Vasudhara

This is the view of the Badrinath temple by night from our hotel. Our hotel was along the river alaknanda opposite the temple.

The following morning we went for a bath in the “tapt kund”- which is a hot water spring and a “darshan” in the temple at around 4:00 a.m. It was very crowded and also cold at around 10 C- for someone coming from Kanpur at 45 C. M.S. Subbalakshmi’s renditions of Bhaja Govindam and Vishnusahasranamam were being played by the temple authorities at that time. It was lovely listening to these beautiful pieces.

At around 10 a.m , we went over to a village called Mana about 3 km from badrinath. This is the last village on the Indian side before one crosses over to China. It is believed that the Mahabharata was written here in a cave by Lord Ganesha and recited by Ved Vyasa. It is also believed by the locals that the river saraswati still flows here.

This is the supposed meeting of the saraswati with the alaknanda at Mana. From Mana we went on a 5km trek to Vasudhara to see the breathtaking waterfalls there. As far as treks go this is a relatively easy one. It was rather windy on that particular day which made the trekking a little difficult. It was an enjoyable trek, though as one was greeted by the snow covered mountains on the left and the river alaknanda flowing merrily way below. This is a picture of the Vasudhara falls.

I met a number of interesting people on this trek and I was very happy to have been able to finally see the Vasudhara falls, which I have been wanting to do for quite some time. About 40 km onward from Vasudhara, one reaches the Satopan glacier the origin of the Alaknanda. I hope to be able to go there some day.

After returning to Mana at around 4:30 and seeing the Vyas gufa (cave) and Ganesh gufa , we returned to Badrinath. In the evening we went to listen to the Vishnu Sahasranamam in the temple. This is one of the prettiest temples I have seen. There while standing in the queue to enter the temple, I was pleasantly surprised and happy to run into the parents of a very good friend of mine – janaki. I was meeting them after years and it felt very ironical that people from Chennai and Bangalore should be meeting at Badrinath. It was a lovely feeling there.

I got up very early the next morning hoping to catch the sunrise on Neelkant glacier. I was lucky for a very very short time as the sun was playing peekaboo with the clouds for much of the time. The sun did relent and made an appearance for a short period.

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1 Comment

  1. sandeep said,

    June 6, 2008 at 8:23 am

    nandini,

    wel done..!!!! it looks very beautiful and the pictures add to the nice narration….:)
    maybe its a good idea to put a small caption in italics beside the pics to make it even more clear..(u could even avoid referring to it in the txt, if feel so..:))

    anyways, it still remains a very nice travelogue…!!. waiting for more…
    cheers,
    Sandeep


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