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People and Legends of Himalaya and the Ganga

M.P. Kuksal (Author)

Lured, captivated and inspired by the enchanting beauty of the Himalayan snow peaks the author has sung the glory of the majestic Himalaya and his daughter the Holy Ganga. "They are not the monolithic columns of granite rocks covered with perpetual snow" he writes", but are ensouled with divinity". They are the celestial abode of gods. "Devatatma", the divine soul of god as Kalidas the great Sanskrit poet calls them. The book is full of mythological lore, legends about gods, sages and the Holy Ganga. It presents graphic picture of picturesque places, towns, holy shrines alpine meadows, snow peaks and gives their historical, religious and legendary background. It has interesting reminiscences of the beautiful Lake Town Nainital during the British days, school life in early twentieth century, college and university life during the days of India’s struggle for freedom. There are chapters devoted to the early years of Community development in remote border area, the problems faced by the staff and the zeal with which they worked and faced the situation. The book describes the charm of pilgrimage in old days before the construction of motor roads, pilgrimage now and the damage caused to the eco system of fragile Himalayas. There is a chapter on the rich art, culture, temples, folk songs and folk dances of the hills which form an important part of the life of hill people. In between are real events of life full of interest and suspense.

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About the author

M.P. Kuksal

An ardent devotee of the Himalayas and the Holy Ganga. M.P. Kuksal has traveled extensively throughout the hill districts of Uttaranchal during his long service in the Community development department and even after his retirement. He has great love and attachment with the simple village folk living in remote inaccessible areas where e spent major period of service. He calls it his best posting and an excellent job. Kuksal spent the early years of his life in picturesque lake Town of nainital then went to Allahabad for higher studies in 1938 from where he did his graduation in law in 1944 from Alllahabad University. A Lover of nature he now spends his retires days in reading, writing and gardening in a quite corner of Dehradun. He wrote this book at the age of 86.

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Bibliographic information

Title People and Legends of Himalaya and the Ganga
Author M.P. Kuksal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.02.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178355949
length 277p., Figures; Index; 23cm.