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Thousands of people bring decorated baskets of food to the Varanasi ghats to thank Surya the Sun God for sustaining life. This is the only Vedic Festival dedicated to the sun.
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It was during this festival that I had the opportunity to perform the immersion ritual for purification. I immersed myself three times and, after the third time, I had a rather profound rebirthing experience!
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Chhath Festival, Ganges River, Varanasi, India
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Vishwanath Mandir or Hidden Shiva Temple in the village of Guptakashi (means Hidden Shiva) in the Himalayas, Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India, is on the road to Kedarnath Temple.
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Vishwanath Shiva Temple, Guptakashi, India
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Ardhnareswar Temple on the right is in Guptakashi (Hidden Shiva) in the Himalayas, Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India. Ardhanareshvara is dedicated to the half-man half-woman deity representing the merging of masculine and feminine, Shiva and Parvati.
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Ardhnareswar Temple beside Shiva Temple, Guptakashi, India
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Kalimath village is regarded as a divine place and shakti peeth on the river Saraswati in the Himalayas, Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the `Siddha Peeths` of the region and is held in high religious esteem. The temple of Goddess Kali is visited by many devotees especially during the `Navratras` Nine Nights of the Divine Mothers. It is the only place in the world where there are temples to Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati, the three Divine Mothers.
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Kali Temple at KaliMath India
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Kali Temple at KaliMath India
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Kunjapuri Temple is located near Narendranagar 28 Km from Rishikesh. Dedicated to Goddess Shakti. According to legends, Kunjapuri Mandir is located where the chest part of sati fell. Uttarakhand, India. This is a shaktipeet; legend says a piece of the Goddess Sati fell here when she died.
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Temple Entrance Arch
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Kunjapuri Temple near Rishikesh India
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Kunjapuri Temple near Rishikesh India
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