Himalaya’s hidden gem: Pilgrimage to Karthik Swami temple

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Not far from the road to the Kedarnath pilgrimage lies the relatively unknown temple of Karthik Swami above the town of Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand. The site sits at an altitude of over 10,000 feet offering a unique panorama of Garhwal’s majestic Himalayan peaks. Each year while hundreds of pilgrims throng the Char Dham yatra routes, locals make their way to this revered temple to seek blessings from the elder son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya. (Gurinder Osan/HT PHOTO)

Not far from the road to the Kedarnath pilgrimage lies the relatively unknown temple of Karthik Swami above the town of Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand. The site sits at an altitude of over 10,000 feet offering a unique panorama of Garhwal’s majestic Himalayan peaks. Each year while hundreds of pilgrims throng the Char Dham yatra routes, locals make their way to this revered temple to seek blessings from the elder son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya. (Gurinder Osan/HT PHOTO)

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Sunset above Rudraprayag, at the Kartik Swami Temple where after evening prayers bells ringing can be heard from afar. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

Sunset above Rudraprayag, at the Kartik Swami Temple where after evening prayers bells ringing can be heard from afar. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

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Festivals attracts devotees from many surrounding villages annually, who express their devotion through songs and dance. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

Festivals attracts devotees from many surrounding villages annually, who express their devotion through songs and dance. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

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Women from the Bhutia community in traditional attire from the surrounding Chamoli district visit the Kartik Swami Temple on a festive occasion, seen here in the backdrop of higher Himalayan ranges including Chaukhamba, right, and the Kedarnath ranges, left. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

Women from the Bhutia community in traditional attire from the surrounding Chamoli district visit the Kartik Swami Temple on a festive occasion, seen here in the backdrop of higher Himalayan ranges including Chaukhamba, right, and the Kedarnath ranges, left. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

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The planet Venus, center, adds a spark to the twilight sky, framed here with the foreground of temple bells outside the Kartik Swami Temple. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

The planet Venus, center, adds a spark to the twilight sky, framed here with the foreground of temple bells outside the Kartik Swami Temple. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

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Young locals from Garhwal engage in shooting selfies at the temple. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

Young locals from Garhwal engage in shooting selfies at the temple. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

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A percussionist from a nearby village, plays his drum, the sound of which is carried to all neighbouring villages to announce continuing festivities on an auspicious day at the Kartik Swami Temple. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

A percussionist from a nearby village, plays his drum, the sound of which is carried to all neighbouring villages to announce continuing festivities on an auspicious day at the Kartik Swami Temple. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

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Village womenfolk seek blessings as they offer prayers to the almighty. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

Village womenfolk seek blessings as they offer prayers to the almighty. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

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A special 'teeka' or forehead mark, made of turmeric is placed using a marigold flower by the priest at the holy temple. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

A special 'teeka' or forehead mark, made of turmeric is placed using a marigold flower by the priest at the holy temple. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

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Village women break into song and dance singing traditional folk songs before an occasional feast for devotees and tourists. (Gurinder Osan/HT PHOTO)

Village women break into song and dance singing traditional folk songs before an occasional feast for devotees and tourists. (Gurinder Osan/HT PHOTO)

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Kanak Chauri village, about thirty kilometres from Rudraprayag is the last road-connected village from where devotees hike about three kilometres to reach the top of the hill where the shrine resides. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

Kanak Chauri village, about thirty kilometres from Rudraprayag is the last road-connected village from where devotees hike about three kilometres to reach the top of the hill where the shrine resides. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

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Close-ups of devotees in different moods after receiving blessings and offering prayers at the temple. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

Close-ups of devotees in different moods after receiving blessings and offering prayers at the temple. (Gurinder Osan/HT Photo)

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