‘As thunderstorms and black clouds turn day into night and snow carrying winds make exhilarating sounds while piercing through the forests of Pine and Deodar, so our hearts start singing the unheard melodies and songs of Himalayas which have been echoing here since the times immemorial.’
‘The Himalayas’, as we utter this word we feel the unknown vibrations of this magical land of Gods, demigods, sages, siddhas, tantircs, legendary warriors, demons, laymen and mystical animals.
The glory and sanctity of the Himalayan region, which stretches from North East India to Afghanistan, covering in total six countries of India, China, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is infinite.
The cultural fabric and folklore of the Himalayan region is somewhat similar where different deities and fairies have been residing amicably with humans.
The oldest Hindu scripture Rigveda and Buddhist scriptures state that Himalayas or vedic “ Himavanta ” is the abode of Rudra, a ferocious form of Shiva. Rigveda praises the Rudra in following verse:
यस्येमे हिमवन्तो महित्वा यस्य समुद्रं रसया सहाहुः |
यस्येमाः परदिशो यस्य बाहू कस्मै देवाय हविषाविधेम || RV 10.121.4
His, through his might, are these snow-covered mountains, and men call sea and Rasā his possession: His arms are these, his are these heavenly regions. What God shall we adore with our oblation?
In most famous Hindu scripture, Shrimad Bhagvad Gita, Lord Shri Krishna furthers the sacredness of the Himalayas by saying:
महर्षीणां भृगुरहं गिरामस्म्येकमक्षरम्।
यज्ञानां जपयज्ञोऽस्मि स्थावराणां हिमालयः।।10.25।।
Of the great sages I am Bhrigu; of vibrations I am the transcendental Om.
Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am the Himalayas.
In praising the glories of Himachal, the Skanda Purana says,’He who thinks of Himachal, though he may not behold it, it is greater than he who performs worship in Kashi and shall have pardon for all his sins. Those, while dying think of its snows, are liberated from their sins. In a hundred ages of gods I could not tell them of the glories of Himachal where Shiva lived and the Ganges fell from the foot of Vishnu like the slender thread of a lotus flower.’
Great sage Kalidasa’s epic Kumarsambhava is full of glories of Himalayas and Shiva-Shakti and beautifully explains the life and region of those times. There are many popular and less ordinary texts and scriptures which have mention of the Himalayas according to the writers’ own understanding and experiences in Himalayas.
It is no wonder at all that whoever comes and sees the Himalayas is touched by its grandeur and spiritual magnetism and all these testimonies by the ancient scriptures can be confirmed by the travelers and wanderers who still come here in pursuit of meaning of life, eternal peace and happiness.
Whereas in metropolitan cities one is confronted by the unending noise of vehicles, industrial pollution, lack of empathy amongst human kind, almost all humans running a rat race for more money and fame, in Himalayas one can see and feel all the sacred things directly which make humans ‘Humans’and bring them directly in touch with ‘The God’.