Faith in Small Things

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Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
(Mother Teresa of Calcutta – Albanian born Indian Missionary and Founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. 1910-1997)

Every evening, Sanskrit university students, trained to become a Hindu priests, perform a religious ritual ceremony in order to worship the elements at Dasaswamedh ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

This is a Hindu Ceremony however anyone can feel a connection to his own faith.
The oldest living city in the world is one of the holiest places and targets of pilgrimage for Hindus.
As the place where Siddhārtha Gautama gave his first sermon to his disciples, Varanasi is the city where Buddhism was founded.
It is the birthplace of Suparshvanath, Shreyansanath, and Parshva, who are respectively the seventh, eleventh, and twenty-third Jain Tirthankars and as such Varanasi is a holy city for Jains.
Guru Nanak Dev visited Varanasi for Shivratri in 1507 and had an encounter which with other events forms the basis for the story of the founding of Sikhism.
The city has a sizeable native Muslim population and shelters many sanctuaries, it hosts the Roman Catholic Diocese of Varanasi, and has a significant Jewish expatriate community.
The city is a place of pilgrimage for many faiths.


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