Bhojpur – Raja Bhoj & Kalidasa

Guruji has told me to teach in Madhya Pradesh and MP is very green and ancient, huge with lots to explore. The first exploration was the Bhojpur Shiva temple on a bike. The drive on the bike was by far the most beautiful drive on a bike I can endorse.
A 10th century Shiv linga was unearthed by the Archeological department in Bhojpur. It is 22 feet in height and very interestingly the drawings of the temple were also discovered nearby. A small temple was built around it following the drawings on the rock. The temple is on the banks of the river batwa. The beliefs are that the temple was visited by the pandavas and that batwa is the river where Kunti had left Karan in a basket.
Believed to be constructed by Raja Bhoj, who used to do everything in-style. Very flamboyount and super rich, the king yet had lots of wisdom & virtues to top it all. He was a great patron of art, architechture and learning. He authoured some eleven books and many verses.

A story which is very famous in Bhopal about the king  is
Many Many years back Raja Bhoj was  filled with egotism and sat down to  compose a verse describing his wealth and fortunes.
The first three lines of the verse were:
CHETOHARAAH YUVATAYAH SUHRIDONUKOOLAAH
SADBAANDHAVAH PRANAYAGARBHA GIRASHCHABRITYAAH
BALGANTI DANTINIBAHAAH TARALAASTURANGAAH
Charming and beautiful young women, dear and congenial friends,
loving and pleasant family and relatives,
gentle and dedicated employees,
and myriads of beautiful and thunderous elephants and horses;
Feeling the incompleteness in his verse, he asked the great poet Kalidasa to complete it for him and the great poet exhibited his expertness yet again..
SAMMEELATE NAYANORNAHI KINCHIDASTI
When an individual passes away (his/her eyes are closed), nothing remains; riches, power and all means of comfort become immaterial.
Raja Bhoj realized his vanity. He expressed his deep gratitude towards Kalidasa and meditated on this verse.
Reminds me of how Guruji adds knowledge into even smallest of actions for us to learn from.  The Guru simply augments to life with knowledge and with his innocence teaches us to live life.  The master is both within and without, so He creates conditions to drive you inwards and at the same time prepares the interior to drag you to the Centre.

So if you visit Bhopal, do not miss this One on a bike.

PS :- MP goes for elections from today for the next three days and lets pray that the wisdom of the poet and the righteousness of the king is prevailed. If you haven’t voted, ACT NOW!!

11 thoughts on “Bhojpur – Raja Bhoj & Kalidasa

  1. hi bhaiya ,how r u ?
    we also enjoyed bhojpur on bike
    meditation on river bank was amazing experience,
    reminded something @ past life
    anurag lost some hairs while on bike.ha ha…….
    27 election made us sad as we cant give intro talk in hosteldue to ele.
    wonderful blog , gn WITH LOVE JGD

  2. Jai Gurudeva, hello, salaam n Namaste……

    Wow Bhaiya kya mast hai yeah….

    Bhaiya, Today after reading this story of our ancient temple n river Batwa (i was not even aware of this river, hehe nothing new) that MYGOD how big Guruji’s vision is. he had just sent u to take courses (as per my thinking) n see u have explored such great place to spread among people of this planet through your blog n by word of mouth.

    Bhaiya, pls keep on exploring places and its stories n keep on posting like this one….. love you

  3. jgd rajesh bhaiya,
    so happy to see ur blog.
    And its really an honour to have you commented on my blog.
    The template is really neat and clean. But I would not mind to see a Big pHoto Of YOur’s in the header.(just like bawandinesh’s blog)
    As for the bookmarking things , i did it quite sometime ago so don’t remember exactly how i did it.
    but these links might help….
    http://herselfswebtools.com/2007/05/how-to-add-stumbleupon-links-to-your-blog-posts.html

    http://www.blogcatalog.com/discuss/entry/how-to-add-social-bookmarklike-diggstumble-at-the-footer-of-each-post

    Jaigurudev

  4. jgd!

    hey! how come i missed the trip to bhojpur???????????. anyways next time , 100%.
    me staying in bhopal doest have so much knowledge about bhojpur, as u have described!!!!!!!!, great!
    next time let it be saanchi;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    u rock man;
    love
    manggala

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