…with Swami Ajatananda Puri and several of his disciples with whom he has regular satsang sessions teaching the non-dual philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, Swami-ji acquired this knowledge after long years of studies in India where he was a disciple of Swami Shantanada Puri whom I had the honor to interview for a documentary three year ago at Vashishta Guha near Rishikesh.
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I doubt that you can find a place in the world where people love so much to be photographed. India is for sure such a place and its people and their eagerness to stand in front of the camera make it a perfect destination for photographers. You may walk on the street and you are hailed by passerby to stop and take their picture or even if somebody carries a huge load on his back or head he would always stop if he senses that you want to take his picture. On the same token the Indians on pilgrimages that have a phone would want to take your picture or even better to have a picture with you so you will end up in a collection of photos in households around the country. I wrote extensively about this in a post about traveling in Southern India. I usually do not take portraits but I still got here a collection of them just by being asked to take them.
We published an albums with frames from the shoot in Chennai, known also by its old name of Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu. The city is the fourth largest in India and is sprawled around the extended Gulf of Bengal’s Marina Beach. Besides several interesting buildings and government offices, the city is the place where Jesus Christ’ apostle Thomas, the Doubting Thomas, was entombed. Saint Tomas Church was built on top of his tomb. Together with St Peter in Rome and Santiago de Compostella in Spain, these are the only three churches built on apostles’ tombs. For more information read our blog’s post about Chennai
We published an albums with frames from the shoot in Vellore and Tirumala.
Vellore’s fort dates from the 16th century being used by all dynasties that ruled Southern India from the Nayaks to the British.
Close by in Sripuram, is located the famous Golden temple, Mahalakshmi Temple. Founded several years ago by Sri Shakti Amma, the temple is completely covered in 1.5 tons of gold. For security purposes cameras and cellphones are completely prohibited.
Several hours away by bus, on the sacred hill Tirumala towering over the city of Tirupati is located Sri Venkateshwara temple dedicated to a manifestation of Lord Vishnu.The temple is the most visited temple in the world with an average of 50000-100000 visitors a day, the darshan lines going every regular day for 6-7 hours, with days in waiting during the festivals. For more information please read our post about Vellore’s Golden Temple, Vellore Fort and Tirumala
We published an album with frames from the shoot in the holy city of Tiruvannamalai, located at the base of the Arunachala Mountain, a place full of caves where sages and saints found the needed tranquility to meditate in seclusion. The holy mountain is mentioned in the old puranas and is the abode of Lord Shiva who manifested on its top as a column of light, a tradition that is reenacted in a yearly festival when a column of fire is lit for days in a row on top of the mountain. Because of its strong spiritual tradition Tiruvannamalai is home for many ashrams, the most famous being the one established by Sri Ramana Maharishi. For more information read our two blog posts about Tiruvannamalai and Arunachala
We posted an album with frames from the shoot in Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, the place of the famous Five Rathas, monolithic temples dating from the 7th century, rock cut in granite adorned with scenes from Mahabharata. The temples and its sculptures represent the early phase of the Dravidian architecture of Southern India. For more information please read our posts, Pondiceherry to Mamallapuram and Mamallapuram.
We published the photo album with frames from the shoot in Pondicherry; a place where the French spirit and tradition flourishes. The tree-shaded streets, the white villas, and the relaxed cafes on the ocean promenade give the traveler a change in mood. The town is home of the Sri Aurobindo’s ashram and enjoys the proximity of Auroville, a work and meditation community created by the Mother. For more info please check our blog post about Pondicherry.