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Saturday, 6 January 2018

You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Phallic Feat: Hindu Monk Moves Van With Penis

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Giving up all worldly possessions in pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, India’s Sadhu monks display feats of physical strength many of their less-spirited fellow-males can only dream of. One Sadhu, a holy person in Hinduism and Jainism, used his penis to pull a van in a stimulating show of spirituality during the Magh Mala festival annually held in India’s northern city of Allahabad. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims gather on the banks of the Triveni Sangam where three holy rivers… the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati…  converge during the Hindu holy month of Magh.

Sadhus reject worldly life in pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. They lead a life of celibacy, ascetic yoga, and search for enlightenment; they wander from place to place, surviving off alms and the goodness of others. Renouncing material possessions, some of the Sadhus even go naked and perform feats of physical or mental strength, which they believe can break the cycle of reincarnation. One Sadhu became famous by lifting a 35-kilo (77-pound) brick with his penis at a fair in Pushkar. Hindus revere Sadhus as representatives of the gods. Being a Sadhu is one of the stages of life people expect to pass through.

5 January 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/art_living/201801051060535943-monk-penis-van/

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

12 March 2017. “You Should Respect Each Other”…

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Taktsang Palphug Monastery (“the Tiger’s Nest”) is a renowned Buddhist sacred site in the Himalayas. The temple complex is located in a steep cliffside in the upper Paro Valley (Paro District) in Bhutan. In its locality, the people celebrate Tsechu, a popular folk festival in honour of Padmasambhava sometime during March or April.

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Presidents of India, Mexico, and Venezuela Express Condolences Over Death of Castro

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Heartfelt condolences on sad demise of Cuba’s revolutionary leader, former President, and friend of India, Fidel Castro.

Pranab Kumar Mukherjee

President of the Republic of India

Fidel Castro was Mexico’s friend; he contributed to relations based on trust, dialogue, and solidarity. I regret the death of Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution, a symbol of the 20th century.

Enrique Peña Nieto

President of the United States of Mexico

I’ve just spoken to President Raúl Castro; I voiced my support and solidarity after the death of Comandante Fidel Castro, to him, and to the whole Cuban nation.

Nicolás Maduro Moros

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

26 November 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/world/201611261047863394-castro-cuba-condolences/

Friday, 16 September 2016

Sputnik International Presents… Seven Unknown Wonders of the World

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The Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is one of Africa’s most famous landmarks

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Great Mosque of Djenné

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Chand Baori is a stepwell in the village of Abhaneri in Rajasthan (India)

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As others look on, an Indian youth jumps into the historic Chand Baori stepwell

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Probably, the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest (Romania) is the largest civil administration building in the world

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The Alexandru Ioan Cuza Hall dwarfs foreign tourists… another name for this building is the “House of the People”

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The Stari Most (Old Bridge) is a 22-metre-high (72-foot-high) reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge over the Neretva River in Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina… in 1993, Croatian forces destroyed the original bridge during the Croat-Bosniak War

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A diver leaps from the Stari Most in a traditional bridge diving competition

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Kumbhalgarh Fort, in the former princely state of Udaipur/Mewar (Rajahsthan (India))… its walls extend over 38 kilometres (23.7 miles), making them the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Built in the early 17th-century, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan (Iran) is one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture

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Interior of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

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Derawar Fort, a massive square fortress in Bahawalpur in Pakistan… the fortress has 40 towering bastions; the circumference of its 30-metre-high (99-foot-high) walls is about 1.5 kilometres (0.94 mile)

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Derawar Fort

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Some man-made “wonders of the world”, such as the Colosseum or Taj Mahal, have much fame, but there are many more architectural masterpieces scattered across the globe that aren’t quite so famous.

27 February 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/photo/20160227/1035439233/hidden-world-wonders-photo.html

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