Tag: Shiva

A Stranger Came One Night

The small community of eight families lived on the fringes of the forest. Their makeshift huts enclosed a long courtyard where the women folk chatted, the children played and the men practiced their craft. They were a community of snake charmers. The men would… Continue Reading “A Stranger Came One Night”

Gangotri: The descent of a celestial river 

High up in the Greater Himalayas, at a height of 10,200 ft is the temple of the river goddess Ganga. This temple marks the source of the sacred river, which originates nearby at Gaumukh, the snout of Gangotri glacier. For a river which is… Continue Reading “Gangotri: The descent of a celestial river “

Sacred Journey: The Trident Of Goddess Durga

Since time immemorial, Uttarkashi in the higher Himalayas, has been known as the home of celestial beings. This is what has drawn sages and spiritual aspirants who have continued to live here in the many Ashrams (spiritual hermitages) down the ages. Located on the… Continue Reading “Sacred Journey: The Trident Of Goddess Durga”

Thoughts Of A Sentient Being

The Shiva temple where I live, has been in a state of disrepair since last few decades, but continues to draw devotees. It was built many centuries ago by a Muslim prince for his favourite nanny, who happened to be a Hindu and an… Continue Reading “Thoughts Of A Sentient Being”