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Spiritual Badrinath – Uttarakhand Chronicles

One of the last legs of our Uttarakhand Chronicles was our trip to Badrinath. After a rigorous trek to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb, we were definitely overworked and the trekking had taken a toll on our feet and totally exhausted. Amongst that exhaustion, this visit to Badrinath, by a bus was a life saver.

We were almost nearing Hanuman Chatta. Yes, the traditional and very famous temple of Lord Hanuman… This has a historical significance to it  from the Mahabharta, where Lord Hanuman tested Bhim of the Pandavas fame. Yes, this the place where this story took place. Bhim was crossing the forest when he saw an old ape sleeping in the way and his tail was crossing his path.

The then arrogant Bhim asked the ape to move away the tail. To which the ape replied that he’s too weak to move it and why doesn’t he move it himself. Getting irritated, he tried to move the tail with his mace. He kept trying and trying, real hard, with all his might that he could use, but to no avail… That is when he realised that the ape was no one but Lord Hanuman! Only then did he admit his mistake and realized the importance of humility and how that is significant in a warrior’s life.

And as luck would have it… Lord Hanuman, decided to test us too. I wonder if he disguised himself as modern day Mr. Murphy?

What happened was that we encountered a landslide during our route to Badrinath and our bus was stalled for over an hour. We were waiting for the BRO (Border Roads Organization) to clear the landslide.  Hence I guess it was time to pray to the Lord and make our own way towards Badrinath! For God helps them, those who help themselves… So cliched, yet so, true isn’t it?

So, being the trekkers we were, we decided to walk it up past the landslide affected area and then we could get another bus, one that was arranged by YHAI to come from the other side to take us towards Badrinath. And after a brisk walk and a shorter detour via hilly terrain and some teamwork, we managed to reach the other side of the landslide affected area. From then on it was smooth sailing.

We reached Badrinath late at night and crashed into our respective beds. The next day was going to be a relaxed one, where no more incessant walking or trekking in terrains of toughness. And what we got was one of the most comfortable night’s sleep in quite a while.

The next day was a little bit of shopping in the city and of course, visit to the Holy Temple of Badrinath. Quite a relaxed day to a relaxed weather and setting.

Hanuman Chatta Temple

Hanuman Chatta Temple

Lord Hanuman inside the temple..

Lord Hanuman inside the temple..

The Landslide...

The Landslide...

Beautiful Waterfall View from our Room

Beautiful Waterfall View from our Room

Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Temple

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Satnam Waheguru – Hemkund Saheb – Uttarakhand Chronicles

After the amazing and serene trek to the Valley of Flowers, day two was our hike to go visit the Holy Gurudwara of Hemkund Saheb at 15200 feet. Now, as less the distance seems, the steepness of this trek is something that will test everything besides your endurance. This is the true spirit of what you would generally forsake for the belief that you have and the spirituality that you want to test within your body, mind and soul. Everybody who goes here, including kids to elders, have one faith within themselves and that is what they realize when they chant the name of their Waheguru. More than that what is delightful to see is the Sikhs, dishing out Glucon D, dry fruits, biscuits, on their way back… to the people who are going on top. A mere encouragement as it looks like, goes a long way than just a simple source of energy. It’s their words of encouragement that really put you to the test and motivate you to go on top all the more faster.

Hemkunt Sahib or Hemkund Sahib (Hindi: हेमकुडं) is a pilgrimage site for Sikhs in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. With a setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks and each peak is adorned by a Nishan Sahib on its cliff, it is located in the Himalayas at an elevation of 15,200 ft as per the Survey of India. It is accessible only by foot from Gobindghat on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.

Hemkunt Sahib is famous for the Sikh worship-place Gurudwara, known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji, devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666–1708), the tenth Sikh Guru, which finds mention in Dasam Granth, a piece of work narrated by Guru Gobind Singh Ji,Himself. The lake also has a Lakhmana hut on its shore which was later built into proper small shrine by the Sikhs. (wiki)

Treading their path in faith towards their Waheguru

Treading their path in faith towards their Waheguru

The glacial lake of Hemkund Saheb

The glacial lake of Hemkund Saheb

Inside the Gurudwara... Truly spiritual and more importantly.. Warm

Inside the Gurudwara... Truly spiritual and more importantly.. Warm

Tasty Dal Khichdi & Hot Tea served to all at the Langar

Tasty Dal Khichdi & Hot Tea served to all at the Langar