After a sens(less)ational trek in mountains, let me take you to a place which marks the end of this journey called ‘life’ in physical form according to Hindu Philosophy.
Haridwar: The Door To God
It is a place of extremely religious imporatance to Hindus in the neighbouring hilly state of Uttrakhand.
It was winter in northern India. The Schools and Colleges were closed due to winter vacations. To make the most of the opportunity and to embrace the New Year, I along with family, headed to Haridwar in an absolutely impromptu manner; all geared up for surprises!
What We Expected In Haridwar?
Haridwar’ has a special place during our upbringing in Hindu family. We always knew it as a place where the ashes of departed souls are immersed in Ganges.
The job is mostly done by the male family members, so this was the last place in my list to be called as tourist destination. And moreover, I expected it to be filthy and unhygienic!
Haridwar: What actually happened when we met?
They say it’s the journey that matters not the destination. In our case it was opposite. The entire ride was rather frustrating partly because of the undesirably wriggling traffic and partly because of lack of novelty arounf until of course we entered ‘The Door to God’, ‘Haridwar’.
First Limpse and I could hardly trust my eyes. A gaze at green water of Ganges soothed my eyes and the flow calmed my mind.
Willingly we stayed near ‘Har ki paudi’ to witness the immensely celebrated evening ‘Aarti’ and I tell you, it was ‘divine’ from start till end.
I won’t hesitate to say that yes some things do look dramatised but then again… it’s a personal choice; to believe what you see…
but what you feel… is what you treasure; there’s no adulteration.
The divinity forced me to take a dip in the freezing water of holy Ganga and surprisingly, I didn’t regret!
Honestly, the trip was an enticing one and I immediately felt a connection with ‘I don’t know what’! But I got moved…. 🙂