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Surprise Call from God during Road Trip: Bhimashankar

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“Surprise Call from God during Road Trip”, this topic is the extension of Unplanned Road Trip : Adventurous and Dangerous” . I started my journey from Mumbai around 8 AM from my friend’s house. In the first Toll Booth of Mumbai-Pune Expressway, one person asked me for lift, he was employee of Highway Toll Plaza therefore I was not afraid of giving him lift. We started chatting about each other and took halt at Lonavala for tea. I met one boy “Shankar” who was working there. And in chat he suggested me to visit Bhimashankar “Jyotirlinga in Pune-Maharashtra”. I asked about the distance and it was only 90 Km from there. I was supposed to reach Pune around 12 Noon, but I decided to go Bheemashankar.

Meeting Devram

I took halt at one restaurant and had lunch. I met four people over there, they were also insisted to come along with me, but my sixth sense told me that they were not right people to be accompanied with. Therefore, I decided not to take them. The road was not good to Bheemashankar but as I have decided, I kept moving. I met with one person named “Devram” who asked me for lift. He was around 50+ years old so I thought to give him lift. On the way, he told me that there was a shop where I can get Petrol bottles. I told him that my car tank is full, so I do not need it. He was very much impressed with me and offered me tea in his house which I politely refused. I reached Bheemashankar around 6 PM. I got very good “darshan” which used to be around 7:30 PM. There is forest of 10 Km and no light on the road. 

Meeting Sriram

In the temple, I met one more person “Sriram“, he was IT professional and came with his family. It was dark around 8:30 PM. He asked my help to guide him on the way as it was very dark, and he was scared to drive alone. I agreed to help him. He was following me, and we reached one hotel. That hotel was giving a scary movie like feeling. His father asked me that where was I going, I told him that I would go to Pune. He asked my help to guide them till Highway. Sriram was little upset because fuel in his car is about to empty and he is not sure whether he could reach to Highway or not. I told him, follow me, there is one shop nearby where you can get petrol bottles. He was very happy and started following me. Now I understood that why God sent “Devram” and told about that shop. We reached that shop in 20 mins and he was much more relaxed. 

Compliment of the Life

I got one of the best compliments in my life from his wife that “I came just like God and helped them, and they will never forget it”. I really felt very good. Because of my help, Sriram offered me dinner. Although I tried to refuse but his whole family was insisting me. We had our dinner around 12:30 midnight and they left to their destination and I left to mine. 

One more thing, I forgot to mentioned that Priest(Pujari) of Temple asked me to write about Bheemashankar that how holy that place is because I showed him, my article on “A Drive to God: God drives me”  and he was quite impressed. This journey increased my faith on God and find some amazing people.

Journey is to explore the world, when you are alone, you explore more. When we do the journey with friends and relatives, we enjoy the location but when we are alone, we really feel it. So, I am thankful for this “Surprise Call from God”.


A Drive to God: God drives me

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It was 17th July 2017, Monday. I was on leave from office so thought to watch movie with my family. My wife told that our family friend also wanted to watch the same movie so should check them as well. She called her friend and came to know that they were going to Mallikarjun, Jyoterlinga, Srisailam. She asked us as well. I thought that during Saawan, its good to go there. I said Yes to them and started getting ready. We asked to leave our place by 10 AM.

Let me tell you about the place. It is 230 KM far away from Hyderabad. after 150 KM, there is forest of 50 KM, where after 9 PM entry is not permitted. There is no light on road and road is also in zigzag fashion with slant. That is why I always target to start by 10 or 11 AM and crossed the forest before getting dark. Earlier two times, I followed this very strictly so crossed the forest after darshan before 5:30 PM. Temple closes between 4 PM to 6 PM and reopened around 6:30 PM.

So we started at 12 Noon instead of 10 AM. I was worried but my friend seems to be like adventurous. The moment we got down from outer ring road, it started raining. Slowly rain got heavier, visibility was also fading. Everyone was hungry and I was also needed tea badly. My friend was rigid to stop car but because of my force, we stopped finally where we spent 30 minutes. Then I was driving and we reached around 4:30 PM. Temple was shut down so we needed to wait till 6:30 PM.

We paid 150 bucks for each person, usually I hate to pay for darshan. Because I believe that GOD is for everyone, it is not personal property of anyone. But anyways, we did darshan with a lot of crowd and came out around 7:30 PM. My friend wanted to do some Puja but as everyone needed to get back on the same day, so I forced him to leave immediately. I was having fear in my mind that in this rainy season with no light, it was difficult to cross that 70 KM.

Finally we started around 7:45 PM, my friend was driving. With in 5 minutes we got big jerk, as my friend was not able to see road clearly. He switched ON GPS Navigation as road was not clear and turns were very much unexpected. We got into forest around 8:55 PM. It was very scary so I stopped looking at the road, went to back seat. My wife went to sleep and I started talking to my friend’s sister, Priyansha Dubey, an Indian Actress now. We were talking about passion of individual, she is actress in Telugu movie. So we were discussing and I was also looking for some parallel system as Information Technology field is very unstable now. She suggested me to do whatever I am passionate about, she never get bored with acting so I started thinking what passionate me. Suddenly I felt that we were out of forest and stopped for tea. I saw one cow, which was coming to us to eat our snacks, shopkeeper beat her. I felt bad, I told him that we were coming from Mallikarjun (Lord Shiva Place) and cow is his Vaahan. I went to her with dozen of bananas and feed her. I touched her head, I felt that she was giving me some blessings.

We got into the car and  again I started talking with her. This time I told her that somebody told me that I could be very good writer. She told that then I should start writing. I took it seriously and after reaching out to home I wrote article on Kashmir on Google docs. Now I wanted to evaluate myself that how did I write.

As I was writing from class 7th but never wrote for public, it was quite personal and also in Hindi. When I thought to write for world, I started with Facebook, but as it was very long so crossed Facebook character limit, I posted my article in 3 posts.

Somebody told me that why are you posting such long on Facebook, it was filling his wall. If I had that long content, then I should write blog. That gave me way to search on word press and I launched My Thoughts on 18th July 2017. Now it seems like that I write quite good. People are liking it. Thanks for that.