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Mar 1, 2011

STILL LIFE : Impressions from Oldest City in the World - Varanasi

I have recently been to the Varanasi, also known as Kasi in northern state of India. It is regarded as a holy city by Buddhists and Jains, and is the holiest place in the world in Hinduism (and center of the Earth in Hindu cosmology). It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. According to legend, the city was founded by the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, around 5,000 years ago, thus making it one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the country. Its also believed by Hindu's that once in a life time, a visit to this place is must to cleanse one's own as well as ancestors bad karmas.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Lord Shiva
The Temple Dome is made up of pure Gold
Image Curtsey WIKIPEDIA
May you have the same feeling of positive energy that this city gives to every one who goes there.... Below are my impressions from the city, hope you will enjoy this visual trip as well as I enjoyed being there....

Home of Shiva - Kashi

Also known as Varanasi - Situated on the banks of Holy River Ganges

Attracts visitors from all over the world...

Some even from Siberian lands...

But the common life goes on....

On and on... 

Some come here to wash their sins in Holy river Ganges...

Some shower blessings....

Some sharing tips of nirvana... to gullible tourists

Some have their own view....

Some to take some family photographs...

Each one, to one's own pleasures... Massage on the Ghat

Some are just lost in their thoughts....

Some catch up in the market place...

And some are caught up in traffic jam...

Some one like me, stuck floating in the river of life... in living.

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

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  1. Shashi--What strikes me the most beautiful in all these photos is the incredible color that I see weddings, at the river, the painted walls, the market place. Just beautiful. And look so rested, calm and relaxed floating on that "river of life" with colors all around you, behind you, with you.

  2. what beauty our world holds, and you've captured it beautifully.

  3. I agree with Teri and David

    Colors everywhere!

    You have captured and depicted your impression beautifully! but not only of this Holy City and the people but also of your colors that you hold within yourself.

    Thank you Shashi

  4. @Teri
    Thanks for liking this and yes India is land of colors and out of the world festivities and interesting people.
    It was an interesting thought on my picture there... I was unusually calm and taking it all... this type of holy places fills within me a lot of positive energy so there is not space for any negativity...
    Thanks for visiting this and enjoying...

    @David Allen
    Our world is usually and naturally beautiful, we just need to open our heart and really see with seeing eyes... as they say in Buddhism.
    Thanks for enjoying this and today I am putting more of my impressions and an introduction to the house of Lord Shiva as its the most auspicious day for Shiva devotees... Maha Shiva Ratri... you will find more interesting images and impressions there too...
    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

    @ Hope
    Thanks for enjoying the colors... as well as the color within... Thank you.

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

  5. Such beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing.

  6. beautifully captured images!!

  7. The 3rd and 6th photograph fascinate me. Such a different look from where I live! I found your traveling to Varanasi interesting as travel is so different here as well. It is good for people to go on spiritual journeys, to take time to reflect and ponder God - in whatever form that takes. If only our crazy world was safer, people respected and tolerated different beliefs. How I would love to travel overseas and know I would be safe. Thank you for your very kind comments on my blog.

  8. Beautiful Pictures ! thanks for sharing them..recently I read one novel where the back drop was Varanasi and now saw pictures here, and all this makes me sure to visit the holy city.

  9. as tuas imagens me mostraram panoramas que até este dia eu só havia visto em filmes como... O guerreiro sagrado... Eu gosto dos filmes que vocês produzem. E gosto da simplicidade que vocês mostram, das obras arquitetônicas, tudo é muito bem projetado.


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