THE FOUNT SOURCE OF RIVER GANGA:
As of today Gomukh lies 18 miles away from Gangotri glacier yet in ancient eras it dwelled in Gangotri only. The gigantic Bhagirath Shila or boulder is found there seated on which Bhagirath performed long term difficult spiritual penance. The region where Goddess Parvati did Tapas or difficult spiritual penance is called Gauri Kund. This area of Gangotri glacier in the lofty Himalaya Mountain region in India is very grand. It is believed that Lord Shiva held the terrific speedy River Ganga waters in his matted locks at this place when the river was flowing down from heaven. Over here the river water flows down from a great height emitting high decibel level noise. Naradji after witnessing the fount source of Bhagirathi or River Ganga Brahmaji the creator eulogized it a great deal:
Dhanyosi kritakrityosi dhanyo dhanyaha punaha punaha.
Yattavayasevitam tirtham punyam gangottaram muney.
MEANING: O Narad! You indeed are glorified. You have beheld the great Gangotri (glacier). You have attained self fulfillment and I honor you again and again.
A lot has been said while eulogizing this meritorious pilgrim spot:
Tapasanam tapaha sthanam muninam mananalayaha.
Bhaktanam cha viraktanamavaso hridayam priyaha.
MEANING: This is the spot of people who perform Tapas or difficult spiritual penance. It is the land where Munis execute deep meditative thinking and mental reflection on spiritual tenets. This region imbues the hearts of true devotees and sages of mental dispassion (Viraktas) with divine ecstatic bliss.
Brahmaiva paramam sakshat drava rupena dhavati.
Pumarth karanarth kau gangeti shubha sanjnaya.
MEANING: Over here it is Almighty God himself with the name of ‘Ganga’ that flows as water bestowing human beings with the blessings of attaining the 4 Purusharthas viz. Dharma (righteous living), Artha (material wealth), Kama (fulfillment of desires) and Moksha (salvation).
Kutra gangottari tirtha kutra kasha gayadayaha.
Prachand dyumaneragre khadyotaha kim prakashate.
MEANING: How much greater is Gangotri pilgrim spot when compared to the likes of Kashi, Bodha Gaya etc? In comparison to the sun of noon time say how much light can the glow worm emit?
Na papam na duracharam kautilyam kutakarma cha.
Na dharma dhwajita yatra nava dukham mahadbhutam.
MEANING: In this sacred region one can never hear of sins, vile activities, fraud etc and further no sorrow ever is experienced here.
Bhagirathtapaha sthanam trishulokeshu vishrutam.
Idam bhulok vaikunthamiti janahi narad.
MEANING: O Narad! This sacred meritorious pilgrim spot is where Bhagirath performed long term difficult spiritual penance. It is well known in all 3 worlds and can be called heaven of our world (Bhulok).
Weather and season science experts opine that this region is now slowly warming more and more. Today the snowfall is less than what it was in previous times. The Gangotri glacier is melting day by day and hence Gomukh region has receded back by 18 miles. About 1 mile of this has moved back in very few years of the recent past. Hence those who travel to the fount source spot of River Ganga have to travel 18 miles from Gangotri glacier to Gomukh. While describing this sacred spot where River Ganga first emerges it is written:
Tatra pralaye sanghat bhushite bhuvi bhushane.
Gomukhe gomukhakar mahatuhin gahvarat.
Nirgacchati mahavega ganga suratarangini.
Pavani pavanarthaya prithvilok nivasinam.
MEANING: In that region of Gomukh adorned with the jewelry of snow and ice and the glory of our earth akin to the face of a cow from the great cave of ice the auspicious and meritorious River Ganga of demigods of heaven in order to sanctify denizens of Bhulok or planet Earth gushes forth with terrific swiftness and speed.
Nine miles above the Gangotri glacier region lies a forest of pine trees and is called Chidwasa. Over here the term ‘Wasa’ means forest. Thus Chidwasa connotes a forest of pine trees. Over here a pious man of charitable disposition has built a rest house for travelers. In it although no manager has been appointed yet in order to cook food and store water some vessels have been kept. Anyone who reaches here becomes the manager of this rest house. From here commences Bhojwasa. It means a forest of Bhoja leaf trees. From these trees thick bark emerges and it works as sheets to sleep on, use as blankets, clothes and cover huts built there. In this very area 5 huts of sages can be noted and even in cold winter when it snows very heavily they do not budge from here. On the other shore of River Ganga is the hut of Swami Tattvabodhanandji. In summer season the roads to travel back and forth to this place open up and at that time these saints gather required materials for daily living spanning 9 months. With the help of fire lit with wood carry out their daily basic chores. One saint residing here called HH Raghunathdas Maharaj does not eat food grains and instead in summer he makes a vegetable of potatoes with green leafy vegetables and in cold winter he makes a vegetable of potatoes with dry leafy vegetables and for years he has been eating this only without tarnishing his sound health. On the tree of Bhoja leaves here and there small round tuber like soft offshoots are seen and they are called ‘Bhujra’. When boiled in water very lovely tea can be made. Hence if compared to tea leaves bought from shops in cities etc this Bhujra tea is much tastier, colorful to look at and gives enough warmth in these cold icy mountain heights. For overcoming shivering cold the saints dwelling here drink this Bhujra tea daily. Over here no milk or sugar is available. Hence they boil water to make Bhujra tea, add salt to it and drink it as Kwath (Ayurveda terminology).
In this region of Bhojwasa a small river flows by called Bhojgadh. In Pahadi terminology (mountains) ‘Gadh’ means river. Bhojgadh hence means a river flowing in the forest of Bhoja leaf trees. After this region, commences Fulwasa or forest of flowers. Wherever no trees are found there small plants grow on the ground. These plants radiate with beautiful flowers in the months of Shravan and Bhadrapad (as per Hindu calendar). After crossing over this area we can reach Gomukh.
On this 18 mile stretch there is no proper road or dusty foot path also. Expert guides with the aid of known trees, stones, peaks and scenes walk ahead and take the traveler to Gomukh. On the way there are such places where if even a minor error occurs, one’s life ends. Such difficulties are faced while walking and climbing steep slopes that instead of describing it in detail here we can only say that on entering this tough mountainous terrain man by forgetting tiredness and hardships experiences an indescribable ecstatic bliss. When he compares this serene lovely lap of Mother Nature here with the noise and vile activity reeking urban life of cities he truly believes that he has come out from hell and has now got immersed in a heavenly joyous environment.
The source of Bhagwati Bhagirathi or River Ganga oozes spiritual bliss in the psyche of the one witnessing its grand exotic beauty. Lest Ganga is looked upon merely as a river even so the natural beauty here is so grand that one who has the art of appreciating beauty cannot stop himself from getting mesmerized by it. From the word Gomukh we can infer that over there must be an opening with an appearance of a cow’s mouth. From there a stream of water must be emerging yet no such thing is noted there. In the mountain of ice there is a huge opening akin to a hollow cave and from it a very speedy spray like tiny water stream gushes forth in a dancing manner. This beauty can be satisfactorily described only by an artistic mind. Lest Ganga is called a spiritual stream then from its place of source that spiritual principle too emerges with intense speed. Any person with deep faith can experience tangibly that some divine spiritual waves are wetting every iota of his psyche with ecstatic divine bliss. By itself the spiritual stream of River Ganga flows everywhere yet if its pristine purity is to be experienced it can be felt at Gomukh only.
From Bhojwasa to this area at a distance of 8 miles no rest house can be found. Here and there huge boulders stick out and under them some sort of rest can be taken. Each year, the number of pilgrims coming here has now touched about 500-600. These people have to return to Chidwasa rest house to pass the 1st night. Thus 8 miles to arrive here and 8 miles to return to Chidwasa rest house totals up to 16 miles. Hence this tortuous climb and inaccessible path becomes very difficult for the body to endure. Even if a person of faith wishing to rest here or do some spiritual practice here for sometime cannot do so because he is worried about returning immediately because the total 16 miles cannot be completed to and fro. If night sets in and heavy rainfall commences the road is difficult to find. Thus even though pilgrims like to wait here for some time they perforce return with a heavy heart. A few days back on the other shore of River Ganga lived a saint of austerities full of dispassion to the material world (Udaseen Baba). After he shed his mortal coil his hut too is getting tattered. I thought to myself lest a small rest house was built here then akin to Bhojwasa over here too people could rest and hence by staving off the fear of this mammoth walk of 16 miles in 1 day they could benefit from the sacred vibrations of this grand region that much more. The requirement of a place to rest pulled the mind towards it. The mental resolve said this is not impossible. No doubt that at this source region of River Ganga viz. Gomukh a small rest house can be built and very soon this shall come into being.
Till Gomukh it is possible for travelers to reach but after this the terribly tough rough terrain of Himalaya Mountains commences. Over there no path exists nor is there any reason for anyone to go to. It is from here that the heart center of Himalaya Mountains commences. On entering it I had to reach Tapovan region and nearby is Nandanvan. After reaching there, my goal got fulfilled. I stayed there as long as I was supposed to, I did what was to be done and I heard and spoke as much as I was supposed to. Ordinary folks have no reason to know its details. Over here it would be out of place to discuss these personal matters.
I was yearning intensely to see heaven on earth and it is only due to someone’s grace that this seemingly impossible desire to fulfill got actually fulfilled. The great grace of Almighty God and blessings of great God Realized saints can help fulfill very difficult tasks. My mind’s wish got easily fulfilled and all means required came my way unasked. There were travelers and a guide too with me. My feet that were tired and wounded now got rejuvenated and that weak body of mine unable to bear freezing cold could now stand straight. Feet that were shivering with cold started walking further ahead.
In descriptions of such journeys majority of authors pen their personal episodes much more. In it a lot of self praise gets showcased but since I wanted to abstain from this I just described the situation in these lofty terrain areas.
The inaccessible Himalayas beyond Gomukh have virtually no one coming and going there. People do not find any reason also to go there. Two miles above Gomukh from where Tapovan commences there, in the months of Shravan and Bhadrapad (Hindu calendar), very delicate and nutritious plant life grows. Lest sheep, goats etc graze on it they can become well nourished. They give birth to strong baby sheep, goats etc and their wool too are soft and of very high quality. Keeping in mind these benefits some very daring mountain folk owning goats bring them to this region for a few days. But even these goat breeders barely go 2 miles beyond Gomukh. Apart from these no other human being comes here. This is Tapovan or a place for doing penance and hence very rarely do you see humans and beasts here. Only rarely do you see here wild sheep called Barad, musk deer and brown bears roaming around. Not one tree grows here but grass and plants are seen that give off an endearing fragrance. Those who cannot endure this intense fragrance experience dizziness. If we walk a bit ahead from here a place called Nandanvan is reached. Over here the months of Shravan and Bhadrapad (Hindu calendar) are looked upon as Vasant Ritu or spring season. It is in these 2 months only that grass and plants are seen growing here wherein they sprout, mature, bloom with flowers and then wither away to naught. From the month of Ashwin it starts snowing and hence the previous lush green growth noted dies down. When this lush greenery blooms in it hundreds of varieties of beautiful, colorful and fragrant flowers grow. On noting its designing, curious forms and separate appearances it seems as though an adept painter has laid down on a smooth silky ground a sheet decorated with colorful beautiful flowers.
In Nandavan is found the Bhagirath Shikhar. It is said that the great man of penance Bhagirath dwells here eternally in the form of this mountain. This peak is as beautiful as the huge garden like flat plain below in the form of Nandavan.
Nandavan is said to be the garden forest of demigods. It is possible that in ancient eras some trees did grow here yet today only beautiful lush greenery in the form of plants is witnessed. On seeing it one gets mind boggled with the wondrous artistic skill of Mother Nature or Prakriti. A thought hence arises in the mind that if today this beautiful lush greenery in the form of plants appears so beautiful then in ancient eras when trees too were growing here they too must have been beautiful and those dwelling in its environment too must have been similarly beautiful akin to demigods depicted. When birds dwelling amongst the beautiful multicolored flowers become as radiant as them it goes beyond doubt that souls roaming in this Nandavan are as wonderfully radiant as them. A description is given regarding the beauty of Nandavan on planet earth thus:
Agahan gahanam vai lata vitapivarjitam.
Prashantamiti gambhiram vishalam grav sankulam.
Krishnaraktaiha shwetapitaiha pushpairdivyaiha manoharaiha.
Indrani kasha bhushabhiha samacchanam samatantaha.
MEANING: There is no dense forest here. There are no creepers, trees etc. It is a very serene and profound land. It is widespread and full of huge boulders. Over here bloom multicolored flowers that mesmerize the mind akin to jewelry entwined in the beautiful hair of the queen of heaven.
Aho tatratya sushmam k ova varnayitum prabhuhu.
Indropyakshi sahasrena yam vilokya na trupyati.
MEANING: Who can completely describe the natural beauty oozing forth there? Even if king of heaven Indra visualizes this beauty with a thousand eyes yet he shall remain in satiated.
In Tapovan region below a huge rock such a shady area has got created that under it about 10 people can rest. Its state is akin to a cave. Apart from this in this region there are no other shady areas that one can spend the night there for resting purposes. There are no trees at all. One cannot find wood too. One plant with a thick stem is such that by burning these stems some sort of fire can be lit. Very close to the Tapovan is the Shivling peak. Its scene is like that of Mount Kailash. On seeing it appears as though Mother Nature has rendered this peak a huge Shivling and that someone has methodically with worship rites reinstated it over here.
From Tapovan in the direction of Gomukh lies the Meru mountain peak. Below it is the Meru glacier that then heads towards the Kedarnath peak. By emerging from the Shivling peak a small river called Swarg Ganga flows by. From above its 2 streams flow in 2 directions and in the center of Tapovan they unite to become a confluence akin to Rivers Ganga and Yamuna merging into one another.
In Puranas or Indian Mythology it is detailed that River Ganga previously resided in heaven but later due to Bhagiratha’s Tapas or penance it came down on our earth in order to bless and usher in well being of world humans and other creatures. This scene can be directly witnessed here. In the heart of the Himalayas and in the heaven of earth this Swarga Ganga flows by. This very stream for some distance merges into Ganga glacier and later again manifests at Gomukh. Lord Shiva holds River Ganga in his matted locks and this scene too can be clearly witnessed at Shivling peak. On merging with Swarga Ganga it comes out from Meru peak then touches a part of Shivling peak and then flows in Tapovan region.
At the end of Tapovan is Gauri Kund touching Ganga glacier. Over here Goddess Uma dwells as this Gauri Kund very close to Lord Shiva. This divine couple of harsh strict discipline and compassion is worth prostrating to devotedly from all standpoints. Lord Shiva and Goddess Uma or Parvati dwell here in their manifest form of a mountain and pond. One is Tapas or penance and the other is sheer devotion. One is divine knowledge and the other is divine sentiments. Near Shivling peak, on seeing the duo of Gauri Kund, in peoples’ hearts oozing with sacred emotions a tangible ecstatic bliss of having direct vision of Lord Shiva and Goddess Uma or Parvati gushes forth.
On noting this heavenly scene we go ahead with the help of the Ganga glacier and thus we arrive at Manasarovar Lake at the corner of Kirti glacier. This is not equal in measure to the Manasarovar Lake in Tibet region as far as length and breadth is concerned yet from the standpoint of purity, sanctity and divine principles this heavenly lake in comparison to all water areas of the world put together bestows much more peace and sanctity.
Despite roaming in so many regions we have yet not seen Sumeru Mountain from the land below over here. It can be seen from a mountain peak but it is not possible to climb up. Since the ice is very slippery and the climb is steep without help of special means we cannot reach the top of any mountain over here simply on the basis of the strength of our feet. Hence for visualizing the Sumeru Mountain we shall yet have to go ahead in Ganga glacier area itself and from Gahan Himdhara we shall have to reach Varun Vana. From here we can see Sumeru Mountain very clearly. In Varun Vana there is a lot of mud and since it is slanted there is a lot of wetness there. Over here there are plants like those seen in Nandavan. The road further ahead is not worth walking on. From here you can see the Chaukhamba peak from where the Pandavas ascended to heaven (Swargarohan). But at this point now I shall have to give up my lure for having more such beautiful Darshans. The path ahead is obstructed. From here along with height the inaccessible roads cannot even be described fully. Hence those yearning to see heaven on earth must rest content with all those scenes witnessed so far and hence commence the return journey.
As per Agnipurana text (Indian Mythology) Lord Shiva had performed the Tandav Dance over here. When this world had got submerged so deeply in hordes of sins creatures could not dwell in peace at all. Hence Lord Shiva caught the Damru and Trishul in his hands started dancing. As a result of this Tandav Dance Pralaya or total world annihilation set in. In all directions terrific inferno like flames spread out and all that which led to sinful mankind strut about in demonic arrogance got destroyed in a flash. In that land of Tandav Dance at every step the mind asked: O Bhutabhavan-Lord Shiva! How much time remains for your Tandav Dance to commence in this present era? Is there yet some time left for the vessel of vile activities of sinful world humanity to fill up to the brim?
The region of primordial creation of humans, as per research data presented by archeologists is the Sumeru Mountain. It is here that Adam-Eve descended on earth from heaven. The incidences of Noah’s Ark at the time of Pralaya or total world annihilation and Rishi Markandeya getting Darshan or vision of God in a child’s form is said to be related to this Sumeru Mountain region. Due to these specialties for a sacredly emotional person harboring love for ancientness such a place in a certain way can become one that aids gushing forth of special pious sentiments. For me too from every unit of this sacred region so many important incidences of the ancient past was imbuing my psyche full of pious sentiments while manifesting its otherwise latent form.
I had read in Purana texts (Indian Mythology) that Sidha Yogi Sadguru exists even today yet due to the influence of Kaliyuga or Dark Era they dwell in a secret place in the lofty Himalaya Mountains incognito. In the Guru Gita text such a Sadguru has been described that by opening the eye of divine wisdom of a devotee dispels his spiritual ignorance. Such a Sadguru himself is Trimurti and Almighty God incarnate. These Sadgurus are none other than the immortal eternally embodied Rishis and Maharshis but due to undesirable influences of our modern present day era they cannot be seen by us. These Sadgurus are described in the 7th chapter of the Lingpurana text (Indian Mythology) and their residence is given as this Sumeru Mountain region. In the Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapurana text (12th Canto-2nd chapter-37th verse) the residence of these Sidha Sadgurus is said to be Kalap Gram region. Again in the Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapurana text (10th Canto-87th chapter-5th, 6th, 7th verses) a similar mention is made and even in the epic Mahabharat (Nausal Parva-7th chapter) a description of Sidha Sadgurus dwelling in Kalap Gram has been detailed.
That land of Sidhas is this one only. To have Darshan of such invisible souls with the gross eyes is possible for those rare few yet in this meritorious land such experiences definitely are felt that in ancient eras in that region where such high stature souls sported even today is not totally devoid of ancient era based divine influences. Even those who are atheists and lack trust can attain many experiences that can imbue their mind with faith. On their own faith, peace, dispassion and farsighted discrimination start gushing forth in the psyche and such an experience occurs as though over here some invisibly scattered divine powers in order to bestow these sacred emotions their compassion, kindness and faith of progress gives it as Prasad or blessings.
This small area called heaven on earth was seen. We only had Darshan of its central point of focus viz. Sumeru Mountain. It was not possible to reach there and whatever was seen keeping in mind my miniscule stature and lack of means was not any less in measure. It is difficult to say what experiences are perceived by those other people who come here yet I fully experienced it as a divine land. In ancient eras possibly demigods lived embodied but today they cannot be seen without gross eyes anywhere in these lone solitude areas. Yet that experience was felt properly wherein even today a very influential authority/existence of divine principles oozes here and with its presence again and again evoked ecstatic bliss in my psyche. Over here every object drips with divinity and divine waves in them that give the great message of the soul principle gushes forth with terrific speed. In ancient eras India was a Jagadguru or Guru of the world that gave the message of spirituality to the entire world. It seems that the fount of that divine message was attained via Tapas or spiritual austerities. The forest culture of India sprayed immortal nectar on creatures burning in the fire of sins. Who knows whether this heart of Himalaya region best amongst all forests was previously a land of heaven on earth?
In order to gauge the height and depth of peaks spread out in this region how high which place is, by knowing this it shall be easier to infer the situation that exists. Rishikesh in Uttarakhand-India is 2000 feet above sea level. Gangotri is 10,000, Gomukh 12,700, Nandanvan 14,230, Bhagirath Mountain 22,495, Meru Mountain 21,850, Satpath Mountain 23,213, Kedarnath Mountain 22,770, Sumeru Mountain 20,770, Swargarohan Mountain 23,880, Chandra Mountain 22,073 and Nilkanth Mountain is 21,640 feet above sea level.
To climb such high mountains is possible only by people possessing very high stature means and materials and those mountaineers who can spend thousands of dollars. Hence if you possess merely bodily strength and minimal means it is possible to reach only till Varun Vana. On reaching here generally all main spots that are like heaven on earth can be visualized.
On reaching this meritorious region possibly a material minded person may just see stones, ice, grass, water and a bit of nature’s beauty yet one imbued with deep faith there is a lot over here that can nourish and render more steadfast his sacred sentiments of deep faith. Due to pious principles in his psyche he feels as though all sacred principles of earth by gathering here are entering the innermost core of his soul. The mind becomes more focused and the intellect becomes serenely well balanced. In one’s bosom unasked a yearning for spiritual attainments emerges, one starts hating sinning, one’s faith in God intensifies, one gets immersed in soul bliss and devotional sentiments dance forth in the psyche. All around oneself a glimpse of Satyam-Shivam-Sundaram or Truth-Wellness-Divine Beauty is attained. The imperishable vault of natural beauty can be seen everywhere. This beauty can never be fully described via penning on paper or by verbal description because it is something that can only be experienced. A glimpse of this environment is as follows:
Dev sevyam cha tatsthanam devatanam cha durlabham.
Maha punya mahopunya purasheravalaukitam.
Naitat kevalamakshanam sadaivahladakam muney.
Sarva punyam mahatirthamurdha bhusheti viddhitat.
MEANING: This region is the home of demigods it is rare to attain it and bestows a lot of good merits. Only pious minded people can access this region and behold it. O Narad! This place not only gives joy to our sense organs but that know it to be the crest jewel of all great pilgrim spots put together.
Tathahni kaladhautabhaiha sayancha kanak prabhaiha.
Praharshayati ya chittam parvatagrailaukikaiha.
Kimayam tapaniyadriha kinva rajat parvataha.
Iti sandeha to tatra badha muhyanti manavaha.
MEANING: The psyche oozes with divine ecstasy on visualizing these divine mountains that appear to radiate moonshine like light in the day and golden light at dusk. Man ensnared by doubt thinks: Is this mountain made of gold? Is this mountain made of silver?
Both at dawn and dusk when the sun is yellow and red in hue then due to the reflection of its halo the snow capped peak due to colors of sun rays and state and specialties of itself appears as colored differently thus. One can glimpse rainbows at many places. On seeing this scene man feels as though he has lost himself in this ocean of exotic beauty.
Saundaryam brahmano rupam prakrutyamanuvartate.
Prakriternasti saundaryam swaswarupatmako gunaha.
Tadrishastadrishe sthaney brahma saudarya deepitey.
MEANING: Beauty is but Almighty God’s divine form. Prakriti or Mother Nature is not beautiful on its own but due to God’s divine aura oozing in it, it appears beautiful. In such meritorious regions brimming with God’s divine beauty men of God Realization immersed in divine bliss attain trance or Nirvikalpa Samadhi easily.
That soul state attained after doing a lot of spiritual practices is successfully attained more easily in quicker time on entering this sacred grand environment. Keeping in mind these specialties lest great Rishis and demigods in yester eras had chosen this divine region close to Nandanvan and Tapovan for spiritual penance definitely this decision of theirs was perfectly apt.
Today the bodily and mental state of mankind is not capable of residing in the above region. Akin to ancient times today trees and required means for sustaining life are unavailable. Even so by having Darshan/vision of this meritorious land man is capable of rendering himself glorified. Amongst us those who are brave, who enjoy good health can reach here with necessary paraphernalia.
From the scalp of Kailash residing Lord Shiva, flows the River Ganga. It yet cannot be correlated to Kailash Mountain standing in Tibet region. This is because it is impossible for River Ganga to come from Tibet to Gomukh due to its geographical condition. The journey from Gangotri glacier to Kailash Mountain in Tibet region via Jelukhaga Ghati is about 300 miles. Further many slanting mountains appear on the way no water or snowfall stream can reach there. The real Shivlok can only be seen in heaven on earth region. The Ganga glacier is close to Shivling. Swarga Ganga too is found nearby. Gauri Kund too can be seen there. Thus the Kailash Mountain of Lord Shiva holding River Ganga in his matted locks can only be this heart or epicenter of Himalaya Mountain region. Lest the ancient Kailash Mountain did not stand here say why would Bhagirathaji do Tapas or spiritual penance here? Why would he have not traveled to Kailash Mountain in Tibet region close to Lord Shiva? In this sacred land all 3 peaks viz. Shivling, Kedar and Nilkantha that are the abode of Lord Shiva are present. Hence it is natural that Manasarovar Lake dwells in this divine land. From names like Suralaya, Himdhara, Satpath Himdhara and Varun Vana also it is proved that this region is a land of gods and hence divinity. That Vasudhara where the Ashtavasus made this land their residence is near Alkapuri. By cogitating deeply over all these facts it is proved that the real Kailash Mountain and Manasarovar Lake dwells in this divine land only.
The Kailash Mountain in Tibet region of today’s modern times due to foreign restrictions from the standpoint of travel and pilgrimage is becoming more and more difficult day by day. Over there is fear of dacoit attacks too. The region is very far off too. In that land the environment is not Indian at all and our language is not spoken and our culture is not adhered to. If we go there we get a very alien feeling. At that time in the past as long as India’s culture ruled in that region also at that time this pilgrim spot could have been apt yet if we wish to have the true Darshan of the residence of Lord Shiva, the true fount region of River Ganga and true spiritual Manasarovar Lake we shall have to search for the true Kailash Mountain in heaven on earth region found in the heart or epicenter of Himalaya Mountain region. As an act of research a person must travel both to Kailash Mountain in Tibet region and Kailash Mountain in heaven on earth region found in the heart or epicenter of Himalaya Mountain region. He shall himself hence experience tangibly how peace bestowing and divine is the environment of Kailash Mountain in heaven on earth region found in the heart or epicenter of Himalaya Mountain region. Lest the Govt. of India or a rich philanthropic person repairs roads here and makes basic arrangements for staying overnight or a bit more at a few places on the way then lovers of spiritual journeys and ordinary people with a bent of mind for mountain climbing can easily reach this place and poor mountain folks staying here can work as laborers for these travelers and thus eke out a living.
From the north region of this land a road has been unearthed for traveling to Badrinath. On its own, the road used today from Gomukh to Badrinath is 250 miles yet the straight road from here is but 25 miles long. In the past 3 years many brave group of saints have already traveled from here to Badrinath. A coolie called Dalip Singh of Mukhwa village had accompanied a group of mountaineers from Switzerland. Dalip Singh had got information about this path and under his guidance 2 or 3 times this trip was made successfully. After leaving Gomukh one reaches Badarinath after making stopovers on the 1st day at Tapovan’s Shila Gufa or boulder cave, on the 2nd day at Sita glacier, on the 3rd day at Chaturangi glacier, on the 4th day on the banks of Arba River and on the 5th day at Gastoti Mana village. By setting up a small tent in the open ground in the atmosphere of terrific biting cold all around to spend even one night is like fighting with death. Yet out of sheer tiredness one does sleep for a couple of hours by digging one’s knees in one’s tummy. Along with this people sleep sticking to each other so that some form of warmth is felt. Any bodily part that remains exposed appears such that it is melting and withering away. It is only faith and daring that renders man alert here else if travelers fear the terribly tough conditions here so as to lose their mental balance then akin to the Pandavas they shall get buried in ice here called ice burial.
On this road a height of 20,000 feet has to be crossed close to the Chandra Mountain. Since at greater heights air content is low the head feels dizzy and the mind feels depressed. Above cracks of frozen ice soft snow gathers and hence the cracks below are not seen. Thus by getting trapped in them a danger of losing one’s life looms large. Hence travelers tie ropes to their waist in an unbroken manner walk with big distances between each of them. Thus if even one person gets trapped in these icy cracks then because of the rope tied to each others’ waist one gets saved from falling fully down in those deep craters. At many places on this huge sheet of snow one has to purposely slide on the snow so as to gauge the road ahead. In early morning when ice is frozen one can walk a bit properly yet when sun rays fall on it snow becomes softer and since it melts one starts slipping much more. Then we have to stop walking. From 4 pm in the afternoon clouds cover the sky and it is not possible to see a person seated very close by also. Mist and darkness cover the sky. For eating we depend on salty Sattu flour and salted tea. A stove is a true friend over here. By making tea repeatedly on it one wards off a bit of tiredness by drinking it hot. In place of milk, butter is used and instead of sugar salt is used to make tea. At night snow becomes intense and harder and hence one can place a blanket on it for sleeping. It is very cold at that time and throughout the day and night one has to don woolen clothes, sweater, socks, shoes, muffler, cap etc. There is no question of removing upper garments and take a bath. The ice here shines like glass when sun rays fall on it but its reflection can harm our eyes. Hence during daytime dark tinted spectacles have to be worn. With the stove snow is melted for minimal cooking purposes. At great mountain heights no water is available. In the afternoon when ice melts at small holes here and there water is seen for a few hours. We can use this water also. Air content is very less at these heights. One feels very breathless, we breathe quickly and since no proper roads exist here via inference and compass directions we walk ahead. Even a little bit of weight carried can become unendurable for people not used to travel here and hence coolies living here help a lot in carrying basic luggage. In this manner so many difficulties are to be endured in these tortuous mountain heights yet on the basis of daring, faith and patience they can be overcome. Till date such traveling programs have not reported any loss of life.
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