Day 168 | 28 June 2015 | Kamatwadi to Jejuri | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Reception just before the break of dawn - Kamatwadi, Pune
  • WoH Day 168 - The nippy Pune morning sure feels invigorating - Kamatwadi, Pune
  • Resourcefulness isn't dependent on age - Daundj, Pune
  • Just before Jejuri, Pune
  • Reception at Lovedhareswar temple, - Jejuri, Pune
  • Reception at Jejuri Police Station
  • A river of turmeric, at Khandoba temple - Jejuri, pune
  • The magnificent Khandoba temple - Jejuri, Pune
  • The sword of King Khandoba - Jejuri, Pune
  • In the sanctum sanctorum of the Khandoba temple - Jejuri
  • Sri M offers worship inside the Khandoba temple - Jejuri, Pune
  • Sri M after the darshan at the Khandoba temple - Jejuri, Pune
  • The image of Khandoba on horseback - Jejuri, Pune
  • The traditional turmeric shower at the Khandoba temple - Jejuri, Pune
  • The temple strongman lifting the Khandoba sword by his teeth - Jejuri, Pune
  • 16.It-looks-as-though-some-group-of-itinerant-shepherds-are-following-us-right-through-Karnataka-&-Maharashtra!!,-Jejuri,-Pune,-Maharashtra
Walk of Hope left Kamatwadi and reached Jejuri today, covering a distance of 18 kilometres in six hours. The early morning air had a nip to it and the yatris walked at an energetic pace. Passing through the village of Danudaj Gaon before reaching its destination, they walked on narrow village roads. They reached Jejuri half an hour before noon.

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Before lunch, Sri M and some of the padayatris visited the Jejuri Khandoba Temple. Jejuri Temple is one of the most revered temples in the state and is also known as the Khandobachi Jejuri. The temple is dedicated to Khandoba, also known as Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand. Khandoba is regarded as the 'God of Jejuri' and is held in great reverence by the Dhangars, one of the oldest tribes in India. Khandoba is a form of Shiva worshipped mainly in the Deccan plateau of India, especially in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Thousands and thousands of devotees visit the temple everyday and it takes hours for the long winding queues to reach the sanctum sanctorum. Sri M spent some time in prayer at the sanctum sanctorum. A special darshan was organised throughout the day for the padayatris. After lunch, everyone retired for a much needed rest and there was no Satsang today. During the walk, some of the yatris felt that the more one walks through the lands, the more one feels that the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, the winding streams with tangled growth, is anything but ‘wild’. It is only to the city man living far away from the lap of nature, that this countryside might seem to be a kind of ‘wilderness’ that may be ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people. To the people at home amongst this natural bounty, it seems otherwise. To them, living in Mother Nature’s lap with her bountiful mysterious blessings, is a way of life. The lifestyle of people here and their relationship with nature is one of humanity and bonding. They live on a day-to-day basis and they treat life around them with reverence; nature has made a place for all things in the scheme of existence with equal importance to all. Wandering for so long in different terrains of the country, the padyatris seem to be getting in touch with their philosophical side. To many of them, all beings in nature – be it trees or animals – have their own intrinsic nature; a sort of a personality, only differing in their form. Knowledge is inherent in everything. The great outdoors is a library and it’s books and teachers are the stones, leaves, grass, brooks, and the birds and animals that share the Great Mystery. People who live like this learn only what the student of nature learns, and that is to feel its inherent beauty. People who live as one with nature, do not rail at the storms, the furious winds, and the biting frosts or snows, the hot sun and the dry winds. To do so would only intensify human futility, so whatever comes, there is acceptance, maybe with more effort and energy, but without complaint. A man, away from nature, is always trying to protect himself from - the ‘blazing’ sun, the ‘biting’ cold and the ‘pouring’ rain! A man’s heart, when away from nature, shrinks and is unable to see it in it’s whole! A lack of respect for organically growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for people too. These musings engage the yatris and everyone seems to be internalizing this walk in his own way. The days ahead are filled with a flurry of activity and many events with Pune being a major hub. After this, the padyatris will be called into action once more to continue their walk.


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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

    Jai Gurudeva.. Jai Kriya Babaji… Jai Maheshwaranath

  2. Well Dressed Beggar says:

    Jai Khandoba….

  3. Thank you soo much for keeping us updated of your day to day activities. Your blog is the only way through which we can keep ourself updated for us who are not able to walk till the end. This blog helps people to be with guru all the time.

    Very exited to meet Guru at pune.

    Thank you soo much

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