Jyotir Lingum Yatra

A travel log for my journey to 10 Jyotir Lingums throughout south and central India, November-December 2002 with my yoga group, Dhyanyoga Centers.

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Friday, January 03, 2003
Greetings friends!

Unfortunately the good health I experienced in India kind of collapsed on me right after Christmas. I attribute most of my problems to being on anti-biotics for an extended period of time. The old body just can't handle that anymore!

I took a few of my rolls of film in for processing. Qualex unapologetically sliced up some of my negatives, so keep THAT in mind when choosing your place of photo-finishing! They claimed that they did not guarentee any print past #24. I used to work in a photo lab in a previous life, AND I could see the complete negative on my mini-contact sheet, so you all can imagine how rotten that explanation smelled to me!

In any case, I wanted to start to show you some pictures. These were taken on the last leg of my trip, at the Shri Anandi Ma Ashram in Nikora. Being at this lovely place is still rather fresh in my mind.

Ashram festively lit. I don't know if they leave the lights up year long, but I suspect they were up for Diwali, and they left them up to welcome the Americans. The Indian devotees take immaculate care of this place. I consider it my home in India.

Upstream, north view of the Narmada River, India's 2nd most holy river.

Downstream, south view of the Narmada River, headed toward the Arabian Sea.

Most cows in India are rather docile, but NOT this mother cow with her day-old calf. Can you see the fire in her eyes?!

Cotton fields on the ashram property. In print, this has been one of my favorite pictures so far.

Something is always in bloom in this part of the world.

I took 3 rolls of color 120 film into Camera World in Charlotte the other day, and hope to pick them up tomorrow. They were rated the best in the city by Creative Loafing, and a gal I work with highly recommended them, so I will give you a report soon on those pictures. I hope to start developing my black-n-white negative very soon.

More soon!