On trails through these mountains, you come across scarves tied to trees as an offering to some local Devta. There are no idols here, no pujari’s, no one telling you where to put your donation. Just some random stones, yellow scarves, a few bells and modest offerings. But there is this immense faith that these simple offerings will ensure the well being and safe passage for all those who show even a little reverence to these Gods.
I have to confess that every time I come across these tiny places of worship, I do stop, pay my respects and always say a silent prayer. It’s nothing to do with whether I am religious or not, whether I believe in it or not, its about respecting the local culture, customs and beliefs. It’s about riding piggy back on the faith and conviction of the locals and tuning into the frequency of gratitude.