Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Uttar Kashi in Images

From Yamunotri we headed towards Gangotri and had a halt for couple of days at Uttar Kashi - Kashi of the North. It is an important destination of spiritual importance in Uttarakhand. It is the home for many Ashrams and Temples.

Here we took shelter at Kailash Ashram. Kailash Ashram is a well known institute for vedantic studies and research. It was established by Swamy Dhanrajgiri Maharaj. Daily activities in the ashram include morning and evening worships, study of Vedanta literature, Shankara bhashya recitation, study of Sanskrit grammar etc. 

Accommodation is provided to students seeking knowledge in Vedanta, Sanskrit and other pilgrims visiting the holy shrines along with anna prasada (food) in the afternoon and at night. No mandatory charges are levied on pilgrims staying here but an optional donation is accepted. 

Adjacent to this Ashram is the Tapovan Kuteer, the Ashram of Tapovanji Maharaj. He was the saint of highest order. Swamy Chinmayananda spent seven years studying Vedanta under the feet of Tapovanji Maharaj. This is one of the popular destination for people seeking spiritual knowledge.

Apart from these another attraction in Uttar Kashi is the famous temple of Kashi Vishvanath. It is the abode of Lord Shiva. This temple is located at the heart of Uttar Kashi surrounded by beautiful mountains.

Through this blog I am trying to share my experiences of Char-dham yatra in images. During this tour I realized photography is purely based on time, patience and luck. Due to our short stay at Uttarkashi, I did not get enough time to capture much here. Anyway I am sharing some of the pictures I was able to capture in Uttarkashi.

The evening of our arrival to Uttarkashi, we visited the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple. 
Due to bad light and rain I could capture only two of these pictures of the wonderfully built ancient temple of Kashi Vishwanath.
This is the view of the Kailash Ashram, Tapovan Kuteer and other Ashrams at the foot-hill of the mount Varanavat.
If you can see a cottage on the right hand side of the image below; is the place where we stayed overnight.
Below are the images of river Bhageerathi flowing across the Kailash Ashram.

I could not resist myself from visiting the river early in the morning at 5-30 A.M. Spent an hour alone watching the river flow with gushing sound colliding the rocks. You can see the beautiful rocks driven by the river from far beyond.