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Magic Of Life !

**** STAR DUST ****

“When I look up at the sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small, ’cause they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” –Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Your thoughts do indeed create your reality. Thoughts are forms of energy that are sent ahead and eventually manifest as physical matter. The thoughts you think determine the outcome of your worldly experiences, from finances to health, relationships to environment. In fact, there is no aspect of your life that is not affected by your thoughts.

Picture taken : BORRA CAVES

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~ The Dance of SHIVA ~

The cosmic dance of Shiva symbolises the interplay of dynamic and static divine energy flow, containing the five principles of eternal energy – creation, preservation, destruction, illusion and emancipation.

 ~ The Dance of SHIVA ~

Shiva dances in ‘Rudra Tandava’ or the dance of destruction in an aureole of fire, creating wild thunder storms all around the universe, even shattering the Sun, the Moon and stellar bodies with his matted hair, marks of ash on the forehead, trident and drum, lifting his left leg and balancing over a demon of ignorance, with snakes crawling over his arms, legs and braided hair that depict egotism. His upper right hand holds an hourglass drum or ‘dumroo’ standing for the male-female vital principle, while the lower gestures us to ”Be fearless”. A skull on his head depicts conquest over death. Goddess Ganga, epitomising the holy river, sits on his hairdo. His third eye represents omniscience, insight and enlightenment.

‘Locks of matted hair/ Thick like luxuriant Amazon rain forest/ Spread all over/ Stirring never-ending cyclones, tsunamis! Ceaseless torrents/ Cascading cataracts/ Floodwater of the Ganga/ Caused holocaust, apocalypse/ Unprecedented obliteration in the Milky Way! Blazing inferno originated/ From his third eye raged like wild fire/ Blazed all over his forehead/ Engulfing everything in the aureole of fire!’

The ‘Lasya’ or the gentle form of his dance, known as ‘Ananda Tandavam’ or dance of bliss is associated with the creation of the world, after its total destruction. Shiva’s two different cosmic dances take place in one’s ‘Chidambaram’ or in the sky of the mind, portrayed as the centre of consciousness situated at the altar of one’s heart.

Shiva is the symbol of ‘Brahmn’, the universal consciousness. The cosmic serpent called ‘Kundalini’, draped by the Lord of all dance, is mythically present in every living form. Arousal of the ‘kundalini’ is a metaphor for the awakening of the seven energy centres or ‘chakras’ situated in the spine.

The sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita, interprets that the three basic gunas – sattvic, tamasic and rajasic – combine with each other to create life forms in the universe. The divine entity is divided into nine; but only eight of them are perceived by human intellect – earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and pride. The ninth part of the divine entity is eternally shrouded in the mystery of creation.

Fritjof Capra, in his book The Tao of Physics, paid due tribute to the Hindu view of matter and established its linkage with modern physics with empirical research in 1972. He observed the linkage between ancient Vedic mythology, religious symbolism, art and modern physics: “Every subatomic particle not only does an energy dance, but is also an energy dance; a pulsating process of creation and destruction…without end…For the modern physicists, then, Shiva’s dance is the dance of subatomic matter.”

The European Centre for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva-CERN had unveiled in 2004 the two metre-tall statue of Nataraja, the form of Shiva depicted in the dance pose. The dancing Indian deity, representing the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, also depicts the dynamics of subatomic particles, the basis of creation of the universe that is being researched by physicists around the world.

 
 
 
Ref article : Cosmic Dance Of Shiva
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The journey is the reward.

Picture taken : Parvati Valley.

Parvati Valley is situated in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. From the confluence of the Parvati River with the River Beas, the Parvati Valley runs eastwards, through a steep-sided valley from the town of Bhuntar, in the Kullu valley, Himachal. India.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 

 

 

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Shiva {{ Bliss }} at Parvathi Valley

Fortunate to experience another full moon night in the Mighty Himalayas this time near Tosh Valley !

I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.  ” OM NAMHA SHIVAYA ! “

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A man of awareness is unattached

Picture Taken : Pashupatinath Kathmandu, Nepal

Man can live either on the circumference or at the centre. To live at the circumference is easy, cheap, because everybody is living there. But to live at the centre is a great challenge, because you will be living there all alone. You will not find a crowd there. And to be alone needs the greatest courage in the world, that’s why very few people have been able to know their innermost core, because the journey is absolutely solitary.

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Soaring high..In to the Skies…

 

“Imagination is the preview of life’s coming attractions”…..

Eagle represents a state of grace that is reached through inner work, understanding and passing the initiation tests that result from reclaiming our personal power. Eagle Medicine is the Power of the Great Spirit. It is the spirit of tenacity. It is the gift of clear vision with which one can truly see the things one sees. It is the patience to wait for the appropriate moment. It is to live in balance with heaven and earth. Eagle reminds us of our connection with the Great Spirit. It tells us that the universe is giving us the opportunity to fly above our life’s worldly levels, or above the shadow of past realities. Eagle teaches us to look above in order to touch Grandfather Sun with our heart, to love the Shadow as much as the Light. Eagle asks us to grant ourselves permission to be free in order to reach the joy that our heart desires.

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Neelkanth at Sunrise..

Neelkanth is a pyramidical-shaped snowy peak towering above Badrinath and is known as the ‘Garhwal Queen’. The Mata Murti temple stands on the right bank of the Alakhnanda River. It is dedicated to the mother of Shri Badrinathji. Mana Village nearby, is the last village before Tibet on this route. The Vyas Gufa is the rock cave of Saint Ved Vyas. The Bhim Pul is a natural bridge over the Saraswati River.

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Shri Badrinath Temple!

The Abode Of Lord Vishnu
Cradled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines, Badrinath along the left bank river Alaknanda. With the splendid Neelkanth mountains as the backdrop, it is an important destination on the scared itinerary of every devour Hindu. Once the spot was carpeted with ‘badris’ or wild berries and hence was famous as ‘Badri Van’.

Badrinath is considered the holiest of the four important shrines in Garhwal. The town is at an altitude of 3,133 m. above sea level, situated on the left bank of river Alaknanda and exactly between the two mountains Nara and Narayan. The shrine is dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver and falls in the religious itinerary of every devout Hindu.

The present temple was built about two centuries ago by Garhwal Kings. It is a conical structure, 15 m. tall and has small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. There are 15 idols in the temple complex, each sculpted in black stone. The principal idol represents Vishnu in a meditative posture and is flanked by Nara-Narayan. Legend dates it prior to the Vedic age though it is believed to have been re-established by Adi Shankaracharya, an important Hindu saint in 8th century A.D. Some of the other images include Laxmi (Vishnu’s consort), Garud (Vishnu’s mount), Shiva & Parvati and Ganesha.

The temple has been renovated several times due to damages by avalanches. It looks fairly modern now due to the colourful “Singh Dwara” or the main entrance gate. It has three parts- Garbha Griha (the sanctum sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Shobha Mandap (for devotees to assemble). The revered shrine is still alive with myriad legends from mythology. Its sanctity is emphasised in the ancient scriptures as “There are many sacred spots of pilgrimage in the heavens, earth and the nether world, but there has been none equal to Badri, nor shall there be”.

Best Time to visit: The ideal time or peak season to go for a Char Dham Yatra is from May to October, except monsoons. This is because; all the four sacred sites are perched in Garhwal Himalayas, which is prone to heavy snowfall. As a result, all the passage leading to the shrines are blocked. Moreover, during the monsoon season, there is undue threat of having landslides, which can further disrupt the journey. For safety reasons, the gates of the temples are also closed for this period of time and the idols are shifted to nearby pilgrim points.

Accessibility

  • Airport
    Jolly Grant (317 kms.)
  • Railhead
    Rishikesh (300 kms.), Kotdwar (327 kms.)
  • Road
    Well connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and other hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region
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Neelkanth Parvath….On a Full Moon resembles a YOgi..

If you Look Closely. You will find a Face. A Face of a YOgi..! This picture was taken on a Full moon night. Almost makes you feel like a Sage..Looking down at The Badrinath Dham….

Apparently there is a Vyasa Gufa (Cave) of the Saint Ved Vyas , If You Look closely at this picture u may just see Saint Veda Vyas 🙂

About Saint Ved Vyas:
Hindus traditionally hold that Vyasa categorised the primordial single Veda into four. Hence he was called Veda Vyasa, or “Splitter of the Vedas,” the splitting being a feat that allowed people to understand the divine knowledge of the Veda. The word vyasa means split, differentiate, or describe.It has been debated whether Vyasa was a single person or a class of scholars who did the splitting.

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A View Of Kedarnath!

The Celestial Jyotirlingam
Amidst the dramatic mountainscapes of the majestic Kedarnath range stands one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ of Kedar or Lord Shiva. Lying at an altitude of 3584 mts. on the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus.

Kedarnath is a majestic sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple, built in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the exquisitely architectured Kedarnath temple is said to be more than a 1000 years old. Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut gray slabs of stones, it evokes wonder as to how these heavy slabs were handled in the earlier days. The temple has a ” Garbha Griha” for worship and a Mandap apt for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form.

Location
Kedarnath is situated in the Uttar Kashi district of the northern state of Uttaranchal. Very close to the Indo-Chinese border, it is the source of the Mandakini River. It is couched in the scenic locales of the Garhwal Himalayas at 3583 meters above sea level. It is very cold in the winters with the ground being covered with snow. In the summers, the mercury barely crosses the 20°C mark. The place experiences about 150 cm of rainfall during the monsoons and so the best time to visit is between May and October. Kedarnath is near to Rishikesh (234 km) and Dehradun (250 km).

History
According to legend, Lord Shiva wished to elude the Pandavas, who had come to seek penitence for having killed their kin in the battle of Kurukshetra. He took refuge in Kedarnath in the form of a bull. Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, found Shiva amongst a herd of cattle. Having identified the meanest and most arrogant of the herd as Shiva, Bhima is said to have grabbed him by the hindquarters. What remains at the shrine in Kedarnath is the rear end of the bull, with the rest of its body scattered throughout the Garhwal. Shiva dived into the ground leaving behind him a hump on the surface. This conical protrusion is worshipped as the idol. It is the main site of the Panch Kedar temples.
Accessibility

  • Airport
    Jolly Grant, Dehradun (251 kms.)
  • Rail
    Rishikesh (234 kms.)
    Kotdwar (260 kms.)
  • Road
    Approachable on foot from Gaurikund, which is connected by road to Rishikesh, Kotwar, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region.
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Aghori Baba..On my Way to Gangotri..

The Aghora sub-sect of Shaivites represents one of the most extreme and demanding paths among sadhus. Aghora is another name for Shiva and literally means “Not Terrible.” By challenging all sense of dark and light, good and bad, proper and improper, aghori sadhus believe the inherent Divine nature of the universe will be revealed.

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Gangotri

According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Ganga, the daughter of heaven, took the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received Ganga into his matted locks to minimize the impact of her fall. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it meets the River Alaknanda. On the right bank of the Bhagirathi is the temple of Gangotri dedicated to the Goddess. At an altitude of 3,042 m, a Gorkha Commander, Amar Singh Thapa, constructed the temple in the early 18th century AD. Gangotri remains close from November to April due to heavy snowfall and the Goddess retreats 12 km downstream to her winter abode to Mukhba. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, which is further 18 km trek along the Gangotri glacier. The place got its name because of strong resemblance with the face of a cow.

The trekking route from Yamunotri to Gangotri is:

Yamunotri-Janakichatti-Hanumanchatti-Seyanchatti-Barkot-Uttarkashi-Dharali-Bhatwari-Harsil-Gangotri-Gaumaukh

How To Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant in Dehradun, 226 km from Gangotri.

By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, 249 km from Gangotri.

By Road: Gangotri is well connected by surface network with Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and Delhi.

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The Bhāgīrathī is a turbulent Himalayan river in the state of Uttarakhand, India, that is the source stream of the Ganges—the major river of the Gangetic plain of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism. The headwaters of the Bhagirathi are formed in the region of the Gangotri and Khatling glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya. From its source, the river flows for about 700 km (435 mi) before meeting the Alaknanda river at an elevation of 475 m (1,558 ft) in the town of Devprayag. Downstream of this confluence, considered holy by Hindus, the river is known as the Ganga or Ganges. The controversial Tehri dam lies at the confluence of the Bhāgirathi and its tributary, the Bhilangna, near Tehri.

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Indus Valley Civilization is the oldest civilization in the history of Himalayas. Archeological facts pinpoint that urban civilization bloomed from Himalaya regions like Mohenjo-daro and Harappa. As time went by and people of Himalaya habituated themselves to different modes of living, Himalayas became an active trade center especially Trans-Himalayan region. This to a greater extent is the contribution of Silk Route which brought together traders from Central Asia, South Asia and many other regions to Himalayas after Silk Route became the key destination during the early Han dynasty i.e. 206 BC to 8 AD. This bonded people from India, China, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Bhutan topographically, socially, culturally, and religiously. Himalaya gained its religion significance with the civilization of early Aryans who used to revere and worship Himalaya as the adobe of Gods and Goddess.

As Himalayas became accessible to outside world, Trekking and Mountaineering in Himalaya gained overwhelming popularity. In 1949 Nepal graced travelers from different parts of the world an opportunity to tread on its territories. During this year team of mountaineers led by Sutter – Lohner entered east Nepal using the route of Darjeeling. The team explored Ramtang Glacier, Kang Bachen peak [7902m] and the triangle of Drohmo [7008m], Jongsang peak [7473m] and Nupchu [7028] on the Nepal – Tibet – Sikkim border. They even climbed Tang Kangma [6249m] and Dzange peak [6709m] before heading back home via Darjeeling. In 1950 Annapurna [8091m] marked itself as the first peak to be scaled.

Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the World that rests in Nepalese Himalaya, was officially opened for commercial mountaineering in the early 1920s. Mount Everest was named after Sir George Everest in 1852. It also has other local names; Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet. Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary are the two greatest historical legends who climbed almighty Mount Everest for the first time in the history of Himalaya in May 1953. After determination of Mt. Everest, no climber had been a scaled mountain of Nepal till 1949. Next, Nanga Parbat [8125m] became the third peak to be climbed. Thereafter, Himalaya welcomed several of its peak summits. Reinhold Messner is another name most remembered in the history of Himalaya mountaineering. His most fondly reminisced ascent is the one that he made to Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat which is in northern Pakistan at an altitude of 8,126m.

In the days of colonial period, hill stations of Shimla and Darjeeling in the Lesser Himalayas were used to be a summer retreat for escaping the heat of cities in India. Bedsides trekkers, mountaineers and adventure seekers, Himalaya has had innumerable visitors like geologists, geographers, naturalists, artists, poets, photographers etc. Himalayas from time immemorial has held the religion faith of Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Several books, movies and documentaries have been made on the Himalaya till date

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The Himalayas are the world’s highest mountain chain, and also the youngest. Believed to be the home of gods, the sages have always come to the Himalayas to attain bliss, meditate and experience divinity.

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A Baba smoking the Chillum….
If you Look Carefully in the smoke u will Find OM inscription..almost feels like the Smoke is Vibrating..in its Visual Form..and Vibrating all around the mountains.. {{{OM}}}

Bolo Bhum!!

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Yamunotri

Yamunotri is situated at an altitude of 3,235 m above the sea level in the district of Uttarkashi. The source of River Yamuna lies about 1 km further ahead at the altitude of about 4,421 m. Yamunotri can be reached by a 13 km trek from Hanuman Chatti. Maharani Gularia of Jaipur constructed the temple of Goddess Yamuna in the 19th century AD. It was destroyed twice and was rebuilt. The temple remains closed from November to May because of heavy rainfall. There is a quite a few thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple, which flow into several pools. The most important of these springs is the Surya Kund. Divya Shila is a rock pillar worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.

The route of Yamunotri from Rishikesh is:

Rishikesh-Tehri-Barkot-Seyanachatti-Hanumanchatti-Janakichatti-Yamunotri.

How to Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant, which is 196 km from Yamunotri.

By Rail: The nearest airport is at Dehradun at a distance of 172 km and Rishikesh at a distance of 213 km from Yamunotri.

By Road : Yamunotri can be reached from Dharasu, Tehri, Rishikesh and Dehradun.

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Duality Within Self!

Every one of us have two distinct aspects to ourselves. These two aspects are our constant companions that we cannot escape and together they make up your consciousness and your experience of your Self. The first aspect represents our appearance and the face we wear in this world. It’s called the ego and it that part of you that represents you to others and to the world at large. The second aspect of You, is your spirit or your higher self. It is that part of you that’s invisible and that quietly lives in that inner space deep inside your consciousness.

These two aspects of your Self are not like two people living inside you, but are simply two sides of the same thing. Like two faces of the same coin they are inextricably connected to each other. Although ego and spirit are so closely related, they have vastly different demands on both your conscious and your subconscious attention.

Ego is primarily concerned with maintaining it’s importance in the world. It always wants to be right and is convinced of the fact that it is separate from everyone else. It’s always in competition – always wanting to be better than everyone else. Ego always strives to have more, to be better and to dominate. The ego’s value is determined by comparing itself to others to see how it stacks up – the ego’s point of reference is always outside of itself.

The needs of spirit is almost the exact opposite and is not interested in any of the demands that dominate the ego. Spirit’s primary need is to be at peace and being right and conquering others is of no concern to spirit. Spirit has no need for more because it knows that it’s value comes from itself and not from what it gains, what it wins or what it collects and accumulates.

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Lakhamandal
¤ Legendary Association
According to the epic, Mahabharata, the Kauravas had once conspired to burn the Pandavas alive here in a palace made up totally of shellac, known as lakshagriha (palace of shellac). The Pandavas, however, escaped unscathed with the help of Lord Krishna. There is a historic cave here and an eighth century temple with a number of carved stone figures and two big Shivlingas, (symbolic phallus of Shiva, the Destroyer of the Universe in Hindu Mythology) all of which are of considerable archaeological importance.
The area falls under Jaunsaar-Bhabur, a tribal land where people practise polygamy and polyandry, in keeping with the customs of the times of the Pandavas (the five Pandava brothers were married to a single woman, Draupadi). There is a saying in Sanskrit – atithi devay bhava (a guest is God).
¤ Main Attractions
The temple priest welcomes each visitor in the area in a traditional manner, while the temple drummer spreads the news in the whole valley.
Nowgaon Town
It is worth spending a couple of hours here. After that you could drive back to Bernigaad and continue the journey to Nowgaon, a small town about 12km from Bernigaad that offers the best view of the Bandarpoonch Peak (6315m).
Nowgaon has the last petrol pump on this route. There are a few village restaurants with S.T.D./I.S.D. phone booths. The road branches off here. The one leading to the left goes to Purola (1524m) and Tons Valley, while the other leads to Yamunotri and Uttarkashi. The petrol pump is 500 metres down the Yamunotri road. After crossing the iron bridge on the Yamuna, one leaves the Yamuna valley behind and beautiful pine forests herald the beginning of a different terrain.
Purola Town
Purolais 19km from Nowgaon and is quite a town. Apart from S.T.D./I.S.D phone booths (there is no phone booth after Purola on this route), there are a few big general stores where you could pick up grocery and toiletry. There are also a few chemists and a government-run liquor shop. Such markets do not exist beyond Purola.
Jarmola / Mori
After Purola is a gradual ascent of 22 km till Jarmola (1800m) through one of the most beautiful pine forests in Asia, with spectacular views of the Purola valley and the Kedarkanta Peak (3813m). 16km downhill through the pine forests and apple orchards is the village Mori, the gateway of Tons valley, from where one road goes to Shimla in Himachal Pradesh (150 km) and the other, to Sankri (1900m).
Yamuna Valley
The river Yamuna is one of the two major sacred rivers of the Hindus. Yamuna is said to be the sister of Yama, the God of Death in the Hindu mythology and it is believed that a dip in the Yamuna ensures a smooth passage to the other world. Yamuna originates from Yamunotri (3165m) and merges with the river Ganga at Allahabad.
The road that runs along the Yamuna for 54 km, starting from the Yamuna bridge (772m) right up to Nowgaon (1372m), offers some breathtaking frames en route.
Mussoorie
The journey starts at Mussoorie (2005m) and takes you through a jungle of oak and rhododendron. There is no petrol pump after Mussoorie till Nowgaon.
The famous waterfall, Kempty Falls, is 13 km from Mussoorie and is a good point to take a break and some refreshments. The stream from the Kempty Falls joins the Aglaar River that forms a tributary of the Yamuna. 12 km further is the Yamuna bridge which links Tehri district to Dehradun district.
Overlooking the river at Yamuna bridge is Ashok’s eating joint which is famous for it’s fresh fish.
It also serves vegetarian food. The experience of having a meal in a wooden hut with big windows giving on to a river is awesome.
From the Yamuna bridge, it is a 42km drive via Nainbaag and Damta along the river till Bernigaad (1090m).
From here the road turns off towards the historic site of Lakhamandal (1310m). The hamlet of Bernigaad has only one guest house (Dobhal Guest House) which offers very basic amenities. The restaurant serves simple yet delicious food. Fish is a hot favourite with non-vegetarians. If you have some time in hand, take the 6km drive across the river to Lakhamandal.

 

 

Lakhamandal

 

The Lakha Mandal Temple is located 80 kilometers from Missouri-Yamunotri Road and has a strong legendary background. It is believed that the wicked son of blind king Dritarashtra conspired against the Pandavas and wished them to be burnt alive inside the Jatugriha, located here. But fortunately they were saved by the power of the Shakti and therefore a Shakti Temple had been constructed here to commemorate the sacred power of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

In the 8th Century, this Lakha Mandal Temple, Dehradun was constructed with numerous stone engraved figures, each with a mythological association. These embellish the décor of the Lakha Mandal Temple and display the richness of Indian Heritage as well.

You can avail taxi service from Missouri and visit this temple, and whether you are a Shakti believer or nor, Lakha Mandal Temple in Dehradun would simply delight you.

¤ Legendary Association

According to the epic, Mahabharata, the Kauravas had once conspired to burn the Pandavas alive here in a palace made up totally of shellac, known as lakshagriha (palace of shellac). The Pandavas, however, escaped unscathed with the help of Lord Krishna. There is a historic cave here and an eighth century temple with a number of carved stone figures and two big Shivlingas, (symbolic phallus of Shiva, the Destroyer of the Universe in Hindu Mythology) all of which are of considerable archaeological importance. There is a saying in Sanskrit – atithi devay bhava (a guest is God).


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Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the same effect — it is often carved into stones, like the one pictured above, and placed where people can see them.
Spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Mani wheel (or prayer wheel) is also believed to give the same benefit as saying the mantra, and Mani wheels, small hand wheels and large wheels with millions of copies of the mantra inside, are found everywhere in the lands influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.

The Prayer Wheel: Spiritual Technology from Tibet

It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in this mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum can not really be translated into a simple phrase or sentence.

It is appropriate, though, to say a little about the mantra, so that people who want to use it in their meditation practice will have some sense of what they are doing, and people who are just curious will understand a little better what the mantra is and why it is so important to Tibetan Buddhists. We begin in the next section with some information about the mantra itself.

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Tibetan Monastery is situated at Manali in Himachal Pradesh.
It is famous for Tibetan handicrafts, which are created by the residents and the immigrants from Tibet.

A range of gilded images of Lord Buddha and remarkable tankha paintings can be found here.

Om Mani Padme Hum