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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Never forsaken

Shivalinga (Jyotrlinga), Vishveshwara Mandir
Kashi, India (Varanasi)

Vishveshwara Mandir

Oh how I wish... 

I have never bathed in the Ganges, nor seen Varanasi in this body, but this heart longs for the sacred city, never forsaken by the divine as Lord Shiva, His abode forever, a living place for worship of the living divine. ~jnana shiva

Evening aarti ~ Ganges River in Varanasi (Kashi), India
"To Hindus, the land of India is the body of the mother earth (Devi). She is worshiped at sacred places, particularly where rivers join and land meets water. 
Varanasi is the holiest city in India - the land between the River Varuna, the River Assi and the River Ganges. The city faces east, so that dawn rises over the water, symbolising endless re-birth. Wonderfully sophisticated flights of steps, the bathing ghats, descend into the water from the palace facades of the old city. The river edge, rising during the monsoon and falling thereafter, symbolises the border between life and death, organic and inorganic, human and the divine. 
The deepest realities are given symbolic form by a designed landscape with an obvious relationship to the stepwells (baolis) which made life possible in pre-modern India." ~ 
~ From "Garden Visit," Varanasi Waterside.

Morning bath and worship, sacred Ganges River, Varanasi
Image courtesy of Paramount Yoga

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