Varanasi

POSTED BY: Eliza Giles, Varanasi, India, Spring 17

Shaivism is one of the major traditions within Hinduism that reveres Shiva as the Supreme Being. Yesterday we went to a temple in Godaulia, Varanasi which is of the Vira Shaivism or Lingayatism sect of Shaivism.

POSTED BY: Eliza Giles, Varanasi, India, Spring 17

In our Culture and Practice class we have been discussing colonizing of non-north Indian populations in Varanasi, particularly how and why they stay separated from the rest of Varanasi's population. For example, most don't speak Hindi, but prefer to continue speaking their native tongue.

POSTED BY: Eliza Giles, Varanasi, India, Spring 17

Varanasi truly is the ultimate pilgrimage site

POSTED BY: Eliza Giles, Varanasi, India, Spring 17

Here are some photos of our first visit to Varanasi's famous Dashashwamedh ghat

POSTED BY: Eliza Giles, Varanasi, India, Spring 17

With our program directors Rahul and Lara we went on a sunrise boat ride down the Ganga to discuss the historic significance of the structures on the ghats

POSTED BY: Eliza Giles, Varanasi, India, Spring 17

For my gender studies course, we went on a field visit to Panini Kanya Mahavidyalaya

POSTED BY: Eliza Giles, Varanasi, India, Spring 17

Varanasi, I'm slowly learning, is a living breathing place.

POSTED BY: Judith Marklin, Varanasi, India, Fall 16

One of the highlights of my semester has definitely been my culture in practice class.

POSTED BY: Judith Marklin, Varanasi, India, Fall 16

Exploring the ghats in the wee hours of the morn is a must.

POSTED BY: Judith Marklin, Varanasi, India, Fall 16

Winter time is wedding time.

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