The holy tour of 9 Jyotirlingam Darshan plus Darshan of Shirdi Sai Bhoomi is one of the most sought-after pilgrimage tours that any devout Hindu would crave to embark on. These 9 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva span across the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Getting to visit 9 of the 12 Jyotirlingam that our country has is indeed a privilege in itself. Also, the scope to have a Darshan of the Sai Baba Dham of Shirdi and Dwarkadheesh temple of Dwarka is like icing on the cake.
Day 1: – Pune/Mumbai and Pune/Mumbai-Shirdi
Upon reaching Mumbai/Pune airport or railway station you’ll be greeted by our tour representative who then drives you down to Shirdi, the sacred land of the great ascetic Sai Baba. En route we visit the famous Bhimashankar Jyotirlingam of Lord Shiva. This Jyotirlingam temple is situated on the Sahyadri hill region of Maharashtra. Legends have it that in order to destroy the demon, Tripurasura Lord Shiva had assumed the form of Bhima. Later he came to reside on this spot at the request of his devotees and other Gods. On reaching Shirdi, check into hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 2: – Shirdi-Aurangabad
Next day early morning we leave for Aurangabad after attending the morning aarti at Sai Baba Sansthan mandir of Shirdi. En route we visit the Aundha Naganath temple of Lord Shiva. This temple is believed to be the first one amongst the 12 lord Shiva Jyotirlingam that our country has and is said to have been built by the eldest Pandava brother, Yudhisthira. Lord Shiva resides here in the form of ‘Naganath’ or the lord of the snakes. After Darshan we head straight to Aurangabad, check into hotel and later proceed to visit the famous Ellora caves and Grishneshwar Jyotirlingam temple of Lord Shiva. The Grishneshwar temple features a splendid south Indian temple architectural style and is said to have come into existence under the initiative of Bhosale, a very pious devotee of Lord Shiva. Post Dashan we return to hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 3: – Excursion to Parli Vaijnath
Next morning we proceed for a short sightseeing of Aurangabad. The places we visit are Aurangzeb’s tomb, Bibi ka Maqbara, Alamgir mosque. Post sightseeing we set out for an excursion to Parli Vajinath temple of Lord Shiva. The Vaijnath temple at Parli village is an ancient Jyotirlingam shrine exhibiting the lord as a ‘Vaid’or doctor who is potent enough to heal all diseases. After darshan we return back to our hotel at Aurangabad for dinner and night stay.
Day 4: – Aurangabad-Nasik-Shirdi
Next morning we leave for Shirdi via Nasik. At Nasik we visit the famous Trimbakeshwar temple of Lord Shiva. This Jyotirlingam temple of lord Shiva carved out of black stone features a swayambhu Shiva lingam. The lingam comes with a hallow cavity inside which resides three other lingams; that of the holy Trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwar. After Darshan at Trimbakeshwar, we drive straight to Shirdi and check into hotel for night stay.
Day 5: – Shirdi Darshan and Shirdi-Indore
Next morning we set out for a short city tour of Shirdi and visit places like Sai Baba Samadhi mandir, Chavadi, Dwarkamai mosque. We also pay a Darshan at the one and only God Saturn temple of the country; Shani Shingnapur shrine belonging to Shani Dev. During the evening we board overnight bus to Indore of Madhya Pradesh.
Day 6: – Indore-Ujjain
After reaching Indore in the morning, you are driven to Ujjain. On reaching check into hotel and later proceed to pay a visit at the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple of Lord Shiva. The lord here is worshipped as Mahakaal, the destroyer who had assumed that shape to destroy Dooshan, a wicked Demon. Back to hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 7: – Omkareshwar Darshan and departure to Ahmedabad
Next day we visit the auspicious Jyotirlingam temple of Omkareshwar. The temple stands on a very unique Island on River Narmada shaped like ‘Om’; the sacred Hindu symbol. Post Darshan at Omkareshwar temple we leave for Ahmedabad of Gujarat by overnight bus.
Day 8: – Ahmedabad-Dwarka
Next morning we reach Ahmedabad from where you are driven to the holy city of Dwarka. On reaching check into hotel and later proceed to visit the Dwarkadheesh temple of Lord Krishna. Dwarkadheesh temple makes one of the Chardham of the Chardham India circuit. At Dwarkadheesh temple lord Krishna is presented as the royal king of the city. Back to hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 9: – At Dwarka
Next day we proceed for a short city tour of Dwarka, visiting places such as Beyt dwarka, Rukmini temple, Gomti ghat, Gopi talav. Post sightseeing we make an excursion to the Nageshwara Jyotirlingam. This temple of lord Shiva is at an hr’s drive from Dwarka. The temple presents Lord Shiva as ‘Naganath’; i.e. one who can offer respite from all sorts of poisons. Back to hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 10: – Dwarka-Somnath-Gir
Next morning we leave for Sasan Gir en route the Somnath Jyotirlingam temple of Lord Shiva situated at Prabhas Patan in vicinity to Veraval. Somnath temple is a beautiful ancient shore temple belonging to Lord Shiva who resides here as the lord of the Moon God. Post Darshan at Somnath we drive straight to Gir and check into the forest lodge post which we set out for a thrilling jungle safari tour of the Gir National Park; the one and only safe haven of the most endangered Asiatic lions. Back to lodge for dinner and night stay
Day 11: – Gir-Ahmedabad and Departure
Next morning we drive back to Ahmedabad and you are dropped at Ahmedabad airport/railway station where our representative sees you off and you head for your onward journey back home after successfully completing a real fulfilling tour.
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