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Exploring the Mystical Intersection: Hindu Mythology and the Northern Lights

I had long manifestation for this day to arrive, envisioning a time when everyone could experience the mesmerizing spectacle of the northern lights in Canada's farthest reaches like Yellowknife, Yukon, and beyond. Countless individuals yearn for a glimpse of this natural wonder, yet are hindered by constraints of travel or finances. My fervent wish was that, at least once, the northern lights would blaze across the entire expanse of Canada, allowing all to witness their brilliance. And on the night of May 10th and the early hours of May 11th, my dream became reality. With the KP index at an astounding 9 and visibility ranging between 85% to 95% due to the intensity of a solar storm, the northern lights graced the skies, fulfilling the collective longing of countless souls.


A close-up of a Shiva Linga, a cylindrical pillar representing the formless aspect of Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology, set against the backdrop of the aurora-lit sky.

In my search for the stunning northern lights, I stumbled upon the Inukshuk. These are stone structures crafted by the Inuit people in the chilly Canadian Arctic. They have been there for ages, guiding travelers and marking special places in the icy wilderness. As I learned more about Inukshuks, I realized they are not just rocks—they're symbols of strength, community, and respect for nature. They are like silent guardians, helping people find their way in the cold and vast Arctic landscape.


As a story teller, I am taking the liberty to draw comparisons between different symbols. Let me indulge my wild imagination and thoughts. This big rock resembled a Shiva Linga stood out in front, while a crescent moon hung in the sky behind it. The dancing lights in the sky reminded me of the Aghoris, who are big fans of Lord Shiva. And then, there was Lake Huron, making me think of the sacred goddess Ganga touching the shore gently. It felt like the line between imagination and reality blurred for a moment. For those familiar with Hindu mythology, the symbolism is clear. But for those who aren't, here's a breakdown:


In Hindu tradition, the Shiva Linga represents the formless aspect of Lord Shiva, depicted as a cylindrical pillar. The moon holds significance in Shiva's story, as Chandra, the moon god, was cursed and found solace by placing the moon on Shiva's head.


Ganga, personified as a celestial river, descended from the heavens to cleanse humanity's sins. In the mythology, Shiva caught her in his hair to prevent her descent from devastating the earth. So, Ganga is often portrayed flowing from Shiva's locks, symbolizing purification, salvation, and the continuous flow of life.


Most believers of the Lord shiva in Hindu dharma believe Lord Shiva is often depicted as a silent guardian and helper of those in distress in various scriptures and epics. One such instance is in the Mahabharata, an ancient Indian epic. In the Mahabharata, there are several stories where Lord Shiva appears or intervenes to assist characters in times of need. Lord Shiva's assistance to Arjuna and the granting of the Pashupatastra occurs in the "Vana Parva" (Book of the Forest). The encounter between Arjuna and Lord Shiva is detailed in Chapter 36 of the "Kiratarjuniya Parva."


Alright, let's snap back to reality! So, I found myself in this crazy crowded spot, and you know what? Crowds aren't really my thing.

An awe-inspiring scene of the northern lights illuminating the horizon, casting a magical glow over the landscape below, as if nature itself is putting on a celestial performance.

 So, I thought, why not hit up the Blue Mountain instead? Grabbed my camera and off I went. Started heading back around 2:30 in the morning. And guess what? The Northern Lights decided to be my travel buddies! They tagged along with me the whole way home.

Talk about a magical experience, right? I must've made like 10-15 pit stops along that dark, mysterious road, snapping away at the beauty of the night. Let me tell you, those shots are gonna be my little treasures for life. What a ride! I finally reached home at 5am.



Camera Configuration:

  • ISO: 1200

  • Shutter Speed: Adjusted between 1/10 and 1/30

  • Aperture: Set to the lowest possible, at f/2.8

  • Lens: Utilized Tamron 24mm f/2.8

  • Camera: Sony A7III

  • Manfrotto Tripod


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