Alright,alright so We are in the first week of 2017! So let me take the Oppurtunity to Wish Everyone reading this post A Happy Happy 2017 ✨ Let there be Light Always 💫🌈 Of my last Roadtrip to Gujarat as I was travelling through the last leg of Trip ie From Somnath – Princely town of Junagadh : passed through the tinsel called as ” Vanthali “
Some deep thought 💭 just struck my Dad ! He had researched about this Place : Why Vanthali – that’s the Question : bcoz as per My Uncle who stays here in Vanthali and Regional Media Report – this town has only Swambhu Vamana temple in the Entire BharatVarsha 🙂 and the Town is Named Vanthali after Lord Vamana i.e Vamana’s Sathli : “Vanthali”
Google was Clueless about this place : So as soon as We saw the Milestone of the town : We crossed the Highway and asked for directions from the Locals there : Found this Wonderful Shepherd with a Swag ! He was glad that We researched about this place and came down here : He gave us correct and precise instructions through which we passed some Tiny Cobbled lanes and tadaa : Wereached the Temple Ekdum Sahi !
As soon as you enter the Temple : You feeel like you have walked some ages across the Time. Every thing inside seems saw Timeless yet Wonderful , Looking the Wooden Frame with Iron Rods, Cold Cement flooring you feel a Certain Calmness of the Place. As I look here and there with the Camera, I find the Priest of the Temple .
He helps us with information about this Temple. That some Ages before this happened to be the Place of Vamana which happened to be in the Girnari-Rule which is As Old as Threta Yuga In Indian Mythology! It faced an Explosive Attack by the Solanki Kings which took away the Glory and shine of this Place ! Also the Natural Calamities did the rest ! Whatever be the Case I just loved every bit of Simplicity in this Temple 🙂
I find Bali Raaja Idol as Well ! Before moving forward a small flashback of Vamana Avtaar : He was the 5 of the Vishnus Dashavtaar for Mankind : He asked for 3 oaths from Bali Raja was the Great Grand Son of Hriranyekashyapu – the father of Bhakt Prahlad remember the person for whom we Celebrate Holi!
Let’s move in the Flashback and see how Vamana and Bali Raaja are connected : Here is the Story : He took one step down : that covered the Entire World deep Inside the Earth
Second Step On the Floor : That covered the Entire Solar System plus the Universe
Bali Raaja was left by stunned : Vamana asked where Do take my third step ; He realised that he has to the Supreme Lord Himself who can take over the Entire Universe – So he said Lord on my Head so that I live Alive Forever and Forever ✨
Lord Vamana was Super happy with his intelligence and Gratitude He rewarded him with the Blessing on being alive forever, plus he blessed him with Unique Festival in his Name : which is Celebrated as “Murugan” festival in South India!
Along with the Idols of Vamana and Bali Raaja , idols of Ganesha and Hanuman also Brighten up the Walls of the Temple !
Sitting here for a while makes you forget from where I dwell and where exactly I will be going. The time just takes a Smiling break 🙂
Some Temple facts and Mytho Stories related to the according to the Locals :
Vanthali was under the Girnar Rule that is like Centuries centuries ago ! It has seen many many Rulers and Dynasties come and Vanish but this Temple stands still and Calm. It makes you believe that People Pass, the time passes away, Power comes by – but the Supreme Lord is the Ultimate Truth ! It comes under Modern District of Junagadh. It is hardly 14 kms from there so quick drive and you are sorted !
Vanthali is also said to be the Place of Prime Importance for people following Jainism ! One of the Tirthankaras was set to be born here hence there are Jain Temple of Startegic Importance here why am I saying this : bcoz I found an Idol of Rushabhdevji here !
Google has no information about this Temple, not much information is available it ! There have been Many Vamana Temple in India but this Happens to be one of those where the Lord was present himself as per the Locals and Vamana – Puran and also the Presence of Bali Raaja Idol makes it Place of Strategic Importance !
While we were there, we met a lady who happened to be Mom’s Classmate and treated us some Nice Yummy Snacks for us and I was super happy ! I don’t know how did she come to the Temple at the exact time when we were there – When We never made a plan of Visiting this Place ✨Some situations are certainly Magical 💫
Also there are Many famous Vamana temples in India : Khajuraho,Cochin,Patan and many other to follow but This is the Temple which has the Idol of Bali Raaja as well that makes it quite Unique in a Way !