Himalayan PilgrimageTraditional Hindus consider the Himalayas as "God's country" (devabhumi), and this region holds many important pilgrimage places. Just as importantly, the trouble and effort that it took to reach these places were seen as a means to help cleanse one's soul, just as beating wet clothes against a rock knocked out all the dirt.
This was taken at about 10,000 feet while traveling the footpath to Kedarnath in November 2005. As always, the Himalayas are stunning in their beauty and majesty; the road was so deserted (the temple was closing in two days) that it was also a bit spooky.
|The Himalayas run in a crescent shape through the northern
states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh,
and into Nepal (the part of Uttar Pradesh hooking around Nepal in this
picture has since become a separate state, Uttaranchal.
This map and the one below are taken from Pocket Road Atlas of India, published by T.T. Maps and Publications Ltd., Madras (1989).
This detail shows the major pilgrimage sites in Uttaranchal, for in which most of the towns (and almost all the roads) are found in the river valleys.
The arrows in the picture show some of the important pilgrimag sites: Hardwar, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Hemkund Sahib.
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