|This clay pot has found a restful place.. Likely remnants of a past ceremony|
|The beach is seen here from up upon the |
cliff. It is facing westwards into Arabian sea,
the northern section of the Indian Ocean.
Of the Hundreds of cups of 'Chai' that I've come across at the countless chai stands.
This guy has some of the best presentation that I've lent witness to. It is not simply
about the way that he effortlessly makes each cup of chai with such attention to detail.
His posture, composure & overall state of 'being one with the chai' is ever-present!
One of the secrets I have found in composing a perfect cup, is in the texturing.
Pouring from one cup to another (varying heights infuse qualitative differences
amongst the degrees of frothynesss' - if thats a word :P) completely
dissolves the sugar & combines all ingredients soo ideally!
I love it so much~!!!~
upon these sands
soon to be
|A pleasant site to see in India.|
Open prohibition towards littering
is nearly unheard of in the majority
of where Ive been sofar.
|A Hindu lady is seen here selling various|
plant materials. Bundles of paan, necklaces
of mint/various flowers & strings of jasmyn
flowers which can be customarily
seen tied into the hair of young
girls or offered by many
at sacred sites.
|The is Meenakshi - an avatar of the goddess|
Parvati, a consort to Lord Shiva~
She is portrayed here slaying a demon, an aspect of 'maya':
the illusory world that misleads seekers of truth.
|~An eight petalled lotus |
the sound of creation~
'Say that five times while upside down & drinking a coconut'...
come on double I dare you!~
They have formed into almost column-like pillars in some points.
They've reminded me of the 'hoodoo' formations native to southeastern Alberta slightly.
are incredibly strong. Numerous times while out swimming, drifting out past
the toppling waves I found myself out quite significantly further than
|Out walking along the sands|
one afternoon, this weathered
image of Shiva & Parvati was nestled
amongst the rocks.
|A contemporary form of|
Shiva in an artfully expressive mural.
He has received some serious style in this incarnation!~
~I love it~
has an impressive history. It has been labelled ‘the most socially advanced state in India’
by Nobel prize- winning economist Amartya Sen. The literacy rate (being 91%) is one of
the highest of any developing nation, though the strong history of education stretches
back centuries to the days of righteous rajas and active
missionaries canonizing the locals!
|A traveling artist is busily recreating|
this mural, located adjacent to the beach.
This is one of the only places in india
where I have seen openly
expressed graffiti styled art.
|In Varkala, there is a section of vendors|
clearly from Tibet. Boasting a diverse
array of Tibetan wares, the "Free Tibet"
movement has a strong following here.
|Another of many meandering pathways|
slithering downwards to the sandy
|Many local fisherman could easily be found in the shade |
(esp. during the heat of the day) laboriously preparing for future journeys
out onto the open seas. Either repairing damaged nets or
(as seen above) sewing sections
of new nets together.
Along the cliffs here are numerous aquifers of freshwater freely flowing
(upon several visits) of people of the purity of this water & having each testimony
Many of the locals whom I inquired with about these waters, told
The closing of a cycle.
Hindus have been coming to this beach for thousands
of years to offer the cremated remains of they're
relatives back into the ocean. Belief in the sanctity
of these waters has long been revered.
~'Aum Namah Shivaya'~