Posted: 16.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour In the afternoon I had appointment with Sandeep Jain, the cousin of Akruti. For the first time we had met in Amet where his mother from Surat and some other relatives of the Dak family had come for Maryada Mahotsav. Maryada Mahotsav was an occasion for the family to meet. They told me that in one year there are 4 to 6 such occasions, which they all voluntarily used. Sandeep...
Posted: 15.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Mr. and Mrs. Singh from Amet Palace mentioned their friendship with a German lady in Udaipur when they heard that I am from Germany. They know her who is an artist since a couple of years. First she had lived in Amet, and then she moved to Udaipur where she had created a beautiful garden and an extraordinary house over the years. Every year she stays there during the cold months...
Posted: 14.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour The day before, I had organized the details of my tour to Mount Abu with the travel agent recommended by the hotel. We already had talked on phone together, and with the help of my friends in Amet we roughly had contoured my trip to Mount Abu. It is very easy to realise travel plans in India, if the traveler knows where to go and how the visit should be framed. The negotiations...
Posted: 13.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Coming home meant this Sunday also being nearer to departure. It was a curious atmosphere. Although the usual sounds were heard from the kitchen, there was a vibration different from usual. When someone in the family goes on a trip, those staying back are consoled by the certitude that the traveller will come back after some time. If a family member goes abroad for work it is...
Posted: 12.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Sadhvi Pramukha and the Sadhvis around her were accommodated in Amet at Tulsi Amrit Vidyapeeth Public Secondary School. For the time of their stay the school was closed. Shri Mohanlal ji Dak had been principal of this school before his retirement. The evening before Shri Mohanlal ji had told me that Acharya Mahashraman will visit the place where the Sadhvis were accommodated...
Posted: 11.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour This last full day in Amet was characterised by many components of life. In the morning Mr. Sanjay Jain invited me to visit his marble company near Amet. Sanjay was the one who had organized the taxi for me, mainly the driver Jagdish who was so well versed with the traffic situation in the area and who had asked his English-speaking friend Manish to accompany us. Mr. Sanjay had...
Posted: 10.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Departure from Amet was scheduled on 5th February, so there were only one and a half day left. I felt I should be near the saints the most often possible. According to the day’s structuring hitherto, I decided to go for Guru Darshan and then meet those monks I had not met until then. When I arrived, Acharyashree was busy in an important meeting. So I went to that part of the...
Posted: 09.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Early this morning, before breakfast we started to Terapanth Bhavan. HH Acharya Mahashraman was supposed to walk from Amet to Dhelana, a distance of approximately 7km. Akruti and I had agreed to go with the saints. We hurried to Terapanth Bhavan. Departure was announced for 08:00am. When we reached there, a group of Munis already had gathered in front of a building beside...
Posted: 08.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour After Diksha we went home for lunch and rest. In the afternoon we visited the monks, and I photographed all I visited, no matter if I knew their names or not. Sometimes there even was no time to note down their names, as they all were in a hurry, like always. They are living examples of the saying, “Make use of your time, do not waste it.” They have a lot of projects how to...
Posted: 07.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Diksha was announced for this morning’s Pravachan. By chance, some days before I had met Samani Mudit Pragya. One of the Samanis accompanying her had given the information on her forthcoming Sadhvi Diksha. When I congratulated her, she had a glow from deep inside in her eyes. Everyone could see how happy she was, and how much she was looking forward to one of the most important...
Posted: 06.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Muni Kishan Lal was looking forward to his knee operation. It was scheduled to take place at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. I asked myself how Munishree could get there. He smilingly answered that he will go by car. Sure, that is the easiest way to go from Amet to Ahmedabad. But a Jain Muni going by car? No problem, he had got the permission for temporarily leave because of the operation...
Posted: 05.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour This morning I wanted to attend Gurudev’s morning Pravachan at 10:00am. Before the lecture I wanted to go to Muni Kishan Lal ji for meditation. He was busy with other people, but told me that he would leave the location at 16:00pm. I promised to be there. He had got the permission to go by car to Ahmedabad for an urgent knee operation. So I was looking forward to the afternoon...
Posted: 04.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Leaving Ranakpur Jain Temple gives the impression to have seen one of the peaks of beauty. Perhaps it also gives the impression that there is nothing left inside to notice more beauty. Just as if too much beauty does spoil the view. Perhaps it is human to think so, but it nevertheless is not true. In the contrary, beauty refines the attention for more beauty, I have experienced...
Posted: 03.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Finally we arrived at Ranakpur Jain Temple. I had heard a lot of it, and was eager to compare my impressions with what I had read about this renowned monument of Jain pilgrimage. Recalling the history of the temple, I understood why I had been advised to first visit Fort Kumbhal Garh, and then Adinatha Temple at Ranakpur. Rana Kumbha, in the 15 th century CE king of Mewar, had...
Posted: 02.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour We had arranged next tour for 31 st January. Again we started at 10:00pm and picked up Manish whose father was so kind to take care for the shop. Behind the railway gates we left the main street and took a smaller one leading into the mountains. First short stop was at driver Jagdish’s house where he presented his mother and his wife to me. First destination was Fort Kumbhal...
Posted: 01.03.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour After the third and last day of the festival of rules it is called Maryada Mahotsava. On this day Maryada Patra, the letter of conduct on which Terapanth order was established is shown to the attendant crowd. That is the height of this religious gathering, and so is the lining up of the saints. On this 3 rd day of 148 th Maryada Mahotsav the audience felt very much inspired by a...
Posted: 29.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Before going to the area where the celebration was held, I went to Terapanth Bhawan to visit Muni Kishanlal ji. There was already a visitor, in worldly relations his nephew, son of elder brother. Mr. K.L. Jain from New Delhi, a business man and a gentleman in his best years, not very far in age from his in worldly terms uncle. There was an obvious difference between the business...
Posted: 28.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour The day when a celebration like Maryada Mahotsav is about to start is a very special day, awaited since quite some time by the participants. This has a strong impact not only on the inhabitants of the town where it takes place, but also on the visitors who are travelling to that place. The habitual silence in the morning was abruptly interrupted several times by the very loud...
Posted: 27.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour The wonderful marble arts and crafts at Delwara Temples still were in my mind, when we approached Nathdwara. Now my view on the so-called marble route from Nathdwara to Amet in a distance of 55km had changed. My mind was busy with marble and I asked myself what marble is, apart from being a 100% nature product from a mountain. But how came it into being? Wikipedia says, “Marble...
Posted: 26.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour The time to prepare my Mewar Tour was rather short because between 6th and 8th January only I made up my mind to travel for Guru Darshan at the occasion of Maryada Mahotsav to India. I booked my flight on 9th January. So there was not much time left to prepare the trip. With the help of HERENOW4U, JAINHERITAGECENTRES, Wikipedia, my husband’s, Christian Jain Geerdes and Patrick...
Posted: 25.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Meanwhile it was early afternoon, and the temperature had reached its maximal height. The cold of the night - min. about 4°C and no heating! - slowly had changed into the typical dry warmth of Mewar. News from Europe talked of ice and snow, but I felt in spring - during daylight at least. At night temperatures are very low in January I had been forewarned by my non-resident...
Posted: 24.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Children’s Peace Palace is situated on a hill overlooking the small town of Rajsamand. It is easy to find, everybody in Rajsamand knows it. We were welcomed by 3 nice people. They explained the learning concept of Children’s Peace Palace to us. All things presented in Children’s Palace are meant to activate the child’s interest. Whenever this happens, the child starts...
Posted: 23.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour An old man came near to us and asked if we want to visit an old Jain temple. Sure! So he surprisingly led us to an unimposing building in front of Andheri Ori, surrounded by many other houses. I was impressed by the temple’s beauty and its fine marble carvings. Nothing indicated its specialty. If the old man had not directed our attention to the temple, maybe we might have left...
Posted: 22.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour We reached Kelwa where Acharya Bhikshu in 1760 had founded Terapanth order at a place called Andheri Ori, the dark location. There was no light at this time in the old temple, and so it still is until today. Anuvrat building Kelwa, erected all around Andheri Ori (dark site) where in 1760 Acharya Bhikshu founded Terapanth order. In and around Andheri Ori many monkeys have found an...
Posted: 21.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Tour 1 was finalised with the following destinations: Amet Kelwa Andheri Ori Rajsamand Children’s Peace Palace Rajsamand Old Jain Temple Delwara Jain Temples Amet Departure was declared at 10:00 am. At 07:30am I woke up by the noise of some bustling activities indicating even to the stranger that something extraordinary was going on. On my way to kitchen, center of all family...
Posted: 20.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour Arrival was at 06:45am in Mavli Junction. When we got off the train, daylight started to win the battle against the darkness of the night. Mr. Kailash Jain approached me and told me to go with another family to Amet. So I went all along the platform with some people I hardly would have been able to recognize. Then they gave me sign to let me down the rail track, and we crossed...
Posted: 18.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour The day had started with a terrific celebration manifesting the commitment of educators to provide a chance for the underprivileged. As M.C. Primary School Sultanpur is a government supported model school, all expenses for festivities like the fancy dresses for the celebration of Republic Day and also the technical equipment were sponsored by means of the government, Principal...
Posted: 16.02.2012
By Editor Carla Geerdes
2012 Karuna's Mewar Tour My Mewar Tour started like all our India Tours in Mehrauli, Chhattarpur Road, at Adhyatma Sadhana Kendra, with meeting Swami Dharmanandji and his wife Nirmalaji. Twelve years ago was my first stay there on my way to spirituality. It has become a good tradition to start an India trip with the help and the advice of these close friends. Arrival was advertised at 04:00 am, landing...

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