Feb 16, 2020

Gatha temple (Mandir) is situated in a village named Dehu which is around 30 Kms from Pune. It is made up of white marbles and located on the bank of Indrayani river near old temple of the Sant Tukaram Maharaj. The views are simple awesome, specially during rainy (monsoon) season. This temple looks even more beautiful during evening time. I visited the temple with my family while my parents visited us. We all loved this place and will try to visit this place frequently. 

If you are coming from Pune by bus, It will drop you near old temple of the Sant Tukaram Maharaj. One must visit this place, we visited too. From there you can easily get the auto. Even if you coming by your car or any other personal vehicle, simply follow the google maps. There are enough sign boards to guide you to reach this famous temple. Due to its popularity, Many prominent personalities has also visited this place. At back side of the temple at Indrayani river, there are wonderful ghats across the river, don't forget to visit that place. We parked our car near this place, and sat near riverside for more than an hour, and inhale fresh air.

As soon as you enter the outer gate, you will easily figure out the temple, with two giant elephants statues guarding it. Once you reach up after taking few steps, you will see an attractive idol of Sant Tukaram Maharaj, sitting with a Veena in his hand in the middle of the temple. Once we enter the place, we feel full of positive energy. He was a great saint. All his Poti printed on the walls for public to read. This is one of the main attraction, that's why it is called Gatha temple. More than 4000 Abhang (gatha) are scripted on the white marbles walls. There are also paintings of Gods on the walls surrounded by statues, which narrate few mythological and old famous stories. There is also a small garden to sit and relax. Pathik also had a fun and playful day.  

There is also a Bhakt Niwas for pilgrims to stay here. Don't miss the chance to have Mahaprasad, The temple offers Mahaprasad in between 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. We loved it, which was served with immense love. Outside this temple, small shops are available for snacks and other items to eat. We loved the temple environment a lot. I must say that entire temple is very calm, serene and spiritual, where people can relax and meditate. Overall very neat and clean surroundings. Everyone must visit this place, if want a good spiritual experience.

Jan 12, 2020

Shri Moreshwar Ganpati temple (or Shri Mayureshwar Ganpati temple) is a quite big and ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple was built in the 14th century, is a treat to visit for Ganesha devotees. This temple is located in Morgaon (Village of Peacocks) about 65 km (2 hrs) from Pune District. The temple is 230 km from Mumbai (4 hrs). The temple is the starting and ending point of Ashtavinayak Yatra/Tour (a pilgrimage of eight famous Ganesha temples). 

I traveled here with my family by car. We saw quite a lot goats and sheep on the way. Pathik loved it.There wasn't much rush while we visited, and got Darshan within 10 minutes. The Ganesh Idol is also very beautiful. It is certainly a very peaceful place, having positive vibes. We loved it and sat here for 1 hour, within temple premise near a tree. There is always a liveliness near the temple areas shops, and people are quite energetic. No one can miss sweet guavas sold outside the temple. There are quite a lot food options nearby. 

Address: Shree Mayureshwar Ganapati Temple, Morgaon, Taluka Baramati, Pune District, Maharashtra 412304

There is also a Bhakta Niwas. 
Mayureshwar Ganapati Temple Bhakta Niwas: Shri Kshetra Morgaon Manager, Shri Mayureshwara Temple, Chinchwad Devasthan Trust Office, P.O. Morgaon, Taluka Baramati, Pune district, Maharashtra, PIN – 412304

Mayureshwar Morgaon Temple Timings: Opens at 5:00 AM and Closes At 10:00 PM [Few days differ] 

Photography: Not Allowed inside main temple and Ganesh Murti areas. 

Vehicle Parking: Good part, There was free car parking space available, when we visited. 

Lord Ganeshji is riding a peacock so he is called Mayureshwar. The temple is easily accessible by climbing few steps and built on a raised platform. The temple is built with black stone with a big surrounded wall & the beauty of the architecture can be seen all over the temple. This temple is situated on the banks of river Karha. The two main attractions are (a) An idol of Nandi (Bull) is situated at the entrance of the temple.  (b) Nagaraj (Cobra) poised over the idol protecting the lord. 

Best time to have a peaceful darshan (visit) is on week-days except Ganesha festival days. The temple tends to attract a lot of crowd during Chaturthi and during the 11 days long Ganesh festival mostly in the month of Sep- Oct. Avoid week ends and holidays.

Morgaon to Other Ashtavinayak Temples by 2-4 Wheeler: 

Morgaon to Lenyadri Ganpati Distance: Approx 3 hrs 30 min (145 km) via Shirur 
Morgaon to Mahad Ganpati Distance: Approx 3 hrs (150 km) 
Morgaon to Ozar Ganpati Distance: Approx 3 hrs 20 min (135 km) via Shirur 
Morgaon to Pali Ganpati Distance: Approx 4 hrs (190 km) 
Morgaon to Ranjangaon Ganpati Distance: Approx 1 hr 30 min (70 km) 
Morgaon to Siddhatek Ganpati Distance: Approx 1 hr 30 min (65 km) 
Morgaon to Theur Ganpati Distance: Approx 1 hr 15 min (62 km) via NH65

Jun 22, 2019

Trimbakeshwar (Trambakeshwar) is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India. It is 28 KM away from the city of Nashik and 40 KM from Nashik Road. One can easily reach to this place via road from Nashik, Mumbai, Pune and Shirdi. It is advised to visit the place early in the morning as temperature is very high during the midday mostly. After our last day - Sula Vineyard trip, We visited the temple early in the morning as we stayed in Nashik only. We had the car to reach the place. VIP darshan is available at 200 INR though we did not go for it as it wasn't much crowded. Soak yourself in the holiness and purity of the place which washes away all your regrets and sins; and brings wisdom and spirituality.

Trimbakeshwar temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The origin of the sacred Godavari river is near Trimbak. Plenty of parking is available for private vehicle. The temple is located between three hills namely Brahmagiri, Nilagiri and Kalagiri. When you reach the place you see the ancient and old temple building from far. This is a black stone structure or turned into black shade due to atmospheric effects of Sun and waters. You can carry phones and take pictures inside premise but not inside the sanctum. The Shivalinga is small and located in a garbha griha that is down in a flight of stairs. However, a mirror is placed for easy darshan by devotees. It is not allowed by the priests to touch or go down to bow head. Usually one can stay there just for a few minutes. 

Kusavarta, a kunda (sacred pond) in the temple premises is the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao (Nanasaheb). Outside the temple premises, you can see plenty of shops and stalls so you can enjoy and even stay nearby as there are a lot of hotels including a few good ones. This place is also famous for doing many poojas to remove different types of doshas. People from India and all across the world visit this place for this purpose. These poojas are performed by Pundits in the temple complex and their homes during day time. 

At Nashik, you can visit other temples like Sita Gufa, Muktidham, a temple of hundreds of Gods. We visited only Muktidham temple and It has really wonderful depicting of lots of Indian Mythologies and Stories in temple premises. En-route to the temple are Coin Museum, Anjneri, Swami Samarth Temple and Gajanan Maharaj temple. Surrounded by hills one can plan to spend a day here visiting nearby places like caves and other temples. 

Maharashtra Jyotirlinga Tour is considered to be a very sacred pilgrimage and thousands of pilgrims travel to these holy places every year to get blessings of lord Shiva. In total, there are twelve Jyotirlingas in India. To cover all five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra, you can start your trip either from Mumbai, Pune or nearby places. These cities are well connected by rail, road and air. It usually take four days to cover all the places. There are five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra. 

1. Shri Trimbakeshwar Temple, Trimbak near Nashik
2. Shri Grishneshwar Temple, Aurangabad
3. Shri Bhimashankar Temple, Bhimashankar
4. Shri Aundha Nagnath, Hingoli 
5. Shri Vaijnath Temple (Parli Vaijnath), Parli near Beed

May 12, 2019

Quote of the Post: "Enjoy the place with your partner in crime, and invite your friends to Sula vineyards to taste its wine." - Quote about 'Sula Vineyards Nashik' - Sachin Kumar Gupta

Several years ago I've visited the Guinness Brewery and Storehouse in Ireland, and so I had little high expectations. I visited Sula Vineyards with my family. As soon as I entered, It was superb feeling. We took few photos at entrance only. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised that the experience was at par or even better in many aspects. We visited the place in the month of April. The experience would have been better if visited in Feb-Mar during the harvest and wine festival season.

Address: Gat 36/2, Govardhan Village, Off, Gangapur-Savargaon Rd, Nashik, Maharashtra 422222

Daily Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM (Subject to change at times)

Entry ticket is of two hundred rupees (when we visited) but that can be redeemed if you purchase any thing like wine there inside. We used it for wine tasting tour. The wine tour, the professionals, well informed wine tour guide, the wine tasting and of course the souvenir shop was a great experience at Sula Vineyards Nashik. The wine tour was informative as well as interactive. The wine tasting ceremony towards the end was quite nicely designed and they gave extra information on how to hold glass of wine, taste it, and so on. One of the picture depicted there, also shows the art and science of Wine Barrel Making. At the Sula tasting room, you can enjoy good food and music along with different types of wine to taste. Just beware of that you shouldn't start rhyming Madhushala or Shayaris, and shouldn't share your secrets after drinking Sula Wines. 

Just before the tour, our son need some water, so we requested for a bottle, but at restaurant, team mentioned that you have to make minimum 1000 INR bill, that's the only area, I would request Sula team to look into. Given the location of the vineyard it's good that there is a rooftop restaurant on site. Good Place to relax with few glasses of wine and food. They also offer stay. Hope to stay here sometime in future. 

Enjoy some of the photos taken during our visit. Our son also enjoyed the place, though he couldn't taste the wine :) Away from the hustle bustle of places like Mumbai, Pune, this place will not only put rest to your wine temptations but also allow you sometime amidst the stunning expanse of vineyards. Best time to visit is around Feb as they have famous Sula Fest every year. I must say, This is a must visit place for wine lovers, if you are in Nashik, Maharashtra.

Feb 3, 2019

Quote of the Post: "The place where every place is renowned and famous landmark for one or the other reason." - Quote about 'Mumbai (Bombay)' - Sachin Kumar Gupta

Mumbaiii, Here I go again with family!!! Continuing from my last MumbaiDiary post, This time we started from Pune around 8:00 am by car and started with famous ISKCON Temple Juhu to visit in Mumbai, then #Juhu Beach #BandraWorliSeaLink #NehruPlanetarium #SwamiNarayan Temple #Mahalaxmi Temple #MarineDrive #GirgaonChowpatty during the first day. We had lunch at ISKCON Juhu itself, which was simply amazing with lots of varities. 

Next day morning, we visited #TheGatewayOfIndia #TheTajHotel #SidhivinayakTemple and #MuchMoreMumbai. During the first half of the second day, We also took short 90 minutes cruise trip from Gateway of India and back. We enjoyed the Mumbai skylines from sea and got to know many known unknown stories from cruise guide. You can enjoy Taj hotel old & new, Gateway of India and many more in the same frame, as soon as your boat/cruise moves away from shore. 

It would be best to hire a cab or taxi for full or 2-days for lifetime memories and experiences while Mumbai visit, as you will save lots of time without searching for parking etc. Even if you have your own car, I would recommend to hire a driver, like we did, to enjoy the trip fullest. 

Enjoy previous posts for more details about Mumbai Diary - Part1, Part2. So, I am just sharing these photographs during this Mumbai trip with family. 

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