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Neelkanth (6579 m) dominates the scene near the shrine of ‘Badrinath’. Generally, this remains covered by clouds after 7 am. I was lucky to get it absolutely clear on our arrival at 11:30 am. Neelkanth, refers to the blue throat that Lord Shiva acquired while drinking the poison. It got accumulated in his throat and hence turned it blue and hence the name “Neelkanth”.

If one sees the picture carefully, one cannot fail to notice trunk of ‘Ganesha’. The two marks on either side can be seen as eyes and the top simulates forehead of Ganesha.