Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunset and Divinity


We visited Vaishno Devi last month. Vaishno Devi is a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Goddess Durga in the hills of state Jammu & Kashmir. Vaishno Devi is at a trek of about 14 kilometers from a quaint little town of Katra. 

Having trekked better part of the day, we were tired. We had to rush up for the darshan which was scheduled at 5:30 in the evening. The pain in the feet and the fatigue, everything faded after the most serene darshan in the mandir. 

It was almost 6:30 in the evening and by the time we finished with the tea and coffee and mandatory Rajma Chawal, the sun was setting on these beautiful hills. All through the trek, my sister and I were too consumed to take any pictures. But this sight was not to be missed. And so, we clicked.
 

 











Vaishno Devi Bhawan enveloped in the gorgeous shades of sunset.



It was a feeling of content. To have had a good darshan after the long trek and being there at this beautiful hour when the temple was getting ready for evening aarti, with bells ringing, priests chanting hymns and audible in the whole area through mic and the devotees streaming in every second. It was magical and divine!

Wish you all a good day!

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics. Agree the atmosphere, the aura of Vaishno Devi is truly divine and magical...a must have experience!

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  2. What an awesome place,I love to look at pictures I know I will never visit, Thank you.

    Yvonne.

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  3. I am in the company of avid travelers:) Thanks for the virtual darshan...this one has been marinating on my 'to do' list for a while now:)
    Cheers
    L

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  4. Beautiful pictures, no doubt the trek up there is a wonderful experience!

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  5. Stunning sunset! What a special trek to take with your sister.
    Connie
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  6. Sunset pictures can never go wrong !

    PhenoMenon
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  7. Wonderful shots of the sunset :D

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  8. I am yet to visit the mata must do that soon. Love the pics :)

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  9. Lovely clicks ! I think the fact that most of our religious places are in beautiful natural settings adds to the magic and divinity !

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  10. Lovely !
    serene and peaceful
    MY first idea was sunset and sunrise pics :) but something else hit me and changed my mind !!!
    I hav a good collection of sunset pics :)
    Good day

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  11. Beautiful That is truly a Divine sunset.

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  12. Your post brings the eve alive for me

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  13. What beautiful pictures! Just dropping by from the AtoZ Challenge, I have set up a link to your blog on my post today
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  14. Beautiful photos, and an awe inspiring view.

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  15. Wonderful snaps...really divine. Haven't been to Vaishnao Devi...someday.

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  16. It is so gorgeous between those hills, Vaishnao Devi.

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  17. a feeling of nostalgia overwhelms me naina- i have visited vaishnodevi once and that too with my parents and sister--- sigh. blissful experience like u say; the rajma chawal, fatigue..... the pics are lovely !

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  18. I had visited Vaishno Devi mandir last December. My first visit in 48 years and it had been divine. I had blogged about it on Lassi with Lavina, an e magazine I write a coloumn for. I want to visit Ma again to make up for all the lost years.Loved the pictures.

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  19. Nothing like Nature to bring you closer to God is there? :)

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  20. Never been to Vaishno devi but I see divine captures here Naina.

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  21. Gorgeous pictures of sunset. I wrote about Sunrise:)

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  22. Just beautiful. Thank you for introducing me to a part of the world I have never seen.

    SiouxsiesMusings

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  23. Vaishno Devi is a hard trek but I suppose the spiritual experience and views are worth it.

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  24. Spiritual and soothing ...am glad I could experience it all through your eyes :)

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