Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pilot Baba Ashram - Bhatwari

Day 2 – Uttarkashi-Gangnani-Gangotri-Bhaironghati-Harsil-BHATWARI-Uttarkashi

Part V (Bhatwari)

At the starting of the village Bhatwari, on the banks of river Bhagirathi, is a magnificently huge ashram known as “Pilot Baba Ashram”. It is about 44 km from Harsil and 29 km from Uttarkashi. It is a great place depicting the Indian history and has idols of almost all of the Gods, Goddesses and Saints of India. But it was somewhat partially constructed when we had visited the place.

Lord Shiva at the Pilot Baba Ashram - Enroute to Gangotri
Lord Shiva idol which you can see from far away

Pilot Baba Ashram - Enroute to Gangotri
Entrance to the Pilot Baba Ashram

Lord Ganesha with His mouse

Lord Shiva at the Pilot Baba Ashram - Enroute to Gangotri
Lord Shiva in a sitting pose

Lord Shiva in Tandav pose - Pilot Baba Ashram
Lord Shiva performing the Tandav dance or the Tandav Nritya,
the divine art form that is the source of the cycle of
creation, preservation and dissolution

Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita alongwith Hanuman - Pilot Baba 
Ashram
Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita alongwith Hanuman

Lord Krishna playing His flute - Pilot Baba Ashram
Lord Krishna playing His flute

Various sages of India - Pilot Baba Ashram
Various sages of ancient India

Maa Kali - Pilot Baba Ashram,Enroute to Gangotri
Goddess Maa Kali, the Hindu Goddess of eternal energy and enlightenment
and the consort of Lord Shiva, on whose body she is often seen standing.

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47 comments:

  1. Colorful Ganesa is beautiful..! Kali standing over Siva's body is unique. I am seeing it for the first time.!
    Good post Arti..!

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  2. I have never seen these view. Very unique place, I think.
    On the other hand there are very many Buddha statues in Japanese temples.

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  3. Magnificent. Simply magnificent!

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  4. Just beautiful... The setting too looks serene!!
    Lord Ganesha looks magnificient, loved Lord Krishna playing the flute as well...

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  5. Beautiful post! Great pictures! Loved it!

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  6. (glad you turned off the word verification)

    The idols are FABULOUS !!!! I've been meaning to ask you if this is "real time"? I love what I find every time I stop by your blog!

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  7. So many wonderful idols all with their own unique role and history.

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  8. Really worth visiting......i remember hearing abt the 'Pilot Baba ashram'.....but had no idea that its so beautiful!!!

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  9. Amazing to see all these colorful statues - and i like how Lord Shiva is painted blue! You get to see so many great things Arti - hope you have a lovely day!

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  10. Your beautiful photos made me want to arrange my things now and start my journey and travel India. Reading those captions you put into your photos interest me to read more on Hindu mythology. Thanks for sparking this feeling. Now, I'm looking forward to see India in person, and see all of these & experience your stories.

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  11. That is an interesting name for a Baba. enjoyed your pictures!

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  12. What a very colorful place! These are unique and artistic sculptures in themselves! And you say they were not finished building it yet?

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  13. I had no idea there were so many Lords and Goddesses. I'm learning so much from your blog.

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  14. A beautiful place --. I think it's fun to visit unfinished sites. Then you can go back again in a few years to see it when it's finished.

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  15. (Part 2 ;>)...
    I recognize Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, and Lord Krishna. (In fact when he visited India, our grandson sent us a little trinket of Lord Ganesha, which I have by the computer).

    But have never heard of the Goddess Maa Kali. I am surprised she is not better known (especially among liberated women) in the US!

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  16. beautiful pics
    lord shiva
    sages of ancient india

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  17. wow! idols were amazing in size and colour... they look majestic and background is also superb... nice photos

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  18. Great place Arti! Never heard of it before, but glad I did now.

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  19. Thanks for the tour and wonderful photos and history

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  20. Pilot Baba, a strange name, but nevertheless it is modern. I hope this place is complete, liked your photos

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  21. @Sridharan
    Ma Kali standing on the chest of lord Shiva is one of the common representations of her form.

    There are various stories related to the same. One of them is that once in a battle with some demons, she became so fierce with anger that it looked like She will go on to destroy the world. To pacify and calm Her temper, Lord Shiva, Her husband, came down under Her feet, realising which She put Her tongue out.

    Thats why she is portrayed in such a form in many places today.

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  22. @Green Monkey If I am getting your question correctly, then No this is not 'real time' Shannon. I have returned from the place a few months back and now slowly putting it up here!
    (And yes, I was thinking of doing away with the word verification process for quite some time now:-))

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  23. @Martina True artist you are:-)

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  24. @Laurel Yes, there are many Gods and Goddesses we worship in our Hindu religion - 33 crore precisely...!!

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  25. @Sallie
    You are right, I would love to visit the place again when it is fully constructed for sure!

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  26. Very grand and awe-inspiring images- Beautiful post!
    US Masala

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  27. I loved this post with its fascinating and impressive idols, the last photograph I foud particularly aweinspiring.

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  28. Wonderful photos, as always. Thanks for sharing.
    Your posts are fascinating.

    Have a good week, Boonie

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  29. Hello,Arti.
    Very interesting trip.I have never seen those images. Goddess Maa Kali is really powerful!!

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  30. hi arti,
    you having a really good time : ) I am going to ask my husband to take a long leave next time to visit all the places ... he loves temples as much as I do .. I am sure he would agree

    missed a couple of your posts but will surely catch up : )

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  31. Hi,
    I am a regular follower and reader of your blog..I really want to express my thoughts bout ur writing..You express ur journey in a great organized way.. I really want to visit these spiritual places after reading about them from your blog..:)

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  32. Have a great week ahead, my friend.

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  33. Arti I don't know I somehow like our ancient sculptures much more aesthetic.I do not understand this modern trend of making supersized idols in lurid colours -it spoils the skyline of the mountains.

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  34. was the baba who set up this ashram a pilot?

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  35. Pilot BABA ashram a strange name at that, i hope this place is now complete for tourists or piligrims rather

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  36. Very colorful sculptures. Never heard about this Ashram before.

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  37. @magiceye Yes, Kapil Singh (the childhood name of Pilot Baba) was a fighter pilot who served the country and also fought the Indo-Pak war of 1965. Later, he took retirement from all the worldly pleasures and found his true calling in the Himalayas.

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  38. @All Thank you very much for your comments and motivation :)

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  39. Beautiful pics, I loved Ramji's most, light is coming on His face. It looks very devotional.

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  40. How do u manage to visit so many places! anyways. liked this post :)

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  41. This is a Nice Ashram. And The God's ancient sculptures are great.Pilot BABA pic should be displayed.

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  42. pilot baba ashram is verry bittufull plece im going to a guru purnima 2011 i m meet me to pilot baba i m relly veery happy to thanks a god meet to pilot baba

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  43. We r proud of u guruji, our indians feel great because of u. Am also feeling 2became like u guruji after finishing my job.

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