Lost in Thoughts

This is the place where i lived for a week in Rishikesh. A big Ashram with lot of space, and i was the only one staying there apart from the staffs. I was lonely, and was just staying there, doing nothing.

I usually spend days at home, too lazy even to move out of my room, eating, sleeping and spending days inside my sanctum. I feel sort of comfort doing that at home.

This was the first time i spent a week at a place other than my home, in between my travel.


 I was moved by the Nadaswaram that i went to the temple to meet the musicians


I always travel unplanned, and hence it would be a chaos at times. Never stayed in a place for more than 3 days, that too covering all possible places and monuments around, in least time possible. Normally i eat and sleep very less when traveling, and the main focus will be in covering monuments around. People who travel with me really surfers when i skip food and start walking.

For the first time in my life, i was staying in a place, with nothing to do. I always wondered about tourists spending their vacation in exotic places, just eating, staying, partying.

The Ashram i lived is owned by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), a temple board in Andra Pradesh, famous for the Tirupati Balaji or Sri Venkiteshwara, God of wealth, they say. One of the richest temples in the world. The compound is fortified and have 2 temples dedicated to Sri Venkiteshwara and Sri Chandramouleshwara on either sides of the Ashram. My room was overlooking the Chandramouleshwara temple. First day i woke up to the Venkiteshwara Suprabatham recited by the poojari and the musicians who played Nadaswaram and Tavil. I was moved by the Nadaswaram that i went to the temple to meet the musicians. They were from Andra Pradesh and stays here at the Temple. The poojari thought i was religious, and offered me the prasadam, which was good to eat in the morning. I didn’t refuse. And it was my breakfast for the remaining days.


I was really enjoying it. Being in some place away from home. Where i had no friends, or no work to do, and plenty of time


There is only one Poojari for both the temples and he shuttled from one to the other, to do the daily poojas, musicians followed him, and i joined them in both the temples. Very few visited the temple.

The first day was fine. I came back to room and slept as i was tired back from a trek and ride. Second day, i went around the city. Sat on the bank of Ganges, lost in thoughts. I found a bench, close to Ram Jhula, under a tree, overlooking the Ganges. That was my spot for the next few days.

Those were the days when i was not worried about the next day or the next destination, places to visit the next day. I was literally staying there unaware of the universe around me. I just stayed with inner thoughts and nothing from the outside world distracted me. I was really enjoying it. Being in some place away from home. Where i had no friends, or no work to do, and plenty of time.

I had a book with me, which I finished on the second day. And i was left with nothing.

I started to enjoy waking up in the morning, bathing in the ice cold water, visiting the temple listening to the music, having the prasadam, walking to the Ram Jhula, sitting there near the Ganges.

Lost in thoughts.

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