After a good snooze, we began to ready for our first darshan session in Shimla by 4 pm. The washroom area was simply wonderful. It had an empty and large central area with the toilets and bathrooms in separate arrays. The windows overlooked the hills around and a constant breeze filled the space. The gusts of fresh air made it rejuvenating to just stand in this area! Soon, we filed up to the second floor of the mandir, in the interview room there and waited for Swami’s arrival. Once He arrived, we moved up.
|Disneyland? For a spiritual seeker, this is indeed Disneyland with the best of nature and the best of Bhagawan!|
This is a picture taken from the back-end of the darshan grounds at Anand Vilas. (Download photo and see
it in full size).
|The CM of Himachal Pradesh offers his salutations to Swami.|
|Through the prayer hall to the entrance which opens up to the 'ship-deck' darshan grounds.|
|The sunshine was warmed by the gentle glow on Swami's face... Wah! What ethereal beauty|
|Everyone turned into a devotee and all eyes were directed only towards one point. (I hid behind Swami and took this picture|
to get an idea of how Swami's view feels!)
|The panorama is simply stunning and out of the world. (Of course, a slight distortion has got introduced in the photo to|
accommodate the wide panorama. The stage is actually right in the center.)
|Ravi bhaiya would often get called by Swami and few words would be exchanged. This picture is taken later, during the|
|Bhabhani Shankar gets his moment with the Lord as Prabhakar and Dario look on.|
|The private song session in progress.|
|Prabhakar's large-mindedness turned his birthday into a blessing-fest for all of us. You can see even Satyajit waiting to|
receive the Akshatha grains on his head.