Monday, April 29, 2013

A miracle...


We had been planning a visit to Tirumala and Tirupati Devastanams (TTD) for my son’s “mundan” ceremony. Hubby dearest decide to drive to Tirumala instead of taking the bus or train. It had been raining all the way, but the ride had been lovely. Once we hit Chittor, the roads were fabulous and we had enjoyed the ride amidst loud family chatter. It was almost 8pm when we reached the foothills and we debated whether we should drive up or stay in Tirupati for the night. Hubby dearest insisted on driving up right then, so that we could get in line for darshan early in the morning. Since our parents seem to concur, we began our ascent in the heavy downpour.

He drove slowly, maneuvering every bend and curve expertly. It was quite dark and surprisingly the road seemed to be clear of the umpteen number of TTD service buses that keep plying every few minutes. We just had our vehicle headlights for assistance. We must have climbed about half way up, when we heard loud honking behind us. We could see a couple of TTD buses behind us and assumed they wanted us to give way. Hubby slowed, moving to one side, and letting the buses pass. The honking continued and we wondered what they were trying to signal. Hubby braked to a stop and got down to see if anything was wrong with the car. To our surprise, instead of coming behind us, the buses went up another curve, leaving us behind.

We realized we were on the wrong path. We had to go up the curve and we had driven straight ahead. Maybe that is why they were honking, we reasoned. Imagine our horror when we realized that the path we were on, ended abruptly 50 mts ahead of our car and there were some branches kept to block the road. And horror of horrors the “path” would have led to a free fall  several thousand feet down the hill!! That was what the buses had been trying to signal!

The look on hubby’s face said it all! His hands wouldn't move as he tried to switch on the ignition! He sat for some time in the driving seat, eyes closed, and not speaking a word. We understood what he might be going through. For all we knew, the whole family could have crashed down the hill in minutes had the buses not suddenly showed up. Surprisingly, the buses had halted as if waiting for us to show up, and when we did, they began their ascent again, showing us the path up the hill.

Words cannot describe how grateful we felt towards those bus drivers and to the Lord himself.

Was that a miracle? Maybe. 

Was that the lord’s way of telling us, no matter what, I will always be there to protect you? Definitely! 

22 comments:

  1. OMG! That surely is a miracle! Thanks to the lord above for guiding and protecting!

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  2. It sure is a miracle.Lord Narayana would always save His devotees who come over to the Hills to have a Dharsan of Him. I have a lot of experience to share.

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    1. please do share. such experiences cement our faith in Him.

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  3. That's an experience one will remember all the life.

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  4. Totally agree...with this as i have also experienced similar experiences in my life...and yes do believe...in miracles...!!!

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    1. yes Anjan....it's god's way of telling us he is there!

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  5. Oh My! what an experience.
    And yes indeed He has his ways of telling us that He is with us protecting.

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  6. I am glad you are both okay..and god bless those bus drivers :)

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  7. There is definitely some power on The Seven hills...Many of my Friends told their incidents..!

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    1. definitely there is a lot of power, you can feel the vibes as u just step into the place...

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  8. Thank God that y0u and your family are safe!!!!

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  9. That was so wonderful of them to warn you in time!!

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    1. oh yes! no doubt about it! god bless them!

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  10. Thank God you guys are safe! And ..yeah, of course - it WAS a miracle..no questions about it.

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    1. though this happened 8 years ago, still fells fresh like it was yesterday!

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