Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mount Kalsubai Trek - Part II - The Summit

...continued from my previous post - Mount Kalsubai Trek - Part I - The Climb...

The small temple on the summit of Mount Kalsubai housed the Kalsubai Goddess idol. There were a couple of Trishuls (Tridents) stuck in the rocks outside the temple and a few bells hung on an iron pole.

The wind was so strong that the bells were tolling on their own! Dadabhau Pawar (my guide) informed me that a fair is held on the summit during Navratri (a nine night's Hindu festival, celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga) every year when many villagers climb to the summit and take the blessings of Kalsubai Goddess. I removed my shoes that were completely soaked, took the blessings of Kalsubai Goddess and captured a video of the entire summit.

Video of the Mount Kalsubai Summit [Length: 1:36 minutes]. It features the Kalsubai Temple. You can hear the bells tolling on their own from 0:59 onwards. Towards the end, my guide Dadabhau can be heard explaining about the heavy chain kept outside the temple.

The surroundings weren't visible because of the fog. As per Dadabhau, one can see as far as Nasik on a clear sunny day, standing on the summit along with the nearby Bhandardara Lake and Dam, Ratangad and Harishchandragad forts. This is why the Marathas used Mount Kalsubai as a watch tower in the past.

There was a heavy, long, coiled chain tied to the iron pole on the right hand side of the temple. Dadabhau then informed me that if I lowered the chain down over the rocks through a gap in the rocks, made a wish and managed to pull the entire chain back, then my wish would be fulfilled!

I thought to myself that I have already achieved a tough feat of climbing to the top of the mountain, so might as well give this feat a try. So, I sat down on the rocks and Dadabhau lowered the chain on the rocks. Then I took the chain in my hands and started pulling it up. As such it was heavy in the first place and since it was lowered down the rocks, it had become all the more heavier. I had to use all my strength to pull it up foot by foot. Finally, with the blessings of Kalsubai Goddess, I managed to pull it up entirely and it must have taken me atleast 2 minutes to do so. Now, I am really hoping that my wish comes true.

...continued in my next post - Mount Kalsubai - Part III - The Descend...

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