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Sacred Waters - A Pilgrimage to the Many Sources of the Ganga
Sacred Waters - A Pilgrimage to the Many Sources of the Ganga

Sacred Waters - A Pilgrimage to the Many Sources of the Ganga

by Stephen Alter

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0143028014 - Year: 2001 - Pages: 356

Binding

Paperback

Stephen Alter

Author: Stephen Alter
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 356
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143028014

Description

This is an account of a journey taken in India. The destination is the origin of the Ganga, the holiest and most famous of Indian rivers. It is a physical journey, involving months of trekking through forested valleys and snow covered mountains.

A spiritual journey up India's most sacred river. This is an account of a journey taken in India. The destination is the origin of the Ganga, the holiest and most famous of Indian rivers. It is a physical journey, involving months of trekking through forested valleys and snow covered mountains. It is also a journey of the spirit, taking a man deep into the heart and soul of an ancient religion.

Stephen Alter, who was born in the Himalayan foothills, crosses many miles and several millennia, to search for the essence of Hindu culture. Traveling from one holy spot too another—meeting grounds for pilgrims, remote towns and forgotten temples—he explores tales from the epics, the intimate connection between natural history and mystical experience, and the sacred wisdom that animates the religious legacy of India.

As every pilgrim learns, a spiritual search involves travel, but ultimately returns to the inner self. 'Sacred Water' is a richly told, compelling narrative of a whole civilization, and of a man's interior journey.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Map
Sravan

CHAPTER I : INQUIRY(Rishikesh - Yamnotri)
Footpaths and Motor Roads
Exile in the Forest
The Sons of Sagar
Lake of the Gods
Yamuna Devi

CHAPTER II: EXPERIENCE (Yamnotri-Gangotri)
December
Lost Trails
Winter Solstice
Fire and Ice

CHAPTER III: REFLECTION (Gangotri-Kedarnath)
The Cow's Mouth
The Shape of a Stone
The Goddess and the Buffalo
Pathway to Paradise

CHAPTER IV : TRANSCENDENCE (Kedarnath-Badrinath)
Vehicles of the Gods
Shiv’s Navel
Chipko
The Realm of Vishnu
Soliloquy
Afterword

Bibliography
Glossary

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