Next from my crystal clan is this blue piece of wonder. This is not a story of how i found it - it’s a story of how it found me.
It was in the middle of spring and I was on my first solo trip (young, wild, and free :P), visiting Gangotri (the place of origin of the holy river of Ganges in India). While at Gangotri itself, the weather rapidly changed from comfortably cold to light drizzle to an insane snowstorm. After risking slippery roads we made it to our base at Harsil. We weren’t even adequately clothed and were quickly warmed up with glasses of brandy. And soon enough a prancing girl was being spotted through the windows - gleefully dancing in the fast-falling snow - i had gone mad(der) with joy. Snow! :D
It was during this wild dance that i spotted this blue stone. Shining quietly in the white softness, waiting to be spotted. I couldn’t believe it when i picked it up. Such was my state of daze that i simply went quiet and slipped it into my pocket, without showing it to anyone.
Back home, i kept it by my bedside all the time. I had no clue what it was nor did i bother to find out. Unannounced it became my bedtime companion. Years passed like that - no name, no knowing; just a beautiful blue rock.
It was only a couple of years back when i showed it to my partner, who couldn’t believe that i “just found it”. He did some Googling to reveal that it’s a piece of blue obsidian. It is formed when volcanic lava in a cold place (like the Himalayas) erupts into the coldness and hence cools down very quickly. Look closely, do you see the bubbles trapped in that blueness? Lava bubbles, kids :) Yeah, Himalayas had active volcanoes; a long, long time ago. The age of my blue pal runs into millions of years, perhaps. Maybe, i was a blue rock like it, too, at that time. I forgot about it, my old pal didn’t. :)
Tempel Gangotri 🙏🏼
✅ In the center of Gangotri, more precisely on the right Bank of Bhagirathi is the main attraction of this sacred place — the temple of Gangotri (Temple of the goddess of the Ganges), built workskil commander Amar Singh Thapa in the eighteenth century (Gorky or the Gurkhas, a martial people living in the North of India and Nepal and named in honor of Gorakhnath or the legend of how the Saint and philosopher, who lived in the XI-XII century, representative of the Natha tradition). •
✅In the XX century the temple was renovated by the Maharaja of Jaipur. Every year from may to October, this Holy place is visited by tens of thousands of pilgrims. •
✅By November, Gangotri, covered with snow, empty, and the deity of the Ganges transferred to the village Mukhba her winter abode. Back in Gangotri she returns in the spring, on Akshaya Dvitya. •
✅The return of the goddess to Gangotri, celebrated for more than 700 years, is celebrated with great pomp. •
✅The Ganges deity, decorated with red and green clothes, is carried on a palanquin, making the way 25 km.
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