# 858 Smile from a guide in a temple of Kali...
The craziest and most intense experience from India so far.
First we were asked to take off our shoes. Then we got handful of bloody red hibiscus flower and quickly and hecticly run through the temple. People were screaming, pushing, our guide was warning us to be careful many times, it was really quite scary. In the end he took each one of us separately to a small alter to make blessings for our families. He asked us names of our parents, our profession and nationality and then he told us that we have to pay to the goddess and the minimum amount is 2000 rupees. Such a good play! Only our friend Flo from Germany paid the full amount. When he was asked some money from a beggar on the street, he told her about it. She was laughing so hard and honestly right at his face that it was the most hilarious moment of the trip.
Kalighat, Kolkata is a popular pilgrimage which probably is the identity of the city. Everyday Mother Goddess Kali is offered lunch, this is served to all worshippers as MAHAPRASHAD...
Kalighat painting or Kalighat Pat originated in the 19th century Bengal, in the vicinity of Kalighat Kali Temple, Kalighat, Kolkata, India, and from being items of souvenir taken by the visitors to the Kali temple, the paintings over a period of time developed as a distinct school of Indian painting. From the depiction of Hindu gods, god, and other mythological characters, the Kalighat paintings developed to reflect a variety of themes.
For more info log on towww.artsoftheearthindia.in
These beautiful incense packs(pretty reasonable,too) are from The Museum Shop, Mumbai.The top one is Madhubani art featuring,we imagine,Krishna in loving embrace with his wife, Jambavati. The lower one is Kālīghāt style with scenes from the Rāmāyana.
Incense has been widely used in the Eastern traditions since centuries. Now, of course, it's popularity has spread across the globe.
The concept of pūja, in which fragrant, colourful flowers, alongwith incense,water,camphor,prasād,mantras,bells,etc. are used is multi-purpose. Firstly, it is an act of loving devotion. Through this, we also offer pleasant sights,smells, sounds alongwith taste & touch, thereby offering pleasant things to the senses as we start our days. These are like harbingers of peace & auspiciousness in our daily lives.
In yoga classes also incense is often used to purify the atmosphere & create a pleasant environment. However, we must make sure this is done before the classes resume because most incense smoke is not recommended for deep breathing. So, ideally, before the class starts, the incense should be over 😊😊😊