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Old 15th September 2012, 22:56   #271
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Day 10
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Chittorgarh

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Old 15th September 2012, 23:08   #272
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Chittorgarh

I look down and see them resting there
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There is a temple submerged in the pond
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The deity
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The stream never dries up
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The stream and the deity
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There were a lot of small fishes
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It was tickling

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Now I had to look up to see them
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Old 15th September 2012, 23:17   #273
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Nice views from there

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Kiddies were checking if they could see the fish from there
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Kiddies get themselves a picture
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Mom and Kid
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Kiddie
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Some people were feeding them
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This fellow strikes a pose
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This fellow wanted to show me his long tail

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This old fellow was relaxing

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Look at the legs!
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This guy was definitely thirsty
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Day 10
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Chittorgarh

We went to Padmini Mahal
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The Palace in the Pool
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We went inside
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Padmini Palace
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This is the mirror mentioned above

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Chittorgarh

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Views around the Fort from the Palace
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A lot of school kids were visiting Chittorgarh
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Day 10
1st January 2012
Chittorgarh

By 13:00 we decided to start our onward journey

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Day 10
1st January 2012
Ajmer

We reached Ajmer by 18:30 hours

The crowded street towards the Durga

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We were cautioned about pick pocketing, so we carried absolute minimum with us.

The street is dotted with sweet shops on both sides

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The Entrance to the Durgah
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We left our foot wear at a counter near the gate for a small fee. We were told not to leave the footwear at any of the shops.

Inside Photography is not allowed. Hence I carried my P&S which could be slid into my pocket while inside, than leaving at any counter which has no guarantee of getting the camera back.


As I had experienced in Nagur Dargah near Velankanni in Tamil Nadu, a few self proclaimed Pirs came towards us in the pretext of showing us through and blessing us for a fat sum. We ignored them and went on our own inside.


There were many people in the queue to go inside the prayer room of the Dargah. We were not allowed to stand in the queue with out an offering in hand. So we got ourselves the standard offering which were being sold inside the Dargah and stood in the line. The crowd was really impatient as the queue was quite long.

Once I reached the sanctum, all I could listen was the loud screams "भेंट दो भेंट दो" and while I bowed to offer my prayers I was punched so strongly by a Pir in the sanctum that Jr. PPG screamed with pain. By the time I could get myself to the reality all I could see was they were taking the money offered by the people and putting into their own pockets. The second attempt to push me from the sanctum I resisted, carried Jr. PPG on my shoulder and got out of the place with a very sad and strong bruise in my heart. Even today when I think of the whole episode I shrug at my decision to visit this place in pain.

While I respect the religious sentiments of all, my experiences at both Nagur in Tamil Nadu and Ajmer in Rajastahan were the same.



A few months after this episode, in April 2012 while I was on an official trip to Chennai my attention fell on an article published in The Hindu. While it gave me an insight what caught my attention was the debate the article started off in The Hindu a fortnight after that http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-e...cle3321349.ece

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the fact is that the sociology of Sufi institutions has undergone a tremendous change which is most obvious from the exploitative instinct of the pirs of the subcontinent, irrespective of where they come from. A Sufi believer will get seriously disappointed during a visit to Nizamuddin Auliaya's dargah in Delhi due to the intrusive and annoying behaviour of the pirs at the shrine. Meditation is certainly out of the question due to the constant and bothersome interruption by the keepers of the shrine who are more interested in extracting money from the visitor. Ajmer and other places are no different,
The experiences of this money mindedness were almost similar when I visited Krishna Temple in Mathura and ISKON temple in Vrindavan. So I believe the corruption due to easy money is an universal phenomenon. But at least they did not get physical.


The views are from my personal experience and if I have hurt anybody's religious sentiments, please accept my sincere apologies.

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Day 10
1st January 2012
Pushkar

We reached Pushkar by 20:30 hours

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We wanted to visit Brahma Temple
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Day 10
1st January 2012
Pushkar

We reached Brahma Temple by 20:45 just in time to witness the last aarti, (Ratri Shayan Aarti) of the day. We were the only people in the temple then, and we considered ourselves to be extremely lucky to have been able to witness the same.

More details about Brahma Temple http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahma_Temple_at_Pushkar
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The temple is one of very few existing temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma in India and remains the most prominent among them.
By 21:00 hours the Temple Doors were closed.

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Day 10
1st January 2012
Pushkar

We were booked for the night in Jaipur and we would never make it to Jaipur in any sane time for having dinner. So we decided to have dinner at Pushkar and head to Jaipur

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While some enjoy the warmth of the heat from the fire

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The ladies were making hot hot rotis
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I am yet to find out the name of this delicacy

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What a gracious Bull

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Cow fight

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By 22:00 hours we finished with our dinner and started to Jaipur.

The famous Pushkar Camel Fair happens here
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By midnight we reached our hotel at Jaipur. The hotel guys were waiting for us and immediately allotted the rooms and transferred the luggage to the rooms. They also quickly made the extra beds in each rooms.

What a wonderful day, starting from the blessings by the elephant God to offering our prayers at the Dargah to The aarti at Brahma temple, the day was very much lucky for us.

After a Thanks giving for a wonderful day, we hit the bed for a comfortable sleep.
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Lalu sahab, at the outset have been following this beautiful log for quite some time. Looks like this will be my main go-to Travel Rajasthan compendium . Fantastic pictures all through.

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While I respect the religious sentiments of all, my experiences at both Nagur in Tamil Nadu and Ajmer in Rajastahan were the same.
Tell me about it. We have the famous temple at Kalighat here and the "pandas" (not the Kung Fu ones , they are just the "pir" counterparts) have created such a huge mess now that the whole thing is in the high court and they have been officially barred from entering the temple. However unofficially they still flagrantly violate the court's orders.

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A sleepy Sprited one with Starvegabond places the order
One thing that I always meant to ask is how did your friends get their names.
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One thing that I always meant to ask is how did your friends get their names.
Starvegabond is the handle of my friend at TBHP. How the other friend got his name "The Sprited One" is a story hidden in this travelogue
www.team-bhp.com/forum/travelogues/86437-civic-city-celebrating-friendship-day-mahabalipuram-tranquebar-velankanni.html (Civic & City : Celebrating the Friendship Day Mahabalipuram - Tranquebar - Velankanni)
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Day 11
2nd January 2012
Jaipur

We were sleeping like a log, but the rooms were facing east and the rising sun, really woke us up
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I went to the sit out, the weather was pleasant

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There were some plates with paintings hung there
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Some paintings were in the room too

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I guess this hotel is certified for some ISO standards
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We all got ready for the day ahead in Jaipur.

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Day 11
2nd January 2012
Jaipur

Kiddies had some fun time with the games
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We researched on Rajasthan delicacies

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We had a nice breakfast, the spread was good

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