SHIVA Called me there so that I can meet my Friend too ....
It's a sudden made plan ; Firstly I have long pending wish to visit Mahadev's settled Kashi and secondly due to recently listened song "Tu Ban Ja Gali Banaras Ki" 🥰
As usual I went for my office for 7 to 4 shift, but good thing is that this is Friday. As I am going for Breakfast, I thought to check availability of train tickets, but I could not get for the same day's evening or night.
But somehow I got Bus ticket and for return I got train ticket ( my first ever reserved train journey too)
After completing my day in office, I went to Noida from where I have to board my bus.
Boarded bus at 10:30PM; journey started around 11:00PM, and I slept as I got my seat in the bus (actually it's an sleeper bus).
In the morning around 07:00AM, Conductor shouts for an break. I woke up and came out of bus. I found my self in Allahabad. I took a cup of tea, and came in bus again. Distance from Allahabad to Varanasi is around 150KM. As I am excited to be in Allahabad and to be near to reach Kashi ; I updated my Facebook status to be going to Kashi.
One of my old & bestest friend who is in nearby kashi read the status and call me immediately. As my phone start ringing I get remember that my very good friend is also in Kashi ( He joined a Bank as Bank PO).
I received his call, and he promised me to meet in the evening after doing his shift. Now, the journey became more excited as I am going to meet my bestest friend after long 5 years. I thanks Mahadev for such a surprise.
Around 10:30 or 11:00AM bus reached Varanasi. We deboard bus outside Varanasi, from there I took an auto and reached Railway station. From here I took a rickshaw and reached Kashi Vishwanath Temple. I took a room very near to Temple.
After half an hour of rest, I came out of hotel, take some breakfast/lunch , and start my journey toward Temple.
You have to cross narrow streets full of crowded shops for reaching Temple. There is Divine presence in the air. It's seems like everything is chanting Shiv- Shiv.
Just beware of being foolish by local shopkeepers selling Parshad, lockers for keeping your phone, purse and chappals, and other kind of thugs too.
Note : if you want to bring Parshad from their, there are shops in the temple itself. So, don't buy outside.
After darshan of Baba Vishwanath, I went to Ganga darshan at Ghat. Ghats are at walking distance from temple. As I went there, Ganga is really mesmerizing. I took boat ride (mine first ever).
Note : they demand too much hight prices,But agreed at around 200 only.
After spending around an hour there, I back to my hotel, and took rest.
Then in evening I again visit ghaat for Ganga Aarti, which is the most memorable moments of the trip. Such a mesmerizing decoration and Divine vibes during Ganga Aarti. can't forget those moments.
After that I came to my room & waiting for my friend call. Soon he came there to meet me, meeting became more precious when I come to know he ride around 50KM to meet me; and even in night after doing his job shift.
We meet after a long tone, so talks a lot, went outside, enjoyed Varanasi Night life at Bike, enjoy the taste of Varanasi Pakwaans like Kulfi, Paan, Chaat ect.
After parking bike, at late night we went to Ganga, sit at Ghat. Best friends, after 5 years, lot of talk, cool air, Water noise, Ganga Divinity and most important shiv - shiv in all around.
We back to room, and plan for early morning darshan.
We wake up at 04:00AM, took bath, and went for darshan, after darshan we once again to Ghaat.
Morning view of Ganga Ghaat is also awesome. Everything seems pure & fresh, just Divinity all around. We took some pictures and back to room.
We leave room, and start our ride for Sarnaath, it's around 20KM, went to Buddha Temple there.
Then I came to friend house in a nearby town in Varanasi District. I spent my day at his home,and in night board my trian to get back.
Hope Shiva Call soon in Varanasi.
Let's when ? Hopefully after completion of most ambitious project "Kashi Vishwanath Corridor" so that I can see temple from Ganga Ghaat.😇