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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Trip to Dagdusheth Ganpati

It was a long time time since I last traveled by train. My trip to Gujarat mentioned in previous post would probably be the last time I went outstation by train.However the opportunity soon turned up and a trip was planned to Pune.

It would serve well to explain the circumstances around the current trip.My mother is a devout person.She has a lot of faith in God and it was on her insistence that the current trip was planned to Pune.We were to visit the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati in Pune.I was much less enthusiastic about the trip but I went along nevertheless.

I booked the tickets from the IRCTC portal for 25th of October. The train was Intercity express and would be leaving CSTM around 6:40 in the morning. We had planned to board the train from Dadar at 6:50 AM.We set our alarm and went to bed. To our surprise the the alarms did not go off on time and we woke up quite late.Chaos reigned for some time. We made a mad dash outside and hailed a cab.We asked the cab driver to drive us to Thane railway station instead of Dadar as the train would be arriving at Thane at a later time. Our anxieties were assuaged and we reached the station on time.
We boarded the train at 7.12 from Thane.
The train ride was very pleasant. Mother and Son bonded after a long time. I enjoyed the green landscape as it passed by.There were a distinct yellow flowers blooming by the tracks. My mother informed me that these particular flower bloomed only in September.I listened as she was for a time lost in childhood memories. She regaled me with stories about her childhood.How she and her siblings would be taken to Pune.She recalled all the fun she had as a kid along with her sisters and brother.I felt a sudden surge of emotions I had not felt for a long time.Looking at her 50 year frame I thought about all the sacrifices that she had done to bring me up.Inwardly I felt very fortunate that I had been blessed with such a mother.

We got down at Pune junction and took the bus from there to Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati. We could spot the Temple. The temple was crowded but the queue was fast moving so it was not an issue. We had our darshan and sat inside the temple for a time. The Dagdusheth temple is intricately carved.I am guessing it was all Gold and silver because it shone splendidly. We said our prayers and sat for sometime in the temple. We later visited some relatives in Pune had lunch, slept for sometime and made our way to Pune station. 

The return journey was just as fun as the onward journey but minus the mad dash we had when on the onward journey. All in all it was a fun trip.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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