Delhi Photos

Sikh Temple:  with my roomie Angel

Sikh Temple: with my very cool roomie Angel

We had a very full day!  The first stop after yoga and breakfast was to the Lakshmi-Nayaran, a temple dedicated to the goddess of prosperity, Lakshi, and her man Nayaran (Vishnu).  Unfortunately, no cameras were allowed.  We had to take our shoes off and it was raining.  The rain made the marble floors super slick and we all had to be very careful walking up and down the steps.  Arvind did an amazing job of explaining the art and all the symbols of this beautiful temple.  A temple priest anointed our foreheads with a red dot, the tikka.  It represents the deep wisdom that lies within.  Years ago, Gandhi was invited to  inaugurate this temple.  He agreed under one condition:  that the untouchables be allowed entrance into Hindu temples.  It was a spiritual as well as a political move on his part to unify India in his fight for independence.  His request was granted: the untouchables gained entrance to the temples and Gandhi inaugurated the temple.

Sikh Temple with Tone, Peggy, Angel and cute young boy

Sikh Temple with Tone, Peggy, Angel and cute young boy

Our next stop was the Sikh Temple with its reflection pool and its interior space where we quietly sat to the sound of beautiful singing. We then toured the temple kitchens, which were filled with volunteers cooking huge vats of food to feed the 20,000 needy people who come daily to eat.  It was incredibly moving to see the volunteers cooking.  Earlier when we entered the temple, everyone was given headscarves, including the men in our group.

The volunteer staff at the kitchen which serves 20,000 free meals for the needy daily!

The volunteer staff at the kitchen which serves 20,000 daily free meals for the needy!

Next stop: the largest mosque in Old Delhi!  Only the women in our group were made to cover ourselves with bright colored robes.  Again, Arvind did a great job of explaining the intricacies of the mosque, the architecture, the Islamic religion, and the history of this great place of worship.

At the largest mosque in Old Delhi.  All the women in our group had to cover up in these flowery robes!

At the largest mosque in Old Delhi. All the women in our group had to cover up in these bright robes!

Cat at the Mosque

Cat at the Mosque

Close up: cat at mosque in Old Delhi

Close up: cat at mosque in Old Delhi

Minaret

Minaret

Old Delhi is pure chaos!  Only photos can show you what I mean!  Angel said, “Wouldn’t you just love to ask them where they are going?”  Movement, horns honking, shouting, engines, throngs of people, traffic jams, shops and more shops, and rain..too bad these photos don’t come with sounds or smells, so you can get the real feel of it all!

Old Delhi Street Scene I

Old Delhi Street Scene I

Old Delhi Street Scene II

Old Delhi Street Scene II

Old Delhi Street Scene III

Old Delhi Street Scene III  (check out the mess of wires!!)

On our way back to the hotel after visiting the Gandhi Memorial, where Gandhi was cremated and where a fire burns day and night, out of the blue,  Arvind asked us over the microphone, “Who here likes Rum?”  I never saw so many hands shoot straight up in the air so quickly! He was quite amused and impressed by the quick show of hands!…I have a sneaking suspicion Arvind is going to procure some rum for everyone tomorrow….

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One Response to “Delhi Photos”

  1. zina brechbill Says:

    thanks for the update on the beginning of your trip, i always feel like i’m there with you in someway through your writings and photo’s. I look forward to hearing and seeing more! love you dear sis. Zina

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