Sri Sri completed his education in the same school in which his father Sri Venkata Ramaiah was working as a mathematics teacher. He married Ms. Venkata Ramanamma at an age of 15 and adopted a girl child. Later on he married Ms.
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As an already existing 3. A search for clarity, time constraints and impeccable order- being the modern outlook lead to picking up untouched land pockets amongst the graves, thereby leading to a scattering effect on the site. Yet, it is to an advantage as it supports the modernization in strategic laying along the functions for the Hindu rituals.
It is a belief that in the eternal search for truth and perfection, the action, duty or consequences are irrelevant. As an eventual rebirth, it is a solitary exploration that seeks perfection through birth and rebirth wherein the signification of life manifests through an unstoppable life-death cycle.
The project is a bodily extension of reverence, memory and of acceptance. It begins right at the entrance of the processional pathway with two stately walls inclined in a fashion of respect and revere of the dead. These two walls stand as lone sentinels, guarding the dead. Raising above the ground to a height of 4 meters on the shallow end they direct ones eye towards the cremation pyres. Towards the left of these lone walls, in a cove of space is the Administrative block comprising of an office building, a book shop and, a locker room to with nearly lockers to pay respects and store ashes.
From a state of entropy the site was rejuvenated and restructured for an orchestrated procession of the Hindu funeral ritual. Every step is a reminder not of lost but of love as spirit of the loved lives on in many forms hence forth.
Hence, designing spaces amongst existent crematory lead to scattered laying of built form. Cavumaedium of precast structures highlights the ritual and funeral procession as a linear and clear proceeding. The stately presence of a volume higher than life seemingly provides a comfort to the bereaved as more quite and acceptance comes with each step. Dynamic nature of the site dictate monolithic monuments reflecting its nature.
After crossing the processional path under the entrance walls, a fallen concrete form catches the eye. The Electrical Pyre with its imported technology is one of its kind. The afore mentioned fallen form is not accidental but an intentionality of salutation to the dead. This form with its cavumaedium reminds one of the Chaitya Halls of the Buddist monks with their Stupa located along the line of the mountains.
Entrance to the pyre is to the centre of the form which opens directly to the preparational pyre. The waiting hall has a capacity of person overlooking the funeral ceremony and a provison to videographically record the ceremony is given. This N-S oriented building is one of the largest on the site with a height of 5 meters stands out prominently. As one walks further along the processional pathway several other aspects of the site unfold themselves; serene landscaping, reminding scriptures and memories in graves.
The pathway leads directly into the waiting hall which thereby leads to the pyre area. These two structures are separated due to the distribution of crowds ergo giving lucidity to the rituals undertaken in these spaces. Waiting halls can accommodate nearly people while the pathway leading to the pyre is meant for the closest of the family members and the pyre is meant for the head of the family along with the priest who overlooks the ceremony.
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Arjuna returns the bow shown. At the end of Mausala Parva , Vyasa advises Arjuna and his brothers to retire and renounce their kingdom as the purpose of their life has been served. Draupadi and his brothers agree. In Indraprastha , Yadava prince Vajra is crowned as the king. Then they start their journey of India and the Himalayas. As the Pandavas leave, a dog befriends them and they take him along for the journey. The Pandavas first go south, reaching the salt sea.
మహా ప్రస్థానం [Maha Prasthanam]
Sri Sri Mahaprasthanam