Trip Start Aug 19, 2006
21Trip End Sep 13, 2006
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This looks like a virgin land, wild and remote. Here nature is at work quietly and nature helps life to endure these extreme conditions. I wonder at times whether in a decade or two from now, we will see such wilderness as it exists here today. I really enjoyed this long drive through the table land which once was an ancient ocean.
Teerathpuri monastery is situated on the right bank of the River Satlej. It is very old monastery. The source of the River Satlej is about 20 km from this monastery and it is merely a brook springing from the marshes. Teerathpuri was once part of Hemmis Gompa of Ladakh, is now part of Simbling Gompa of Taklakot. There is a heap of horns and tarchok (flags) behind the Gompa which represents Dolma. There are hot water springs by the side of the river about 300 meters away from the monastery. We bathe in the spring and feel very relaxed. A Large quantity of ashy deposits of calcium carbonate near these hot water-springs is taken as vibhuti by the pilgrims. According to Hindu mythology, this is the place where demon Bhasmasura did penance to propitiate Lord Shiva and was bestowed with the boon that anything he touched would be reduced to ashes. He became invincible. The terrified gods approached Vishnu for help. Bhasmasura was reduced to ashes by virtue of the same boon he got from the lord of Kailash when unknowingly he touched his forehead with his fingers while dancing with lord Vishnu in guise of a beautiful woman.
On our way back we have a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges far in the north. As we neared Darchen we have a glorious view of the southern face of mount Kailash.