Posts tagged travel
Posts tagged travel
Some more sights around Jaipur including the City Palace or “Chandra Mahal palace” which now houses a museum but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence.
Also a painted Ganesha carved onto the white marble, a wondering cow, a suggestive trash can and a jeweler showing the proper way to obtain and polish precious gems.
The day of the Holi Festival (including a holi dog)
Every year, thousands of Hindus participate in the festival Holi. The festival has many purposes. First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating events present in Hinduism. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw colored powder at each other, and celebrate wildly.
Some of the inhabitants of the Varanasi Ghats include: (from top to bottom)
A Sādhu (good; good man, holy man) denotes an ascetic, wandering monk. Although the vast majority of sādhus are yogīs, not all yogīs are sādhus. The sādhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa (liberation), the fourth and final aśrama (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation of brahman. Sādhus often wear saffron-colored clothing, symbolizing their sanyāsa (renunciation).
A group of widows from Vrindavan also known as the “City of Widows” According to some Hindu traditions, upper-caste widows may not remarry, so many of those abandoned by their families on the death of their husband make their way here. As per tradition that is still followed by some, Hindu widows are considered inauspicious or unlucky. As a result, in many homes, they are treated like outcasts and are ostracized by their family and community and not allowed to participate in any celebration. Many are turned out of their homes.
A young boy and his little sister with Down Syndrome who spend their days at the Ghats begging for money as per their mother’s request who is financially unable to take care of them but won’t allow an orphanage to take them because they would be parted.
It’s like I’m walking there <3
Around Varanasi (previously Banaras) which is considered holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism. Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India.
Also notice the cow just hanging inside the clothing store in that last photo. Apparently most cows in India have owners who just let them wander around all day and they come home at night to sleep and eat…sort of gives a new meaning to the saying “Till the cows come home”
The Buddhist temple of Sarnath is located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, India. This temple is located at walking distance from Isipatana which is mentioned by the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage which his devout followers should visit, if they wanted to visit a place for that reason.
Photographer Murad Osmann creatively documents his travels around the world with his girlfriend leading the way in his ongoing series known as Follow Me To. Chronicling his adventures on Instagram, the Russian photographer composes each shot in a similar fashion. We see each landscape from the photographer’s point of view with his extended hand holding onto his girlfriend’s in front of him.
I love her portraits! They have a distinctive elegance, classic and timeless.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one’s lifetime.”
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
To learn more about old Sam and his writings please visit The Mark Twain Project.