the road was straight but stony.

We reached our destination at 8.30 p.m. in the evening. This is the only camp from where we had full Darshan of theHolyMountain. We felt that we were standing near feet of theHolyMountain. River Karnali passes between our camp and theHolyMountain. It is said that Lord Shiva fulfils the wish when the wish is begged during this Darshan.

Though there was no proper facilities of electricity, toilets, and water, we had no complains about anything. After having Holy Darshan of the Holy Mountain Kailash we had no complain about anything


Nineteenth Day: 8th July 1996

The second day of Parikrama was very difficult among all days. On this day we had to pass through the one of highest Pass namedDolmaPass.It is 19,500 feet above sea level. From ‘Direbu’ we had to reach ‘Zengzerebu’ passing through theDolmaPassand ‘Gauri Kund’. These 20 km were very difficult, we had to climb up without the help of Yak. First 5 km. is assent and next 5 km. is decent. Due to the height, rocks, thin air and changing atmosphere there is breathing problem. In this situation Camphor here helps a lot. This area is known as ‘Yam Nivas’ i.e. Place of the God of Death. Here the Tibetans offer their hairs or clothes to the God of Death. Tibetans offer their Parikrama by sleeping and standing [Dandvat Parikrama]. This type of offering takes 27 days to complete. After ascending of 5 km. we reached the top ofDolmaPass.In Tibetan language Dolma word is used for Mother of Lord Shiva. On the top of theDolmaPassthere is a tent. People offer Puja to Goddess Dolma.   

After offering Puja we started descending with the help of each other. The weather of the mountain stars changing after 2 p.m. So before the weather can get worse we started descending. It took nearly 4 hours. Then we came near ‘Gauri Kund’.

‘Gauri Kund’ is the Bathing place for Mata Parvati [wife of Lord Shiva]. It is said that inTibetif the water of this ‘Kund’ does not freeze then that year Tibetans face the worst situation. I think during such year  Chinamust have attackedTibet.

Rest 10 km. we traveled on Yak. The Yak always tries to drop the yatri who travels on its back. This happened with my Husband Sudhir. We reached ‘Zengzerebu’ at 8.30 p.m. Our whole group was tired on that day. Some of us made soup for dinner but look at my fortune I had only 1 glass of soup for my dinner. Due to very cold during night we did not try to come out in the night to have a look at nature.

There are no temples near Holy Mountain Kailash but the Mountains form the Natural Walls and roof is the blue sky. Think of the huge temple is formed by nature so there is no need of temple made by human beings. The God is priest for that temple but we do not have eyes to look at it. What can one offer the God? The cool breeze sings the Prayers for the God. But the Prayers arise from our bottom of heart always touches God and Thy always fulfils it. These offerings to God are known as Manas Puja. Everybody had such type of experience of His Holiness on that day. Sudden Help always come from His Holiness for the Yatri. Isn’t it the Great Blessings from Lord Shiva? He always stays on mountain and takes exams of his followers whether they have faith in Him. Without keeping Faith one can not reach to the destination.

 

Twentieth Day:- 9th July 1996

On this day we had to reach ‘Tarchen’ from where we started for Parikrama for the Holy Mountain Kailash. Today it was a sunny day and the road was good for walking also. 3 to 4 yatries amongst us were walking and rest traveled on Yak.

With thy Blessings we finished our Parikrama without any difficulties and came to our Base Camp at 1.30 p.m.

We met our 4th Batch at ‘Tarchen’. We took rest on that day and also enjoyed and packed our luggage for next day journey toIndia.

Twenty First Day:- 10th July 1996

Today our Subgroup returned from “Zaidi’ finishing their Parikrama of the Holy Lake Mansarovar. We were so happy to meet them. Then we started our journey towards ‘Taklakot’, our Base Camp inTibet. We reached ‘Taklakot’ at 3.30 p.m. Though there was no hot water, we didn’t mind to take bath in cold water because we did not take bath since 5 days. We also washed our clothes.

Next 2 days were rest days for us. In these 2 days we visited shopping centers and visited 11,000 years oldBuddhistTemplenamed ‘Khojarnath’.

There are huge statues of ‘Lord Rama’, ‘Sita’, and ‘Laxman’. Lots of Ghee Diyas [lamps] were lightened up. The Tibetans believe that the God will fulfil their wishes if they offer the Yak’s hairs and tie them there. There are so many Lamas are still there in the mountain caves.

Those who did Parikrama by walking got certificates from our Government.

In these 2 days we also packed our Holy water of Holy Lake Mansarovar and other luggage.

Twenty Forth Day:- 13th July 1996

This was very important Day for us. We were going to return to our own land i.e.India. The Love of motherland made us exited and we left ‘Taklakot’ by 5 am. in the morning by bus. We reached the place from where we had to Cross River Karnali on horses. Thus we crossed the river on horses and reached to ‘LipulekhPass’.

                                  OM NAMAH SHIVAY

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra – June 1996

THE YATRA JUNE 1996

DELHI:

First day was an Introduction Day. On the very first day pilgrims are introduced to each other. A Liaison Officer is also introduced to pilgrims.

Medical check up was done on the same day. Govt. Officer takes “ Yatries” for Medical repots once again. If Medical officer finds any yatri unfit then he can reject him.

Two honorary leaders are chosen. One for taking care of group’s luggage and other for shopping.

PARIKRAMA

The PARIKRAMA means to move around in clockwise direction. During this Parikrama, Yatries have to make their own food. Govt. supplies only utensils and cooking gas.

2nd day in Delhi:

The Yatries get GROUP VISA of CHINA because HOLY KAILAS AND HOLY LAKE MANSAROVAR situated in TIBET, which is in CHINA.
U.S. $500 is to be paid as entry fees for CHINA.

On 3rd day any required shopping is done.

Completing all these formalities we were able to join 3rd batch.
Yatries of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Our Yatra started on 20th June 1996.

FIRST PART OF YATRA

FIRST DAY: 20th June 1996.

With lot of excitement and shradhdha [faith in GOD] we started our YATRA very early in the morning from Ashoka Yatri Nivas, New Delhi. We started at 4:00 O’clock in the morning by bus. Passing through GAJAROLA, KATHGODAM AND BHUWALI, we reached ALMODA. It was our first stay of YATRA. At Almoda we visited TEMPLE of NANDADEVI.

SECOND DAY: 21st June 1996.

We had to start early in the morning, so finishing our morning routine we started our YATRA at 6.30 A.M by bus. Taking lunch at “CHAKORI” and passing through “D.D.HAT” we reached to “DHARCULA”.
This is the Base Camp of “Kumao Nigam of Kailash – Mansarovar Group”. Near this Base Camp River Kali Ganga is flowing. Her flow is very fast so River is very noisy but still it has RHYTHAMETIC BEAUTY. On one Bank of the River is INDIAN DHARCHULA and on opposite bank is NEPALI DARCHULA. These two Countries are connected with one bridge. The people of two countries can do their business without any passport or visa.

On this day we had decided to hire ‘The Horseman and the Porter’ throughout our journey on Indian side. We had to buy a stick. It is easy to climb on hilly area with the help of a stick. It is known as THIRD LEG of YATRI.

In this Base Camp we had to give our main luggage in Common Luggage which was going to reach our next Camp. We should carry our backpack, water bottles and other necessary things with us. All the common luggage should be kept in waterproof plastic sac and tied up with cotton rope and should be given up to KUMAO MANDAL NIGAM.

3rd Day: – 22nd June 1996

To reach ‘Tawaghat’ we had to start early in the morning. We reached ‘Tawa Ghat’ within ½ an hour. Tawaghat is just 17k.m.away from Dharchula.
Here two rivers meet each other, which is called “SANGAM”. There is Sangam of “KALI GANGA” and “DHAULIGANGA”.

Like their names Kali Ganga has black muddy water and Dhauli Ganga has clear white water. Though both rivers have clear water, river coming from upper area brings black mud it appears as black muddy. Due to this reason river is known as Kali Ganga. These two rivers are clearly distinguished by their colour of water.

This ended our bus journey and mountain tracking started. This tracking route is known as “THANEDAR KI CHADAI”. This 5-k. m. Chadai is difficult. But it is said, “When there is a will there is a way. It is also said that who can climb this track then it is not difficult for a person to do ‘PARIKRAMA of HOLY KAILASH.

Amongst us, few had decided to walk and rest had decided to ride on horses.
Every group of Kailash Yatra has 2 doctors, wireless men and 8 to 10 policemen and above all there is 1 govt. LIASION OFFICER. With help of these people we reached “PANGU”. It was our first day of tracking so we were tired but the beautiful sight of nature made us happy and cheerful. To reach Pangu we had to pass through FOG.

This was our daily evening routine. At 6 p.m. Bhajan [holy songs] & Prayers, by 7 p.m. soup and dinner. By 9 p.m. we had to go to bed because next morning by 5 o’clock we had to get up for further journey.

4th Day: – 23rd June 1996
At 5 o’clock in the morning we had Bed tea and finishing our daily routine we had Milk & Breakfast by 6 o’clock. We had to start our journey by 6.30 a.m. This was also our daily routine during our YATRA.

From “PANGU” we started further. Passing “HIMKHOLA” River we reached “ NARAYANA ASHRAM “.

There we met “Swami Tadrupanadaji” and “Gangotri Maa” who are running this Ashram. This old lady is from “Garbyang Village” and she is very learned lady. Swamiji explained us how to offer the puja of The Holy Mountain Kailash and The Holy Lake Mansarovar. He told us that it was our “PUNYA” that “LORD SHIVA” invited for this Yatra. We offered Bhajans and Puja. Taking Prasad we left Ashram for further journey.

Further we had to pass through “SIRKHA JUNGLE”.

Though it is Jungle it is very beautiful. There are so many beautiful flowers and plants that can not be seen in big cities. There are the plants called “BICHHU KATA”. They shape like Cobra and if we touch the plant, it bites like Scorpion. But the Nature has kept remedy also. The other plant also grows near The Bichhukata Plant. The leaves of that plant reduce the pain of Bichhukata’s bite.

We reached by 2.30 p.m. at our “SIRKHA CAMP”.
5th DAY: – 24 June 1996.

This day we had to reach at “GALA” camp situated at the height of 8050 feet. This camp is 13 k.m. away from “SIRKHA CAMP”. First 4 k.m. need straight walk leading towards “ RUNGLING TOP “. Then we had to come down. We had to cross “HIMKHOLA RIVER” by wooden bridge. The bridge was not proper, it was broken but we could manage to cross the bridge. Rains and horses’ dung made roads slippery. Everyone was using the stick to climb up and climb down.

We were received Rasna Drink from Kumao Mandal people. During these days Yatries adjust themselves with each other because Yatries had to be with each other for long time. With usual schedule we had passed our 5th day.

6th Day: – 25th June 1996

Today we had to reach “Malpa” which is situated at the height of 6750 feet. It is only 11 k.m. away from “GALA” camp.

Up to “JIPTI” the road is easy but up to “LAKHANPUR” it is a descending road. There are 4,444 staircases for coming down which reaches very close to River Kali Ganga.

Next few km, it is easy to walk and up to some distance there is a big wall of mountain on one side and on other side there is deep valley and River Kali Ganga flowing through the valley. The authorities of Kumao Mandal warned us not to look down and advised us to concentrate on walking instead. So according to their advice we did not dare to look at river but still we were enjoying our walk in the mountain.

Malpa Camp is situated very near to Kali Ganga River. Continuous roaring of river has “LAYA AND NADA” [musical terms]. Still I feel the Nada and Laya. There was continuous rainfall till midnight. We passed through a waterfall called CHHATA FALL. This waterfall is falling like umbrella so it is known as Chhata Fall.

7th Day: – 26 June 1996.

Compared to other five days, this day was somewhat easy going for us. From Malpa Camp, Budhhi Camp is 9 K.M. away, which is situated at the height of 8,845 feet. It was very cold and rainy. We had to wear Monkey Caps and Raincoats. We had to pass through small springs with assent. At last we reached Budhhi Camp. Budhhi Camp is the most beautiful Camp among all Camps. Nature is in full swing at this beautiful Camp. Roads were covered with coloured flowers. When we reached the Camp we saw Sunshine. Soft sunrays made us very happy. We enjoyed our day and were enjoying ourselves till night because it was FULL Monday. But our joy ended as it started raining suddenly. It is said that ‘FASHION OF MUMBAI AND WHEATHER OF MOUNTAINS’ can’t be predicted.

8th Day: – 27 June 1996

Today we had to reach at the Gunji Camp which is 17 K.M. away from Budhhi Camp. First 6 K.M. are very difficult. Then other 9 K.M. were simpler. River Kali Ganga separates Indian Boarder and Nepal Boarder. We had to pass through the Land of flowers called “SIYALEKH”. Generally these kinds of flowers are not seen in the city. From here the Land of “VYASKHSHETRA” starts. We passed through “GARBYANG” village, which was main center around other villages before earthquake in AD 1996. At last we reached “GUNJI” camp.

In Gunji there is a one last bank i.e. Bank of India and a Post Office. Today it was the last day to write letters to family members. There was no communication facility available after this. But now Govt. of India has started S.T.D. AND I.S.D. facilities through satellite on all these Camps.

Here River Kali Ganga is calmer probably because it is very near to its origin. In this camp we found that camp is made up of Doom Shaped Fiber Sheets.
Gunji is situated near Sangam [meeting of two rivers] of River Kali Ganga and River Kutti. From this region, The Annapurna Range is seen. There are two roads passing through Gunji. One leads to Lipulekh Pass and other goes to “AADI KAILASH or CHHOTA KAILASH”. This Aadi Kailash is also known as Mini Kailash. Those who can not go to Holy Kailash can go to Aadi Kailash.

AADI KAILASH IS ONE OF 5 KAILASH.

On way to Aadi Kailash there is a range of five mountains. Thus this area is known as ‘Pandava Tirth’ and the name of the village near by is known as ‘Kutti’ from name of ‘Kunti, mother of the great warriors Pandavas’.

Aadi Kailash or Chhota Kailash is 30 K.M. away from ‘Gunji’. There is also “Parvati Sarovar [lake]. They are known as Mini Kailash and Mini Gauri Kund, which are situated in Tibet. One can do Parikrama of Aadi Kailash and Parvati Kund instead of Holy Mountain Kailash and Holy Lake Mansarovar. Parvati Kund is situated at the height of 17,000 feet, which is always frozen. The Parikrama of Parvati Kund is done within 3 to 4 hours. The total Parikrama of Aadi Kailash and Parvati kund can be done within 3 days. Here there is no need of Passport and visa and it costs only 7 to 8 thousand Rupees.

In “Gunji” we had Medical Check up. If anybody found not fit to go ahead is sent back from this camp. From this camp doctors, wireless men and policemen who came with the yatries returns back to Dharchula. Only horsemen and porters can come ahead with the yatries. From Gunji “Indian Tibetan Border Police” i.e. ITBP policemen joins the yatries. Under their protection the yatries can move ahead to “Kala Pani” the next camp.

Day Ninth: -28th June 1996

“Kala Pani “ is 10 K.M. away from Gunji.

Every hour ITBP men check the number of the yatries. Our ITBP Jawans received us very warmly. This is the Root of River Kali Ganga. Our Jawans have built a beautiful Temple of Lord Shiva and Kali Mata. They offer puja every morning and evening.

It is said that “Ved Vyasaji” composed “Mahabharat, The Great Poetry “ in one of the caves in this area and our Indian Flag is always hoisted on this cave. Before “Kala Pani” camp there is a “Hot water stream”. Some of us took bath in it.

One most remarkable thing I have noticed that when we stared our Yatra from Dharchula there are tall big trees are there and when we reached the heights of mountains, we find very little grass growing there. The mountains also appear like Saints in Meditation.

Extra languages are deposited in the office and are only returned back while returning back from the Yatra. Here we had to pass through Customs and Immigration.

Tenth Day: – 29th June 1996

“Nya Vihang” is the original name of the Mountain “Nabi Dhang”. This is 6 K.M. away from Kala Pani. This is the last camp on Indian Border. It situated at the height of 13,800 feet. All these days we were not able to see the sun rise but on this day we were able to see one. “Om Parvart” is situated in this beautiful brown colored mountain range without any greenery. Om shaped ice is formed only on one of those mountains, so particular that mountain is known as “Om Parvart” is.

If there is no fog then only “Om” is seen on mountain. But we were unable to see Om Parvart.

We should salute our Jawans again and again being away from families and facilities they are protecting our country as well as us and we can live in our home safely and peacefully.

OM NAMAH SHIVAY

NEXT WILL BE SECOND PART OF YATRA

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                               કાશી વિશ્વનાથ જ્યોતિર્લિંગ મંદિર

કાશી વિશ્વેશ્વર જ્યોતિર્લિંગ મંદિરને ગોલ્ડન ટૅમ્પલ તરીકે પણ ઓળખવામાં આવે છે.

કાશી વિશ્વનાથ એ દ્વાદશ જ્યોતિર્લિંગમાનું એક જ્યોતિર્લિંગ છે. કાશી અથવા વારાણસી અથવા બનારસ એ દેવોના દેવ મહાદેવનું નિવાસસ્થાન ગણાય છે. ગંગાના પશ્ચિમકાંઠે વસેલી કાશી નગરી સૌથી પુરાણી નગરી મનાય છે. કાશીને હિન્દુ ધર્મગ્રંથોમાં સાત મોક્ષદાયી પુરીઓમાંની એક તરીકે પણ ઓળખવામાં આવે છે.

કાશીમાં ભારતના સૌથી અધિક શિવાલયોની સંખ્યા હશે એવું મનાય છે. કાશીને રુદ્રમય પણ માનવામાં આવે છે. ધર્મગ્રંથો અનુસાર શિવજીના ત્રિશૂળ પર વસેલું કાશી, વારાણસી, બનારસ, અવિમુક્ત, આનંદવન, મહાસ્મશાન તરીકે પણ ઓળખવામાં આવે છે.  આ સ્થળે શિવજી સ્વયં મરણોન્મુખ જીવને તારકમંત્ર સંભળાવે છે, એટલે જીવને બ્રહ્મજ્ઞાન મળે છે. આ માન્યતાને કારણે અહીં મૃત્યુનો મહિમા છે.

પૌરાણિક કથા અનુસાર હિમાલયના કૈલાસમાં વસવાટ કરતા શિવજીનાં ધ્યાન કે સમાધિમાં કોઈ વિઘ્ન આવે તે માટે માતા પાર્વતીજીએ શિવજીને બીજું સ્થાન શોધવાની પ્રાર્થના કરી અને શિવજીએ રાજા દિવોદાસની કાશીનગરી પસંદ કરી. જ્યારે નિકુંભ નામના શિવગણે આ નગરી માનવરહિત બનાવી ત્યારે રાજા દિવોદાસને ખુબ દુઃખ થયું. આથી તેમણે ઘોર તપ કરી બ્રહ્મદેવને પ્રસન્ન કરી પોતાનું દુઃખ દૂર કરવાની પ્રાર્થના કરી. આથી બ્રહ્માજીની સમજાવટ થી શિવજી મંદરાચલ ચાલ્યા ગયા. પરંતુ શિવજીનો વારાણસી પ્રત્યેનો સ્નેહ જોઈ ભગવાન વિષ્ણુએ રાજા દિવોદાસને જ્ઞાનોપદેશ આપતાં દિવોદાસ તપોવન જવા રાજી થઈ ગયા અને ત્યારબાદ વારાણસી શિવજીનું કાયમી નિવાસસ્થાન બની ગયું. શિવજીએ આ નગરની સ્થાપના ત્રિશૂળ પર કરી છે. 51 શક્તિપીઠમાંની એક શક્તિપીઠ મણિકર્ણિકા ઘાટે આવેલી છે.

   અંદાજે 40 ચોરસફૂટ જેટલા વિસ્તારમાં પથરાયેલા મંદિરમાં બે ગર્ભગૃહ અને ત્યારબાદ બે સભામંડપ છે. બે ગર્ભગૃહ પર ચતુષ્કોણી શિખર છે અને સભામંડપ પર ઘુમ્મટ આકાર શિખર છે. આ ઘુમ્મટ અને ડાબા ગર્ભગૃહ શિખર પર રણજિત સિંહે આપેલું સુવર્ણપાત્ર જોઈ શકાય છે.  ડાબી તરફના ગર્ભગૃહમાં કાશી વિશ્વનાથ જ્યોતિર્લિંગ આવેલું છે. આ જ્યોતિર્લિંગ ગર્ભગૃહની વચમાં નથી, પરંતુ એક ખૂણામાં છે. તેની શાળુંકાનો ભાગ ચાંદીથી મઢેલો છે. મુખ્ય શિવલિંગ મધ્યમ કદનું છે.

અહીં ગંગાજીસ્નાનના મહિમા ઉપરાંત ચાર સ્થળોના દર્શનનો મહિમા છે. પ્રથમ તો કાશી વિશ્વનાથ જ્યોતિર્લિંગનું મંદિર, સંકટમોચન હનુમાનજીનું મંદિર, મા અન્નપૂર્ણા મંદિર અને કાળબૈરવનું મંદિર.

અહીં દર ત્રીજા વર્ષે પંચકોશી યાત્રા થાય છે. ગંગાજીના કિનારે શ્રેણી ઘાટ આવેલા છે. કાશીમાં જ લગભગ 57 થી 64 જેટલા ઘાટ છે. એમાંના મુખ્ય કાશી ઘાત , મણિકર્ણિકા ઘાટ, દશાશ્વમેઘ ઘાટ મુખ્ય છે.  અન્ય ઘાટમા વરુણાસંગમ ઘાટ, પંચગંગા ઘાટ, અસ્સી સંગમ ઘાટ, જલાશાયી ઘાટ, શિવાલા ઘાટ, કેદાર ઘાટનો સમાવેશ થાય છે. કેદાર ગાટ પર આવેલા પુરાણા કેદારેશ્વર મંદિરની બાજુમાં આવેલા ગૌરીકુંડને ઘણો પવિત્ર માનવામાં આવે છે.

                                                                                       — સંકલિત

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જ્ઞાન, વિજ્ઞાન અને શિવજી

                                       જ્ઞાન, વિજ્ઞાન અને શિવજી

શિવજી એટલે આ સૃષ્ટિની તમામ વિદ્યાઓના જનક. ગણિતશાસ્ત્ર, વિજ્ઞાન, યોગ, ભાષા,નૃત્ય, સંગીત વગેરે તમામ વિદ્યાઓ શિવમાંથી આવી છે. શિવજી એટલે માત્ર દેવોના દેવ જ નથી પરંતુ સમસ્ત બ્રહ્માંડના સર્જનહાર છે.

શિવલિંગ-

હિંદુ ધર્મગ્રંથ પ્રમાણે બ્રહ્માંડ અનંત છે અને તેનો તાગ પામી શકાતો નથી.જ્યારે આધુનિક વિજ્ઞાન હમણાં હમણાં આ વાતને સમર્થન આપતાં કહે છે કે સમયની સાથે બ્રહ્માંડ વિસ્તરી રહ્યું છે. પાંચ લ્આખ આકાશગંગાના અભ્યાસ બાદ એ તારણ નીકળ્યું છે કે કોઈ અદૃશ્ય શક્તિ બ્રહ્માંડનો વિસ્તાર વધરી રહી છે જે વાત આપણાં ધર્મગ્રંથો સદીઓથી કહેતા આવ્યાં છે. ‘બ્રહ્માંડ’ શબ્દ બ્રૂ-બમ પરથી આવ્યો છે જેનો અર્થ ફેલાયેલું બ્રહ્મ થાય છે. એટલા જ માટે બ્રહ્માંડના નિરૂપણ સમાન શિવલિંગનો આકાર અંડાકાર બતાવ્યો છે. શિવ એટલે માત્ર શુભ નથી પણ શિવ એટલે કલ્યાણકારી. હિન્દુ ધર્મે સમસ્ત બ્રહ્માંડને કલ્યાણકારી કહ્યો છે.

અર્ધનારીશ્વર સ્વરૂપ-

પ્રત્યેક માનવીમાં સ્ત્રી અને પુરુષના લક્ષણો હોય છે.જેમાં આધાર અને આધેય અથવા શિવ અને શક્તિ અથવા પુરુષ અને પ્રકૃતિ અવિભાજ્ય અંગ છે. આલ્બર્ટ આઈનસ્ટાઈનની ‘પદાર્થ અને શક્તિ સાથે પરિવર્તન પામે છે’ થિયરીને શિવજીના અર્ધનારીશ્વર સ્વરૂપે વ્યક્ત થયેલી જણાય છે.

બ્લેક હોલ અને મહાકાળ

શિવજીનું એક નામ ‘મહાકાળ’ છે. સરળ ભાષામાં બ્લેક હોલ એટલે ભમ્મરિયો કૂવો, જે નિહારિકાઓ, તારાઓ, ગ્રહોને કે બ્રહ્માંડને ગળી જાય છે અથવા શોષી લે છે. આ બ્લેક હોલમાં કાળ પણ શોષવાઈ જાય છે એટલે જ ભરતીય સંસ્કૃતિમાં શિવજીને મહાકાળ કહેવાય છે. કહેવાય છે કે શિવજી જ્યારે સમાધિ લગાવે છે ત્યારે કાળ થંભી જાય છે.

 

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કૈલાસ પર મા પાર્વતીજીનું પ્રાગટ્ય [2003]

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માનસરોવરને કિનારે આવેલા છુ ગોમ્પા પરથી લેવાયેલો આ વિડીઓ છે.

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अर्धनारीनटेश्वरस्तोत्रम

                                                    अर्धनारीनटेश्वरस्तोत्रम

 

 

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धम्मिल्लकायै च जटाधराय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय

ચંપાના પુષ્પ સમાન ગૌર અર્ધ શરીરવાળા પાર્વતીજીને તેમજ કર્પૂર સમાન ગૌર અર્ધ શરીરવાળા શિવજીને, મોતી અને ફૂલોથી સુશોભિત અંબોડાવાળા [धम्मिल्लकाये] શિવાને તેમજ જટાળા શિવજીને નમસ્કાર.

चम्पाके पुष्प समान गौर अर्ध शरीरवाले पार्वतीजीको एवम कर्पूर समान गौर अर्ध शरीरवाले शिवजीको, मोती और फूलोसे सुशोभित केशवाले [धम्मिल्लकायै] शिवाको एवम जटावाले शिवजीको प्रणाम

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कस्तुरी और कुमकुमसे लिपटे हुए पार्वतीजीको एवम चिताकी राखके ढेरसे लिपटे हुए शिवजीको, कामदेवको जगानेवाले शिवाको एवम कामदेवका नाश करनेवाले शिवजीको प्रणाम.

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हेमांगदायै भुजगांगदाय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय [३]

 

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जिनके हाथमें खनकते हुए कंगन और पैरमें नूपुर है एवम जिनके चरणकमलमें सर्परूपी नूपुर हैऔर जिनकी भूजा पर सोनेके बाजुबंद [अंगद] लिपटे हुए है ऐसे शिवाको एवम जिनकी भूज पर सर्पोके बाजुबंद लिपटे हुए है ऐसे शिवजीको प्रणाम

विशालनीलोत्पललोचनायै विकासिपंकेरुहलोचनाय
समेक्षणायै विषमेक्षणाय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय … [४]

પ્રફુલ્લિત નીલકમળ સમાન નેત્ર ધરાવનારાંને તેમજ વિકસિત કમળ સમાન નેત્ર ધરાવનારાને, સમ નેત્ર ધરાવનારા શિવાને તેમજ ત્રિનેત્ર ધરાવનારા શિવજીને નમસ્કાર.

प्रसन्न नीलक्मल समान नेत्रवालेको एवम संपूर्ण तरहसे विकसित कमल समान नेत्रवालेको, दो नेत्रवाले शिवाको और त्रिनेत्रवाले शिवजीको प्रणाम

मन्दारमालाकलितालकायै कपालमालांकितकन्धराय
दिव्याम्बरायै च दिगम्बराय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय …५

જેમનાં વાંકડિયા વાળ મંદાર પુષ્પોની માળાથી સુશોભિત છે તેમજ જેમની ગરદન ખોપરીની માળાથી શોભાયમાન છે, જેમણે દિવ્ય અંબર ધારણ કર્યાં છે તેમજ જેમણે દિશારૂપી વસ્ત્ર [નિઃવસ્ત્ર] ધારણ કર્યા છે એવાં શિવા શિવને નમસ્કાર.

जिनके घुंघराले बाल मंदार पुष्पोकी मालासे सुशोभित है एवम जिनकी गरदन खोपडीओंकी मालासे सुशोभित है, जिसने दिव्य वस्त्र धारण किये हो एवम जिसने दिशाओंके वस्त्र धारण किये याने निःवस्त्र हो ऐसे शिवा शिवको प्रणाम

अम्भोधरश्यामलकुन्तलायै तडित्प्रभाताम्रजटाधराय
निरीश्वरायै निखिलेश्वराय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय [६]

જળથી ભરેલા વાદળ [अम्भोधर] સમાન શ્યામલ કેશ ધરાવનારાંને, વીજળીની પ્રભા જેવી ચમકતી તામ્રવર્ણી જટા ધારણ કરનારાને, જેમને કોઈ ઈશ્વર નથી તેવાં [પરમ સ્વતંત્ર]ને અને સર્વ લોકના સ્વામીને-શિવાને નમસ્કાર અને શિવજીને નમસ્કાર (૬)

जिनके श्यामल केश जलसे भरे बादल [अम्भोधर] समान है एवम जिनकी ताम्रवर्णीय जटा चमकीली बीजली समान है, जो हंमेशा स्वतंत्र है यानी जिनके कोई ईश्वर नहीं है एवम जो सर्व लोकके स्वामी है ऐसे शिवा शिवको प्रणाम

प्रपंचसृष्ट्युन्मुखलास्यकायै समस्तसंहारकताण्डवाय
जगज्जनन्यै जगदेकपित्रे नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय (७)

વિશ્વપ્રપંચના સર્જનને અનુકૂળ નૃત્ય કરનારાંને, સમસ્ત [વિશ્વપ્રપંચનો] સંહાર કરનાર તાંદવ નૃત્ય કરનારાને, જગતનામ [એકમાત્ર] માતાને અને જગતના એકમાત્ર પિતાને — શિવાને નમસ્કાર અને શિવજીને નમસ્કાર. [૭]

जो विश्वप्रपंचके सर्जनके अनुकूल नृत्य करनेवालेको एवम समस्त विश्वप्रपंचका संहार करनेवाला तांडव नृत्य करनेवालेको, विश्वमाताको एवम विश्वपिताको अर्थात शिवा शिवको प्रणाम

प्रदीप्तरत्नोज्जवलकुण्डलायै स्फुरन्महापन्नगभूषणाय
शिवान्वितायै च शिवान्विताय नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय [८]

 

અત્યંત ઝળહળતાં રત્નોનાં ઉજ્જવળ કુંડળ ધારણ કરનારાંને, ફૂંફાડા મારતા મહાન સર્પોનાં આભૂષણ ધારણ કરનારને, શિવજીથી સમન્વિત થયેલાંને અને શિવા[પાર્વઈ]થી સમન્વિત થયેલાને — શિવાને નમસ્કાર અને શિવજીને નમસ્કાર (૮)

जिन्होंने अति झगमगते रत्नोके उज्जवल कुंडल पहने है एवम जिन्होंने अति भयानक सर्पोंके आभुषण पहने है, जो शिवजीसे समन्वित हुए हो एवम जो शिवासे शिवा [पार्वतीजी]से समन्वित हुए हो ऐसे शिवा शिवको प्रणाम [८]

एतत्पठेदष्टकमिष्टदं यो भक्त्या स मान्यो भुवि दीर्घजीवी
प्राप्नोति सौभाग्यमनन्तकालं भूयात्सदा तस्य समस्तसिद्धिः (९)

જે [મનુષ્ય] આ ઈષ્ટ [ગમતી વસ્તુ]નું પ્રદાન કરનાર અષ્ટકનો ભક્તિપૂર્વક પાઠ કરે છે તે સંસારમાં સન્માનિત થાય છે, દીર્ઘજીવી થાય છે, અનંતકાળ સુધી તે સૌભાગ્ય પ્રાપ્ત કરે છે અને તેને સદા સમસ્ત સિદ્ધિ પ્રાપ્ત થાય છે. (૯)

जो मनुष्य यह ईष्ट वस्तुका प्रदान करनेवाला अष्टकका भक्तिपूर्वक पाठ करता है वह संसारमें सन्मानित होता है, दीर्घायु होता है, अनंत काल तक वह सौभाग्य प्राप्त करता है एवम उसको हम्मेश समस्त सिद्धि प्राप्त होती है (९)

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                                                ॐ नमः शिवाय