“Our Nuptial Hour”

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“Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Another moon; but, oh, methinks, how slow
This old moon wanes! she lingers my desires,
Like to a step-dame or a dowager,
Long withering out a young man’s revenue.”
(A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare – THESEUS, Act I Scene 1)The sun was covered by the moon during 6 minutes and 39 seconds, it was the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century, on July the 22nd of 2009.
This is a culpture of Lord Shiva at the side of his consort Goddess Parvati who could see hundreds of pilgrims gathering at the ghats along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) in order to witness this celestial spectacle.

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