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Condé Nast Traveller | Notes from… Varanasi by Noor Fares

‘I’ve been to India a few times and my last trip was at the beginning of April – it was very hot. I started in Jaipur and then went on to Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world and a place I’d wanted to visit for years. It was one of the most powerful and influential experiences I’ve ever had. I was lucky enough to be accompanied by a guide who is a scholar working with UNESCO to make Varanasi a World of Heritage Site. He advised that while there are lots of straightforward tours of the river, where you can witness the sunrise and sunset rituals, they don’t feel like genuine ceremonies. These used to only occur once a year and now they happen every day for tourists. Instead, we went on a walking tour into the narrow streets, through the dirt and incredible buildings to a temple where we watched a two-hour ceremony dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The Brahmin priest was amazing, coiling garlands of white flowers and sprinkling them with spices and water, and then using fire, chanting the whole time. There was only a few of us present, so it was a privilege to see. We also visited the 18th-century observatory, Jantar Mantar, and strolled down little alleyways full of rubbish, cows and motorbikes, and through tiny doors into courtyards with elaborate carved-stone details; It was all very beautiful; you really feel like you’re in the most ancient city. Varanasi’s spirituality and motifs played a huge part in my Akasha collection. One of the designs, Sri Yantra, uses the interlocking triangle symbol I saw all over the city; its repetitive lines are supposed to help with meditation. I’ve also experimented with the navratna motif, which uses nine stones, a sacred number in Hindu numerology. Each stone represents a different planet, and if worn together one feels balanced and complete. This design has become so common in all forms of Indian jewellery, but these days many people don’t know it relates to the solar system.’

 

Noor Fares

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