Vacation in the hills-6 (Slice of Life)

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31-07-18
Dear Doddamma,
We are all fine here. It is now 3 o’clock. Aravind has gone to his college. His BA classes and German certificate classes will start on August 13th. Amma is absorbed in a book. It is called ‘The other Face’ and is a translation from Kannada. It is about the Havyaka community.
Two weeks we attended the 75th birthday of our neighbour. Her children have been planning the celebrations for almost a year. Their relatives from different parts of the world attended. My neighbour and friend has been living in this house from early seventies. She was married at the age of 16, her husband worked in the Syndicate Bank. She has two sons and a daughter. Unfortunately, her husband passed away when she was only 32. She got a job in the bank and raised the children all by herself. They are all doing well. She did not know that all her relatives were going to come. It was a happy surprise for her.  These days we are seeing sun and rain alternately. So we dare not dry our clothes outside.

To continue with our trip,
On the 16th morning after seeing some of the places of interest away from Kausani we reached Rudradhari, from where we would have to walk to the cave temple and falls. We started walking at 1 o’clock. When we started we had no idea that we would be walking across valleys and up and down hills. The driver had told us that it was an easy path. It was an experience which we will always remember because of what follows.

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There was no well paved footpath. We walked across big rocks, pebbles and crossed small mountain streams. There was not much water and at some places we had to step into the water and slowly make our way across. The rocks in the water were very slippery.

Rudradhaari temple and falls (11)In some places we were surrounded by hills on all sides. Nature is beautiful, and here we felt one with her. There was a huge boulder by the hill side. Water was oozing from millions of pores on its surface and slowly trickling down. We also got to touch a large rock from which water was oozing out. It was a good experience. We walked along the strenuous path. We met a few people on their way back and they encouraged us to walk on. One of them said it was not far to the temple and another said it was very far. But he also said the small pool at the base of the waterfall was very refreshing.

20180616_135525.jpgThere was some spiritual strength in the water according to him. We walked on, it was as if we were in a different universe. On the way we met four students who came along with us and assisted us at the difficult spots. They were experienced hikers. We reached the temple at about 2 o’clock. We removed our footwear and gladly soaked our feet in the water. It was indeed refreshing. It was not a large waterfall. At this time of the year there was not much water flowing. But the whole place had a mystical charm.

20180616_140844.jpgThere were lots of people, young and old. We stepped into the cave. According to legend, Sage Kaushik performed penance here, and the Shivalinga emerged from the depths of mother Earth. This was told to us by the Panditji. We wanted to perform a puja. The Panditji asked my husband to get water from the natural source outside. We did abhisheka and aarati. It felt good.

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We started our trek back to the car at 2.15. Along the way we saw many trees with incisions in their trunks. This was for extracting gum , the sap of the tree. It smelt very good. We returned to the starting point at about 3.15. It was a wonderful experience. There was small canteen and our driver, Devender had asked the proprietor to keep food for us. He too had lunch with us. We had a typical Kumaoni food of rice, kadi, aloo sabji and bhat ki daal. Bhat is black coloured dal used by people here. It was good. We returned to our room and rested. That night we had food in the hotel. It was good. We walked on the terrace enjoying the quiet of the mountains, then retired for the day. Early next day we were to leave for Naintal.
With love,
Lakshmi

Vacation in the hills-6 (Slice of Life)

 

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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  1. I am late with my comment. What is quite a distance for one is not too far for another. I can imagine the feeling of serenity being surrounded by the beauty of nature. Beautiful pictures.

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