Where Ganga Descends

Thought One

Last week I was in Gangotri.

Gangotri literally means ‘Ganga Utari’, which means ‘the place where Ganga descended’. Here one sees Ma Ganga as a Vibrant Maiden, singing as She skips through the stones that come in Her way.

Ma Ganga’s first name is ‘Bhaagirathi’ Her descent from Heaven is due to the fervent prayers of King Bhagirath. In Gangotri one can still witness the stone where Bhagirath prayed for 5500 years. 

The Divine River rises in a snow-field situated  among three Himalayan mountains all more than 22,000 feet high. The view is breath-taking and can compare with nothing that I have seen in my travels around the world. I dipped in Her frozen waters, and felt myself cleansed and charged with an Energy beyond compare.

I was lucky enough, to visit the ‘Gauri Kund’, the ‘Surya Kund’, both spots which required expertise in trekking,  which I do not know where it came from, for me. I saw the ‘Pandu Gufa’ or the cave where the Pandavas resided with Droupadi during their sojourn through these regions. 

I trekked the mountains where one slip would mean a tremendous down-fall (But isn’t that what Life is?). And like in Life, I felt confident that I was being held by a hand stronger than my Guide’s. I met Saints whose eyes divulged experiences beyond words. One Saint said “This place is Higher than Heaven!” and believed it. As I sang, they told me that my voice would reverberate in the Valley forever. There is so much that I want to tell you, but words seem to fail me. Suffice it to say that it was an ‘Out of the World trip’ and a Heavenly Experience’.