PALITANA TIRTH YATRA – JANUARY 2008 The December Shibir is followed by a Tirtha Yatra, in which we visit holy sites. We visit the sites of great temples, important sites in the lives of the Tirthankars and Saints. This year we visited Palitana. This place has witnessed tremendous spiritual achievements, such as the attainment of Self-Realisation, Keval Gnan and even Nirvana or Moksha of numerous Souls. Consequently, the vibrations at such sites are very pure and powerful. Sadguru is a living tirth. It is a unique opportunity to conduct seva, puja, darshan, chaityavandan (devotional rituals) along with Sadguru Bhagvan. Param Pujya Bhaishree, Br. Vikrambhai, Br. Minalben, Br. Lalitaben, Br. Vinubhai, Br. Bhupatbhai, Br. Deepakbhai and almost 72 mumukshus took the benefit of this religious trip to Palitana and other near-by tirths from 1st January to 4th January 2008. 1st January: Mumukshus left the ashram after lunch in 2 buses towards Dr. Dhirubhai Panchali‟s house in Botad. Mumukshus of Botad gave a grand welcome to Pujya Bhaishree and mumukshus. After having tea and snacks we left for Ayodhyapuram. Here, a very beautiful temple is erected on a huge ground. This temple contains a pratimaji (idol) of Lord Aadeshwardada. We had our dinner after darshan and chaityavandan (communal worship). Thereafter, we reached Palitana at 10 pm. We stayed in „Tharad Jayatsen Vihar‟ Dharamshala for 3 days. 2nd January: After having breakfast, we started climbing the mountain of Palitana at 8:30 am. Initially, everyone visited Taleti and performed chaityavandan. Before climbing the mountain, Pujya Bhaishree spoke Navkar Mahamantra and Uvasaggharam Stotra. As we touched this pious place, we forgot the entire world. Br. Vikrambhai sang devotional songs in the entire trip. On reaching Devi Padmavati‟s deri, all mumukshus began playing garba with lots of enthusiasm and excitement. We worshipped Lord Aadeshwardada and performed devotional rituals in the near-by temples. We also did puja of the feet of Rayan. Pujya Vikrambhai sang stavans on worshipping God‟s idol. Thereafter, we started descending the mountain. In the night, Pujya Bhaishree took a story in His swadhyay (discourse). Pujya Vikrambhai, Pujya Minalben, Atmarthi Kirtibhai and Atmarthi Dulariben sang devotional songs and released our fatigue. 3rd January: At 6:30 am Pujya Bhaishree and some mumukshus went to Rajula village to visit Atmarthi Rohitbhai‟s office. Br. Vinubhai, Br. Minalben, At. Rohitbhai and all family members welcomed everyone lovingly. Here, Pujya Bhaishree placed a small beautiful idol of Lord Chandraprabhu Swami in an atmosphere of devotion and joviality. After snacks, we left for Pipavav Bandar. It was a great opportunity to see this Bandar. From here we went to Mahua Bandar. This place has a 2600 years old idol of Lord Mahavir. This Pratimaji was made by Lord Mahavir‟s brother Shri Nandivardhan when Lord Mahavir was alive. Here we took the benefit of chaitya vandan, puja of Lord Parshvanath and lunch. Mahua is the birthplace of Netrisurishwar whose footprints have been carved here. Thereafter, we went to Datha. Mirror is used as the art form for the temple in Datha. It contains an idol of Lord Shantinath. One experiences immense peace and pleasure on worshipping the idol. Everyone took the benefit of aarti and mangal divo along with Pujya Bhaishree. From here, we left for Talaja. It had 160 steps. “Gurukripa bal aur hai, pangu giri chadh jai” - the grace and strength of Guru is such that even a crippled person can climb a mountain. Despite physical fatigue, everyone climbed up with true devotion and faith towards Satguru. Here, the mulnayak is Lord Sumatinath Swami and outside there is an idol of Ratnachintamani Parshwanath Bhagvan. In the night, we returned to Palitana and took the benefit of swadhyay and bhakti. 4th January: At 9 am we worshipped Lord Dharmnath in Giriraj Dharamshala. Beside this dharamshala, is a Swadhyay Hall of Param Krupaludev. Here we sang stuti in front of Param Krupaludev‟s photograph. Thereafter, we visited a derasar built near a dam. From here we left for Hastgiri Tirth. This tirth is located at a height and is surrounded by natural environment. It has a huge derasar with beautiful art. It is a suitable place for sadhna. After performing all devotional rites, we returned to palitana. After lunch one bus left for Sayla and the other left for Ahmedabad. We reached Ahmedabad at 9 pm. Atmarthi Bharatbhai and mumukshus of Ahmedabad welcomed Pujya Bhaishree with lots of reverence, devotion and elation. After having dinner we reached the station and left for Mumbai. Thus the 4 days ended amidst devotion, spirituality and jubilation as such trips enables us to spend time in a relaxed environment with Param Pujya Bhaishree and fellow seekers. We all were enriched to visit such pious places and pay homage to Tirthankars along with our Sadguru Param Pujya Bhaishree.
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