The last 6 km stretch is the toughest ( on feet ) Altitude starts working it's magic, your lungs need to pour in enough oxygen and you need to be mentally strong. Afterall, it's all in the head. Once you are near the shrine, you can see Helicopters passing by. At 11,500 feet, Kedarnath is one of the treacherous non- motorable shrine. There are other means of travelling such as :
1) Helicopter services
3) Ponies/ Horses
Tapasya agar Parvati ki thi,
Toh Pratiksha Shiv ki bhi rahi hogi..
Prem toh Ishwar ke liye bhi saral nahi tha ❤️
There is a very interesting story behind the birth of Lord Shiva. One day, Brahma and Vishnu were both arguing about which of them was more powerful and important. Right then amidst the heated discussion, an inexplicable blazing pillar appeared in front of them, whose root and tip were not to be seen.
The roots seemed to penetrate deep into the earth with the tip piercing into the skies beyond eternity. Amazed by the view of this pillar, now both of them wondered which could be this third entity that landed there instantly in a way challenging both of their supremacy. Now their arguments over their supremacy subdued and they started wondering who this entity could be.
Both Brahma and Vishnu set out to locate the start and end of that pillar. Brahma turned into a goose and flew up to find the top of the pillar, while Vishnu turned into a boar and dug into the earth to look for its roots. The process of search happened for ages and the outcome proved futile both of them not being able to succeed in their mission.
After their unsuccessful attempt, both of them felt humbled and came back to their original place only to find Lord Shiva manifesting in front of them in a form they could comprehend and understand. Now they felt Shiva’s power and cosmic existence is much beyond their understanding and in fact it was Lord Shiva who was more powerful than both of them. Thus the divine play of Lord Shiva made them understand that there was this mightier third power that ruled over the universe.
FINAL 100 steps : Every step I took, it made me believe in the almighty. The life we live seems meaningless at times without hope, without divinity and without a purpose. However small ones purpose in life maybe; if he or she strives and dedicates themselves into achieving that, even the smallest achievement may empower so much happiness into their lives. Did God tell me to travel this far? Did he ask me to walk like he did? He did ask me to venture out in the cold with no clothes on? Did he tell me whether it's right or wrong? Did he ever ask anything in return? NO! NO and a big NO!
What you feel inside is more important than seeking the truth. What you manifest in your brain becomes the index for your actions and how we react to our feelings becomes a source of inspiration to others. Slowly and steadily I walked towards ' my most googled temple ' and tears rolled down my blistered cheeks. I had never felt much lighter in my entire life as I was having the roller coaster moment of my life. I just cannot describe it. It wasn't just goosebumps , it wasn't only about the place. I felt HE, the lord, the SHIVA was always there along the entire journey; inside me and yet I couldn't understand it. He drove me through, made me speak, understand and grasp things which one cannot find inside books or mobile. He made me ; meet ME!
I sit near the temple stairs after a climb of 6 hours. I needed no water, no food. There wasn't any need for that, trust me! My heart beat ticked down slowly maturing at its natural pace.. dhak dhak dhak. The vibrations from the temple bells, the Himalayan backdrop & KEDARNATH itself made me realise how minute we humans are in the context of nature and the universe. How is it that we run into big cities to earn, live, spend lavishly only to come back to our god's in seek of peace and validation. Strange , but true!
He answers, he answers us humans each and every single time, giving us small signs, bringing people - things- obstacles in our way only to make us believe in ourselves. A zillion thoughts, A zillion words unsaid. Do you want to see how it feels like ?