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That Road trip to Raja Rajeshwari Mandir at Konnagar in Howrah.

This isn't my first visit to Maa Raja Rajeshwari temple of Konnagar in Howrah district, though I am blogging it now. Earlier too, I went there with friends via a short road trip on bike. But, this time it was a different and a totally different experience altogether with family. A car was booked and we reached there at 5pm.
Inside Temple premises verandah at Raja Rajeshwari Mandir Konnagar Howrah West Bengal
Enterance of Maa Rajeshwari Temple
Ganges ghat at Mahadev Mandir nearby Raja Rajeshwari Temple, Konnagar, West Bengal
Ganges Ghat at Konnagar
               After puja in the temple, crossed the G.T. Road and sat on the ghats of  the River Ganges just in-front of the "(7) Saat Mahadev Mandir".  It was an awesome idea to spare time sitting on the ghat, eating 'Alu Kabli,Chaat followed by masala cold drink while watching the sun setting and the sun light becoming dim. It felt like the voltage of the Sun is reducing slowly and gradually by itself.
                  As a consequence, the birds are returning back to their nests for which the sound of their chirping coming out from trees increases rapidly. The baby crabs were also able to find their place among the hollows between the bricks of the ghat. Teenagers, Married couples, parents with their children and older peoples are coming on the ghat to enjoy this mesmerizing scenario of sunset.
Baby Crabs on river ganga shores howrah side
Baby Crabs getting back to their hollow homes

              I felt a bit jealous with the residents as they are lucky to have their home nearby to the temple and the ghat. They can spend their leisure time either coming to the ghat or sitting silently among the divine silence of the temple for hours and hours whenever they want.

Waiting for that Friend who was caught without helmet and fined at Howrah Bridge

Ha..Ha..Ha... What a start of the day of 15th August 2011. It was midnight and we were on our way to the temple crossing Howrah Bridge with 3 bikes in a row. Suddenly we saw that the traffic police were stopping and asking each vehicle rider for something like papers or paper weight aka green patti. As it was independence day for which security measures were tightened on the Howrah Bridge.
Selfie on Howrah Bridge

                    I was sitting on the backseat while one of my friend was riding. We surpassed the traffic police as they did not stop us for checking anything, 2nd bike crossed them too but the 3rd bike did not. The friend who was driving the third one did not bothered about the consequences and stopped just behind a taxi. The Taxi was halted for usual checking on I-Day but getting the opportunity they caught him too as he was without helmet.
                     Being without helmet is a crime but it's alright when you are on your way to bhoothnath temple in the month of August for worship as many people go there from Howrah during these auspicious days. But since it was a also high alert day thus the checking was toughened. He was fined for some 700 bucks but not by the officer but by the constable who was eager to fine him, don't know why?

                     The Officer even asked to let him go as he was going to temple but the constable din't change his mind and asked him to visit with the money to take the insurance papers of the bike back. While returning on our way to home from temple we halted on the Howrah Bridge as some of the friends went to talk to the officers. Ohh..what a splendid moment it was waiting on the bridge and getting cool breeze of the Ganges. Irrespective of the tensions my friends were going through I was busy having a photo session on the Howrah Bridge waiting for an outcome.
Friends taking my photos while we halted on howrah bridge

                     Later the constable made up his mind to take 400bucks. Unfortunately, no body brought wallet or card as no one expected this situation to happen. As we din't have that much cash with us, he has to go back home and bring the money. We kept waiting there for an hour, he came, he gave the money to another friend as he was feeling uneasy to handover it directly to them, that guy went to pass on the money to the police constable and take back the papers from him.
Friends taking Janak Kumar Yadav photos while we halted on howrah bridge

That guy moved towards him, initially he handed over only 390bucks to the constable who was expecting someone's hard earned money to dive easily into his pockets. He stood there waiting silently for him to count and react on that. Suddenly the constable yelled with desperation-"Aar 10 taka de...Yaarki hochche?"(Give me 10 more bucks, don't joke on that)..... And we all started laughing and kept laughing on this Rs.10 joke till we arrived back at home. This incident helped my friend to overcome the incident of being fined for no helmet as it makes us laugh every time we come to remember this sudden encounter.

Rakshabandhan 2011-The day of Brothers and Sisters

I am the one and only son of my parents. Being born and brought up single, I always desired for a brother or sister as I knew it was not in my destiny. Being a single son or daughter is not an easy task. It feels most when u need someone to fight and play with during your childhood, share your feelings and to gain knowledge cum experience in teenage or to share or transfer your burden of tasks of home with them when you are busy with your other works. It also feels most when it comes to family occasions such as family gatherings or specially Rakshabandhan.

my wrist with rakhi in raksha bandhan day of brothers and sisters
My hand tied with Sister's Love-Rakhi

 Some folks even tried to tease me by saying that I wouldn't be able to understand the importance of brother specially sister on Rakshabandhan since I don't have any. But it is only me who knows the TRUE importance of it. I feel I to be a lucky one as none of the Rakshabandhan went without Rakhi being tied to my hands. I also feel privileged as well as honored to have someone to tie Rakhi on my hands, sometimes the counting may even go upto 20 number of Rakhi on my right hand. Because of this social occasion I feel like a complete family person.  

                 Its not like that I did not get a chance to pull someones hairs and to be bullish upon when I was a kid.Yes, I too often used to play being bullish to pull or irritate my cousin sisters in village, but that too had a limit. Because of this loneliness in childhood, I still feel like an introvert or insecure sometimes and thus feels uneasy to express my feelings easily with anyone. I pray to the almighty to fulfill everyone's wish to have a brother or sister of their own to share their childhood and show up love and support throughout their lives.

Witnessing Aarti and Shringar at Kolkata's famous Baba Bhootnath Mandir

              The sacred month of Savan in 2011 ended on Saturday, 13th August. As I told you earlier, I poured water in Baba bhootnath Mandir at Posta, Kolkata on all the 4 mondays of this month. Though I had my exams or morning classes during this period but I did not miss any of the Mondays.
Rare Pictures of Aarti & Shringar of Lord Shiva Idol at Posta's Bhootnath Shiva Temple Mandir Kolkata Howrah
Rare Pictures of Aarti & Shringar of Lord Shiva Idol at Posta's Bhootnath Temple, Courtesy- Image Source-
                We go there riding a bike on Sunday nights after 11pm, used to reach there at 1pm or so, and destined to come back home till morning 5am. There was no chance to get adequate sleep and proper rest for the body on that day. But none cares about these stuffs during these religiously sacred days as I never felt tired after returning back to home from the temple. It seems like the Lord Shiva is attracting you towards himself. It's real fun to go there in a group, stand in a queue for hours and hours, enjoy waiting for the right moment to come when you will rush to enter the temple gates. We thought to revisit the temple consequently on the 5th Monday too as it was just a day of gap after the month of saawan ends. All of the five Mondays, we got the opportunity to spend a splendid amount of time in the feet of Lord Shiva as we got chances blessed by the almighty himself to pour holy Ganges water or milk directly on the Shivling while touching and rubbing it every time with our bare hands. We did not care about those pushing us from behind or about them who were pouring water or milk on our head as it used to be a huge rush of devotees to touch and rub the sacred Shivling. But It's not easy to get a chance to touch the Shivling in the month of saawan as the number of devotees are in thousands waiting outside the temple. The way the mob pushes, its also not easy to stand there to breathe or even to enter through the mob to get a look of the Shivling. Sometimes it can be harassing, brutal & fatal to get in there.
Hindu God Deity Lord Shiva animated image photo found on internet
Hindu God Deity Lord Shiva's muscularly animated image, Photo found on internet
                 The 5th Monday, as on 15th August 2011 was much better than the other 4 Mondays. Since saawan was over, as usually the huge number of devotees and the long queue were not there. We arrived at the mandir 2 hours before the opening time of the temple's gate. We either sat there waiting outside the mandir or standing outside the locked gate, lucky enough that we got the opportunity to watch the first Aarti and Shringar along with other rituals performed by the Priest of the temple. As soon as the Aarti was over, the gates were unlocked and we ran so hard and quickly just to be among the firsts to touch and put mala(garlands) on Shivling. We achieved this with highest success rate, felt to be blessed by the God himself. I was the 3rd person to put mala around the shivling and then as usual started rubbing and caring Baba Bhoothnath's Shivling. Suddenly the mob of other devotees, men and women gathered around us. People started pushing us from behind just to get a look and touch the Shivling. But how can we leave Baba, we kept nourishing the Shivlinga for long time. Later we came out from there, performed Aarti in verandah, took our bike to way home. I am unable to explain the feeling in words to make the Shivlinga bathe with holy water of the Ganges. It was marvelously spiritual and encouraging enough to make me eager to revisit there again and again as I am used to do from Howrah side. 

Human Eyes versus Man Made Camera

Illusionary photo captured of a tree bark which replicates like snake head
Bark of a tree which looks like Snake's head
This picture was taken in July 2011 on a sunny Sunday morning. As Bamungachi Kishore Sangha Club was being cleaned, we were waiting outside the club sharing funny moments to each others. Suddenly, someone noticed this stuff which already popped out from the tree's bottom part of the stem just above the roots. It was clearly visible due to good color contrast with the stem of the tree and its background. Firstly, we assumed it to be a water snake (preferably because it was yellow) as its rainy season and the surrounding area is full of unattended grasses and tress. As we were curious to see it moving, we tried to touch it via a stick lying nearby on the ground. But it neither moved nor did it shake its head inside the tree. Curiously we tried to do that again, this time too it remain just unattended. Further moving closure for a clear view, one of my friend found this to be neither a snake nor any other reptile. It's just a part of the tree, may be a bark which occupied its own color & shape. We were astonished and started laughing after touching it, to believe its not alive. Then without wasting time, I took this photo from a mobile. Later after few of the friend broke this part/bark of the tree as it was grabbing everybody's attention....and left us wondering about "Human Eye versus Camera" stories.

Divine Coincidence - My Birthday and Last Monday of Savan on the same day

As it is evening of Sunday the 7th today, it pops out like a usual reminder to get ready for visiting Baba Bhootnath Temple in Posta area of Kolkata as the night churns into Monday. I, along with all other friends will head towards Kolkata after 11 pm so that we can get into the queue towards the Lord Shiva temple and finish the rituals of offering either of garland, milk, water from the Ganges, Sugarcane juice along with harewell topped above them all. Due to the rush of devotees it may take time, I predict it to be morning 6 am to return back home. On the contrary, it is my Birthday tomorrow on Monday the 8th August 2011, which is also the last Monday of Saawan(Savan is the sacred month to worship supreme Hindu deity Lord Shiva, which preferably falls on August of every year symbolising arrival of the monsoon in India). 

Janak Kumar Yadav on his birthday, last monday in sacred savan mahina in 2011
Birthday Pic- 2011
                       It was raining today since midnight which halted at around afternoon, thus areas of Howrah, specially Liluah & Salkia are flooded by rain water. We friends can not compromise on the last Monday of Saawan as we din't ignore previous 3 Mondays in this month, with a special mention that it was my exam in Burdwan University this month. Times up to get a bath and wear fresh new clothes as well as ride towards Club, from where we all friends will go to get ourselves fall into this divine experience of worshipping Lord Shiva and chanting "BOL BAM....TARAK BAM". My Birthday celebration will be on full-throttle throughout the day but as it an auspicious day for me, it's like a privilege to start such great day by visiting Shiva mandir. I don't know what surprise is packed for my Birthday tomorrow, as it comes once in a year and is a memorable day for my parents. But I least bother about it and wish my parents too, since they are also worshipper of the Almighty God-Lord Shiva... I Love you Maa, I Love you Dad. <3
Lord Shiva idol offering colorful balloons to kids, Howrah, Kolkata
It was a wish come true as if Lord Shiva gifted me colorful balloons to decorate my room this birthday.

Hello BlogOsphere, Welcome to my Personal Multilingual Blog

This might be the first public blog of mine, but in future I would like to continue blogging to such an extent that it eliminates the applicability and dependency on Facebook and Twitter accounts to voice out my concerns and thoughts to a much more larger audience. An audience or most preferably readers, who do not just belong to my family, friends or state but are from all regions of this world. Readers who also feel free to listen to my virtual voice topped with their nice observations on me in conversation mode/mood.

What A Life is now Straight From Janak
A snapshot of my Blog- Straight from Janak from November 2011 archive, when it was titled 'What A Life'.
                     The idea to start blogging came from maintaining personal diary or journals. Earlier I used to write down the hot and happening issues of my life on that very day into my personal diary which also served to me as a secret friend. But I often felt demotivated to write down in paper diaries due to
my attraction towards emerging social networking services on internet. Thus I opted for its digital version earlier called ''Weblog" but now renowned as 'Blog'. Before publishing this blog-post, I remember about writing a one paged blog sometime back just to slake the curiosity on how it works, looks or feels like or what is there for me to learn or loose while writing. One can say, as a newbie, I was eager to learn more about blogging because that experience was amazing, I loved reading blogs/thoughts of other people to understand how to and what to write for my upcoming article.
             I am impatiently a funny person and this nature lands me into serious situations just in a matter of seconds. I am a shy brat too, introvert types, pretty down-to-earth who feels uneasy to express feelings or emotions correctly by mixing up words, kind of a shy extrovert. People always misunderstood for my words. They took my jokes more seriously that often led to an atmosphere of war or silence in relationship. I guess this sort of problem is not with everybody.
               Just imagine, you are trying to make someone laugh and suddenly that guy breaks out crying instead of laughing. You suddenly have to stop yourself from laughing and move on to start thinking that why this guy started crying. You have to make him or her silent while trying to understand which of your words caused the damage.
               Thus, I joined in to play with more & more words until and unless I become fluent in dealing with words efficiently. Instead of a blog or website, It's my OFFICE OF WORDS.
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