Hanging out with the Jains in India

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HANGING OUT WITH THE JAINS IN INDIA

Going to India to learn about Jainism took me through six Indian states, enabled me to meet dozens of people, and learn more about the world than I ever expected.

The attendees of the International School for Jain Studies with a statue of the 24th teacher of Jainism, Mahavira.

The attendees of the International School for Jain Studies with a statue of the 24th teacher of Jainism, Mahavira.

The interior of a Jain temples in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

The interior of a Jain temples in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

A woman looking at the idols of Jain teachers in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

A woman looking at the idols of Jain teachers in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

A woman reciting mantras from a Sanskrit book in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

A woman reciting mantras from a Sanskrit book in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

I spent around 40 hours on Indian trains, which are truly as fascinating as you expect them to be.

I spent around 40 hours on Indian trains, which are truly as fascinating as you expect them to be.

Besides learning about Jainism, I also did some sightseeing.

Besides learning about Jainism, I also did some sightseeing; this is a view from the Palace of the Winds over Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh

The magical Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh.

An evening bath in the holy river of Hindu worship in Haridwar.

An evening bath in the holy river of Hindu worship, the Ganges.

A trip with a few Jain families on a truck in Gujarat.

A trip with a few Jain families on a truck in Gujarat.

A street vendor and his son in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

A street vendor and his son in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

A colourful friend.

A colourful friend.

Two cleaners in colourful sarees in Amber Fort, Jaipur.

Two cleaners in colourful saris in Amber Fort, Jaipur.

Morning feeding of cows and elephants in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Morning feeding of cows and elephants in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

India left deep imprints on my heart and I look forward to returning to this magical place.

India left lasting imprints on my heart and I look forward to returning to this magical place.

Thank you, Principal’s GoAbroad Fund, for enabling me to experience the joys of traveling through India!

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