The source of the Ganges and, if you missed it, Sharath in the U.S.

While we were on our Yatra, we heard about the two weeks that Sharath will be teaching in the U.S. The first out in Los Angeles, the latter in New York City.

Details — notably at this point that there are single classes available for those who can’t commit to a full week — are here. (You may have to move around the dates to find them all.) Sharath also will be leading a pranayama series of classes at the Broome Street Temple and in LA. One does have to register for the full series of Intermediate classes and have completed the Intermediate series with him.

No word on whether having bathed at the source of the Ganges, about 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas at Gomukh, gets you dispensation. If it does, most of our fellow Yatris and us can say, “Yeah, we’ve done that,” and sign up with impunity. Here are some photo pieces of evidence:

Bobbie after bathing int he Ganges.
Bobbie in the back after bathing in the Ganges.
The glacier from which flows the Ganges.
The glacier from which flows the Ganges.
Closer up on the glacier.
Closer up on the glacier. 

The water was so cold, you pretty much didn’t notice it after the first dunk. I think I mildly blacked out during my second and third immersion.

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10 facts about India’s holiest river

Saw this slideshow at the Times of India about the Ganga, titled “10 little known facts about Ganga.” Here’s a link and a bit from one of the cutlines:

It is difficult to ascertain the sheer size of Ganga just with a glance at a piece of paper. Ganges river system is a very complicated, especially in the delta region. Its complex tributaries and bifurcations in Bengal make it very difficult to determine its exact length. However, it is believed to be slightly over 2,500 km in length. The Ganges Delta formed mainly by sediment-laden flows from Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers is the world’s largest delta. It covers an area of about 59,000 km2. Only the Amazon and Congo rivers have a greater average water discharge than the combined outflow of Ganges-Brahmaputra river system.

Reminder: This summer’s Namarupa Yatra Divine includes a few opportunities to bathe in the Ganga.

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