Sunday, 5 February 2012

Himalaya the top of the world - Rishikesh and Haridwar


ഹിമവാന്റെ മടിത്തട്ടിലൂടെ യുള്ള എന്റെ യാത്രകള്‍ അവയുടെ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ കുറിപ്പുകള്‍ എന്നിവയാണ് ഇതില്‍ ഉള്‍പെടുത്തിയിട്ടുള്ളത്.  കാശ്മീര്‍ മുതല്‍ അരുണാചല്‍ വരെയുള്ള യാത്രകളും ചിത്രങ്ങളും ആണ് Himalaya the top of the world ഇല്‍ ഉള്‍പെടുത്തണം എന്ന് വിചാരിക്കുന്നത് നന്ദി.

യാത്ര യുടെ തുടക്കം റിഷികേശില്‍ നിന്ന്. 

ആദ്യ രാത്രിയിലെ ഗംഗയുടെ തീര കാഴ്ച എന്നോടൊപ്പം പ്രഫുല്‍, ആനന്ദ്‌.  

Rishikesh is a city and a municipal board in Dehradun district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand

അതിരാവിലെ ചെറിയൊരു മഴയോട് കൂടി ഗംഗനദിതടകാഴ്ചകള്‍ക്ക് തുടക്കമായി


    കുറച്ച് സമയങ്ങള്‍ക്കുശേഷം കണ്ട ഗംഗനദി - മലമുകളിലെ മലവെള്ളപാച്ചിലുമായ്

രാംജുലയും ലക്ഷ്മണ്‍ ജുലയും 
Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula - Rishikesh City

 Holy city  - located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern  India. Uttarakhand

                   Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge situated in Rishikesh in Indian state of Uttarakhand . It is made over river Ganges to cross the river and is a landmark of Rishikesh.
It is said that Lakshman crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the place where this bridge is built. Lakshman Jhula was built in 1939. There are spectacular views from the bridge.

ഗംഗനദിക്കരയിലെ ശിവപ്രതിമ 
Shiva Statue On Ganga River Bank Rishikesh


Indiaroad  Delhi 203Km(NH58) Haridwar 19.5Km (NH58) Rishikesh - 222.5Km

Gateway to Lord Vishnu

 Haridwar presents kaleidoscope of Indian culture and civilization. Haridwar also termed as 'Gateway to Gods' is known as Mayapuri, Kapila, Gangadwar as well. The followers of Lord Shiva(Har) and followers of Lord Vishnu(Hari) pronounce this place Haridwar and Haridwar respectively as told by some. It is also a point of entry to Dev Bhoomi and  Char Dham (Four main centers of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand) Viz. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. 

Archaeological finding have proved that terracotta culture dating between 1700 B.C. and 1200 B.C. existed in this region.

Legendary king Bhagirath is said to have brought the river Ganga from heaven to earth in order to provide salvation to his ancestors. It is also said that Haridwar has been sanctified by the presence of three Gods; Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Lord Vishnu is said to have his foot print on the stone that is set in the upper wall of Har-Ki-Pauri where the Holy Ganga touches it all the times . Devout believers feel that they can go to heaven by getting their salvation after a dip in the sacred Ganga at Haridwar. 

Haridwar is also one of the four places; where Kumbh Mela occurs after rotation of every twelve Years and Ardh Kumbh after every six years. It is said that drops of Amrit (Elixir)  fell in to the Brahmkund of Har-Ki-Pairi, therefore considered that a dip in the Brahmakund on this particular day which is very auspicious and when  Jupiter (Brahaspati) comes to the sign  Aquarius (Kumbh) once in every twelve years the Maha Kumbh fair is celebrated at Haridwar. Kumbh, 1998 was the last Maha Kumbh of this century. Yet beyond the mystic aura and mythology, Haridwar casts another magic spell on the visitor. Being one of the oldest living cities, Haridwar finds its mention in the ancient Hindu scriptures as it waves through the life and time stretching from the period of the Buudha  to the more recent British advent. Haridwar has not only remained the abode of the weary in body, mind and spirit, but also served as centre of attraction for many, for learning the arts science and culture. Haridwar's  long standing position as a great source for Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies as well as its unique Gurukul school of traditional education, the scenic beauty and lush greenery...all give the city unique flavors and charm; a must among the sojourn centers in a discoverer's intinary of  Uttarakhand - A destination for all seasons.

Haridwar is one of the first towns where Ganga emerges from the mountains to touch the planes. And that's why the water is crystal clear and cool. Lush green forests and small ponds add to the scenic beauty of this holy land. The Rajaji National Park is just 10 kms from Haridwar. Its an ideal destination for wild life and adventure lovers. In the evening the ghats look breathtakingly beautiful as thousands of diyas (lamps) and marigold flowers float and illuminate the holy waters.   
Statue of Shiva at Haridwar
c 2006

 Clock Tower on the Malviya Dwipa at Har-ki-Pauri.Haridwar

Aerial view of Haridwar

 Evening prayers  and Arrati at Har ki Pauri, Haridwar

C 2008

Indiaroad  Delhi 203Km(NH58) Haridwar 

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