NAMASTE!

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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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TRIMURTI

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The Trimurti is a concept in Hinduism in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the forms of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver and Shiva the destroyer or transformer.

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SACRED HINDU GEOMETRY

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Sacred geometry ascribes symbolic and sacred meanings to geometric shapes and proportions. It is associated with the belief that a god is the geometer of the world. The geometry used in the design and construction of religious structures.

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AUM, THE SOUND OF CREATION

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The vibration of AUM symbolises the manifestation of God. AUM is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be Adi Anadi, without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists. The mantra AUM is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme.

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JAIPUR: Galtaji Monkey Rebel Temple

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They are Rock Stars! Action heroes of National Geographic Channel series Monkey Thieves! Galta Gang! They jump out of the windows and run around Jaipur’s Pink City like action movie heroes! They are modern soldiers of god Hanuman!

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THE KARNI MATA RAT TEMPLE

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Karni Mata is worshiped as one of the strongest warrior reincarnation of Goddess Durga in India. She might be powerful and fearful, but only until you see her army of 20.000 rats! If you are lucky, you can see the white rat, manifestation of Karni Mata herself!

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RANAKPUR JAIN TEMPLE: 1444 Pillars & 108 Snakes

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Nestled in a valley amongst the Aravalli Hills, Ranakpur Temple dates to the 15th century. Local legend holds that construction began in 1437 following a divine vision received by Dharna Shah, a local Jain business person.

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AJMER: Chisthi Sufi Saints & Roses

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Ajmer is Rajasthan’s most important site in terms of Islamic history and heritage. It contains one of India’s most important Muslim pilgrimage centres, the shrine of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, who founded the Chishtiya order, the prime Sufi order in India.

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