7 hours in a Rickshaw, Part I – Dehu

I gave Amin a list of places I wanted to visit. He looked and said.  “This place is very far.  It’s an hour outside of Pune.  Do you want to go?”


We headed off to Dehu to visit the Sant Tukeram Temple.

Sometimes you need to close your eyes when driving in a rickshaw in the city; the narrow misses can be heart-stopping.  Once you are on the highway, a rickshaw is a peaceful place.  The lack of doors brings an openness not afforded in cars, you can connect with people next to you when the traffic slows, brief conversations can be had with families on motorcycles, food can be purchased, photos can be taken.  I think I want a rickshaw.


My driver went to park and I went into the temple.  It’s not the temple I had expected to visit.  This was a small, intimate temple along the river crowded with people.


When I came out I didn’t see my driver so I took a walk along the river.  I watched people washing their clothes, took photos, made small talk with my 10 words of Hindi. 


We laughed, I was decorated with a tilak, and finally wandered back to where I last saw my driver.  He was pacing back and forth looking a little panicked, “I thought I lost you”, he said.


Imagedehu womanImageImagedehu tilak man


laughing woman dehu

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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