What a better way to start the new year with a story of a photographer to a pilgrimage.
Wikipedia says, Alandi (Marathi: आळंदी) is a city and a municipal council in Pune district in the state of Maharashtra, India.it is located 15kms from Pune.I say, thank you Wikipedia and instantly pick up the pen and paper to write down the journey to Alandi through the eyes of photographers, musicians, travelers and above all, rubber-in-the-road loving buddies who can actually experience the many colors on Indian culture and faith .
Alandi is a pilgrimage. A place where one comes/ should come closer to God. He should hear his ‘inner voice’. But that’s not all..! we were also welcome to some remarkable elements of nature, vise waterscapes, landscapes, mist, rich sun light and architecture, as varied as the Gods of hindu mythology.
This was also the first trip of our new club ‘3 idiots’ of photography, accompanied by a bunch of friends. The three idiots are yours truly, Namit, and Sudarshan along with Archit, Arjun and Mahesh.
We arrived at 8 in the morning, while the whole ‘ghat’ was still asleep under a thick blanket of mist. A photographer’s delight I may add’. The mist plays with the sunlight wonderfully in front of the camera, aware of our existence and showing us new places. It was a welcome sight after the mundane lives we lead. It invokes sense of calm and serenity in the viewer, very apt for a pilgrimage ‘ghat’
The day had just begun. So we found folks unwinding after a chilly nights sleep and carrying about their daily chores about the river bank. Ironically people wash clothes, wash utensils, wash animals, wash even themselves, throw garbage, dump pollutants in the same water which they dedicate to ‘suryadevta’ every morning asking for forgiveness and blessings each day. As the fog disappeared gradually more people added to the palette of portraits available to us to choose from. This place Alandi attracts a lot of pilgrims at regular intervals each year, with the number of devotees pouring in from all over the state. The town Alandi is a small quiet place near Pune. The food is cheap, hot, spicy and pure veg. th air is filled with electronic chanting of ‘ Shri swami Samarth jai jai swami samarthaaa..’ I make a mental note to be back on one of the festive occasions.
Our next destination was ‘Tulapur’ it is a park on the banks of river Indrayni approx. 15 km from Alandi. The roads throughout the trip were a pleasure to ride more so in the winter weather. It was not a ‘landscape day’ per say for photography but a real good ‘hideout-ish’ place to enjoy under the tree with the guitar strumming and loads of food and talk to catch up. Our day finally comes to an end with a hearty meal, some more music and singing and goofing around and ride in to the sunset, back home.
Thanks a lot for visiting..!!