I am in Kutch. One of the districts of Gujarat. Which is one of the 28 states of India.\nThis little portion tucked away in a corner of India bordering the desert is an amazing mosaic of diverse cultures. Of tribes and sub tribes \u2013 and their unique ways of life.\nBeing here reminds me that India is so so delightful! That the wonders never cease. Every trip exposes me to one more unknown facet \u2013 one more awing legend, one more practice, one more stimulating, mind opening practice!\nOne lifetime is certainly not enough to even get a glimpse of all the cultural aspects of India .,\u2026 the idea of reincarnation sounds very attractive now \u2026\u2026\u2026it will allow me enough time to see all of this beautiful country!\nSo let me begin again. I am in Kutch.\nOn a nearby hill there is a temple, home to a Goddess, commonly called Maata.\u00a0 Rabari tribes have immense faith in this Maata and once a year a fair is held at the temple in her honor.\nSo families from all over the region arrive at the temple to offer worship.\nSounds like any other fair in India?\nNow comes the unique delightful part :\nThe devotees \u2013 who are tribal herders, walk miles and miles from their villages to come to this remote temple to worship. But they do not come alone. They bring their women and children. And they bring their herds. Of goats and sheep and camels. To worship and ask for blessings.\nWhat blessing might a sheep ask for I wonder. Goddess please make my wool siky? What might the camels ask for? I cannot even begin to imagine! And I would ask them but I do not know the camel-dialect that these herders are so fluent in.\nSo here they all gather together on this particular day every year, humans and herds, to pray to their goddess, asking for blessings and offering gratitude.\nAnd here I am with my camera to witness the event.\nA few photos from this unique and delightful gathering.\nClick to view slideshow.\nThe fair had just begun, and worshippers were just arriving \u2013 but I had to leave\u2026.\njm\nOctober 2, 2012\nThe post Camels go on a Pilgrimage with their Tribal Masters to pray appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.