Random Thoughts Will Fill That Void

you are looking for something to read that is really good,

I have started to read War and Peace. This is going to be a lot harder then I had originally thought. I now that I have just started to read it, but I am struggling with keeping everything strait.

It looks like last years drought is continuing this year. We are way behind in our snow fall. Hopefully we can get some more snow around here. With no snow on the ground, the ground continues to lose moisture.

I have started a new blog post that deals with a documentary that I watched a while back. Some might be offended with part of the subject it brings up. It is adult in nature.

Can someone explain what the Broncos were doing at the end of the game? They were the hottest team heading into the playoffs. What happened?

I cannot wait for the start of the cricket season. Go Cubbies!!

I hope that you all have a good week!

Trip To Mumbai 

Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) is the biggest metropolis of India. A city that is full of life and is also known for its well known tourists places, commercial hubs and government bodies. It is also known as the financial capital of India. The city is located on the western part of the India and is the capital of Maharashtra.

The city has many beautiful places of tourist’s interests like

A historic monument in Mumbai and is the major tourist place. This place is at a distance of 19.4 km from Sahara Star Hotel, Mumbai.

This Beautiful and a very ancient mosque is just 13.4 km from the Sahara Star hotel Mumbai. Do make a visit when you are in Mumbai.

This is amongst the famous temples of India, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is just 10.3 km from the Sahara Star hotel Mumbai.

Also do get the feel of the wonderful night life of Mumbai.

Shirdi Sai Nagar Temple

We planned on going to Shree Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi on a April 28/2011 To May 6/2011, as always before going on long trips I pulled out my GPS a couple of days before to map out the route, I was not surprised when I did not find the Sai Baba Temple in the GPS, but one cannot completely rely on a GPS in India, There were times when we were taken to wrong places by completely relying on it, but also there were times when we drove to Delhi where the GPS was very helpful, It’s not that we don’t know the route to the temple but I prefer to have my GPS on on long trips.

The most popular Sai Baba of Shirdi located at Shirdi town in Maharashtra. Shirdi Sai temple is a most beautiful shrine built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba. Sai Baba is a very popular saint worshiped by people of Hindu,Zoroastrian and Muslim all around the world.

Trip To Aurangabad

I am trip to Shirdi and will be going to Aurangabad from there. I have a return reservation from Aurangabad mid-night sunday. Please advise on the following

A clean hotel in Aurangabad that is close to the city: my budget is Rs.1000 to 2000 per night.

Any itinerary recommendations: my current plan is to visit Shirdhi, Ellora, Daulatabad, Ajanta and Aurangabad city. Would like to go to Lonar too - but not sure if I can do that in the limited time frame.

Any recommendations on the above would be really helpful.

Try to dedicate one full day each for Ajanta and Ellora caves. Otherwise you will not do justice to them. Club Aurangabad city tour (Aurangabad caves and Bibi ka Maqbara) and Daulatabad into another day. You can well visit Ellora and come 

Shaneshwara Temple

Shingnapur widely known as "Shani Shingnapur" houses the deity of Lord Shani (Lord of planet Saturn) and is the most revered temple of Shani Dev in the world. Its not a conventional temple architecture, but a single 5 feet black stone mounted on a raised platform of 3-4 feet in an open environment and I think this is the only Shani Dev temple in the world where he resides in the form of stone instead as a sculpt. 

This village lies in Ahmednagar district, a 2hour drive from Shirdi. There are no direct local buses as I know and is accessible by plenty of Qualis transporters near the temple. They charge around Rs 70-80 per head for complete return trip. You will cross a check post just around 10km before the village which will charge you Rs15 for four wheelers paid by the cab driver, Rs 2 will be levied per head on entering the village premises paid by you.

Rameshwaram Temple

Rameshwaram is very famous for Lord Rama's temple. Rameshwaram is an island separated from Indian mainland by the Pamban channel. This religious island is unfold in an area of 61.8 square kilometers and happens to be in the outline of a conch. Along with Kashi it is measured to be one of the holiest sites in India for Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimages. Several monarches built the Ramanatha Swamy Temple and the magnum opus of Dravidian architecture boasts of the largest temple corridor in India. The temple includes of twenty-two holy wells where the taste of the water of each well is unlike from the other one. The waters of the wells are supposed to have medicinal values. Both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites visit this holy site which is known as the Varanasi of the south. Along with being a major holy place for the Hindus, it is also a well known holiday spot too. So one who visit Rameshwaram can experience the prehistoric spiritual world of Lord Rama, along with the rich geographical beauty of this place .

Tirupati Tirumala of lord Balaji Venkateshwara Swamy

The temple town of Tirupati is situated at the foot of Tirumala hills in the Chandragiri Taluka of the Chittor district in Andhra Pradesh. The sacred spot on the hill about 2,800 feet above sea level is known as Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara. The hill forms part of the Eastern Ghats and is also known as Venkatachala and Seshachala. It is said that the Eastern Ghats on this side along with their curves, heights and falls resemble the serpent Adisesha and that the seven hills of Tirupati are its seven heads and Ahobalam where Lord Narasimha murthy is worshipped, representing the centre of Adisesha, and Srisailam representing the tail end of Adisesha. That is why Tirumala is called Seshachala. According to the legends, this has been a sacred place in all the four yugas, and was known as Vrishabhachala in the Krithayuga, Anjanachala in the Tretayuga, Seshachala in the Dwaparayuga and Venkatachala in the present Kaliyuga.

Meenakshi Amman Temple Madurai

Madurai is one of the ancient cities of South India with a glorious history. It is famous for its world acclaimed Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. The city of Madurai has been constructed in the form of a lotus and is built around the temple. It is situated on the banks of the river Vaigai. Owing to its rich cultural heritage and architectural splendor, the city is often referred to as the 'Athens of the East'. The origin of Madurai dates back to the Sangam period, the golden period of Tamil Literature.

According to mythology Madurai was earlier a forest called Kadambavanam. Once a merchant passing through the forest saw Indran, the King of Gods worshipping a Swayambhulingam under a Kadam tree. This was immediately reported to King Kulsekarer Pandayan. The king cleared the forest and built a splendid temple, known as the Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarer Temple, around the holy Lingam and later built a beautiful lotus-shaped city surrounding the temple. 

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