Category Archives: Religion

St. Nicholas Day: December 6th

As we entered the dining room for breakfast at the Munich City Hilton, we were each given a large foil-covered chocolate St. Nicholas.  Turns out that in Germany, December 6th is St. Nicholas’s Day.  Who knew?  Not me, obviously. I … Continue reading

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Of Rats and Other Rodents

Today, Monday, March 6, we bade goodbye to Bikaner and headed sort of south to Nagaur.  But, lest you think it was straight shot down the highway, let me tell you that we had the most interesting and disturbing diversion. … Continue reading

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Women in Black

Not all women in black are terrorists.  

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Khajuraho: A Lovely Ending

If Kerala is the land of coconuts, which it is, Khajuraho is the city (area?) of date palms.  It’s good to have a guide to keep you up to the mark on such things.  It also makes it easier for … Continue reading

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Ganga Aarthi

  In my last (or next to last) post, I mentioned Ganga Aarthi and semi-promised a follow up post.  This is my attempt at fulfilling that promise, but, since internet connectivity here in Khajuraho is not ideal, I may end … Continue reading

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Varanasi (fka Benares)

Or maybe Banaras.  I’m not certain which former spelling is correct.  I’ve seen it both ways.  However, since it is now called Varanasi, perhaps the fka spelling is a moot point.  Varanasi sits on the confluence of two tributaries of … Continue reading

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Cult? Religion? New World Order?

As we left Pondicherry this morning, we made a detour to visit the ashram of Auroville, which was established in Pondicherry by an Indian philosopher, Aurobinbo (“and Bingo was his nameO”) and further developed by his partner (?), “Mother.”  It … Continue reading

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Auntie Billee Remembered

I had the great privilege of traveling several times with my mother and one of her younger sisters, Billee.  Billee was Catholic and she usually lit a candle when we were in cathedrals.  Since auntie Billee passed away, Michael and … Continue reading

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Vishnu, the Lovable God

We visited a couple more temples on Sunday, January 17th, as we explored the area near Kumbakonam. The first temple was our first Vishnu temple and it was a beauty.  I’m growing to love these outrageously painted, figured temple towers. … Continue reading

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To Karaikudi and Beyond!

  We folded our Madurai tents the morning of Friday, January 15th, and began our drive to Karaikudi, the next stop on our west to east transit of southern India. Our first stop along the route was at a flower … Continue reading

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