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Dreaming All The Time

Posted in In Search of Lost Time with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2012 by designldg

“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.”
(from “Remembrance of Things Past” by Marcel Proust – French novelist, 1871-1922)

This is a view of Panchganga Ghat with Alamgir Mosque on the top which was built by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb on the site of the Vishnu Temple and it is a blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture.
The lower part of this mosque still has a Hindu temple.
Opening a book with drawings of Varanasi (Benaras) by James Princep allows to see that many buildings were kept at that time in a worst condition than nowadays.
It is really surprising because anyone can easily believe that many palaces and temples are today in decay and those sketches prove the opposite, in fact as time went by, people preserved and even restored many historic buildings.
It changes the way to appreciate the oldest living city in the world…

Later, photographers of the XIX° and early XX° century made stunning shots of the ghats.
There is an old picture of this ghat made around 1910 which is a key to a dream,
www.oldindianphotos.in/2012/03/alamgir-mosque-and-ghat-in…
From the same place this was shot with the same angle and, in order to “dream more”, the two minars which fell down during an earthquake are back in the frame…
The Eternal city offers endless dreams for anyone “In Search of Lost Time”…

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Peace and Harmony

Posted in Islam, The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by designldg

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“May the spirit of Ramadan illuminate the world and show us the way to peace and harmony.”

Today starts Ramzan (Ramadan) in India.
It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn until sunset.
Fasting is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility and spirituality and is a time to fast for the sake of God (Allah) and to offer more prayer than usual.
During Ramadan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds.
Ramadan was the month in which the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

The name “Ramadan” had been the name of the ninth month in Arabian culture long before the arrival of Islam; the word itself derived from an Arabic root rmḍ, as in words like “ramiḍa” or “ar-ramaḍ” denoting intense heat, scorched ground and shortness of rations.
In the Qu’ran, God proclaims that “fasting has been written down (as obligatory) upon you, as it was upon those before you”.
According to the earliest hadith, this refers to the Jewish practice of fasting on Yom Kippur.

This is a view of Aurangzeb mosque, also known as the Alamgir Mosque or as Beni Madhav Ka Darera, which is dominating Panchganga Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
This square stone building covered with three domes was originally established by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and features a fine combination of Hindu and Mughal art and architecture and indicates the rich artworks of ancient India.
It was built on the site of the Vishnu Temple, the Temple of Bindu Madhava and now reflects the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb culture, a smooth coexistence of the Hindu and the Muslim religions.
The mosque overlooks Panchganga Ghat which is considered to be a sacred bathing place and its lower part still features a Hindu temple.

Ramzan Mubarak to Everyone…

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