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My First Visit to Kasi

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on July 21, 2020

It was in the year 1975, while I was working in Federal Bank Kolkata, I got an opportunity to take my parents and my Guru to Kasi. It was their long-cherished dream to visit Kasi during their lifetime. This Guru did only teach me first letters and other character education before going to school.

They were brought by train to Kolkata by my younger brother, Unni. We were staying in a ground floor flat at Gariahat. After giving a break of two days’ rest for my old guests we left for Varanasi by train. I remember the train was Kalka mail and we got down at Mirzapur station, the nearest point for Kasi on those days. After settling down in a small hotel, we visited the temple the next day. As the guides were charging too high, we went to the temple straight thru the small lanes. We had the Darshan of Lord Vishwanath (The deity was submerged in Ganga water in the underground of Sanctum Sanctorum.)  An old hermit sitting by the side of the inner circle of the temple told me that, as we do not have children and are longing for a child, it was better to do a homam so that our wish will be fulfilled. Even though I did not take it as granted we went for the Homam.

 After wards we visited Birla Tulasimanasmandir, Banaras Hindu University and Birla temple. The next day while on our way to Mirzapur we visited Vindhyachal Durga temple where Lord Rama did worship, according to belief. Then we left for Allahabad for visiting Triveni Sangamam. The next day, after visiting Anand Bhavan (Nehru’s family house) we left by a country boat to Triveni Sangamam. The boat was tugged by big rope to control against the flow of River Yamuna. The journey thru Yamuna river up to Triveni was very pleasant. The boat was anchored in the middle of the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi (imaginary) to enable us to take dip in Triveni Sangamam. All of us except my mother got down in the chest deep water to take the holy dip. Myself and my brother lifted our mother and dipped her in the Sangamam to have the holy dip. All were enthralled by the holy experience.

After returning from Triveni we took rest before boarding night train to Kolkata. It was a very enjoyable journey for all. After reaching Kolkata, after resting for a day we visited Kalighat, Dakshineswar and the Birla Planetarium. In a few days we accompanied them to our native place. After returning from native place, we were greeted with the good news that my wife was carrying my first daughter.

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