As I arrived on the climactic evening of the three-day mela (festival) at the Shiv Shanti Ashram in Lucknow, hundreds of people in the front half of the open-air pavilion sat in quiet meditation, ignoring the hushed bustle behind them as people socialized, slept, and perused the booths selling devotional items at the back of the pavilion. Chants of “sacco sacco rām ho (Ram is truth)!” broke the silence in the front of the pavilion. Those who were meditating began to participate in the chanting, which grew in volume as those at the back added their voices.
KeywordsRitualize Activity Central Canopy Hindu Tradition Hindu Temple Sanskrit Term
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