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... is best seen in and around the ghats, from sadhus to other types. We boarded our boat as it is easier to get a more distant but accessible view from the water.
We first drifted downstream to the Manikarnika Ghat. Vishnu at the dawn of time dug a hole here for bathing. It is also the place of a 5,000 year old flame, used today to light cremations. Shiva lost a jeweled earring [manikarnika] here, standing in awe of the sacred sight.
It was a mighty row upstream back to ...
... Kashi Vishwanath http://www.shrikashivishwanath.org/en/m yth/history.aspx that was a run around of us being moved from one place to the next, taking our shoes off, walking barefoot in a pushy line in and through the various shrines at the ancient temple to make our milk and flower offerings to Shiva and his wife Parvarti (divine masculine and feminine). We were pushed from one side to the next and back out again from this heart of the heart of India. We also went to ...
... shelf too. And I sat next to a guy who wanted to practice his English so we read the ingredients lists on the back of a few juice cartons, too funny. Not sure why he'll ever need to know the words "sodium" or "phosphorous" but I was happy to oblige him.
In general, in India, every time I ride in a tuk-tuk I can't help but think how much most people would hate it here... Everyone honks. All the time. There's a car in front of me, honk! There's a car behind me, honk honk! ...
... one body was uncovered and we witnessed what must be the beginning of the ritual as the body is washed with the waters from the Ganges. We'd had enough after half an hour and we moved on. As we wandered past the last fire burning the unmistakable shape of the someone's feet could be seen jutting out of the stacked logs that were heavily ablaze. We've been told that these fires run 24 hours with up to 150 bodies being burnt a day. This was not ...
... life and felt
comfortable to roam around ourselves. We spent the days getting lost
in the narrow streets looking at the colourful stalls and strolling
along the various Ghats. About 80 Ghats in total boarder the river, a long stretch of steps leading down to the river. It was fascinating to see the large groups of locals
who flock to the river every morning to scrub their teeth and wash
their bodies. In the Ghat next door to ...