Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din

गण गण गणात बोते

The above line is in Marathi language and its meaning is ‘Individual soul is Brahman himself‘. Shri Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon always used to chant this mantra. Maharaj is widely considered to be an ‘avatar‘ (incarnation) of Lord Dattatreya and his believed to have “appeared” as a young man in his 20s in the village of Shegaon in Maharashtra sometime in February of 1878. Every year this date is celebrated as his “Prakat Din” (appearance day) in Shegaon and the rest of Maharashtra. You can read more about Maharaj on the Wikipedia page here.

This year Prakat Din was celebrated on 15th February including four days of Maharaj’s ‘paduka darshan‘ with bhajan and kirtan renditions in the evenings by various bhajani groups. Padukas are wooden sandals worn in ancient India and in the later times worn by saints. On the final day there was a ‘MahaPrasad‘, in which devotees could partake of free food which is the consecrated food offered to Maharaj and then shared and eaten by the devotees without discrimination. One thing of note here is the place where they were distributing the prasad was big enough to accommodate only 50 or 60 people. However, that day there were more than 500 people at any given point of time in that place and thousands must have had the prasad in total that day . And it is needless to say that the whole event was conducted with utmost efficiency, zero chaos and without wasting even a single morsel of food.

Presented below are some of the highlights of the event.

Apartment where Prakat Din is celebrated

Apartment where Prakat Din is celebrated
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Devotees standing in queue for Paduka Darshan
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Main ‘pandal’ of the event
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Maharaj's Paduka

Maharaj’s Paduka
iPhone 7 Plus

Bhajan rendition
iPhone 7 Plus

Playtime

When friends meet and play.

Today I espied three of the youngest fellows in our apartment complex gamboling around and having fun. The best thing about these little shrimps is that they will come to play together, fight for the same toy, cry until all hell breaks loose and once they are done crying, come together again to play. Fortunately today I did not witness any of their antics, it was a fun filled playtime.

The Accountant

Keeping books.

On our way to Shirdi we stopped at a restaurant for lunch. There I descried the accountant of the restaurant working feverishly on his book to tally the accounts. I had not carried my main camera with me on this trip, so I had to make do with wifey’s iPhone 7 Plus. Please note, in this restaurant, self service is only for tea, coffee, milk & cold drinks. For everything else you can depend on the restaurant staff. 🙂

The Accountant

The Accountant
iPhone 7 Plus

Peacock

Albeit made of crystals.

I saw this beautiful crystal peacock in the lobby of Historic Diamond Caverns in Kentucky. I will soon post photographs taken during the cavern tour. The tour is very well laid out and the tour guides are very informative and friendly. Overall, highly recommended and must do.

Peacock

Peacock
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Long Shadow

Play of light.

The other day in the afternoon whilst I was doing the dishes I descried a play of light casting long shadow on a building wall. I rushed to grab my camera and captured the moment. Because you never know when next the sun will be in the exact same position to cast this nice long shadow.

Long shadow

Long shadow
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Monochrome version

Monochrome version
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