Okay, so its been a while since I’ve penned one, even as I have several blogs of energy centers pending from my procrastinative self! Well, my heart shudders at the very thought of the effort that went into completing this trek. But, the experience of hiking Sri Pada was borderline consciousness-altering!
As much as I’d not like to popularize the spiritual meadow of Khirganga (a.k.a. Kheerganga) tucked away “high” above the enchanting Parvathi Valley in Himachal Pradesh, I’m sharing my experience of visiting this truly magical place because one thing is certain: only the earnest seekers will make the steep, grueling 10-kilometer long uphill trek on foot from Barshaini to Khirganga that falls on the trail to Pin-Parvathi Pass. Barshaini, that is around 10 kms from Manikaran and Kasol is the last motor-able village closest to Khirganga.
The first blog of Cosmic Maps would have been about one of the several energy centers nestled in the supremely energising Himalayas. But there is a lone hill in South India that is a Lingam-shapped mountain-powerhouse of spiritual energy: the holy Arunachala – the Mountain of knowledge and fire/light. ‘Aruna’, means ‘red, bright like fire’ which signifies Jnanagni; the Fire of Wisdom, and ‘achala’ signifies ‘hill’. Thus, Arunachala means ‘Hill of Fire of Wisdom’. The sacred hill, located in the temple town of Tiruvanamalai, is in the shape of a lingam thatmakes it the largest naturally-occurring lingam on the planet. Can you comprehend the spiritual vibrations emitted from a mountain-Shivling? The holy hill’s magnetic call to those on the path of awakening spread outwards in all directions to the multiverses in waves of glorious light. Such are the powerful vibrations emitted by the Hill.