February 16th, 2011


Arti for the Ganga, Haridwar

We went to Haridwar to meet

Tandon Uncle

he's fought his way successfully through the gigantic waves of "bhav sAgar" (world ocean) and now lives a life of detachment and devotion, at the Akhandasharam in Haridwar:

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Having faced all sorts of adversity in his life, he is a tower of strength, and is a kind of substitute elder-brother/father figure to us....and with him at the Ashram, steeping herself in devotion to Gangaji, is his wonderful mother, whom we only know as


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She's well over 90, and as chirpy as a sparrow, and though I hope to be like her if I reach her age, I know I will never come close. I've written about her



One of the highlights of Haridwar is the evening arati offered to Mother Ganga. We travelled to Har Ki Pauri ghat, crossing the statue of Shiva in the evening light:

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