I am dying to share my experience of the visit to the Jyotirlingas. I was not alone on this trip, I went with My Mom and Grandparents.
We traveled to Ujjain, the place of the first Jyotirlinga by train. When we arrived at our destination, we went for a plunge in the Kshipra River. After that, we went to the temple Mahakaleshwar in the morning. It was rather large from the outside. At first, we did a Parikarma around the temple. Then we went inside and then we poured water in a pipe which led to the shrine. The water that we poured reached it, and that is called a Jal Abhishek. Then we followed the long row of people and received Darshan of the shrine. We also got tasty ladoos as Prashad.
After the Darshan of Mahakaleshwar, we went to Omkareshwar. We stayed in Omkareshwar within a Dharamshala. A Dharamshala is a non-profit place where they take money only for maintenance usually. We stayed in this Dharamshala for 5 days since we also had the Bhagavad there. Every day we went to bath in the Narvadha River and also visited the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga. The geographic position of the temple was intresting, since it was on a small island, and we had to walk on a bridge which would sway from side to side. I also saw people carrying buckets called lotahs on sticks, and they were going around shouting Bam Bam Bhole. These people are called Kavadiyas, are the devotees of Hindu God, Shiva. Around this time of the year (August), scores of these devotees from across India, often wearing orange-colored clothes with decorated pots on their shoulders, undertake the pilgrimage, called Kanwar Yatra, on foot during Saavan a month in the Hindu calendar.
While we did that, we also attended the Bhagavad, which usually goes on for seven days, but we were a bit late. On the last day of our stay, we had a havan. On the day of our departure, we went on a closing Prakrama around a huge mountain. It was about seven kilometers long, and it had a lot of stairs too. On the way, we saw a lot of temples and villages. We also saw 3 rivers join, and it was called the Triveni.
I was thankful to be able to go on a trip this wonderful, although we did have some bumps along the way. I am also grateful that I could share my experience with you all and revisit my pleasant memories.
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