It was my first visit to Shegaon, basically I like to travel a lot & visit religious places whenever time allows me. This was my own travel plan, may help others to plan their yatra. I have planned to visit Shree Gajanan Maharaj – Shegaon, along with my two Friends.
I have heard about this place many times from my parents and friends, and finally the time came when we decided to visit Shegaon. I decided let go to Shegaon for Darashan which I have not visited before & two of my friends were ready and we planned our visit on 18, April 2014 to 20 April 2014 & make the Railway reservation for the same & luckily we got the confirm ticket.
Shegaon is a small town located in Maharashtra state in Khamgaon Teshil sub- Division of Buldhana District in Amravati Region in India. Shegaon Tehsil has area of 436 Square km and 95 village come under these & which has a population around 125,000. Geography it is located 20.7833° N latitude & 76.6833° E longitude. It is located 600kms East of Mumbai and 316kms West of Nagpur. It is sacred place for the people who believed in the powers of Gajanan Maharaj, one of the saints from modern era. Apart from his Samadhi, Shegaon hosts few interesting places to visit; foremost among them is Anand Sagar. Anand Sagar is an artificial garden with a large lake centered in it. The main attraction here is the imitation of Vivekanand Smarak situated at the center of the man-made lake. It congregates aquarium, play grounds, wide spread lawns, and cafeterias. There is also a colossal open air theater where beautiful fountain shows are arranged in the evening. Shegaon has a good education Place too. It has a good Engineering college, along with 10 Schools and 4 Junior colleges &Engineering College is considered as one of the best Engineering College & which gives best Engineers of the Amravati University.
It is well connected by Central Railway on Mumbai – Nagpur - Howrah Main line route & many trains have a stoppage at Shegaon Station. Nearly Climate is cool in winter i.e November to February and Hot during Summary i.e March to June.
About Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan
As per Instruction of Shree Gajanan Maharaj, Construction of Temple began in 1909, to look after day to day activities, selected people where required & for that “Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan” was established on 11th April 1909. To run the Sansthan trustee were appointed. Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan is function best because of the relentless effort of the members of Borad of Trustee, the Priests, the mansevis & the Sevadharis. The Board of Trustee has fixed some rules in presences of Shree Gajanan Maharaj of which some are as below:
Devotee will worship from a distance, Do not amass wealth, Do not stop the influx of devotees
Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan strictly follows the principle laid down by Shree Gajanan Maharaj, since Money is not the priority of the Sansthan, the main objective of Sansthan is “Sarve Bhavantu Sukhenah” [May All Be Happy]. Sansthan Presently has taken 42 differences Project in the field of Education, medical, social welfare & spiritual Development, apart from managing day to day activities of Mandir. People and sevadharis call everyone with the name "Mauli" with love and affection and all sevadharis keep swipping all the day to keep the place neat and tidy. And request the politely to people to keep cleanliness everywhere.
Above was the short introduction of Shegaon, Shree Gajanan Maharaj & Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan.
Now let move ahead with journey. As we reach, we have to move fast & to catch Bus nearby Station, which is free run by Shegaon Sanstha. We were lucky, as we reach Bus has come & we were first to board in bus. From Station to Mandir it’s around 1.5km. Auto is also available @ Rs. 10/- per seat, but frequency of bus is very good, in every 10 to 15 minutes there is bus from Station to Mandir.
We reached Shegaon Station early in the morning at 5.30 am. It was very pelasant and fresh climate there. We took a deep breathe because for next two days we were away from the fast moving life of Mumbai. We got the sansthan's bus, it has dropped us near Bhakta Niwas, which is near to Mandir. Now it’s time for us to search for Accommodation. We just entered Bhakta Niwas 5 & 6 for enquiry about Accommodation, we were surprised that there was no room & Sevak advise us to check in Bhakta Niwas 1 & 2, we rush to there & we got the room to stay. I came to understand while chatting with the other person that they allot room only to the families.
Before we go ahead let give some information about Accommodations Facilities:
To accommodate the devotees in Shegaon, Sansthan has proved well Maintained Accommodation facilities, with 2 beds, 3 beds, 4 beds, 6 bedded. They has built Two “Bhakta Niwas” building near to Mandir with 161 rooms, just distance of 5 Minutes from there they have Built 417 Rooms in “Bhakta Niwas” with includes A/c & Non A/c rooms. Due to increasing number of devotees, Sansthan has decided to build more Lodging facility, which is around 3km from Mandir called “Anand Vihar” in which around 900 rooms is there and another complex which was built near to Anand Vihar known as “Anand Sagar Visava” in which around 5000 devotees can be with accommodated. There is no advance booking system, room are available “First come First Serve” basis. Charges for the accommodation are nominal. They give room for 24hours & that can be extended for another 24hours.
Now let move ahead with journey, as we have been allotted room in Ananad Vihar. Ananad Vihar is just like a Luxurious holiday resort type, Room were clean with attached washroom. Hot water facilities is also there outside the room, its timing was Moring 4am to 9am. All area in Ananad Vihar was greenery & beautiful sculptures & landscaping was done. After getting fresh we went to Sri Gajanan Maharaj Mandir. We took Darshan and went back to our room to have some rest. It was already 1.00pm, after fresh we have decided to go for lunch. In Every Bhakta Niwas, Ananad Vihar, Ananad Sagar & Ananad Sagar Visava they have dining facilities, the charges are very nominal. Timing for lunch was from 11am to 2pm. The quality of food was good & the charges was just Rs. 45/- & Rs. 25/- for unlimited food. After lunch we decided to go Ananad Sagar. It was around 1.5km from Ananad Vihar & we gore by Auto, which has charged Rs. 10/- per seat. Free Bus is running between Bhakta Niwas to Ananad Sagar regularly.
Before we go ahead let give some information about Ananad Sagar:
Ananad Sagar is developed by Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan, taking in to consideration the increasing number of devotees coming at Shegaon Mandir for Darshan, as there was no place nearby Shegaon to spare time. Sansthan has decided to develop a place which should be spiritual as well as entertainment Center for Devotees. Ananad Sagar is spread in 350 acres area, and the main work of project began on 8th April, 1999. The Sanstha was facing water problem, which was big challenge to them and they brought water from Man River which is 9 kms away from here & done rain harvesting which help them to overcome water problem. Around 500 labourers & around 200 expert Sculptors from Rajasthan worked here to create main Entrance, Marble Temple & other Sculptures. Initial estimation of the project to be implemented in three phases was of 300 Crore Rupees. It was dedicated to Country on 12th December, 2002 by Vice President, Hon. Shree Bhairavshinghji Shekhawat.
Anand Sagar is a huge complex with a big lake, several Green Lawns, Children’s Playing area, Temples, Meditation Centre, An Fish Aquarium, Open Theatre where Fountain show is conducted, Beautifully decorated with Sate of art artefacts & carvings all over Area, an Amusement park with a Toy Train encircling the entire place. There is a good facility for dining at economical rates. There are many amenities for the devotees, including free wheel chairs, baby prams and Umbrellas. To cover all places at least in Anand Sagar it will take around 8 to 10 Hours.
Now let move ahead with journey, as we reach Ananad Sagar there, Big Ganeshji created on the Main gate, as we go ahead we show there is Queue to Entrance Ticket, they Charge Rs. 30/- , I stand in queue and one Sevak come & update details of number of person & age group & given slip to be given on window, after 10 minutes my number come & I have got the entry ticket. If someone has given Donation, then there is no entry fee for them; just they have to show the Donation receipt at the Ticket Window. Just near to the window there was a huge entry gate & we all have to pass through security check, as we entered there was a water flow nearby steps and in front there was a big fountain & in between there was a statue of sitting Saint & just little far away it was covered with other Saints.
Just we were moving we pass by Ganesh Temple, Big Greens lawns & everywhere there was some message posted in between & direction signs, which help a lot. We entered a place called “Shri Krishna Dwarka bet” to reach there we have to cross through Bridge, which was on rope & use wooden to make, after crossing bridge there was statue of Shri Krishanji & shown there Leela & ahead there was a park & dinning place, in which where was too big queue to take a coupon for snacks & everyone & we too enjoyed snacks & drinks.
Now it’s time for us to move fast, because we have short time & still we have to cover too many things, so we moved towards “Dhyan Kendra”. As Ananad Sagar has huge water reservoir & spread around 55 acres land. An Island is created in the center of the lake. A replica of Swami Vivekanand Center at Kanyakumari is created on the Island. A Statue of Swami Vivekanand constructed on the top & below there was a meditation hall created, in which there is no permission for the children. To reach their boat Service is also available.
As we reached to Dhyan Mandir, on the main door Sevak has informed us to switch off cell phone & keep silence & go ahead, we move head & reach place where Status of Swami Vivekananad & Saint Ramakrishna Paramahansa was there & it’s was above the meditation hall & as the place was little above, view from there was very good & we can see the beauty of Ananad Sagar , after that we gone at Meditation hall & done meditation for some time & move from there as it’s was already 5.00pm.
It’s time for us to move ahead & by walking we have seen the Toy Train passing by & we decided let have a ride on it, as we reach the station from where it’s start’s, there was a big queue & some who has tickets were waiting for train too come, so we trop plan & to take some break & rest on a Green lawn. After Break it’s time for us to move ahead, Nearby there was Shiv Temple & carving of temple was very good, Entry gate of temple was just like some Old Temple with good carving & Temple was surrounded by 4 big size “Diva” & 4 big size “Nandi” , by flowers & by Green lawn. Just near to Temple there was refreshment center & opposite there was kid play with rides. After taking some snacks we move ahead to see “Fish Aquarium”, as we reach there was small queue & as we entered in Aquarium it was like we are entering in cave & there was little light. As we go ahead there was good collection of fish. As there was time to begin in between there was continued announcement regarding the information related to Shree Gajanan Maharaj Sanstha, Colleges & Musical Fountain & Requesting so take seat in front of fountain.
Before we go ahead let give some information about Open Theater Musical Fountain:
Open Theater Musical Fountain is a type of animated fountain that creates an aesthetic design. This Achieved by employing the effects of times sound waves and timed light against water particles. The Water Refracts & reflects light & in doing so, three dimensional image can be produced. As it was already 6.45pm, all lights was off & Music was stopped and after some time show starts, it was really worth & we were just involved in the show that we never know how these 15minteus has gone & show has been finished. It’s time for us to move by taking some sweet memory of “Ananad Sagar” a great place. As we reach to exit point, there was a big queue for free bus & we were too much tired & had no power to stand in queue & wait for bus, so we took Auto & auto has charged as Rs 20/- per head.
On 3rd day we spent some time in Gajanan Maharaj Mandir and around 10.30am, we were standing in the queue for Maha Prasad & which start’s from 11.00am. After Maha Prasad we decided to go at room & take some rest. It was 1.00 pm we had to vacant our room, so we started packing & check out from room & had Lunch at Ananad Vihar. Still we ha some time as our train was at 6.40pm from Shegaon Station. So we decided roam near Temple & after chatting with Sevak we come to know that nearby there is place called “ Shri Shetra Nagzari” which was 7km from Temple & without wasting time we taken Mini door & which charged as Rs10/- per seat. In Nagzari there is a Samadhi temple of Shree Gomaji Maharj & temple of Shri Nageshwar.
After Darshan we rush to Shegaon at it was already 5.00pm & we reached station at 6.00pm & purchase some “Kachori” from Sharmaji nearby station, which was really tasty & famous. We packed some to take home & Reach station. We have booked Return ticket in Shalimar LTT Express from Shegaon Station, which leave from Shegaon at 6.40pm, we board Train & it Departed on time. Next Morning we reach Kalyan Station at 3.40am. It was a memorable journey, which cannot be forgotten & in these way we finished our trip of Shegaon.
Before I end, just want to summarize the things which will help you to plan your trip at Shegaon.
- Please try to make travel plan on odd day such as Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday when you will find less rush at Shegaon & you can take Darshan peacefully. On Thursday & weekend there is always rush.
- While travelling at Shegaon - Train is the best way to reach, From Shegaon Station to Temple there is free bus Service provided by the Sansthan & you can also hire Auto @ Rs. 10/- per seat, which runs 24 hours.
- As you reach near Bhakta Niwas, you will find agent roaming around & they will try to convince you for lodging outside the Bhakta Niwas, please never pay attention to them & Check the status at Bhakta Niwas, as Sansthan has lot of room for devotees.
- Try to have Mahaprasad, which begins after the Aarti.
- For Food use dining facilities provided by Sanstha, were you will good quality food & at reasonable rate.
- For Ananad Sagar at least you should spare 6 to 7 hours.
- Try to have “Kachori” which is famous in Shegaon.
|Date created :||2015-09-24 18:48:36|
|Location||Shegaon, Maharashtra, India|