So it was a Sunday and I was up at 5:00 AM with only 4 hours of sleep; but still fresh and energetic. It was pitch dark outside and I was getting ready to go to the temple for offering my prayers with my family.
It was 5:50 AM and I was all set to start my walk to the famous Siddhivinayak Temple situated in Mumbai which is not at all close to my home. As it was my first time, there was a stream of thoughts going through my head as to how will I be covering such a long distance walking; tough I was completely excited about it and ready for this short but not too short journey.
So we started our walk towards our destination, the sun was yet to rise and we were walking on the lonely streets on a Sunday morning. It seemed so calm and peaceful to walk on the streets of Mumbai which is always buzzing with traffic and it’s people that we call as “Mumbaikars”. Doesn’t it sound cool ? It had been half an hour since our walk started and there was a sense of positive energy in the air that could be felt with the soft rays of sun cutting through the dark clouds and rising up, that gave me motivation to ”RISE AND SHINE” no matter what the situation. The vibes that you get in the morning is just magical. There was a mixture of view that I got to see on this journey, on one hand I saw beautiful trees covering both the side of lanes, chirping of birds, people jogging around and cyclist on their way cycling which made me feel so happy to live in such a great city, whereas on the other hand I got to see so many homeless people sleeping on the footpaths along with their family, jobless people begging on the streets and there was so much of dirt everywhere, that felt left me in the sense of helplessness and could no do anything about it but hope that one day it will all be fine. I diverted my mind and felt grateful to have such a great and loving family with a shelter above me to live in.
It was 6:54 AM, one hour since we had been walking but not at all tired. We were half way through; there was other half way to go and we continued to walk.
Almost 10 minutes away from the temple it was 7:55 AM and we came across a beautiful Church where people were well dressed on the occasion of Easter and wishing each other. So many happy faces bought a smile on my face too.
8:05 AM , it had been 2 hours 15 minutes since we had been walking and we finally reached the temple. What an achievement, it may sound stupid for you guys but there was a sense of proud feeling for me on walking my way through; which made me very happy. As these are little things in life matter the most. Isn’t it ?
When we entered the temple there was a sense of happiness that went through. Further we headed towards the stalls which displayed various offerings to God. We too purchased one of them and went to stand in the queue which was long but not as long as we see on tuesday’s. As tuesday is considered as the day of lord Ganesha.
After giving my offerings to God and praying to the lord which was in a complete hush hush situation because of the crowd pushing us from behind we came out and I managed to take a breath. Why are people always in such a hurry in life and not let other’s live peacefully ? That sight left me in a little anger but then I calmed my self. Later we went to offer our prayers to lord Hanuman which was not at all crowded. Wondering why ? Maybe it was not that popular in fulfilling wishes.
Lastly we went to my favourite spot in the temple, the rat statue that is considered as the vehicle of lord Ganesha. It has been said that when you whisper your wishes into it’s ears there are chances of it getting fulfilled. So why not try your luck!!! We sat there for a while and headed back home on a good note with lord Ganesha’s blessings. It was a completely different sunday experience from my usual weekend.
As it is my first blog post, felt like sharing a different perception of thoughts and experience. Feel free to drop down your thoughts regarding this post in the comment section below.
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