21st – 25th December 2015 | Day 344 – Day 348 Rest days at Varanasi
After a break of 4 days in Varanasi, the walk resumed from Handia. Many padayatris, who were busy
soaking in the blissful ambience of Kashi and hadn’t got time to catch up, exchanged their experiences of Banaras.
While some visited temples – from Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Annapoorneswari Mandir, Kaala Bhairav Mandir, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir etc., others had gone off the beaten track to visit the Samadhi of Trailanga Swami, the Sri Kinaram Aghori Ashram and the residence of Lahiri Mahashay. The more adventurous amongst them had visited the Manikarnika Ghat where, on an average, 200 bodies are cremated every day and the Harishchandra Ghat, the other famous burning ghat, linked to the legend of Raja Harishchandra.
Some of them had taken long walks through the old cobble-stoned walkways or gone shopping into little shops tucked away in the narrow streets. The foodies had hit the streets for puris, jalebis, kachoris, hot cups of chai or the fancier pizzerias for apple pies. The organizers had very thoughtfully arranged accommodation for the yatris very close to the Ghats, they could go and gaze at the Ganga many times during the day as suggested by Sri M.
The yatris also pondered deeply about how great it would have been to see a Varanasi without the dirt, plastic waste, stray dogs, cattle and endless traffic jams!
The day’s walk ended with Sri M addressing a gathering of people at Sri Baba Cold Storage – briefing them about the purpose of the Walk, the message of peace, harmony and unity.
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