Author: Rupinder Khullar
Editor(s): Kamalkant Budhkar
Publisher: UBS Publishers
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174764607
Gateway to the Gods: Haridwar Rishikesh gives the reader a comprehensive glimpse of the overpowering and mesmerizing effect this eternal city has on everyone who visits this abode of gods in the foothills of Shivalik. Besides Haridwar, the next covers the four sacred dhams of the hindus-Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri-the picturesque Valley of Flowers, Dehradun, the capital of Uttaranchal, and the popular hill resort of Mussoorie.
This book gives an insight of the origin of this holy city that lies embedded in legendary tales and fables. The text is accompanied by captivating and enchanting pictures-be it the shrines of this spiritual city blessed by the Holy Trinity or its busy streets, eating houses, the beautiful peaks surrounding the city and the pilgrims reciting aarti or performing religious rituals in the Holy Ganges. The real-life pictures in the book take the reader to this sacred pilgrimage centre of the Hindus so that he can see its shrines and feel the holy touch.
This book is being brought out on the eve of the Aradh Kumbh Mela coming up in January, 2004, that draws countless devotees from all across the globe to this sacred Abode of Gods. The Text and pictures in the book give the readers a glimpse of the vast panorama of traditions, customs and rituals of the deep-rooted faith the Hindus have in the sanctity of the Ganga and the dhams-so much so that you can almost feel the holy touch.