This Friday was spent just traveling. From now on traveling is a domestic affair, we do not have to deal with Immigration. With Dinesh handling the loading, unloading of luggage, things run smoothly. Dinesh has a way about him, he moves around like a Maharajah, giving orders and everybody scurries for him. I like this guy.
|Barefoot Walkers Going to the Festival of Lord Shiva|
Our bus took us to the Varanasi airport and while we traveled we saw thousands upon thousands of young men, all barefoot, walking en mass towards the Ganges. The further out of Varanasi we drove the more men we saw walking. Police were needed to direct the masses of men and also to direct the traffic around them. It seemed everybody was going to the Ganges festival I wrote about. Walking barefooted was like doing penance, some men were obviously not used to walking barefoot, yet they trudged along. All walked to participate in the Lord Shiva festival. Their belief is great; they accept the pain and discomfort just to be able to pray to Shiva in this religious city.We flew from Varanasi to
|More Walkers For the Ganga Aarti (Prayers at the Ganges)|
|New Overhead Highway Being Built Entering Varanasi|
So maybe it was ok to just drive by.
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Going on this long bus ride, looking out the window gives one the time to reflect. In preparation for tomorrow I want to list and rehash some facts about the builder:
Shah Jahan: this is the man who built the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during child birth of their 14th child.
Shah Jahan: He also enlarged and built the Red Fort in Agra, he lived in this Fort. He had many children from other wives, too. But Mumtaz was his favorite wife.
Shah Jahan: born in Lahore (Pakistan) was a Sunni Mogul. He is known for 4 great architectural feats: the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Red Fort in Agra, the large open plaza Mosque in New Delhi and the famous gardens in Lahore.