Buddha Park Patna : We were at Buddha Smriti Park in Patna. This park is located in Frazer Road near Patna Junction. This park is also known as the Buddha Memorial Park. It was created by the State Government of India and inaugurated on 27th May 2010. His Holiness Dalai Lama himself inaugurated this park.
Work of a fashion designer is exciting but it keeps me busy throughout the day and I hardly get any time to go out and relax. So whenever I get a break from my busy schedule I go out visiting places.eet shopping, camping, photography, meditation, yoga etc are my other hobbies. I love to hand out with my friends and spend time with them. Last time I decided to go to Patna, but decided to stay for a few hours at Jodhpur. So I booked for my train travel journey from Jaisalmer to Patna via Jodhpur on Jsm Ju express. The train departure time of the train from Jaisalmer was 11.30 and I was ready to go to the station by 10.00 pm. I had all my bags packed and had my dinner. My father took me to the station and we reached the station by 11.00pm.
I got in to the grain and bid goodbye to my father and off the train went with a whistle. Soon I went off to sleep, keeping an alarm to wake up at 5.00 am, as the train would arrive Jodhpur by 5.20 am. I got up at 5.00 am and got ready to get down. The train arrived at Jodhpur on time and I got down. There was a cab waiting to take me to Kothi Heritage, Jodhpur and I reached the hotel in no time.
The hotel was a beautiful place which reflected the heritage of Rajasthan but at the same time provided all the modern amenities to the customers. I stayed at the hotel for 7 hours and I loved my stay in the hotel. The room was air-conditioned and spacious with all facilities like LCD TV, hair dryer, internet connection, telephone and an attached bathroom. There was also 24 hour room service for the convenience of the customers. After getting refreshed, I had my breakfast and then went to sleep for a while as I was tired sleeping late and getting up early.
After spending 7 hours in the hotel, I went to the airport for my next trip from Jodhpur to Patna by Air India Airlines. My train travel journey from Jaisalmer to Patna via Jodhpur was really enjoyable and after reaching Patna I went to the hotel I had already booked online.
Meditation is a great way to have a peaceful mind. Meditation is scientifically proven to have positive vibrations. There are some things one must keep in mind when he starts meditating. Here I am listing out a few important tips and suggestions for people who are beginning to meditate.
How to Begin Meditation?
Here are a few tips and suggestions when you begin the meditation process:
- Make It A Regular Practice
Many people start meditating with great enthusiasm. Later they lose the vigour and do not continue this practice. You need to make meditation a regular practice. This means you need to set aside certain time from your routine for meditating. This ensures that the practice is not hampered in any way.
- When you begin meditating
It is best to start meditating with a breath. You must also initially stretch your body to free it from any cramp or muscle pain. You can then continue with the remaining practices.
- Deal With The Frustration
Many people who start meditating get frustrated too soon. If you are facing this, know that this is too common for beginners. You must learn to deal with the frustration that creeps up. You must then focus on your breath and get rid of the frustration. You may also try experimenting in meditation.
How to Learn New Methods in Meditation?
If you wish to continue meditating, you need to know new methods of meditation. Here are some means to stay updated:
- Read Books On Meditation
There are books on meditation, which give information about the various methods. Books also give deeper insight about how these methods affects your body and mind.
- Audio Cassettes and CDs
If you do not read a lot, you may choose the audio-visual media instead. There are many audio and video cassettes, which have detailed instruction for beginners. This may prove useful to you.
What Measures Should You Take?
Some measures need to be taken before you start the routine of meditation. Here I have listed a few important measures:
- Select a silent location where you can meditate without being disturbed.
- A candle can help you focus on a location in the room, as it is not easy to meditate with your eyes closed, especially for beginners.
- Have a stress-free mind if you really want 100% benefit out of meditation.
Anand Bhavan, Allahabad : You must visit the Anand Bhuvan if you are a fan of the Nehru-Gandhi family. This is a historic house museum built by Motilal Nehru. The Jawahar Planetarium is located inside the Anand Bhavan. This served as the residence for the Nehru family when the original Swaraj Bhavan was turned into a Congress Headquarter.
Right after the visit to the temples within the tunnel, I headed to visit the Akshaya Vat. The “sacred banyan tree” as is the name, was within the fort. When I had informed the hotel staff about my intent to visit the Akshaya Vat, they had informed me that I would require a special permit from the Ordinance depot to visit the place. As such, they had assisted me to get the permit.
However, there was no way that I could go anywhere near the tree. The tree was within the part of the wall of the fort, which the army occupied. Therefore, the only place that I could visit was the Patalpuri temple. Going through the entrance situated on the east side of the fort, I reached the Patalpuri temple. It is actually an underground temple, well defended and with good ventilation. This is one of the oldest temples in India.
Legendary books state that Lord Rama performed several rituals for his ancestors in this temple. Hiuen Tsang, the Chinese traveller who visited India during AD 644, mentions this temple in his travelogue.
From this temple area, I could the “immortal banyan tree.” The tree, deep-rooted in a place, claims to meet the Triveni River. A legendary story associated with the tree is that once Sage Markandeya challenged Lord Vishnu to prove his powers. As a proof, the Lord flooded the entire world for a moment, but only this tree stood erect and without destruction above the water level.
Local believe that this tree is divine and worship it to bring them good luck. The Saraswati Kund also lies within the fort and nearer to the Akshaya Vat but unfortunately, that place was not accessible to the visitors. Since I could not do much inside, I went out and took a boat ride.
I was glad of the ride because I could get a good view of the fort and could appreciate its beauty and magnificence. I could also get a glimpse of the Akshaya Vat tree from the waters and it looked so serene and peaceful! By five in the evening, I was out of the fort, but not before I took some beautiful pictures of the surroundings.
After the visit to Khusrao Bagh (around 10.20 AM), I was on my way to Jawahar Planetarium. Note that I travelled to the place farthest from the hotel at first, and was now coming towards the hotel. The planetarium was at a distance of 5 minutes from the hotel and 10 minutes from Khusrao Bagh.
Around 10.40AM, I was at the planetarium. However, I had to wait outside for a while since the place opened to visitors at 11.00 AM only. I paid Rs. 20/- for the ticket, as an entry fee. The white structure was a welcome sight, well maintained and had all information clearly written and displayed.
The inception of the planetarium dates back to 1979 and this is more of a science museum now. I went into the celestial trip inside the planetarium. The show lasted for one hour and it was worth the watch. There were several benches, arranged in rows. Fortunately, I sat on a bench facing the door opposite. This enabled me to look at the sky conveniently and clearly.
Something that caught my interest is the facility to weigh myself on the moon and Jupiter. I knew we weigh less on the moon, so I took the privilege of weighing myself on Jupiter. I felt like a school going kid again! It was like reading my Science textbook. There were several other shows going on and people could select to visit the shows of their choice.
I found the items displayed in the museum very educative. There were several models, which were on sale too. This would be very helpful for the students, I felt. What I did realize is that this is the place for all the people with children to visit. The scientific facts and the stuff on display will be something that the children would enjoy and would remember. It is a good practical experience for them to assist in their studies too.
The planetarium was worth the visit and once I finished, it was past 1 PM. I stopped a rickshaw and was on my way to Anand Bhavan. On the way, I decided to buy something light to eat.
Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Allahabad : The Chandrashekha Azad Park is also called the Alfred Park. It is the location where the great martyr gave his life for the sake of the nation. The name Alfred Park for this place is because it was built to celebrate the visit of Prince Alfred to India. It is a vast park and opens to us a page in the history of India.
The visit to Anand Bhavan was the last place on my list of “to-do” things. I reached the venue around 2PM and the off-white building with the greyish-blue border impressed me a lot. This was the ancestral home of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and the pride that I felt when I stepped into the building is incomparable.
As per history, Anand Bhavan was an important place during the struggle for India’s independence. It was at this place that several meetings, discussions and decisions for the achievement of freedom took place. This two-storied building became the property of the
Indian Government in the year of 1970 and later converted into a museum.
I entered the building and there I saw that it displayed the entire set of events that led to the struggle for the freedom of our country and the way in which we achieved our freedom. The details of the participants for the freedom and the pictures are very educative. This would be the best place for history buffs to visit and learn a few truths about our leaders and the fight for freedom.
I went into another room, which belonged to Pandit Nehru. It was his bedroom and the study. The displays of the books and Nehru’s things are worth seeing. Apart from this, there were several other rooms, which belonged to various members of the Nehru family. The memorabilia of Motilal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were on display too. Indira Gandhi’s things were in one room, whereas the drawing room has the display of things of both Pandit Nehru and his father.
Mahatma Gandhi has a room dedicated to him in Anand Bhavan. As per the historic facts, Gandhiji stayed in Anand Bhavan and in this particular room whenever he visited Allahabad. The section that interested me the most was the display of books with various titles. There were books on different subjects and facts. The visitors could browse through the books too.
It took me about two hours to finish the inside section and once done, I walked into the outhouse. This place was amazing! Several pictures depicted the life of Jawaharlal Nehru. By the time I finished the gallery inspection, it was 5PM and time for the museum to close. I headed back to the hotel to relax and have a pampered dinner!
Iskcon Allahabad Sri Sri Radha Venimadhav Temple : The ISKCON Temple in Allahabad is as peaceful and serene as any other ISKCON temple. I found it a great place to relax and meditate. The main deity here is Lord Krishna. Hindus visit the temple as a part of their religious tours. I would suggest you to visit the temple during your Allahabad trip.
Around 6 AM on Thursday morning, I hired a cab and was on my way to Triveni Sangam. Triveni Sangam means the confluence of three rivers and in this case, it is the merger of the Ganges, Yamuna and the River Saraswathi (which is not seen and said to be mystical) into one. I had my tea and requested the hotel staff to pack me a parcel of breakfast.
I was at the destination at 6.30 AM and was just in time to witness the beautiful sunrise. The calm and the quiet filled me with serenity and the peace that I got from this place is nothing that I could put down in pen and paper. The rivers seemed to stretch into a never-ending space and the red and orange hue in the skies cast by the rising sun was very mesmerising.
The greatest importance of Triveni Sangam is the Maha Kumbh Mela that occurs in this place every 12 years. During this time, there is a huge gathering of the people; in fact, uncountable numbers, in lakhs, come to bathe in the holy rivers. The confluence of the blue-green Yamuna River with that of the “White” river Ganges is a sight that no one should miss.
The religious and the mythical story behind the Sangam is that this is the place where the nectar fell out from the hands of the “devas”. Therefore, taking a dip will wash away all the sins of the person bathing there. While there, I could see several people performing rituals with the help of the priests. I wanted to go near them and see the way they performed the rituals. Therefore, after bargaining a lot with a particular boatman, I took a ride in the boat.
More than the rituals, I enjoyed the scenic beauty of the entire place from the boat. I went almost to the middle of the river. Once back on the shore, I purchased several curios as a memento and being good at bargaining, I got several of them at reasonable rates. Or so I think! Though I did not take a dip in the waters, I did stand in knee-deep water for almost 15 minutes. Oh! That was such a refreshing experience!