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OṀ HIMALAYABHŨMYAI NAMAH.

By Devankinanda

Ashtottaram 55) OṀ HIMALAYABHŨMYAI NAMAH


Ashtottaram 55) OṀ (AUM) –HI-MA-LA-YA-BHOO-MYAI—NA-MA-HA

Ashtottaram 55) ॐ हिमालयभूम्यै नमः (Himalayas: The abode of snow)

The Himalayas stretch across the northeastern portion of India. They cover approximately 1,500 mi (2,400 km) and pass through the nations of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Bhutan, and Nepal. The Himalayan range is made up of three parallel ranges often referred to as the Greater Himalayas, the Lesser Himalayas, and the Outer Himalayas.

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The tallest mountains in the world are the Himālayās. Like the Ganga among the rivers, the Himālayas among the mountains has become an integral part of the Hindu religion, culture, and ethos. Even the Ṛigveda mentions it as reflecting the greatness of God. Over the centuries, the mountain range has been all things to all beings. Its presiding deity is Himavān. His wife is Mēnā, a daughter of the pitrudevatās or manes. Maināka (mountain) is his son. Aparṇa (Pārvati), Ekaparṇā and Ekapātalā are his daughters. These three were married to Śiva, the sages Asita and Jaigiiṣavya respectively. Mount Meru is said to be situated in the Himālayās.

The Himālayās are the source of many rivers such as Bhāgīrathī (Ganga), Yamuna, Sarasvati, Viśoka, and Vitasta. They are considered as devatīrtha (divine rivers) and hence sacred. Many places of pilgrimage are situated in the Himālayan ranges, including Amaranātha, Kedāranātha, Badarīnātha, Devaprayāga, Gangotri, Yamunotri and so on. Badarikāśrama where the twin- sages Nara-Nārāyaṇa performed severe austerities is situated here. Vedavyāsa is said to have composed all his works here only. The Pāndavās passed through the Himālayās in their maha-prasṭhāna or final journey to heaven.

The Himalayan range is made up of three parallel ranges. Pixabay

It is the repository of many rare medicinal plants. The Rāmāyaṇa mentions the famous sanjīvanī herb which was secured by Hanumān from here.

The Himālayan Mountains consist of parallel ranges, 2500kms (1500 miles) long and 250kms (150 miles) in width. There are 114 peaks which are over 600 meters (20,000 ft) in height. Seventy-five of them are higher than 7200 meters (24,000 ft). All these are perpetually snow-clad and shrouded in mist. Fierce winds and avalanches are quite common.

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Many mountaineers attempt to climb these mountains and feel gratified, and accomplished. These mountain ranges are a God-given natural boundary for our country protecting us from the other countries which are always waiting to invade. These Himālayan Mountains are protecting us eternally, as though Lord Śhiva is sitting on Mount Kailāsa and looking after us.

With such great historical significance, these mountain ranges are the beloved children of our Bhāratamāta. Our land is ‘Himālaya Bhūmi’.


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