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Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala

Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala

This is a spooky one...underground chambers of this ancient temple were recently opened to discover trillions of dollars worth of gold, jewels and coins, some dating from the ancient Greeks. It is the sealed door of chamber B that fascinates. Covered with cobra sculptures and supposedly sealed with use of mantras and only able to be opened with mantras or disaster will come apon the world...No one knows what is behind the sealed doors and no one is willing to mess with the Gods and open it...Only in India!! Check out the video at the Samsara Blog.

temple door 

 

Kapaleesewarar Temple and Ramakrishna Math Chennai

Ramakrishna Math Chennai
Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai India
India continues to have much to offer the world about spirituality in many surprising ways.

Its been a big first day in India...

Chennai India samsara online
Lets start with a bit of a glimpse of the traffic conditions in Chennai...total anarchy, noise, honking, near misses and pretty terrifying from the back seat of a tuk tuk with an ancient bus bearing down on you on the wrong side of the road. The sweet school girls wandering by oblivious to the chaos around them gives it an extra surreal dimension. This bit of film was taken a few years ago but you get the idea

India by train?

India by train?
Amazing India is coming soon but the plans to travel by train are being challenged by the difficulty of trying to book and work out what is the most massive rail system on earth! Hmm...India rail train

Tasmania's Dark Mofo amazing, challenging, thought provoking

Tasmania's Dark Mofo amazing, challenging, thought provoking
Dark Mofo, flaming crosses, upside down crosses, a journey in to the shadow side of the unconscious? Check out the film footage at the Samsara blog page...

Getting ready for India

Auroville India matramandir
Getting excited for next weeks Samsara Online Shop trip to south India.  Check out the video about Auroville, City of The DawnWe are combining finding beautiful products with stays at various ashrams. The first is the Sri Aurobindo ashram at Pondicherry and Auroville, founded on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo. Its spiritual heart is the Matramandir building as pictured. We hope to find lots of beautiful silk scarves and other products 
Auroville India matramandir

Samsara the film a visual feast!

samsara online film documentary
Samsara online, a stunningly beautiful film about the world in all its amazing diversity has a link here on Samsara so you can check it out

Silk clutch bag perfect for a night out!

black clutch bag blue clutch bag red clutch bag green clutch bag aqua clutch bag
navy blue clutch bag
We had meetings planned with various producers of Cambodian handcrafts to purchase items for Samsara Online. We found these lovely pure silk clutch bags in lots of colours of green, pink, red, aqua, blue and black

Cambodian Silks...gorgeous colours and textures

Cambodian Silks...gorgeous colours and textures

aqua pure silk cushion coverOur time in Cambodia was challenging and inspiring. So much trauma of the past from bombing during the Vietnam War to the awful genocide inflicted by the Khmer Rouge.

We visited many workshops where land mine victims were making beautiful silk products and supporting themselves and their families. The little clutch evening bags, the silk cushion covers and the silk scarves are really beautiful and we are proud to bring them to you.

It would be great if you could visit the Samsara Partners page and consider making a donation at the websites to the organizations shown there, the need is great.

Our time in Cambodia was challenging and inspiring. So much trauma of the past from bombing during the Vietnam War to the awful genocide inflicted by the Khmer Rouge.

We visited many workshops where land mine victims were making beautiful silk products and supporting themselves and their families. The little clutch evening bags, the silk cushion covers and the silk scarves are really beautiful and we are proud to bring them to you.

It would be great if you could visit the Samsara Partners page and consider making a donation at the websites to the organizations shown there, the need is great.


In the Tatai River jungle...western Cambodia

In the Tatai River jungle...western Cambodia
After a rough six hour bus ride from Phnom Penh we have ended up at an eco lodge in the remote Tatai river area near the Thai border. We tried not to complain about the bus ride given that a lot of passengers were riding on the floor and at least we had seats...This is the ultimate escape of Khmer style huts floating on the river with boatloads of Buddhists monks passing by in the deepest jungle....truly beautiful!

Cambodian New Year's Eve....awesome!

Cambodian New Year's Eve....awesome!
What a night of many thousands of wildly partying Cambodians armed with massive water guns and talculm powder spraying and dusting everything and everyone in sight...to the tune of about twenty bands all playing at the same time. Riotous fun for young old and all present...no drunks...just amazing humour and fun for the Khmer New Year! Loved it

Amazing Angkor Wat Cambodia

Amazing Angkor Wat Cambodia
Taking time out from shopping for Samsara has led us to the extraordinary temples and culture of the Khmer people who buit their massive empire based at Angkor. Bas relief sculpture Angkor Wat cambodia