Homam on the banks of Manasarovar
Ablution to Pooja deities
Some more Pooja Deities
Preperations for Homam
Mrs Rashmi Mahajan lighting the Homa fire
Homam in progress
Salutations to Lord after Homam
Ajay Kumar Kaushik the Yajaman of Homam
Anil Kumar, Kausik, Punitha, Pandey
Pandey, Gupta, Murugan
Kailash Kaushik worshipping Lord of Kailash with family
After the holy bath in the cleansing waters of Manasarovar, everybody assembled for the Homam. In the transit the bag containing the pooja articles had been misplaced somewhere, so sherpas managed wood from somewhere and we completed the Ganesh Homam, Durga Homam, Maha Mrutunjaya Homam with all devotion, the Homam was conducted by Ajay Kumar Kaushik. Later we thanked the Lord and Parvati for their benevolence in allowing us to have their darshan. Though clouds had fully covered Mount Kailash we sighted the Golden duck. Later we collected water of Manasarovar and stones pooja at home and to distribute to friends. Thus we completed an important ritual that day.
After we reached our Guest house our guide told that some Land Cruiser driver is ready to take us to Darchen for witnessing the Saga Dawa festival for 50 Yuans per head, as everybody was not in a mood to go to Darchen and then come back because of the tough parkrama the next day, only two yatris opted for the same and the driver started demanding 200 Yuans and finally the idea was dropped and everybody took much needed rest to acclimatize the body for high altitude.
In the evening the clouds cleared and we had the wonderful darshan of Kailash from the shores of Manasarvar also. In the evening we visited the Chiu Gompa located on the cliff of the hillock. The view of Manasarovar from the top was breath taking. As this night was also full moon night we chanted Lalitha sahasranamam again and prayed to Mother Gowri that she cold grant her darshan at Dolma( we should be able to undertake the Parikama) and retired for the day without knowing what is in store the next day.