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... beds. The next day, I got on a bus to Haridwar, an auspicious town straddling the river Ganges, which is said to be the spot where the holy river finally leaves the Himalayan region and becomes the Ganges proper. I was at the end of the line as far as trains were concerned so it was time for yet another exciting instalment of 'how many hours am I going to spend on a bus today?'. As soon as I'd arrived and found a room, I put my stuff straight down and headed out in to ...
... fruit trees with a vegetable garden to the side that nearly totally feeds the community without having to buy food from elsewhere. There are also two yoga studios, a rehearsal room that is an open shrine room to Ganesha (the elephant headed lord who removed obstacles and brings prosperity), a puja (fire ceremony) open room where the dooni (the fire pit itself) and pictures of the late Babaji and Mataji who have taken Samadhi (how it is said that they’ve ...
... surviving in this water. The British liked to fill their ships and overland caravans with Ganges water because it stayed fresher longer than any other water.
we then went to a Ganga Aartii. An offering to the river done every evening at dusk. It's a lot of singing and then flowers and lit incense are sent floating doen the river. It is a very ...
... no people yelling, just the water and your thoughts. On the way back I stumbled across this frail, older gent who was sitting on the rocks surrounded by a bunch of books and other items. I stopped to take a photo and he looked up, smiled and gestured for me to kneel before him. Ashym explained to me that this was a local yogi from the famous Swarg Ashram. He was doing mid-morning prayers and reading his holy books. He was only wearing a sarong like bottom and his thin arms ...
... but watching the parade go by was worth it.
The city is about 4 hours from the China (to the north) and Nepal (to the east) boarder and is the most wild place that we have been to thus far. After getting through the parade we soon found out that we had arrived right in the middle of a festival of some sort. There must have been over 100,000 people roaming the streets shops and lining up on the Ganga River ...