5 Most Famous Shingle Roof Wooden Churches of Ukraine’s Lviv Region

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Check out those 5 unique wooden churches in Lviv region of Ukraine, which have preserved their authentic look and style.

Ukrainian wooden church architecture of XVI-XVII centuries has no analogues in the whole world. Western Ukrainians built churches in a log construction technique and covered them with a sloping roofs made of wedged figured slats, called shingle (гонта, гонт, pronounced “gont”). Good-quality shingle roof can stand a test of more than 100 years under harsh climate. This technique has been used till late XIX century when tin roofs became popular due to emerging iron sheet  industry.  Most representatives of shingle architecture haven’t survived wars and fire, but still a visitor to Lviv region can find those beautiful remnants of wooden temple world.  (more…)

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5 Most Famous Churches of Kyiv

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Great monasteries and ancient churches dominate the skyline of modern Kyiv. Like centuries ago, those majestic buildings shine with their golden domes creating unique atmosphere of Ukraine’s capital. Come’n’discover the most famous churches of Kyiv, their history, and mysterious legends

Old Europe believed that temples determine face and soul of the city. Much of Kyiv’s sacred architecture had been destroyed during wars that tore this land quite often in the past, but many unique temples built on those extremely complex terrains have survived and add their glory to Kyiv’s picturesque scenery. (more…)

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New Varshana – ISKCON eco-farm in Southern Ukraine

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New Varshana — ISKCON eco-farm somewhere between Odesa and Vinnytsa, Ukraine

New Varshana, Hare Krishna nama hatta and farm community of ISKCON in Odesa region of Ukraine was established in 2010. Ahamot.org decided to check out how this interesting project combining religion, agriculture, and eco-ideas develops in a remote region of Southern Ukraine.

After the ordeal by Ukrainian system of public transportation (Kyiv-Kotovsk-Balta-Evtodiiv), although there’s a simplier way, (which requires long walk and good orientation skill), we finally got to New Varshana in Karmalyukivka village.

We found 7 hats, several acres of land, 15 Hare Krishna people, living in the “eco-village” constantly and dozens who had come with a visit for a holiday and yagya. (more…)

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10 Most Famous Temples of the Himalayas

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Himalayas seem charged with “spiritual energy”. Their hidden valleys and caverns have served truth-seekers for ages and ages. Discover the most famous temples of Himalayas and their sacred history and mythology

Indian Himalayas have been home to intensive religious life since times immemorial. Sages, rishis, yogis came to hidden places to meditate. Indian sacred texts and epics tell stories about miracles and revelations that have happened here. Explore 10 most famous temples of Indian Himalayas with us. (more…)

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15 Most Wonderful Places to Visit in year 2020

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Have you ever dreamed where to go in 2020? We have, — check out 15 most wonderful places to visit in 2020.

Our planet’s surface is going through significant change. Some places change drastically, some do resist as if they were eternal… World as we know it is to change drastically in just few years. Check out 15 most magnificent places to visit in 2020 with us! (more…)

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Karmapa’s dream flag and Ukraine’s flag similarity — mere coincidence?

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Karmapa’s “Dream Flag” – the Victorious Flag of Buddha’s Wisdom

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Ukraines Flag with insignia “Gop is with us” and Ukrainian National symbol – the Trident

Is it a mere coincidence that Karmapa’s dream flag has the same colors as Ukrainian national banner under which the Euromaidan revolution took place in 2013-2014? (more…)

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Kumbh Mela 2013 – living with mahatiagi

941738 393262024115724 1363670131 n Kumbh Mela 2013   living with mahatiagiBelow is our movie about the greatest human gathering in history — Kumbh Mela 2013, at holy Triveni Sangam, Allahabad, India, where more than 100 million people gathered to take part in the greatest festival ever. This event is interesting not only for a triumph of religious consciousness in the XXIth century, but for the spirit of tolerance and non-violence, all the Hindu denominations had shown during the 55-day event. The Kumbh Mela pilgrimage and event takes place every 12 years at a holy site near Allahabad (Prayag) for at least 15 hundred years (documented), maybe many-many years more. Ukrainian practical religious studies expedition had spent a month in a Mahatiagi camp, living with SitaRam saddhus, trying to follow them in all the saddhu ways, practices, and observances,  exploring the wonders of Kumbh Mela. This documentary explores the complexities of Hindu saddhus life and the meaning of Kumbh Mela — the most sacred event for hundreds of millions Hindus Living at Kumbh Mela-2013, part 1: (more…)

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Why do indians litter so much?

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All the travelers to India in their first days in the country are horrified, of an awful, in terms of Western culture, custom — why do Indians litter that much? Why the streets of India are so dirty? Not even the uneducated, but even members of higher castes, who don’t tolerate a single spot of dust in their homes, can throw garbage on the streets, just near the high walls of their estates.

For a couple of weeks travelers, if not fleeing home, get used to trash around, but the question remains. Typical situation: talking with a Hindu about terrible pollution, drinking chai with seagulls around, your Hindu friend shakes his head “yes, yes,” and agrees — that we do so poor job with our ecology, we need to be more conscious about environmental conservation (it’s better not raise at all the questions of esthetic side of garbage piles), and then, after another “yes, sure, you’re right,” your Hindu friend will throw the plastic cup from his tea down to street, and go on.

Why? – Such an ancient culture, developed religious, emotional, social, scientific “spheres”,  etc… But why there’s so much garbage on the streets of India? (more…)

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Kumbh Mela — expedition in search of Nectar of Immortality

13471 385992851509308 1631055136 n Kumbh Mela    expedition in search of Nectar of ImmortalityKumbhamela (Kumbh Mela)  is the greatest religious festival in the world. It takes place every 12 years at the banks of the sacred Triveni Sangam, near Allahabad for at least fifteen hundred years (perhaps much longer). Year 2013 celebration was attended by more than one hundred million people. That is, every seventieth inhabitant of the planet. The festival has become the largest documented gathering of homo religiosa in one place in the history of humanity.

The myth of Kumbh Mela

Once the gods have decided to churn the Primordial ocean to extract  the elixir of immortality from it. But the gods had become weak and unable to complete this feat themselves and they asked help from Asuras (demons). For a thousand years they churned the Ocean, using the serpent king Vasuki as a rope wrapped around the axis of the world, a gigantic mountain Mandara. The first to appear from the foam was a terrible poison that threatened to destroy all the worlds. Then Lord Shiva drank the poison to save the universe.

After that there appeared various miraculous creatures and treasures, and finally the bowl (Kumbh) with the nectar of immortality, Amrita. For possession of Amrita a terrible war crashed out (more…)

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Kumbh Mela 2013: a taste of things to come

strange man Kumbh Mela 2013: a taste of things to come

May-be fake baba

With this gallery we begin to publish a series of text, photo, and video materials from Ahamot.org’s expedition to Kumbh Mela 2013 – the greatest event in the history of humanity.

Every now and then people ask us: “what did you do at Kumbh Mela”, “so, how was it at Kumbh Mela”, “did you take bath in dirty Ganga?”, “what made you live there for a month in cold, wet, and Indian antisanitaria?”

In fact everything was just great. Our expedition collected lots of ethnographic and religious studies materials, on which we do work and which we will publish soon.

At this time we put here a small photo-teaser of what used to happen at Kumbh Mela 2013. This gallery includes photos from our old compact camera, and we are waiting for good quality shots gallery from Sagita.net

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