NAMASTE!

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JODHPUR: Mehrangarh Fort

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Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and for me probably the most impressive I have ever seen. It's not only big but also a very magic place and once you are in, you feel like in another time.

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JODHPUR: The Blue City

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Jodhpur is known as the "Blue City" because of the blue colors that decorate many of the houses in the old city. Some of them with tribal roots have mesmerising blue or green eyes and this makes the old city even more mysterious.

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JODHPUR: Call To Prayer

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in the first few seconds when people turn inwards to worship to their deities, they become so peaceful, they are surrounded by a wonderful aura. It is peace that every religion is longing for. Imagine we could extend these moments to a whole life.

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PUSHKAR: Lotus Flower

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Pushkar is near some of the oldest geological structures in India. It's a sacred place with its lake in the middle surrounded by more than 500 temples. This place has a deep spirit where you can literally feel the energy.

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JODHPUR: Before The Storm

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One day a guy said to me he has something I have never seen before. He was feeding the eagles every day. I asked him why and he said that he inherited this from his ancestors, who fed the eagles to remember time when people had no food.

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HARIDWAR: Aarti For Ganges

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Haridwar is one of most ancient places in India for pilgrims. Every 12 years more than 30 million pilgrims are gathering here to take a bath in the nectar of immortality. You can literally feel the magic in the air when sitting at the banks of mother Ganga.

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RUDRAKSHA BEADS

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Shiva strings the seeds of rudraksha around his neck, instead of sowing them under the ground. Thus he prevents germination. Humans are the only creatures for whom reproduction is a choice. Chain of rudraksha beads represents celibacy.

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SHIVA LINGAM & YONI

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The marriage of Shiva and Shakti transforms both God and Goddess. Linga means phallus. Yoni means womb. A Shiva temple, and by extension the whole world, is the yoni of the Goddess. The Goddess thus draws Shiva’s phallus into the world.

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TAPA, TAPASYA & TAPASVIN

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Tapa cleanses the mind, so that it experiences sat-chitta-ananda. It makes the body radiant, youthful and prevents it from aging. Tapasya is the process of lightining this fire. Shiva and his followers were Tapasvins, fire-churning ascetics.

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NAMASTE

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In Asian culture, people greet each other by joining their palms, termed as Namaste. When we greet one another with Namaste, it means, may our minds meet! The real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds!

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HARI-HARA

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Hari-Hara is composite form of God Vishnu (Hari) and God Shiva (Hara). Shiva, the ash-smeared ascetic, represents the realized soul who withdraw from the world. Vishnu, the gold-bedecked king, represents the realized soul who participates in the world.

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TRIDEVI

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Around us are the goddesses. Within us are the gods. Inside are Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - creating, sustaining and destroying. Outside are Saraswati, Lakshmi and Shakti - enlightening, enriching and empowering.

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