It was an impromptu trip to the Himalayas last month. Had gone to Rishikesh to meet someone but coudn’t stop there. The upper Himalayas were too tempting to resist. So myself and Babu Swami set out on a sort of adventure to the upper Himalayas. With Shivarathri round the corner, we decided to visit “Tunganath” which is the world’s highest Shiva shrine. It is also one of the Panch Kedars. Ever since I have been involved with offering lectures on the Mahabharata, I have got the chance to visit places connected to the Pandavas. The Panch kedar stalas were built by the Pandavas as an offering to Lord Shiva.
The breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas and the silent snow flakes falling on us was a truly magical experience. Tunganath had about 2 feet of snow and it was biting cold. Look at the photos to see how prepared (or ill-prepared rather) we were! Kurta, pyjama, sandals and not-so-useful winter wear! Asanas and Pranayama were of immense benefit. What takes months of Sadhana to experience happens just like that in the Himalayas.
Stayed at the Omkareshwar temple for Shivarathri. This being off season, transportation was sparse but we managed partly on foot and with the help of passers-by.
Looking forward to the summer Himalayan Yatra with youth.