Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Rupkund:The deadly Lake (Part IV)
Next day was rest day. Observing the play of the first ray on Nandaghunti and Trishul and their reflection on Baidinikund is a lifetime experience.Not only them, at a distance from the north- west there were Choukhamba, Kedar, Ghori, Hati, Nilkanth and so on...
Six months of the year this green field is used as the pasture land for the livestock of mainly the villagers of Wan. A group of 2-3 people ('Anoal' in local dialect) maintains those almost 2 thousand animal. They get twenty rupees for each animal. Their wool is collected and is send to Wan for manufacturing of blankets etc.
On 3rd October 2000 , we left Baidini at around 7 in the morning. The ridge right along Baidini is " Annalorio" , which means - 'even a ram can slip while ascending!'. We reached "Ghora Lathani" after a short trek. They believe tha Nandadevi rode a horse and rushed from there.The trek route is bifurcated , one towards Vuna village and the other towards Kailuvinayak. Trishul and Nandaghuti being wide open there we were provoked to stop for a while, but the destination was far away, so we marched forward and reached " Paththar Nachuni". Huge number of boulders were scattered in a strange pattern in the lush green field. The myth is like this--- in twelve century, Yashodayal, the king of Kanauj came in this route with some dancers and and forgot about the sanctity of these holy places. He became very busy with wine, dancers and it was a perfect nuisance. So the dancers were petrified in there dancing pose. The myth continues -- if anybody comes in this route with a lady, the team will have to pay some lives. We had a lady with us, so... some of our well wishers were a bit anxious about our success while we left Kolkata!!