Feb 1, 2023

The Temple Visit

 Last weekend, we visited this beautiful Shree Ashapura Mataji temple (near Bannerghatta zoo). The evening Arathi was happening and it was such a blissful experience, singing the shlokas along with the small group of people who had gathered. Felt a lot of positive vibes and divine energy. The waxing moon on a clear sky, with Jupiter and Venus making themselves visible made the whole experience even more surreal.

As a family, we go for a temple visit every weekend. We usually go to a temple nearby, but this year, we started to explore temples in and around Bangalore.

On Jan 1st, we visited the Shrungagiri Shanmuga temple. It was crowded, being the special day, but the small climb up a flight of stairs and the darshan of Lord Muruga made it special.

On Saturdays, I have set up a routine to visit the Hanuman temple and chant Hanuman Chalisa. Ever since I read the book Hanuman Chalisa by Devdutt Pattanaik last year, chanting the verses give me so much energy and strength. The vibrations experienced cannot be explained in words, whenever I chant the same either at home or in a temple.

Divinity is within and we can experience the same through prayers and meditation while being at home. But a darshan in a temple along with other devotees in a divine setting elevates the experience even further.

Routines bring discipline and purpose to our daily lives. Having a routine to connect with the divine brings so much peace and serenity.

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