Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top of the World - Day Three at Kedarnath

The most spell-binding moments in life happen in the least expected places. And when it happens, there's a sense of calm that comes over. You're standing amongst thousands, yet in that one moment you could probably be the only person in this world. These moments just take your breath away. It struck me with such a force today, I almost had tears in my eyes. We were standing in front of the Kedarnath temple. Ice capped peaks towered over us. Last remnants of sunlight glistened on the ice. And suddenly, candles were lit and everyone started singing. A single voice of devotion. The kind of music that just seeps inside and becomes a part of you. I was humbled. I am not god fearing and I stay away from temples. But today, when the bells chimed and om jai jagdish hare drifted over the mountains, it was life changing. Maybe, these moments happen to make you realise that life should be a culmination of such amazing things, and not a constant rant of all that's wrong.
Evening Aarti at Kedarnath

Sunday, May 26, 2013

From the mountains - Day Two

We're sitting in this place called Chowranghikhal. The wolf like dog refuses to leave our side. As a family, we are not very dog-friendly you know. So, am watching Ma make half hearted attempts at shooing Mr. I-want-whatever-you-are-eating. Its just a town square, this place. Lined with tea shops and a few knick knacks. Just the kind of place where you stop for a tea and stretch your legs. 

We reached Gangotri yesterday at around 6 in the evening. The roads were horrible. After doing leh, srinagar, manali and so many other places by road, this came as a rude shock. The Indigo rattled our bones with no mercy. By the time we were close to Gangotri, I was dust smeared and well, not very happy. The good thing about ice capped mountains is that the ice melts in summers. And there are small trickles all along the way. I got off the car and walked into one of those ice cold trickles. Just stopped short of taking a full on shower!  Amazing how these small things can just make your day.

Friday, May 24, 2013

From the Mountains - Day One

Woke up to chants today. Walked out of the room, and took in the view slowly. A marble white temple and the Ganges right behind it. And the smell of incense. Ma walked to me with a steaming hot cup of tea. And baba said predictably - we are running late already. Ma and I smiled and ignored.
Ashram in Rishikesh