It was in January 2018, during the Pongal holidays that we planned to visit Tirumala Hills for having darshan of Lord Balaji. We had planned everything in advance and had booked the darshan tickets as well, two months prior to our visit. Before starting the Journey, I prayed to Dadashreeji, that our visit should be special one as we were visiting Tirumala after many years.
For travelling from Coimbatore to Tirupathi, I had booked tickets by train. On the day of the Journey, we reached the station well in time. But to our shock and dismay, the special train was running late by 6hrs. Now if we wait for the train, the next day program at Tirumala would not be possible. We had to start our journey somehow to reach Tirumala by at least late night.
Hence, we decided to take a bus to Salem, which is enroute to Tirupathi. We reached the bus stand and immediately boarded a bus to Salem. On the way, we were told that that there is train to Kattpadi from Salem at 2pm. We reached Salem by 1pm and immediately rushed to the railway station to catch the train to Kattpadi. With great difficulty we boarded this train, it was very crowded and we could not even stand comfortably in the train.
It was in this difficult situation, that I remembered Dada and said “Dada why so much of problems to reach Tirumala? I had prayed for a special tour and you are giving this. Anyways, it is your will that we have to go through this suffering; I accept it and will go through it”. The moment this thought crossed my mind, something changed in me, I felt more calm, more relaxed.
In a few moments, a lot of passengers alighted at the next station and we got seats to sit. The rest of the journey was comfortable and we reached Tirumala at midnight and found that the gatekeeper was waiting for us. Thanks to Divine Grace we were not left in the cold!
The next day being Makara Sankranthi, we had an early morning visitor to our Guest House. A friend’s friend, who works in the Temple came with lot of Prasad from the temple. It was a blessing to receive the sacred Prasad on the auspicious day. We had the Prasad and distributed it to all the guests at the guest house as well.
We had a beautiful darshan of the Lord Balaji in a record 30 minutes, which usually takes minimum 2 to 3hrs. It was ALL His Grace that He made it truly SPECIAL. One thing, I learnt from this tour was just to flow, with the flow, accepting it as His Divine Will and Everything will be truly Divine and beautiful at the End!!!

In gratitude and love,

At Your Lotus Feet,

Maitreyi Roopa.


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