A journey in to an ancient world of India, devided in 10 short-films.
2 Months of filming in north India while visiting some of the most impressive places.
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Rishikesh, a town in the foothills of the himalayas also know as the gateway to himalayas. A pilgrimage place since more than 10'000 of years. This is where the yogi's gather before they continue their journey in to the mountains on their path to find the ultimate liberation. Rishikesh is situated along the river mother Ganga. In this town there is no meat, no eggs and no alcohol. This is one of the places you will want to go when you are in search of inner peace.
They say you get lucky if you can spot a white rat in Karni Mata. This is the temple of approx. 20'000 rats near Bikaner in Rajasthan. People do regard the rats as their ancestors and they treat them very lovely. What is impressive is how people and animals do maintain a relationship. It's very beautiful to see that even though I have to confess, you have to get used to it in the beginning but then suddenly you experience something like a relief.
Suppose there is a city with more than 220k of population and there is neither meat nor alcohol. Furthermore every 12 years more than 30 Mio. pilgrims are gathering in this place to take a bath in the nectar of immortality. Well, this is the place ...
Haridwar is one of most ancient and important place in India for pilgrims. In fact you can literally feel the magic in the air when sitting at the banks of mother Ganga and watching the beautiful ceremonies happening.
It feels like in a fairytale from 1001 nights when the nomadic tribes from Rajasthan are performing. Since centuries there are tribes in the Thar desert of Rajasthan. They are nomadic tribes who travel from place to place for their livelihood. Some are snake-charmers, fortune-tellers, ayurvedic healers, jugglers, acrobats, actors, story-tellers and dancers.
One day a guy came to me and he said he has something wich I have never seen before. He said he is feeding the eagles every day. I asked him why and he said that he inherited this from his ancestors. Some hundred years ago, during the time when the moguls ruled Jodhpur from their fort "Mehrangarh" they would through every day the remaining food down the wall to the pure people. When this tradition stoped, his ancestors started to feed the eagles (black-kites) in order to remember that time when people had no food.
Pushkar is near some of the oldest geological structures in India. It's a sacred place with it's lake in the middle surrounded by more than 500 temples. The Brahma temple is the only known temple in the world where Lord Brahma is worshipped. No meat, no eggs and no alcohol in this city, just peaceful coexistence with all life. This place has a deep spirit where you can literally feel the energy.
Regardless wich religion, but what all religions have in common is; in the first few seconds when people turn inwards to worship to their deities, they become so peaceful that they are surrounded by a wonderful aura. It is peace that every religion is longing for, just peace to get in tune with life. Imagine we could extend these moments to a whole life ...
Jodhpur is known as the "Blue City" because of the blue colors that decorate many of the houses in the old city. Some of them with tribal roots have mesmerizing blue or green eyes and this makes the old city even more mysterious. A little bit more than half of the people are Hindus and the other half are muslims who live very peaceful door to door wich makes this city a great example of how different religions can live together in peace ...
Harmandir Sahib is one of the most revered spiritual sites of Sikhism and one of the most impressive temples I have visited in my life. Time stands still as you enter the temple. In and around the temple you can hear some of the most eautiful recitations you have ever heard. The Golden Temple was intended to be a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to worship God equally ...
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and for me probably the most impressive I have ever seen. It's not only big but also a very magic place and once you are in, you feel like in another time.
LAST PART of SPIRITUAL INDIA