Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world and originates from ancient India. The Jains follow the teachings of the 24 Jinas (conquerors) who are also known as Tirthankars. The 24th Tirthankar, Lord Mahavira lived in ca. 6th century BC. One of the main characteristics of Jain belief is the emphasis on the immediate consequences of one's behaviour. Jains are a small but influential religious minority with at least 4.2 million practitioners in modern India and more in growing immigrant communities in the United States, Western Europe, Africa, the Far East and elsewhere. Jainism stresses spiritual independence and equality of all life with particular emphasis on non-violence towards all living beings. Jains are strict vegetarians and the more orthodox ones cover their mouths to avoid inadvertently swallowing living organisms.
After visiting the Parshvanath Temple at Lodurva, our driver took us to this little desert village called Chhatrel where he lived and where he was picking up his sister from and dropping her off at some wedding ceremony elsewhere. No sooner had we arrived, we were surrounded by children wanting sweets, pens or money. One lady took me to a shop where she showed me a large packet or sweets which I bought for the children. They were very happy afterwards! We also met several of the villages and were allowed to take photo's them including a couple of elderly guys who may have been the village elders. Our drivers sister was very ornately dressed with lots of piercings, bangles, chins and other jewellery. You could say that she was very "blinged up"! India's like their bling (wearing lots of jewellery to show their wealth). She was off to attend a wedding ceremony in another village and our driver, was taking her there after dropping us off to hook up with our camels. I asked our driver what the villages thought of his new shiny black 4x4 car as there were no other vehicles in the village. He said that he got treated as a "big man"!
I love camels. They are the strangest creatures with the funniest faces. They are also very intelligent, more so than horses, I believe. I had been amused by camels in Jaisalmer that had birds on their backs. I also go lucky with this funny photo of a camel face.
Compared with Jaipur, Delhi and other cities, there is less hassle in Jaisalmer. The shop owners are less agressiv and are sometimes even very funny! Enjoy Jaisalmer.
Because the enduring sunshine turns every sandstone house into an oven, the people prefer sleeping outside on the roof at night.
I couldn't resist this photo that was taken during mid-morning. In this photo you can see the camel driver on the camel with me. Things you do for fun when your in the desert!