October 2019

October 1, 2019: Yamunotri

Early morning 6-kilometer steep uphill trek to the source of the Yamuna river. I choose the palaki, as it’s called here. Four men carry it.

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October 2, 2019: A Desire Fulfilled

A desire fulfilled. On the banks of the Yamuna at her origin in Yamunotri. Thank you Srila Prabhupada.

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October 06, 2019: Album- Of Mountains I Am The Himalayas

Our small group of devotees visited the Char Dhamas; the four holy sites of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath in the Himalayas. Since time immemorial sages have made the journey to these sacred abodes for purification and self-realisation. In this album we record our visit to Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna river and Gangotri, the source of the Ganges river. In Bhagavad Gita Krsna says amongst mountains He is the Himalayas. Seeing the natural beauty of the Himalayas and experiencing their sacred nature we appreciated those words more than ever before.

October 8, 2019: Kedarnath – The Abode Of Lord Siva
Kedarnath was the third stop our on pilgrimage to the Himalayas. Despite a devastating flood in 2013 which destroyed much of the infrastructure, the temple remains intact as it has for 5,000 years. It was built on the order of the five Pandava brothers for the express worship of Lord Siva. The Siva lingam inside is in the shape of a hump. There is an interesting pastime behind it’s appearance. Adi Sankaracarya renovated the temple and lived in Kedarnath for sometime. He actually passed away there at the age of 32 years. His samadhi was near the temple but was washed away in the flood in 2013. Vaisnavas worship Lord Siva as the greatest Vaisnava, a per the statement in Srimad Bhagavatam.

October 10, 2019: Badrinath – A Destination Supreme
Badrinath is famous as one of the larger Char Dhamas of India: They are Ramesvaram, Jagannath Puri, Dwarka and Badrinath. Situated high in the Himalayas on the banks of the Alakananda river Badrinath has been visited by great saintly persons since time immemorial. The deity in the temple is self-manifested from a salagram sila and is two feet high. During the winter when it becomes unbearably cold, the temple is closed for 6 months. Before closing the doors the pujaris light a ghee lamp which is found to be still burning when they open the doors 6 months later. It is understood that Narada Muni and various demigods perform the worship during those cold winter months. Nearby is the cave where Srila Vyasadeva wrote down the Vedic scriptures. The border of China is only a few meters away.