Jaipur is an incredible place to visit, with so much to see. Jaipur is the only planned city in India and was designed by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th Century. The plans for the city were based on the principles of Vastu Shastra and Shilpa Shastra, which means the science of architecture and science of arts and crafts. The number 9 is revered in Hinduism and considered a complete, perfected and divine number, because of this Jai Singh ensured that all planning of this city surrounded the number nine, such as being divided into 9 blocks, and the buildings could be no more than 6.3 (=9) metres high. The story of how the city was built was incredible. They call it the pink city because Jai Singh wanted to welcome the Prince of Wales in a different way, by painting the whole city pink, most buildings remain pink, or terracotta to this day, and thus the name has remained. Below is a picture of the palace of the winds, which is an iconic sight within the walls of the pink city.
As we left the ashram to return home, Leisa and I couldn’t help but have a tear in our eye, knowing that our trip was over and that we return to daily life back in Adelaide. However, I think we both realized that we will be bringing a bit of India home with us, with new found appreciation, humility, respect and love, and have noticed since our return, we are both changed from our experiences on our trip.
Some of the photos you see from the ashram have been taken by the amazing Izzy who, as you can see, is an amazing photographer and was able to really capture the essence of life in the ashram. Thanks Izzy.
Wowzers, what a long blog hey? I thank you for taking the time to read this blog as it is a personal reflection on our experiences, and I hope it has inspired you to travel, or even disconnect for a while and immerse yourself into your community. The world really is a beautiful place ready to be experienced and I am so grateful for everyone and everything in my life. Being able to experience such peace, mindfulness, humility and kindness has really emphasised the importance and need for inner health and wellbeing and is what Leisa and I at Intrinsic Mind hope to help you also achieve with the many services we offer as holistic health and wellness specialists. To expand on the importance of inner health and wellbeing, I will be dedicating the next blog to mental health awareness as it is just as important as physical health, yet seems to be often neglected.
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