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Diwali Celebration

A woman arranged clay lamps, or ‘diyas,’ for the upcoming Diwali festival in Mumbai, Oct. 30. These diyas traditionally filled with mustard oil are placed are lit and placed around entrances to homes during the festival. Divyakant Solanki/European Pressphoto Agency Diwali in India … Continue reading

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Festival of Lights

Diwali is the most popular holiday in India. It is  a Hindu holiday  but also celebrated by the Sikhs ( a Sikh shown at the Golden Temple.) One hope that most faith systems in the world share is victory of … Continue reading

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Kailasa Temple Ellora Caves, India

On our south trip, this was the last stop before returning to Ahmadabad after 13 days of travelling.   We had not gone there in 2013.  It is an breathtaking site of temple after temple carved  from the hillside.  We … Continue reading

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Temple at Ranakpur

Ranakpur,a massive 15th century Jain Temple  complex,  is not high on a mountain top but nestled the valley of Aravalli Hills in Rasjasthan . Our bus trip, though, made us feel like pilgrims first climbing up the hills and then … Continue reading

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The Sultan’s Langar

Sultan Ahmed Shah was a pious and generous ruler who founded Ahmedabad in 1411 as the capital city of Gujarat. He introduced the idea of a langar or community kitchen as he decreed that no on in his city should … Continue reading

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