Mountain views of Garhwal Himalayan range in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India. Hindus pilgrims journeying to the Kedarnath Mandir Temple in India. Presbyterian missionary Ira Hatch with his camera. Pilgrims climb a steep path on their journey. Two pilgrims exchange greetings at the bank ot the Mandakini river. Pilgrims gather at the Kedarnath Mandir Temple atop the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India..
Hindu pilgrims make a pilgrimage to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath (Shiva) atop the Garhwal Himalayan mountain range, in India. Pilgriims gather outside the temple. They perform their religious rites outside before entering the temple. They ring the sacred bell at the entrance of temple. Men on the mountain climbing expedition walk holding a palanquin.
Hindu pilgrims on foot carrying their belongings on their heads, as they journey to the source of the Ganges River. At Deva Preyag, where branches of the Ganges join, pilgrims remove their shoes and descend the bank to bathe. But first, a family priest performs religious rites. Sacred calfs are seen with the pilgrims.
Hindu holy man (swami) makes ceremonial preparations to bathe at Deva Preyag. He pours water from the river over his body before holding a chain to secure himself as he bathes in the very strong currents of the river. View of the waters rushing past the stony site. A woman dresses in volumunous Sari after bathing. A woman having color placed on her forehead.
Pilgrims at bank of the Ganges River, at Deva Preyag, give gifts to priests whom they consult. Would-be priests (youths) argue amongst themselves, about the division of gifts. Group of holy men receiving gifts of food from pilgrims.
Animated map shows Ganges River in India and traces the headwaters of the Ganges at Jumnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. Pilgrims starting their journey in the mountains at Hardwar where the railroad ends. Sign identifying Hardwar (AKA Hardiwar) at the railroad station. Steam locomotive pulling passenger cars enters Hardwar station. Pilgrims leaving the train and station at Hardwar. They are seen crossing a bridge over the Ganges River. Pilgrims on foot carrying their belongings on their heads. Some using pack animal and another being carried in palanquin.