The Himalayas in Hindu tradition are much more than a majestic mountain
range that extends in a 2,410-km curve across South Asia. Hindus revere it
not just for being a home to rare sanative herbs, nor even as a haven for
exciting winter sports. To the Hindus this grandfather-like figure has not
just been an abode of ice but an abode of gods. So they referred to the
Himalayas as devatma or God-souled.
From times immemorial, the Himalayas have given out speechless invitations to sages, anchorites, yogis, artists, philosophers et al. The western Himalayas teems with esteemed pilgrimages so much so that the entire Kumayun range can be called Tapobhumi or land of spiritual practices. Where else apart from Kailash and Manas-sarovar in the Himalayas could an all-abnegating Shiva roam with his bull? Where else apart from Hemkunt Sahib in the Himalayas could Guru Govind Singh have come in his former sagely incarnate for spiritual penance?
Giri-raj or the "King of Mountains", as the Himalayas is often called, is also a deity by itself in the Hindu pantheon. Hindus view the Himalayas as supremely sacred, as a corollary to seeing god in every atom of the universe. The mighty altitude of the Himalayas is a constant remembrance to the loftiness of the human soul, its vastness. a prototype for the universality of human consciousness. Here is the few attractions in the Himalayas below.