For those who do not know, Manasarovar is a lake known for its high spiritual values in both Hinduism and Buddhism, in Tibetan region of Himalayas. It lies at 14,940 feet above sea level and is the highest fresh water lake in the world. Manasarovar was supposedly created by the Hindu God, Brahma in his mind (manas for mind, sarovar for lake), hence the name. It is also believed the Devas (Gods) descend to bathe in the lake between 3 and 5 am the time of the day known as Brahma Muhurta. Kailash (Mount Kailash; abode of Hindu God Shiva) and Manasarovar Yatra is known to all pilgrims for its spiritual value. I have always wanted to visit Manasarovar, and someday may be the wish will materialize.
I was watching a Documentary on Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra a few days ago, and the Divine Himalayas inspired me to pick up my Guitar and I ended up recording this tune. It’s more of an improv work based around Classical Indian Raagas. Just a random musing. Here is the MP3 link. May peace be on you in the new year and years to come![audio:http://gdhar.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/Gautam%20Dhar%20-%20Manasarovar.mp3]
Photo taken from Wufgaeng’s Flickr collection.