Photographer's Note

Here are Two Pillars Of Faith : A Pile of Stones and Chaukhamba for two religions, Buddhism and Hinduism respectively...

As Buddhism spread across the Himalayas, Buddhist monks travelled far and wide. Whenever they crossed a high-altitude pass, they put a stone at the highest point and so over the years these piles of stones were formed.

It is customary to add another stone to such a stone pile, whenever you cross a pass. It is to acknowlegde your belief in God that you have safely reached the highest point with His help and that you have faith in Him that the rest of your journey will be successful.

Chaukhamba (also known as Badrinath) is one of the most sacred peaks named after the holiest shrine of Hinduism.

Chaukhamba(meaning Four pillars) is the highest mountain group of Western Garhwal. The four peaks have heights of respectively 7138 mts(23500 feet), 7088m, 6995m and 6854m. On its western slopes starts the Gangotri glacier, one of the largest in the Himalayas. The Gangotri glacier is the source of River Bhagirathi, one of the two main tributaries of the holy River Ganga.

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