Have you seen a place where there is just a rock, which is called God. The God is more or less kept in the open without any shelter. Just a raised platform and there is a big horizontal rock and people flock like bees on honey. It is said to be one of the most powerful Gods, who can influence your bad times more than any other God. Yes I am speaking about Shani, the planet Saturn who's pro-grade and retrograde can affect your horoscope chart. Well that is what is believed.
So I went on another short trip, this time to a place called Shanishinganapur. A small village 80 kms from Shirdi. Shirdi is a well known place which is around 90 kms from Nashik, which is in-turn around 115 kms from Mumbai. It takes around 6 hours to reach Shirdi from Mumbai. From there it takes another hour and a half to reach this place. We chalked out a plan to reach Shirdi by night and stay there for the night. Then start for Shanishinganapur in the morning.
We booked hotels for boarding well in advance at Shirdi, so that we don't have any last minute hazels as we were reaching at night. The hotel was "Neeta International". The reason I am taking the name of the hotel is precisely for some awesome mind-boggling events that were about to happen that would catch us unawares. That night we ate at a place called Woodlands and I had a punjabi thali. The thali was so spicy that even the paneer in the palak paneer tasted like green chilli. They should have named the dish, palak green chilli.
An night for IPL, I should say. Suresh Raina was playing a blinder for Chennai Super Kings. We had booked Non-AC rooms through my dad's friend. We took the keys and went to the room to catch up Raina's brilliance. It turned out that it was a AC room. The AC's did not work. So it is a non-AC room. We switched the light and fan on. Then suddenly my bro told me, don't you feel; the brightness on the TV has increased? I was wondering there must be some fault in the TV. Then the fans went slow. Then the lights started flickering. Man it was just like a bollywood ghost sequence. The TV was actually doing fine, it was the lights in the room that was going dim. :) :) In electricity terms we call it Voltage fluctuations.
Coming from Mumbai with 24hours electricity without any major fluctuations, it was something totally different. So no AC, the fan goes slow every second and fastens again and the lights flicker. Awesome atmosphere to get some tired sleep. In all this confusion Raina hits a century. Only to find out that the score board was wrong and he had scored just 98. May be the utter chaos has got up with IPL from our room. When I went into the toilet next day morning just to find out there were no toilet papers. How the hell will I shit? Going on the holy trip, I think this is what is called by Holy shit!!!!
The haunted bloody room!!
Please don't ask me how I reverted the situation. Everyday before taking bath, I do a almost daily ritual of going naked, ofcourse I do have some minimum requirements. Check out how much my stomach bulges and check if it goes in or have I gained fats to bulge it. Do some muscle show-off, you know the guys thing. When I started it today in front of the mirror early in the morning at 5 am. The lights went off!! Phew man this hotel is a haunted place in the holy land. Just imagine me some what naked standing in front of the mirror in the bath room and light goes off. Total black out, how am I supposed to take bath in pitch black. I just screamed the hell out.
This is my take on the room!!
The dreaded hotel key!! even the name of the hotel brings sweat on my brow
Coming back to my trip, the temple at Shanishiganapur was actually not a temple. As we came very early, we avoided the queue. The place were the queue is has a shelter above built nicely. But there is no temple on the actual sanctum santorum. Nothing above it. It is on the open, not even a tree. That amazed me. Nice place to go just to get away from boring humbug. The rituals here is also unique. Orange vesthi(lungi), taking bath, going to the sanctum santorum wet and pouring the oil, you had bought for the same. One more interesting thing about Shanishiganapur, all the houses here are without doors. Believe me, I checked almost everyone. No doors!! amazing!! Godrej will have a tough time selling locks at this place for sure. :) :)
Here are some snaps!! On the way to Shirdi, pitstop at Nashik
Early morning sun the next day!! towards Shanishinganapur!!
Yeah this is How I had to change!! :( :( The book in my hand is a book about the history of the place!! yet to read it!!
This is the best snaps guys!! The menu card of one of the hotels we had been to. Check out the fourth option under "Tea". It says "Card". No no it is not the cost of the menu card. It is actually "Curd" :) :)