Thursday, November 19, 2009

3. Jaipur, Rajasthan

The third city we went to was Jaipur in the Rajasthan state of Western India. This city of a couple million is famous for its artisans and regionally specific scarves/bangles. In the above shot, Lexi and I are eating our all you can eat Thali vegetarian meal. Cost? 3 dollars per person...including the bottled water. Outrageous.
The salesman put this on me trying to make the sale...wasn't my idea.

Bangles in Jaipur are made with a laquer specific to the region. Lexi and I sat down with this woman and her son for over an hour ordering bangles specific to our wrist size. In the above shot the lady is making my bracelets larger.

This shot is of a palace inside a fort atop a hill in Jaipur.
Facade on the palace wall.

The fort, myself, and Lexi

Poo paddies! Indians round poo into paddies for fuel. These are drying and hardening in the sun.

Gigantic street pigs...everywhere!
Another facade. Notice the swastikas. Just so you know, swastikas are an originally Indian symbol. Behold Wikipedia: In Hinduism, the two symbols represent the two forms of the creator god Brahma: facing right it represents the evolution of the universe (Devanagari: प्रवृत्ति, Pravritti), facing left it represents the involution of the universe (Devanagari: निवृत्ति, Nivritti). It is also seen as pointing in all four directions (north, east, south and west) and thus signifies grounded stability. Its use as a Sun symbol can first be seen in its representation of the god Surya (Devanagari: सूर्य, Sun). The swastika is considered extremely holy and auspicious by all Hindus, and is regularly used to decorate items related to Hindu culture. It is used in all Hindu yantras (Devanagari: यंत्र) and religious designs. Throughout the subcontinent of India, it can be seen on the sides of temples, religious scriptures, gift items, and letterheads. The Hindu deity Ganesh (Devanagari: गणेश) is often shown sitting on a lotus flower on a bed of swastikas.

Random temple...with some happy cows.

Marble artisan

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