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Celebrating Yoga Day

What is common between Yoga, Milk and Honey?

Yoga in Israel
Yoga in Israel

We all know that Yoga knows no boundaries and is practiced all over the world. However when I came to know that Israel, the land of milk and honey, as it is called in scriptures, is big on Yoga, I was quite surprised. The traditional practice of yoga has seen numerous variations. Sometime back I had written about Yoga in Israel and had promised to write about the various types of Yoga in practice there, in addition to the classic form.

While Yoga in India is peaceful, quiet and serious, it’s more fun in the west. In India sometimes the teacher doesn’t even speak a word!

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The word ‘grand’ in ‘Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’, is not just a word, it tells us how grand the mosque really is! Everything is larger than life in this mosque of size of five football fields. Only natural materials have been used in the mosque such as marble, crystal ceramics, semi-precious stones, mother of pearl and even gold. As I enter the mosque, I am blinded by the sheer white of the 82 domes.

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Eid, Dargah Sharif and Ajmer

Eid, Dargah Sharif and Ajmer.

An experience to remember.

In Ajmer my first stop is Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s Dargah, popularly known as Dargah Sharif and is one of the places to visit in Ajmer. I have read all along right through school to now that the people of all religions hold the Sufi saint in high esteem. Being a day dreamer, I actually look forward to the place with a Sufi song “Khwaja mere Khwaja, dil mein sama ja” playing in the back of my mind ! 🙂

Qawwali, the famous Sufi singing, is a common sight here.

It being at a walking distance from the station, I walk through small lanes full of shops and reach a place where it joins a larger road and on one end is the huge gate of Dargah.

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Main gate of Dargah Sharif.