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4 boys ride to a tribal village Khadki for World Yoga Day celebration

I along with 3 of my friends was in a tribal village Khadki to celebrate the first World Yoga day on June 21, 2015. Yesterday i.e. 20th June 2015 was quite eventful.  Bike breakdown, sent back from Purushwadi, welcomed by an unknown host and night walk in the jungle by the river was much more interesting than what we had expected. 

I remember Bhangre ji saying yesterday, government teachers will come to teach Yoga to the tribal kids in Shiva temple tomorrow morning. It was a good opportunity to contribute to the International Yoga Day and make this day memorable
 
Our tent was pitched in the temple. Rajkumar and I woke up at 6:30 AM and left the place for morning activities. We took a tour of the village to witness the grace and simplicity. 
 
Some photos from the morning tour round the village

Gaavti-kombdi
A young boy in indian tribal village getting ready for school
Getting ready for school
Photo of indian kids smilingShyish smile
Indian villages house photoVillage colors
Khadki villageKhadki village
River flowing by the village photoRiver flowing by the village
Morning chat of the ladiesMorning chat
 
Children started gathering in the temple by 7 AM. Chatais and Chadars were being spread. By the time we lazy city folks completed our morning routine, the session had started.
 
I came back and moved closer to the soft rhythmic chorus coming from the village temple. The sound became louder as I went closer, but it was soft on ears and pleasing on the heart.
 
Around 50 kids in the Shiva temple were repeating the trained voice of their teacher. I was amazed at the lyrics the government machinery selected for the IYD Prarthana. I could not remember the exact words of the Marathi prayer. The first line was something like below;
‘Hey ishvar tum Mujhe aise dharm par chalana jis se pure vishwa ka kalyan ho!’

Wonderful! They were learning something which is very very important.
 
When the world has become a bowl full of hatred and people are ready to kill someone just because they don’t like them, I am sure this simple looking thing is much BIGGER in many aspects.

Bells in the Shiva temple
Bells hanging in the village temple of Lord Shiva
International Yoga Day celebration in Indian tribal village
Village children and their Yoga instructor
Tribal girls doing Yoga
Little sisters tuning their mind and body through Yoga
Yoga day in India
Yoga for mind and body
Later my other friends joined in. The session was very perfectly designed to include Pranayams, Asans and Prarthna. Probably it was the first time for these kids and this was the reason they shared laughs with each other during Aasan and Pranayams. 3 government teachers apart from the trainer were correcting the mistakes.  The raw minds were getting it quickly and some very performed very neatly.
 
We were enjoying too. The session ended with a humble Prarthna to the almighty.
 
 
Niraj yadav practicing yoga in the hills of Sahyadris
Me


Bhujangasan

Rajkumar practicing Bhujangansan along with Teacher and kids 

 Pranayam on the world yoga day
Sachin Joshi filling his lungs with fresh air of the hills
Yoga_Saurabh
Saurabh Shetye preserving the memories
 
The trainer thanked us for getting involved and we thanked him for letting us join.
 
We accomplished for what we were here. What better it could be for us to do asan and pranayams and sing Prarthna in chorus with little under privileged kids in the open hills of the Sahyadris.
 
Packed up and left the place. Before leaving, we contributed an amount to the Welfare fund of the tribal village. Shri Bhangre ji whose kutchha house we had used refused to take money, we thanked him and left the village.
My return journey was painful as the bike kept misfiring and losing power right from the beginning. Two mechanics to which we showed our bike couldn’t help much. Riding at no more than 40kmph reached home at 9:30 PM. 

Email me your comments or suggestions at budgetyatri[at]gmail.com or use the comment box below. I will be more than happy to listen to your words.

Thanks.
Niraj Yadav.

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