Monday, March 5, 2012

Holistic trip from Women

Here is a group of women who celebrate Maha Shivaratri in a quite different way. The women, who have named their team aptly as ‘Sneha Vrunda’, take out a trip every year on Maha Shivaratri Day from past 11 years and visit far and near places and will be back on next day morning. During their visit to temples they hold Bhajans in temples for 10-15 minutes in all the temples, what they have practices in group.

Womens Shakunthala, Gowri, Kavitha, Jayashree Bhat, Shamala, Hemalatha, Rajaeshwari, Vimala, Sudha, Geetha Montadka, Channamma, Jayashree Bhat, Balamba, Saraswathi, Gayatri, Pushpa, and many other women have never missed the chance to accompany together on Shivaratri Day and go for a trip. Even some of them who have settled in Bangalore, Chikkanayakana Halli to have never missed the chance to join here on the day.

So far they have paid visit to Kashi Vishweshwara at Baburayana Koppalu, Suttur,
Atmalingeshwar at Maddur, K Hemmanahalli Mahalingeshwara Temple, Shiva temple at Anandooru, Ardhalingeshwara, Agastheshwara, Gargeshwari, Ardhanareshwari in T Narasipura, Omkareshwara Temple, Shiva temples at Holalu, T Gangadeshwara at Srirangapatna, Nanjangud.

The holistic trip which began with the group of 8-10 members now has reached about 40 members. Every year a week early to Shivaratri festival this women conduct meeting and list out the temples to be visited. Later, they finalise the places and book vehicles.

Speaking to Express Shakunthala said that ‘ Every year we add a new temple to the list and based on the time we plan the temples to be visited. We began the travelling on Shivaratri Day and will be back on next day before 8 and we have never missed the visit to Sri Trinetreshwara Temple at Palace and Mahabaleshwara Temple atop Chamundi Hill and the Nandi.

Amba and Gowri says, ‘It’s a day we spend for ourselves. While travelling we conduct
Anthakshari, puzzles, quiz, bhajans and many other programme. Some of them bring their children too. The members are increasing year to year and we are forced to stop the sits around 30 and have asked remaining women to come in other vehicle.
Gowri says, earlier family members opposed stating its dangerous women travelling in groups in late nights. But still I convinced them and manage all my work mean times.

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