The ruralscape has its own innate character - Shirdi
WOH Day 195 - The sheer number of padayatris for the day was overwhelming ! - Shirdi
The crucial turn to Nashik - the last district in Maharashtra
Refreshing green all around - Shirdi - Nasik Road
Sri M inside the Junglee Maharaj Mandir - Kokamdhana
Sri M and the padayatris entering the Junglee Maharaj Ashram - Kokamdhana
Summer seems a distant memory as Walk of Hope proceeded from another milestone town – Shirdi. The destination town was Pathare—a distance of just 17 kilometers. It took them about 6 hours - the average these days - to cover the distance. They walked on the State Highway #160, passing through Pohegaon and Kankur.
The season of the rains seem to have opened up in earnest and they walked under wispy grey clouds and light rain. After reaching their halting point, they moved towards the Ashram of Jangli Maharaj.
Vishwatmak Gurudev Janglidas Maharaj was born in Bombay and was fascinated by saints and their spiritual teachings in his early years. He had an early realisation and later, found his guru. After intense austerities and wandering around India, he began the work of the restoration of temples. The first one was an old temple at Divshi, then other temples followed. Janglidas also founded many schools, where the standard education program was expanded to cover yoga classes, meditation and applied ethics based on universal values. Furthermore, to help the sick and the suffering, a medical clinic was opened on his initiative.
Thousands of devotees gather for his Satsangs. In Janglidas Maharaj’s ashrams and schools, no symbols of any religion are seen. No elaborate rituals or ceremonies are held. Jangli Maharaj Ashram holds Meditation Classes and Satsangs occasionally, besides conducting various projects in religious and educational fields. On a day before the full moon, a holy meeting called Anugraha is conducted through the night in the presence of Sadguru Janglidas Maharaj. It also runs a co-educational residential school for children.
Reaching the Ashram, the walkers left for the meditation hall. Assembling there and, after waiting for a few moments, they were graced by the presence of Janglidas Maharaj. In his presence, the gathering meditated for some time and his close associates addressed them. After this, they had lunch and rested for some time. In the evening, they gathered again in the meditation hall and meditated for an hour this time. There were about 200 people in the small hall. The padayatris then visited the International School run by the ashram soon after and had dinner there. Returning later, they turned in for the night.