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Stopped at a village called Sherpur near 1000. Anug explained about Vishnu appearing as a lingam, a phallic symbol. No sooner had he done talking on the subject did Mr Space Cadet ask was the object was. My camera battery decided to give up the ghost so no more pix until Varanasi tonight.
The village highlight was visiting the elementary school. The early 20th c one room school house in North America lives on in ...
... god Ganesha?
-Ganesha is known as Ganapati and Vinayaka.
-Has an elephant head.
-Usually honored before ceremonies start.
-Large marble building in India in Kolkata.
-Was built between 1906 to 1921.
-Is dedicated to Queen Victoria and is now a museum
... edge to send two candle lit lotas flower floats in the rippling water. We'd almost made it when a Hindu priest spotted us and chased us back up the steps. I guess our dots didn't fool him! We snook down the other end where a little praying boy helped us compleate the ritual with some brass tray waving, leaf trowing, a quick dot paint top up and off our flowers went slowly down the river.
With all our sins now completely washed away, we headed home for ...
... from the waters edge and the labyrinth of alleys that are too narrow for traffic, the city's chaotic atmosphere took over. Dirt roads a mess with cars & bikes that appear to have their horns on permanently. Above us power lines weaving a mess likened to what a drunk spider's web might resemble. When walking the streets at peak times we could be offered a ride on a passing Tuk Tuk every twenty seconds. The almost constant attention from ...
Varanasi is unlike any other place in India. Or on Planet Earth for that matter. Life here is exposed, brutal and raw. Death is out in the open and the harsh life cycle of animals is visible on all sides. The frankness is unsettling. Yet we are deprived of these truths in American culture. Varanasi, along the banks of the sacred river Ganges, is one of the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. It is the spiritual capital of India and archeological evidence ...