Wondrous Gokarna

Trip Start Dec 09, 2010
Trip End Jun 15, 2011

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Umesh Upadya

Flag of India  , Karnātaka,
Saturday, December 18, 2010

Arriving in Gokarna was so special, it felt like a wondrous place, very Indian pilgrimage town, full of interesting sights, temples, cows, pilgrims and holy men. Now I remembered why I loved India. The little town was a delight.
Past the bigger temple and onto the beach, so many pilgrims were paddling or bathing in the sea, women fully dressed, men often in embarrassing underpants, every one overexcited by the little waves and their watery foray.

George had a naked paddle then off we went to find breakfast.
To my delight we were now enough in the South Indian zone to access that lighter cuisine, and I got that culinary delight I so liked, masala dosa.
We emerged from that cafe, the Sri Krishna, only to find that sitting before the next cafe was none other than French Philippe, a friend from home, and so excitedly we embraced. It just so happened that at the lovely place he was staying two rooms had been freed up. So we took those rooms, all of us sharing a terrace.

Gokarna means 'cows ear' for it was here that Shiva was born from the ear of a cow (Prithvi, Mother Earth). Thus this place was a womb for Rudra, so it is also called Rudra Yoni.
According to the Gokarna Purana by mere entrance into this holy place one becomes liberated from hundreds of sins. Moreover it is said that one becomes free from rebirth by just looking at the atma lingam here, or by hearing the roar of the sea.

We had a siesta to recover from our travels, then took another stroll down to the beach and sat in the sands. Rosina found a pretty bracelet in the sand which she put on my arm. We had thali's in town, checked onto the internet and on Facebook I put a poem Rosina and I had created back in the Sasha restaurant in Arambol:

I am in India
The land of my soul
Swimming with dolphins in Arambol
Cows on the beach
Dogs in the sand
This is Indian hippy land
Lemon soda and veggie thali
From Gokarna to Manali

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