India 039I went by Rickshaw on a memorable shopping trip to Chandni Chowk Market which is in Old Delhi. It has streets and streets of shops, all somewhat organized so that the same types of wares are in the same street. For instance the book market where you can find books and paper goods, the Spice market, the Gold market and the Sari market and the Silk market There are of course crowds of people and other rickshaws, many of which are carrying very heavy loads of products and also many people carrying very heavy loads. It is wonderful and I was able to take quite a few pictures from the rickshaw. I set my camera to sport and that seemed to shoot fast enough to maintain focus.

I was also able to get some photographs of the local Mosque which is one of the oldest according to my guide. I was lucky and had an English speaking rickshaw driver who proved to be an excellent guide. I shopped at a lovely spice market who packaged my purchases very well and a silk shop that had some really good quality silks. I bought some silk scarves a pashmina shawl, and a Lengha which is a long shirt and tight leggings.

Probably one of the most impressive feats of the Chandni Chowk market is the way the electricity is managed without an immediate explosion.ImageImageImage


Kumbh Mela Continued

There is a lot that happened over the two weeks that I was at the Kumbh and my few days in New Delhi. Such an opportunity to immerse oneself into the Divine Presence of our Divine Creator, in meditation, Darshan and the many Ceremonies at the shabir do not come often during one’s life unless of course you are a student of Sai Maa or Mataji as she is known in India. I would like to speak a bit here about Mataji. Mataji holds the title Jagadguru in India which is rarely bestowed on anyone let alone a woman Guru. She is of the line of Sathya Sai Baba a highly revered and world renowned spiritual leader. Sai Baba left his body in 2011.
Sai Maa is a spiritual luminary with a mission of global enlightenment through practical spirituality and personal transformation eliminating the pain and suffering of humanity.

The first ceremony which I encountered at the Shabir was the Yagna. A fire ceremony with chanting by the priests and offering to the fire one’s prayers for whatever specific cause that particular yagna was being performed. A Yagna lasts 24 hours and is a beautiful and serious ceremony with, in my personal experience, lasting and immediate results. Here are some photographs of a yagna.

Yagna Ceremony

Yagna Ceremony

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Offering during  Yagna Yagna at the Kumbh