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The DOG’S Plea…

Once a Dog went to the creator of the Universe- “Lord Brahma”. worried about the disrespect he and his community used to face in the society by the Humans.

Seeking the solution he came with the plea that -We love our master unconditionally and even he loves us in return.But whenever they give blessings to their young one’s they say- be brave and courageous like a Lion inspite of knowing that Lion’s always harms human beings.They kill the humans and ate them.

On the other side,I love my master and I am a true devotee of my master.But, whenever people fight’s with each other they say “you will die the death of a dog or you will be killed like a Dog”.

Oh my Lord!!!

Why this kind of discrimination for me instead of my true love and devotion to my master and the Humankind.

Lord Brahma replied- Oh my dear whatever u said to me is true you love your master,care for him and you are the true devotee too….

But the reason for which the people disregards you and your entire clan instead of praising is that- Whenever you see the member of your own clan i.e, any other Dog nearby the area of your master’s house you bark at him and you never leave a chance to bite or jaw off the meat of him while unleashed.

Due to this demonous and disgraceful behaviour of you towards your fellow mates, you are not praised in the society.

The Dog bow to the God and left the place……

The moral of the story is –

Society praises only those who are the well wishers of the society and works for the harmony among it’s members.The moment you participate in antisocietal means you are not remembered or praised anymore….

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RTD Day 7 : International Touch

This was the last day of our tour.

In morning we visited the small village in Nepal named as Bhramadev.

Bhramadev

Bhramadev is a small village in Nepal.

Just 23 kms from Tanakpur city , one has to travel by a vehicle. Then one can board a rickshaw or can walk on foot to cross the Tanakpur Barrage.

Also. from here motorcycle rides to Bharamdev is available, which is a adventure in itself as these motorcycle travels on a rough and rocky road giving a feel of offriding.

Market

There is a small market from which you can shop various Nepali goods and clothing like those Goldstar shoes.

The market is full of restaurants in which Liquor is sold without any restrictions.The shop is hosted by Girl’s who will ask you for Liquor too while taking your order.It is the common view here.

Siddhnath Temple

Siddhnath Baba Temple is the prime attraction among the people who visit Bhramadev.It is said that the visit of Mata Purnagiri Temple is fruitful only when you visit Siddhanath Temple too.

Here, devotees tie yellow cloth piece for taking vows as the red cloth was tied in Purnagiri Temple.

After the visit to Temple we sat on one of the restaurants and enjoy chow-chow(Nepali Maggi). Then we proceeded further to our next destination, Nanakmata.

Nanakmata

Nanakmata is the beautiful historical town named after the Sikh Pilgrimage site “Gurudwara Nanak Mata Sahib”. It is situated on the banks of the Deoha stream which has since been dammed into a reservoir named Nanak Sagar.

The town is associated with two Sikh gurus Guru Nanak Dev ji and Guru Hargovind ji.

Shri Pipal Sahib

Almost every place has an incredible story behind it, making it a very sacred place. It was under this dried Peepal Tree that Nanakji meditated turning it green with his holy powers.

When once, Yogis saw him meditating in this inaccessible place especially in winters, they were filled with jealousy. In order to disturb him they tried to uproot the tree with their occult powers. As the tree started to pull out, Nanak Dev ji put his hands on the roots for the tree to be pulled out. Today, one can witness the roots of the tree above the ground. After Guru Nanak Dev ji has gone, Bhai Almast ji used to serve the place and then again in order to revenge him,Yogis burnt down the tree.

Then Bhai Almast ji pleaded to Guru Hargovind ji, who was in charge of Guru Nanak Dev ji at that time. He along with his few Singh companions came here and restored the place as a holy shrine and by sprinkling saffron water on the roots of the Peepal Tree brought it back to full bloom.

Voice of Nanak mata came on this place from Earth. As a result this placed was named ‘Nanakmata’.

After that we enjoyed meal at the Langar or the community kitchen, where a free meal is served to all the visitors, without discrimination of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. The free meal is always vegetarian. People sit on the floor, eat together, and the kitchen is maintained and serviced by Sikh community volunteers.

Thereafter, we headed towards our final destination Nainital to conclude the tour.

And the Tour Happily Concluded at Nainital…

As we visited a small village in nearby bordering country Nepal.It gave our regional tour an International touch too

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RTD Day 6 : Jai Mata Di

On the last night, there was a sudden change in plan. As a result of it we headed towards Purnagiri Temple to be bestowed by the showers of love and blessings of Mata Purnagiri.

Purnagiri

Purnagiri also known as ‘Punyagiri’ that means mountain of good deeds in English. It is localized close to the Indo-Nepal border at a distance of 20 kms from Tanakpur of Champawat district.From Tanakpur a traversable road till Thulligarh from which Tunyas has to be reached by an under construction road. People go on foot from Thulligarh to temple via ‘Baans ki Charhaai’ comes to ‘Hanuman Chatti’. This temple is located on the top of the mountain above 3000 meters from sea level. A trek of approximately 3 km is needed to reach the top of the mountain (temple).

While ascending towards the Temple one will see number of tin sheds which offer free rest and Washroom facilities to devotees. But, in return one has to buy prasadam(offering) from them.

It is located at the banks of River Kali which forms the natural border between the two countries India and Nepal.From the mountain one can have the view of the running water of River Kali flowing and the Nepal on the other side.

Mata Purnagiri Temple-

Mata Purnagiri Temple is the centre of Hindu Pilgrimage.Everyday large number of devotees visit this temple.It is one of the Shakti Peethas of the Hindu religion.Here,the Goddess is worshipped in Naval form.

It is said that the Goddess fulfills the vows of every devotee who visit here.Devotees tie the knots here and pray to Goddess to fullfill their vows.

Apart from the main temple there are other temples too of Maa Kali,Bhairav and one temple known as Jhuta Temple

Mata Purnagiri-

Mata Purnagiri is also known as Mata Annapurna(Goddess who fulfills the food needs of the entire world).She is the form of Goddess Sati worshipped here in the Nabhi(Naval)form.

After visiting the Temple we travelled to Tanakpur for overnight stay.

Everything in this World happens for the reason.Maybe,this unexpected visit has a reason too…

Jai Mata Di…

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RTD Day5 :Mystery and Nature

Day 5 begin with a bird eye view of the largest settlement in hilly area i.e. Pithoragarh,which has a population of approx 5 lakh from Chandak.

Then we headed towards a site of Haunted Tourism in Lohaghat tehsil of Uttarakhand.

Abott Mount

Abott Mount is located in Lohaghat Tehsil of Pithoragarh district situated at an altitude of 1656 mtrs.

Abott mount is located in the lap of Kumaun Himalayas offering the splendid view of the widest Himalayan range,which are clearly visible from October till June.The peaks include Pir Panjal, Kashmir,Himanchal,Bandarpunch,Chaukhamba,Neelkanth,Nandaghunti,Trishul,Maktoli,Nandadevi,Nandakot and Panchachuli peaks of the Central Himalayas.

On the top of the Abott Mount is an open field and on its slopes are European bungalows with well maintained gardens and orchards.

Apart from natural beauty Abott Mount has few historical buildings which are restricted and said to be a haunted place.

Abott Mount Church is one such building which is forbidden for prayers.There is a Hospital in the slope inside which Dr. Morris used to do experiments on the human body.

One such experiment done by him was to see what happens to soul after life which he performed in a cottage called ‘Mukti Kutir'(as told by the local residents).

After visiting this place we made a move forward towards Pancheshwar.

Pancheshwar

Pancheshwar is a beautiful tiny village located at the banks of river Sharda in Champawat district of Uttarakhand at the foothills of Indo-Nepal International Border.

River Sharda in Pancheshwar is a good spot for fishing, The Pancheshwar Dam is also being constructed here with the collaboration with Nepal.

After witnessing the mesmerizing view of the sunset we headed towards Champawat.

Every place has it’s own history while some engrosses mystery with it.

But,it is the Nature who preserves these elements in it.

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RTD Day 4 :Abode of Nature

Day 4 began with the majestic view of sunrise through the Panchachuli ranges,which was clearly visible from our place of stay.

Then we made a hike to zero point, Khaliya top, which is the abode of nature. It is the most beautiful place of our entire tour.

Vast swampy Meadows(Bugyals) all around with the bunch of beautiful pink rhododendron trees was a sight worth seeing.

On reaching the top, the mystery unfolds with animals all around. For example on one side two mules were grazing grass while on the other side the flock of cattles were heading towards the top Yet from the other side one dog was herding a group of cows.

There are two small ponds (kunds) too on the top from which the flock of cows and bulls were imbibing their throat’s. That sight has it’s own charisma.

The zero point has the Indian Flag swirling with full honour and pride and was the source of rejuvenation after being reached at the top.

One can feel the goosebumps and eternal josh on seeing the INDIAN FLAG waving high.

While descending we spotted Monal,the state Bird of Uttarakhand.

Himalayan Monal also known as Impeyan Monal is the member of the pheasant family generally found in the himalayan ranges above 2700 mts.

It is a very beautiful bird with glittering multicolored feathers.

After Khalia we visited Madkote.

Madkote

Madkote is a tiny village situated at a distance of 22 kms from Munshiyari.

Madkot is located on the banks of Gori Ganga and is famous for the thermal Hot water spring which is said to be of immense medicated value.

The water found there has a rich Sulphur content and it can heal bone and joints pain, arthritis and also helps to get rid of the skin eruptions.

Relaxing on the spring was like going to a natural spa that not only extricated the tiredness of the tedious hike but also rejuvenated the body for upcoming tasks.

From here we moved forward to Pithoragarh where we made a night halt via Askot.

The charismatic view of the Khaliya and the natural Spa of the Madkote leads to the conclusion that Nature Is Abode.

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RTD Day3 :Mini Kashmir

In the morning we left Birthi and headed towards Munshiyari.

Munshiyari

Munshiyari is a beautiful hamlet situated at an altitude of 2298 mtrs above sea level in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state.

Munshiyari offers splendid vistas of natural beauty. Munshiyari literally means place with snow and is also regarded as mini Kashmir.

Panchahchuli is the star attraction at Munshiyari along with Nandadevi,Nandakot,Rajarambha and mountains of Nepal Himalayas. The virgin environs offer a breath taking view of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Munshiyari is famous for its beautiful scenic attractions and trekking excursions.It is popular among the high altitude trekkers as it is the base camp of Milam Glacier,Ralam Glacier and Namik Glacier.

After exploring the market we started hiking towards Khuliya(Khaliya) top.

It is a peak situated at 3747 mtrs(12290 feets) above sea level. Its an easy trek of approx 11 kms straight climb offering the majestic view of the Kumaun Himalayas including Panchachuli,Rajarambha,Nandadevi peaks.

Munshiyari also has a mountaineering institute named after Surveyor Pnt. Nain Singh which is in its inception stage and is situated at Balati.

We made a halt and an overnight stay at a resort which was located in Bhujani at a distance of 6 kms from the point of start and from where Khaliya top was at a distance of approx 5 kms.

Weather’s mood cannot be predicted at this place. It seems as if it’s the favourite playground of Sun and the Clouds to play hide and seek.

On a sunny day, there will be a sudden encroaching of clouds carrying rain and then again Sun would shine and so on…

The beauty of this place justifies the title of “Mini Kashmir”.

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RTD Day 2:The Free Fall

The second day began with a visit to underground cave temple in Pithoragarh district named Patal Bhuvaneshvar Cave Temple.

I have already covered it in one of my previous blogs. In case you have missed it click on the link below.

https://trivendrasah.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/continuation-to-call-from-goddess-mahakali/

It was a great feeling to visit it once again.

After that we headed towards Chaukori

  1. Chaukori

Chaukori is a small hill station located at Berinag Tehsil of Pithoragarh district situated at an elevation of 2010 mtrs above sea level.

This place has become a prominent tourist spot. From here, you get a wide and picturesque view of Himalayas. One can enjoy the panoramic view of the various peaks incuding Nanda devi, Nandakote and Panchahchuli range.

But it was our misfortune that we were unable to catch this mesmerizing view because of cloudy skies.

After visiting Chaukori, we move forward towards Birthi.

2. Birthi

It is also one of the prominent tourist spot among the travellers.

Birthi is a beautiful small village between the dense forests and is famous for its huge waterfall which falls from about 300 feet high.

There are some more waterfall enroute Thal-Munshiyari road but the Birthi Fall is the highest among them.

The water flows at with such huge force, that it appears to be milky.

It is located at a distance of 33 kms from Munshiyari. One can feel the power of the flowing water while staying in Birthi. The resounding sound of the water falling through the top of the mountain rejuvenates one’s mind and soul.

There is a KMVN rest house in Birthi, where we made a night halt.

One can feel the energy possessed by the nature at this place.

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Beat The Plastic

Happy Environment Day folks…

“We are the product of our environment” this is the line which portrays the importance of environment in our life.

Healthy is our environment,Healthier is our life.

It is our duty and responsibility to protect the environment from all those degradents that contaminates it’s form and soul.

World Environment Day

World environment day falls on 5 June every year to empower over mindfulness and activities towards protection of our environment.First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.This day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually.

Every year Environment Day has a different theme and this year the theme is

“Beat The Plastic”.

Beat The Plastic

If you can’t REUSE it,REFUSE it

As we all know,15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day, 9,000 tonnes is collected and recycled, but 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste is not collected and remain littered.

Take a pledge to protect the Lifeline…

Reduce,

Reuse,

Recycle….

Save the Environment
Save the Earth
Beat Plastic Pollution…
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RTD Day1 : Dham yatra

Group of seventeen students boarded two cabs to explore the unknown places in the vicinity of the Kumaun hills.

The first day tour begun at Nainital and concluded at a hotel nearby Patal bhubneswar Temple.

The places we visited include Chitai, Lakhudiyar, Jageshwar and Gangolihaat. Lakhudiyar is a site of petroglyphs preserving the scenes and activities of the primitive inhabitants of the region belonging to the stone age.While other places are the prime sites of Hindu spirituality.

1. Chitai Golu Temple

Chitai Golu devta temple is located at a distance of 8.5 kms from Almora and situated at an altitude of 1636 meters.

Golu Devta (Gaur Bhairav – incarnate of Lord Shiva) is worshiped here. He is known as the Lord of quick justice among the people of Kumaun.

On the temple grounds, one can witness thousands of bells, offered here as offerings after completion of the petitions of the devotees. One can also see thousands of drafted petitions awaiting justice in the court of Golu devta.

2. Lakhudiyar

Lakhudiyar is just 7 kms from Chitai temple and is a place of historical importance as it has the rock paintings which are thousands of year old, depicting the artistic excellence of the rock dwellers who used to stay here to protect them from adverse climatic conditions and weather.

Lakhudiyar is a Kumauni word which means one lakh caves in English. The natural wall and ceiling of the cave contain paintings of red, black and white colour, depicting the lifestyle of the prehistoric people and the scenes of hunting, Kumauni aipan etc.

The paintings in the cave has been restored by the Padma Shree awardee archaeologist and curator Dr. Yasodhar Mathpal. The cave is under the preservation of Uttarakhand State Archaeology.

3.Jageshwar

Jageshwar is 16kms from Chitai temple and is at an altitude of 1870mtrs above sea level. It is situated amidst dense Deodar forest with stream flowing alongside its backyard.

Jageshwar is considered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Shiva. It is situated on the ancient route of Kailash Mansarovar. It is said that Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya came here and reestablished the sanctity of this place.

The temple group consists of 125 temples of different sizes built between 7th century to 18th century A.D by the then ruling dynasty of Kumaun Katyuri (7-14 century A.D) and Chand dynasty (15-18 century A.D).

The temple follows the Nagara style of architecture which was prevalent in North Indian temple architecture at that time.

It is said that earlier there were four hundred temples, most of which were later dilapidated and decimated and now only one hundred and eight temples remain.

Most of the temples here are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Some of the Temples here include Jyotirlinga Jageshwar,Mahamrityunjay,Batuk Bhairav,Navdurga,Kuber,Surya,Navgraha,Kedareshwar,Lakulish,Mata Annpurna,etc.

The entire group of temples is under the preservation of Archaeological Survey of India.

Archaeological Museum Jageshwar, is situated nearby the temple and has the collections of various idols and statues excavated from Jageshwar from time to time. The artifacts found belong to the period of 8th century A.D to 13th century A.D

4.Gangolihaat

In Gangolihat we visited Mata Mahakali Temple which is one of the Shakti Peethas established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya.

I had already covered it in one of my blogs. If u haven’t read it click the link below.

Call from Goddess Mahakali

Thereafter the first day concluded in a nearby hotel.

As 3 out of 4 destinations were temples,it seemed that we are enroute dham yatra…

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Prologue to Regional Tour Dairy….

As a part of our curriculum we visited Kumaun region of Uttarakhand covering five out of six districts namely Nainital,Almora,Pithoragarh,Champawat and Udham Singh Nagar. Apart from these, we also paid a visit to a small temple in Nepal, known as Bhramdev.

Our tour commenced on 15th of May 2018 from Nainital and happily concluded again at the source, on 21st of May 2018.

The tour included visit to places of regional, historical, spiritual, cultural importance. These places provide immense peace and scenic attractions.

Kumaun Region of Uttarakhand is blessed with profound flora and fauna with greenery of luxuriant forests all around.Pine trees,Deodar trees,Rhododendron(Buransh),Myrica Esculenta Myricaceae(Kafal),etc are commonly found here.

Rhododendron flowers are generally red in colour but in high altitude regions pink coloured flowers are also found.

The Regional Tour diary will be covered in seven parts. Starting from day one and concluding on day seven, which will give you an insight into the importance of the places we visited and covered throughout the entire tour.

I don’t want to attenuate the excitement by revealing the names of the destinations.

Just Relax and Stay tuned to the coming posts…

Stay connected to the coming posts of INSATIABLE AVARICE and lose yourself in the engrossing journey of the Kumaun Hills.