Haridwar: The Door to God
The days are ‘Summerish’ here though officially, it’s winter in northern India. The Schools and Colleges are granted their well deserved winter vacations. To make the most of the opportunity and to embrace the New Year, I along with family, headed to the neighbouring hilly state of Uttrakhand. The trip was absolutely impromptu and I was all geared up for surprises!
They say it’s the journey that matters not the destination. In our case it was opposite. The entire ride was rather frustrating partly because of the undesirably wriggling traffic and partly because of lack of expected novelty until of course we entered ‘The Door to God’, ‘Haridwar’.
‘Haridwar’ has a special place during our upbringing. We always knew it as a place where the ashes of departed souls are immersed in Ganges. The job is mostly done by the male family members, so this was the last place in my list to be called as tourist destination. And moreover, I expected it to be filthy and unhygienic! But today on seeing it for real, I can hardly trust my eyes. A gaze at green water of Ganges soothes one’s eyes, and its flow cleanses the soul.
I myself got so immersed in the flow; it was a feeling beyond words. Some things just touch us deep. ‘Ganga’ is nothing I have ever thought; it is so pure, and aptly revered.
Willingly we stayed near ‘Har ki paudi’ to witness the immensely celebrated evening ‘Aarti’ and I tell you, it was ‘divine’ from start till end.
I won’t hesitate to say that the so called ‘pseudo-religious’ people have spread their hold over this pious place as well but then again… it’s a personal choice; to believe what you see…
but what you feel… is what you treasure; there’s no adulteration.
The divinity forced me to take a dip in the freezing water of holy Ganga and surprisingly, I don’t regret!
Honestly, the trip was an enticing one and I immediately felt a connection with ‘I don’t know what’! But I got moved…. 🙂