Day 4/9 | Journey to Bhadrachalam
Following the Master | East India Pilgrimage 2019
This morning we left Vijayawada behind and started our journey to Bhadrachalam, an important pilgrimage place for Vaishnavas with its temple dedicated to Sri Sita Rama.
Chidaananda Saraswati Ashram
Starting this journey, we stopped in Gannavaram at the ashram established by Chidaananda Saraswati Swami.
We had a nice picnic in ‘nowhere’ in a palm tree forest. After lunch, Guruji decided to give a short spontaneous Satsang in the midst of the palm trees.
Bikshalaal Baba Samadhi
Continuing on, we 'randomly' stopped in a very small place which led into an even smaller road where only Guruji and a few in the car could go with Him, as it was too small a road for the buses.
Guruji arrived at a gate in front of a small plot of land that enclosed Baba's Samadhi place. He paid His respects to the saint, during which time several of the local villagers came to see this mysterious Guru and His accompanying Westerners.
Guruji spoke very sweetly with them and they reciprocated graciously with hot chai and welcoming hearts. As Guruji was leaving, He plucked a piece of Tulsi that was growing by the Samadhi and gave His blessings to the locals, who were humbly bowing at His feet.
It was obvious that Guruji was very touched by the whole experience. As He was driving away He said ‘You know it's so easy to be nice, it takes such little effort. All you have to do is smile and be polite. And if you can't do that, don't try and hurt people’.
Maddi Anjaneya Swami Temple
As if there weren’t enough spontaneous miracles happening today, Guruji decided to stop for a break and before even reaching there said that here is a Hanuman Temple. The place happened to be a rather large temple complex and a very powerful temple dedicated to Anjaneya (Hanuman) and Balaji. Inside the mulasthanam (santorum) is a tree with a Hanuman in front.
There is a beautiful story about the Anjaneya in this temple and how it came to be:
After leaving the temple, Guruji saw a small shop outside the temple that was making pakoras, so we asked them to make fresh ones for Guruji. After some time went by, Guruji went behind the counter and made the last portion himself!
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