Whats interesting around Arambol other than beaches?
The question answered but I in-search of temple – read somewhere.
Two young ladies walking ahead – talking about mud bath nearby.
Another added question – another answer I have to search.
The makeshift shop-owners guided ladies towards sweet lake and I following, following the question not ladies. Finally I at sweet lake again after months
– maybe later but I am here to find out a temple existing nearby.
Temple? There is no temple but Yes, a banyan tree within the jungle where tourist visit. You will find Sadhus there. Come – I will show you – said He. It is little inside the hilly-area inside jungle.
Sir, it is about 10-15 minutes walk inside the jungle and will also show you some more interesting location within the jungle.
Rs. 150 – The final bargain And walking continues.
Ladies resting having sunbath maybe mud-bath later – who knows.
Where is mud bath?
On the way
Ok – said I and we following a very narrow path full of small rocks, dust And dense bushes/trees all-around – Santosh, the guide.
Banyan Tree, sweet lake – The famous one. Paragliding – another famous sport. Wanna do?
Not sure whether I will be able to do it. Maybe any other visit only for paragliding.
Anyways, why Banyan Tree is famous? – it is just a tree.
Last 10-15 years Banyan tree is famous as hippie used to visit very often.
But is there any temple there?
Not as such temple but Yes, sadhus(Baba) are there.
And a path – right turn – Where this path goes?
Towards bathing area And few having bath.
Minimum pollution, maximum greenery, atmosphere – lovely.
And from where the stream flows?
From hills – Keri hills.
And he continues – The mud as you can watch is present used as a paste all over the body And body is dried up within Sun and finally bathing within the flowing stream. Good for skin cleansing – They say.
(multani mitti – I remember ladies used to apply)
And I ask whats the name of the mud?
Nooo…I am saying the name of the mud? Any particular name?
And again he said – MUD.
And we proceed further. Few tourist coming from opposite direction and Santosh saying hi/hello – greetings. As per environment all around I was thinking about canyoning which I did few days back and narrated to Santosh while we walk.
Santosh stopped after few walks and showed a location where a lady from Sweden staying for last few years. Few utensils, few clothes, And makeshift tents present but old lady was not present.
She very seldom talk – He said.
Unbelievable – a thought and we walk further.
Adventure – The correct word about self for walking inside the jungle but What would be the best word for staying inside the jungle? Only those who stay They know better.
The left steep path and you will reach Mango tree – another 10-15 minutes walk way up but nobody is there – said Santosh and we continue walking towards Banyan tree.
Talks, voices little far – I can hear. I guess we are very close.
Yes – said Santosh
And finally climbing few rocks towards the visible Banyan tree.
Baba – How are you?
Good Good – said the Baba.
3-4 other people around Baba. Silent – atmosphere and as always queries – for long how long you are here Baba?
Last 39 years
Yes, each year I visit this place during winter season – November/December.
Are you from Punjab? – I question
As your tone is as similar as Punjabi I guess you are from Punjab.
Yes, education days are from Jalandar DAV.
And with permission I sat down.
And by second week of March I go back to North India few times Kullu-Manali few times – Uttaranchal.
So what basically you do here under the banyan tree?
What is your name?
Who discovered this place?
First time a French guy now known as ShankarGiri – year 1970 discovered this very location and discussed. After two years 1972 I too started visiting.
And I ask – Who is Sadhu?
One who practice sadhana is Sadhu And he showed a small Lord Shiva statue.
Animals – I question. Aren’t you afraid of them during night time.
No. They are all friends. 25 years back I saw a tiger And many times wild cats/monkeys/snakes but they never harm – They are friends – He said.
The location was very quiet and natural. Boiled rice/birds having food. The clean green surrounding and the age-old Banyan tree. Watching scenery all around. A scenery for sure and I started walking again towards the path I followed few minutes before. And a thought – each of us – The same or different? Many within cities – few within jungles – few visiting jungle. Connecting self – is that sadhana?
Maybe and while passing Arambol beach I watch Diabolo stick also known as flower stick A man concentrating to balance a stick between two sticks
Concentration/focus – sadhana?
Questions – Questions – Questions – is that life?
Maybe – the inner reply.
Winning questions – is that Sadhana?