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  • J Vincent Beall
    The Sacred Geometry A seminar on Pilgrimage Tourism and Conservation of Cultural Heritage : Experiences and Revelations , was held during Ardh Kumbh Mela in
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 31, 2003
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      The Sacred Geometry

      A seminar on 'Pilgrimage Tourism and Conservation of Cultural Heritage : Experiences and Revelations', was held during Ardh Kumbh Mela in January 1995 at Allahabad by the Society of Pilgrimage Studies. The most significant theme that emerged was the cultural astronomy and sacred geometry of Varanasi and Chitrakut, presented by John McKim Malville, Rana P.B. Singh and D.P. Dubey. Global Positioning System and Instrument Garmin - 75 were used to give exact geographical locations, of these two holy cities.

      It was observed that the city plan of Varanasi has developed according to a cosmic order, it was observed that the temples and shrines related to sun(Aditya) are placed in the meaningful spatial pattern corresponding to the special geometry and movement of the sun, the association of cosmic-north and Kashi-north, and the celebrating seasonal festivities in the sequential order referring to solstices and equinoxes. The geometry of Adityas combines the northern directionality of both macrocosm (sun) and mesocosm (the Ganga river). The importance of these two directions within the city is not surprising. The pole of heaven establishes the order of the cosmos, and the direction of the flow of the Ganga establishes the source of the world and the great axis of death and rebirth. The complex network and structure of the spatial pattern of sun shrines and their association with movement of the sun, throws light on the cosmological sense of 'city planning' in ancient period.

      The sacred geometry of Chitrakoot is composed of eighty four holy sites of which seven form a sacred geometric pattern, homologus to chakra (sheath) system of Lord's body, that follows a sequential correspondence. The relationship among macro, meso, and micro- cosmic representation is very strong which ultimately results from a visible and experienced form of faithscape, where traditions, myths, spatial patterning and natural setting meets closely. Various sites are seen as a series of triangle, with Hanuman at the base. It shows, Chitrakoot was progressively conceived as a cosmogram with Rama as an immanent principle.

      Though sacred geometry is one way to understand holy places, there are also other ways of looking into it. Ramakar Pant's paper, 'Vrindוvanvוsa : A Lifelong Pilgrimage', focussed on the notion of Tirtha as a place for (a) perceiving the macrocosm (Brahmsוkshatakוr), (b) knowing the macrocosm (Brahma j₪וna), and (c) merging with the Absolute (Brahmaleena).

      Ramakar Pant

       

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      Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

    • Barry Carroll
      Vincent -- i found this report on the positioning of these two cities very interesting. Nice to see what McKim Malville is up to also. Barry ... Outgoing mail
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 31, 2003
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        Vincent --
        i found this report on the positioning of
        these two cities very interesting.
        Nice to see what McKim Malville is up to also.
        Barry

        At 02:51 PM 8/31/2003 -0400, you wrote:

        >The Sacred Geometry
        >
        >A seminar on 'Pilgrimage Tourism and Conservation of Cultural Heritage :
        >Experiences and Revelations', was held during Ardh Kumbh Mela in January
        >1995 at Allahabad by the Society of Pilgrimage Studies. The most
        >significant theme that emerged was the cultural astronomy and sacred
        >geometry of Varanasi and Chitrakut, presented by John McKim Malville, Rana
        >P.B. Singh and D.P. Dubey. Global Positioning System and Instrument Garmin
        >- 75 were used to give exact geographical locations, of these two holy cities.
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