mercredi 22 novembre 2006

Offerings. Ujjain

Women doing offerings on the banks of the river Shipra.
It is a very holy city for the Hindus, a site for the triennial Kumbh Mela.
According to Hindu scriptures, it was originally called Avantika. There is an interesting tale behind
the sanctity of the city.It's origin is ascribed to the mythological legend of Sagar Manthan (churning
of primordial ocean to discover the pot of nectar).
The story goes that after the nectar was discovered, there was a chase between the gods and demons
to have the nectar first and thus attain immortality. During this chase a drop of nectar spilled and fell
on Ujjain, thus making the city sacred.

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