Hare Rama Guest House
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... After doing a bunch of walking we headed back to the hostel. There we napped and went to Chai time. Most hostels have Chai time where at 4:00pm they serve chai and biscuits for the residents and everyone socializes. I had been to a bunch in the other hostels and this was no different. We headed out again around 5:00pm and headed to the ghats. We went to the Assi Ghat this time as it was the southern most Ghat (the northern most ghat is called Varana, hence the name ...
... practically holy and is the centre of everything. Cremations are taking place on the banks all the time, people from the priest caste are doing mass yoga classes, others are taking a dip in their pants and hotels are washing their laundry. It sounds grim but it's amazing. Surprisingly un-smelly and very serene. Unlike the ...
... well, so it seems rather fitting in architecture :)
On that note, shiva Lingums are all over India but are really numerous in Varanasi; they are just big (but thankfully not too graphic) phallic shapes, and as you can imagine, Joe loves to point them out.
Next stop was via a tuktuk and past the huge university to St Ravidas temple who was known for his egalitarian teachings and desire for all Indians to treat each other with respect. He sounded like s ...
... you can watch them place the body onto a pyre and cover it with more wood, but the legs and head stick out. The wood is sold by weight. Then a flame is brought down from the shrine and the pyre is lit as cows, dogs and humans just hang out. Despite the intense rituals involved, from a Western standpoint it all seems very matter of fact. One day I was sat watching from the ghats and there was a kid just poking at the flames like it was ...
... we offered was rejected out of hand but they relented after we rowed off and chased after us to seal the deal.We passed several former royal palaces on the river until we reached the steps that the Southern Indians use for their devotions and cremations.A short walk up the steps and along the lanes full of the locals starting their day and amidst all this what seemed like a farmyard milling about crowing,mooing and bleating.We stopped off at a local bakery ...