Saturday, February 18, 2017

From Varanasi to Vijayawada!!!!!!

From the land of temples to the land of agriculture! The visitation in Varanasi got over yesterday afternoon.....Br. Aloysius took the trouble to take me round in a crowded city filled with pilgrims from all over the world.....the temperatures are good enough....my cold and cough kept me little worried about the climate and the pollution....dust in the air.....i got cold and cough due to dust in Patna.....





After visiting some important landmarks in the city we visited the Ganga Ghat...where thousands gather for the evening prayer (aarti).....it is wonderful experience.....the river bank filled with people...the boats with tourist ply all over....the loud spiritual music......oh....it is something different....we spent some time and then got back to friary.....it took us more than one hour to reach as the traffic was jammed......

This morning i left Varanasi for Vijayawada......for the chapter of Mary Matha Province.....right now i am at Hyderabad airport waiting for the flight to Vijayawada.....from Varanasi to Hyderabad a direct flight ....two hours .....i slept all through due to cold and cough....the whole body aching.....nose running....but i hope that a good one day rest will work the miracle.....

Friday, February 17, 2017

Vinayalaya Friary Varanasi, UP, India

 This friary is a retreat house with four friars...some religious come for the personal retreat and the friars are available for guiding them....the friary is about 30 years old.....the friars also go for preaching retreats in and around....


 Varanasi is holy place for Hindus, Buddhist .....there are many buddhist temples belonging to different countries.......
 The friary was built by the Canadian Capuchins.....

 One of the Buddhist temple....and surprisingly you will find Buddha in all the temples in various postures....



 Many Buddhists come from South Asian countries......as pilgrims....

 This is first stupa from which Buddha preached....
 The queens of the Apostles.....run an institute for the blind girls.....i visited them along with Br. Alyosius ex- provincial minister of St. Fidelis........


Varanasi is a diocese with 125 priests....it is vast and well spread out....it s Cathedral


 On the bank of the Ganges....here every day in the evening there is an Aarti performed.....thousands and thousands....gather with devotion......we joined on them.....Ganga flowing strongly as ever....

 It is a great spiritual experience for these simple people who come from nook and corner of India.....Ganga is Mother.....