Hara Hara Mahaadeva
Hara Hara Mahaadeva Shaambo Kaashi Vishwaanaata Gange
In the ancient city of Kashi (Benares), on the banks of the Ganges river, Shiva is worshipped as Lord of the Universe by naked, ash-covered yogis, who sit all night at Manikarnaka – the burning ghat where fire consumes the earthly bodies of those who have come to Kashi to die – and chant this mantra until dawn. Boatmen row on the holy river with Shiva’s name on their lips. Sadhus light their chillums calling Shiva’s name. The old and sick wander the streets, waiting for the moment when Shiva Himself will come and whisper the Divine Name RAM! in their ears as they take their last breath, assuring them of liberation. Bom Bholenath!