M. KAMAL NAIDU
Day 12: Early next morning I got up at 4.00 AM for we were told one could see the glory of the Neelkanth(6558m) . It was very dark all around. I went to the rear window of my room, wow! what a spectacular sight I saw, it was awesome. Neelkanth stood out in the midst of darkness as a massive golden peak. It was all commanding and captivating. The morning rays of sunrise from some unseen distance lit it up, and I was wonder struck. It was sheer Divine; I for a moment was mesmerized at sighting the Divine. I stood at the window watching for more than forty minutes, till when the surrounding brightened; during the time it gradually turned from golden red to golden, and finally to shimmering silver, merging away with the surrounding snowy mountains. This is a sight to be experience; it cannot be described, for as the adage goes ‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’.
After dawn we went down to the bathing place, where the natural steaming hot springs was channelized to joins into the Saraswati, to moderate its temperature for an exhilarating bath. After bath, we followed the queue entering the temple, and had a nice ‘darshan’. Frankly speaking, I did not get that divine feeling one should get after all that we are impressed upon. I felt the Lord had deserted the temple, and resided atop the Neelkanth I saw in the early hours of the morning. Yes, he was there spreading all His radiance.
We left after breakfast, buying myself a memento of Shri Hanuman carrying the mountain made of brass, which I had wished was set-up at the ‘Valley of Flowers’. The memento still adorns my study room, talking my mind of frequently to Badrinath. We visited the few place around, about which we gathered information, before getting into the convoy going down to Joshimath.