Rishikesh gets our vote for our favorite city of our tour.  It was very Indian- the good and the bad, but it also had this amazing/over the top yoga presence.  Very unique.

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  1. This is in regards to the ‘gory Hindu show’ that you witnessed. The idol is that of Hanumaan – the monkey god (demi-god ?) who played an important role in the Ramayana (story of Rama – ) epic. After Ram’s wife, Sita, had been kidnapped/abducted by the demon king Ravana and taken to Lanka (Sri Lanka, now) – Hanumaan located her, befriended and consoled her, and informed Rama. He also fought in the eventual battles that took place. He is considered the pre-eminent disciple and follower of Rama – and when, once, he was asked about his loyalty to Rama – he ‘split open’ his chest and showed the images of Rama, Sita and Lakshman (Rama’s brother) residing therein. The idol artistry leaves much to be desired – hence the gori-ness of the image. I realize you went circa 2011, and this info, thus, is quite dated. It would have been easier and more convenient to just ask the locals.

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