Varanasi. The very name rings of sacred Hindu scriptures, stories of Lord Shiva and Ganga, and Hindu beliefs on life and afterlife. The oldest living city in the world, it is the accepted embodiment of Hinduism.
Yet, perched atop Panchganga Ghat by the holy River Ganges, where five streams are said to join, is a lovely functioning mosque—Alamgir Mosque. It is also the largest structure on the ghats. Standing over the ruins of a Krishna temple [the lower walls of the mosque belong to the original Hindu temple], the Hindu deities lie in a nearby edifice. Continue reading →
Sunrise at Agra Fort. Why sunrise ? Why not noon, sunset, twilight… Simple. Because at sunrise, when the warm golden light dapples over the 500 year old walled Mughal palatial city and its deserted sprawling expanses, something close to magic happens. Plus I am in Agra on work, and have the early morning free. 🙂 Continue reading →