Rishikesh Haridwar...Ganga Aarti,Haridwar,Uttarakhand,India:" In my giving is the Eternal Song of Life "!!
Rishikesh Haridwar..Festivals of India!...
Uttarakhand (Hindi: उत्तराखण्ड Uttarākhanḍ)Carved out of the Himalayas, 'Uttranchal' or 'Uttarakhand' as it is now known, is a state located in the northern part of India. It borders the Tibet Autonomous Region on the north, Nepal on the east, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to the south and Himachal Pradesh to the north west.
Legend of the 'Ganga'
From Gangotri in Gaumukh at an elevation of 3,892 m (12,769 ft), the Bhagirathi and the Alaknanada river from Satopanth, meet at the holy Devparayag, to become the ancient legend of River 'Ganga'. After flowing 200 kilometres (120 miles) through its narrow Himalayan valley, the Ganges debouches into the Gangetic Plain at the pilgrimage towns of 'Rishikesh/Haridwar'. It is believed, that the origin of this holy river is born from the 'tapasya'(meditation) of the famous King Baghiratha, who brought the 'Ganga' down from the Heavens, for the salvation of all mankind. So as not to flood the entire Earth the verocity of the Ganges had to be entwined in the lock of hair (Jata) of Lord Shiva before it descended on Earth. For Hindus in India, the 'Ganges' is not just a river but a mother, a goddess, a tradition, a culture and much more...!
All facts about India would be incomplete, without mention of the celebrations of the 'Ganges', in its myriad forms of worship. The famous 'Kumbh Mela', which happens every twelve years at Haridwar and Allahabad, attract pilgrims from all over the world. Any book which tells you all about India, will relate the 'Char-Dham' pilgrimage of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, an ultimate sacred journey for any 'Hindu'. Many of us take our last salvation of the soul here. The famous 'sati', consort of Lord Shiva self immolated herself in the holy pyre here and the Legend of 'Bum Bum Bhole' was born in this Himalayan state. The mountains of Uttarakhand are alive during the 'Festival of 'Shivaratri' during February/March, with prayers to the divine couple of Shiva n Parvati, in the holy cities of Rishikesh Haridwar !
Health and Healing Program in Dharamsala/Rishikesh..A Video preview :
Music in the Skies
In the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, at the sacred shrine of Devprayag, the black sediment river of Alakananda and the heavenly fountainhead of the pure Ganges, the Bhagirathi, meet to carry on their forward journey to serve mankind..
" Solutions come from the victory of many battles of the Mind and the Soul. When the cause is bigger than the individual, it is important to find solutions and talk !"
Haridwar, Ganga Aarti
The Ganga Aarti is a prayer to the life giving energy of Water. In its most healing invocation, we offer the four elements of Earth, Fire and Air back to the Universe ! We pray for a peaceful journey of the Soul and in all its giving..a good harvest from the Holy Ganges !
"In my giving, is the Eternal Song of Life",..the Holy Ganges !
Sweet Memories, Almora Hills
The best way to start a conversation with anyone around the globe, coming from Uttarakhand, India..is sharing the famous 'bal' and 'singori' sweets of Almora hills. To bring the nostalgia back, take out your bag of Kwality stickjaw caramel toffees and share the sweet surrounds of Dehradun. Specially made in small batches of copper kettles, this has all the mountain flavor of family recipe, down the ages !
The famed Indian sweet tooth has, touched many a visiting heart, leaving behind sweet memories of high Himalayan treks and crowded Indian bazaars !
Rhodos in the Himalayas..India Alive
A traveling pen must capture in its notebook, all that it smells, hears and sees ! There can be nothing more 'mountain', than a skyline colored by a blaze of red rhododendrons..scarlet in memory and fragrant with pine.
Picked fresh on a trek this unique flower is a delicacy in many montain homes, cooked in home-made recipes. The flower contains a compound that is unique for natural "fat-control" and antioxidant healing properties.
Vintage in its mountain flavor and reminiscent of the Himalayas..the raspberry red wine and honey are, excellent table decor.