The Blue Mountain

  Rising majestically at 11,000 feet stands the Neelakanth peak in the Himalayas. This peak has close association with Shiva. Neelakanta is the blue throated Shiva and the entire region is filled with his personality. The Neelakanth peaks rise dramatically over river ganga. The glaciers and eternal snow represent Jata, the matted hair locks of…

The Land of Agastya. Part-2: The Southern Sage.

The Cosmic sound dwells in two levels, the manifest and un-manifest. The creation arises from the un-manifest. Agastya arises during the time of crisis. He does not interfere with the cosmic law nor its evolutionary activities. He intervenes when the cosmic order is disturbed and provides guidance. He is like the Batman choosing to act…

The Land of Agastya. Part-1: The Search Begins.

Part-1: The Search begins. My interest in astronomy began a decade back. It is more than just a hobby. The constellations visible in my hemisphere draws me back time after time and keeps me busy for hours. The sky has so many wonders and I am deeply drawn towards the cosmos. The cosmos will require…

Meeting the Master

It was past mid-day when I reached the small temple dedicated to the guardian deity of the hills. He is Karuppusamy sporting a long moustache, his stretched right hand holding a sword and body decked with ornaments. The journey was tiring and I had trekked over five hours from the base camp. A half an…

The Mystic Mountain

It was past midnight. I was cuddled up in a cold mattress trying to sleep after a long trek. It was pitch dark in the mud house and at 20,000 feet I was gasping for breath. An invisible force was pushing me to go out in the open. I was frantically searching for my torch…

The Home of Buddha

This surely was a splendid flight as I boarded in Kathmandu to Lhasa the capital of Tibet. Leaving behind a crowded and lush Kathmandu, the flight takes one and half hours through the spectacular Himalayan ranges. We fly over one of the highest mountain range in the world and land in Lhasa deep inside Tibet,…