Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kali Math in Images

On the way to Guptkashi, we visited one of the ancient temples dedicated to Goddess Kali. It lies at an altitude of 6000 feet (1800 meters) on the river banks of Saraswathi in Himalayas surrounded by the peaks of Kedarnath. It is one of the 108 Shakti Peeths established by the great Adi Shankaracharya. 

Instead of regular highway route from Uttarkashi, our driver took us through a sub-way to Guptkashi that passes through beautiful green top mountains, villages that situated on top and foothills of the mountains, beautiful agricultural fields on the hills and valleys. 

The image below is the famous point called Rane top on the way to Guptkashi on this route and it is the highest peak of the region. You can see the vehicles passing through stopped here to have a view of the valley.

Here you can see the images of the beautiful view of the valley around.



You can see the village and agricultural fields like steps in the image below.
This is what you see on reaching the Kalimath. The river Saraswathi welcomes you through the gates to temple.

On entering the temple complex this monument captures your attention. It is said that the great saint Adi Shankaracharya established a "Shri Chakra Yantra" at this place underground around 800 BC. It is still present and the head priest of the temple cleanses and do abhisheka and pooja once in a year during Navaratri during festival of Dussehra.
 Look at this beautiful bells here.
 
 There is a tradition of tying the bells on fulfillment of desires by the devotees.
 This bell welcomes you to the three temples located in the complex.
This is the main temple of Goddess Kali. It is a very ancient temple. Looking at the monument you can understand how old that might be.
The first one from right is the Gauri Shankar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, The second is the Goddess Saraswathi Temple and the one built with marble is of Goddess Lakshmi. Lakshmi temple is rebuilt after the 2013 devastation damaged the temple completely.