Did you ever notice these piles of stones while walking in the mountains?
Did you ever wonder about their significance and their reason to be there?
I have noticed them before but my excursion to Chandrashila made me extremely inquisitive about them because I saw them everywhere I went during my hike.
These pile of stones are called as ‘CAIRN’. If you are a keen observer, you will find them on trekking routes, high altitudes mountain passes and along several mountain routes.
Purpose of stacking these stones structures as told by the locals are-
They act as sign or landmarks in the area where you will hardly find someone to ask routes. Like on any trek route, mountain route and high altitude pass . Locals(mostly) and travellers create them just to provide guidance in terms of correct route to someone who is trekking or travelling in mountains. To ensure that they are intended as sign post and not some stones lying randomly, they are placed on top of each other.
Technically speaking, slope of the top most stone represents the direction towards the peak. However the authenticity of the same is a matter of chance, since many people have started doing it randomly with a belief that the wish they make while building the ‘cairn’ will be granted by the mountain god!
You know, human mind has this strange instincts of trying connecting everything to the rewards that he might want to receive !? :P
Another reason is that ,according to the locals these stones structures known to bring good luck to the travellers.
I have shared what I know.I would like to know the other reason as well if there is any.
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Sunsets have a magical quality about them. No matter where you are, and in what kind of a mood or situation, when the sun sets you will find yourself stopping to take notice.
I took this shot on the way back from Rewa to Jabalpur. We were passing through a town and evening traffic was upon us. But I stopped the car by the curb and waited for breaks in between passing vehicles to capture this stunning sunset over the Vindhya hills. The appearance of the cyclist was pure bonus.😄
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The place where I first heard the sound of a glacier cracking. That's how I'll remember Junar gali - the mountain pass located 16000 feet ASL, from where we can see these two wonderful peaks - Nanda Ghunti and Trishul massif.
Last year, while working on this trek, I learnt something very important about #nature. There are some things about nature that unfold only if you observe carefully. Only because Virupaji (our mountain guide), asked us to keep silent and listen for a moment, we were able to hear the
glacier cracking that day.
As soon as we bring something man-made into nature and leave it behind, its polluted. The same goes with sound. I see many people playing loud music while trekking. I wish they know how melodious it sounds when a brain-fever cuckoo and an Asian Koel sing together. .
When you're in nature, take an oath to leave behind as less as possible. Just look around and soak in what it has to offer. Because when you harmonize with nature, you'll keep going back for more.