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Kalimandir - Hinduism and Babas of Italian descent

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Kalimandir is the name of an enchanting Hindu reality born in Rome in Casal Lumbroso. It was founded by an Italian Baba known by the name of Yogi Krishnanath. This Baba, whose real name is Alessandro Pace, lived twenty years of his life on Indian mountains, places in which he came for the first time in August 1969 starting from Rome by hitch hiking. Alessandro, now called Krishnanath, has absorbed Hindu culture as if it were his culture , becoming a Sandhu, a Nath Baba which means a Hindu ascetic. In a recent dialogue with Krishnanath, he told me the basic steps of Hindu culture. He explained to me that nationality is not important to become a Sandhu. “The important thing is Renunciation, in Hindu culture..Renunciation is the basic requirement for a Sandhu...because a Sandhu is the representation of God on earth...a Sandhu is an idol in life. " After this meeting I discovered that there are many Italian Sandhu both in Italy and all over the world and that to become a Sandhu "the important thing is follow the right spiritual path and receive a good education from a Guru." Krishnanath tells me that after living on Indian mountains (Almora village) was forced to return to Italy due to bureaucratic problems. He come back to Rome and decided to build a Hindu temple on a field belonging to his family. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shiva and Khali and it is administrated by Krishnanath and his partner, Gori Nath. She is Italian also. Her real name is Giuseppina, and she’s 65 years old. Alessandro and Giuseppina have created a piece of India inside Rome, but they are not locked in their communities. They surf the web and use social networks to "improve interfaith dialogue and to communicate with people about the activities of Kalimandir" . The temple today is the site of meeting and pilgrimage of devotees from all parts of the world, not only from Italy. One of these devotees talking about the temple said that "to attend the temple of Yogi Krishnanath was like finding a new relationship between cultures, religions and society, a new form of integration "2.0", hard to find elsewhere."
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  • Kalimandir is the name of an enchanting Hindu reality born in Rome in Casal Lumbroso. It was founded by an Italian Baba known by the name of Yogi Krishnanath. This Baba, whose real name is Alessandro Pace, lived twenty years of his life on Indian mountains, places in which he came for the first time in August 1969 starting from Rome by hitch hiking. Alessandro, now called Krishnanath, has absorbed Hindu culture as if it were his culture , becoming a Sandhu, a Nath Baba which means a Hindu ascetic.
    In a recent dialogue with Krishnanath, he told me the basic steps of Hindu culture. He explained to me that nationality is not important to become a Sandhu. “The important thing is Renunciation, in Hindu culture..Renunciation is the basic requirement for a Sandhu...because a Sandhu is the representation of God on earth...a Sandhu is an idol in life. "
    After this meeting I discovered that there are many Italian Sandhu both in Italy and all over the world and that to become a Sandhu "the important thing is follow the right spiritual path and receive a good education from a Guru."
    Krishnanath tells me that after living on Indian mountains (Almora village) was forced to return to Italy due to bureaucratic problems. He come back to Rome and decided to build a Hindu temple on a field belonging to his family. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shiva and Khali and it is administrated by Krishnanath and his partner, Gori Nath. She is Italian also. Her real name is Giuseppina, and she’s 65 years old.
    Alessandro and Giuseppina have created a piece of India inside Rome, but they are not locked in their communities. They surf the web and use social networks to "improve interfaith dialogue and to communicate with people about the activities of Kalimandir" . The temple today is the site of meeting and pilgrimage of devotees from all parts of the world, not only from Italy.
    One of these devotees talking about the temple said that "to attend the temple of Yogi Krishnanath was like finding a new relationship between cultures, religions and society, a new form of integration "2.0", hard to find elsewhere."
  • Kalimandir Temple was founded by an Italian Baba known by the name of Yogi Krishnanath. This Baba, whose real name is Alessandro Pace, lived twenty years of his life on Indian mountains, places in which he came for the first time in August 1969 starting from Rome by hitch hiking. He came (forced) back to Rome and decided to build a Hindu temple on a field belonging to his family. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shiva and Khali and it is administrated by Krishnanath and his partner. They surf the Web and use Social Networks to "improve interfaith dialogue and to communicate with people about the activitiies of Kalimandir.
  • Amarnath fixing a bulb. He's an italian Sadhu, his birth name is Marco, he was born in Rome. He got a long training in Kalimandir, Rome. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shiva and Khali and it is administrated by Krishnanath and his partner, Gori Nath. She is Italian also. Her real name is Giuseppina, and she’s 65 years old.
    Alessandro and Giuseppina have created a piece of India inside Rome.
  • Krishnanath tells me that after living on Indian mountains (Almora ) was forced to return to Italy due to bureaucratic problems. He come back to Rome and decided to build a Hindu temple on a field belonging to his family. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shiva and Khali and It is located in Casal Lumbroso, Rome.
  • Ajit taking a rest at Kalimandir. He is an artist from Jarkhand (India), he is a performer of Milon Mela, an important theatre-dance crew.
     
  • "Milon Mela" from India waiting to get the stage for a show in Kalimandir.
    Milon Mela crew includes the religious singers from Bengali, the sacred vibrations of ancient Indian rhythms, colors, dance, sounds and the martial artists from Jarkana.
     
  • Milon mela performer with a Shiva mask, the sacred mask of ancient Indian colors and texture. It was homemade in Nimdi village (India) for a Ganesh Cchauwdance.
     
  • Krishnanath tells me that after living on Indian mountains (Almora ) was forced to return to Italy due to bureaucratic problems. He come back to Rome and decided to build a Hindu temple on a field belonging to his family. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shiva and Khali and It is located in Casal Lumbroso, Rome.
     
  • Cesar Baba, Baba Cesare Visiting Kalimandir Temple. Cesare was born in Sicily, Italy.
    He lived 25 years in a cave, His cave in Hampi (India) was high up in the hills, with a garish painting of Shiva adorning the rocky entrance. He is actually the older italian sadhu livig in India.
  • Kalimandir. ROMA 2013.
  • Some foreign sadhus are 'part-timers', who time and again plunge into the adventure of sadhu-life but keep their ties to the home-front.
    Others burn all their bridges, as the famous italian sadhu Baba Cesare, and totally commit themselves to the realization of the sadhu ideals.
  • Hindu pilgrims visiting Yogi Krishnanath, the most important italian Sadhu, living in Europe.
     
  • Two Hindu icons: Shiva (right), Sri Guru Gorakhnath (Left) One legend states that Guru Gorakshanath, the "eternal sage" traditionally associated with Hatha Yoga, has been around for thousands of years watching the welfare of humanity. Other legends ascribe different stories to his birth and the period of his worldly existence, and they vary greatly. The Nath Rahasya, which literally translates as "the mystery of the masters", recounts the birth, work, and death of nine such Naths (masters).
     
  • Kamala e Sandro, she is french, he is an italian born in Rome. They're singing and playing a traditional hindu music at Kalimandir.
    Gigi is a young Chela.
  • An italian Hindu pilgrim is waiting at the bus-stop outside of Kalimandir.
  • Cesar Baba, Baba Cesare, visiting Kalimandir Temple. Cesare was born in Sicily, Italy.
    He lived 25 years in a cave, His cave in Hampi (India) was high up in the hills, with a garish painting of Shiva adorning the rocky entrance. He is actually the older italian sadhu livig in India.
  • Manohar Nath is an italian Sadhu, he is from Milan. Currently he lives in India with Amarnath, another italian sadhu, his birth name is Marco, he was born in Rome.
     
  • Portrait of an indian woman at Kalimandir.
  • Manohar Nath, a sadhu born in Milan, with an Italian sadhu on the left who is a chela of Yogi Krishnanath at Kalimandir.
  • Yogi Krishnanath (Alessandro) talking about foreigner Sadhus to his partner Gori Nath (Giuseppina), Cesar Baba (Cesare) and Visvajeet Giri Mara, an indian Sadhu.
     
  • Una giovane sposa indiana con Yogi Krishnanath durante una particolare Puja a Kali per chiedere fertilita' per la donna. Durante la Puja "il pujari" (celebrante) porge alla divinità le offerte dei devoti, restituendo ad essi il cibo divinizzato. ROMA 2013.
  • Kalimandir was founded by an Italian Baba known by the name of Yogi Krishnanath. This Baba, whose real name is Alessandro Pace, lived twenty years of his life on Indian mountains, places in which he came for the first time in August 1969 starting from Rome by hitch hiking. He came (forced) back to Rome and decided to build a Hindu temple on a field belonging to his family. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shiva and Khali and it is administrated by Krishnanath and his partner. They surf the Web and use Social Networks to "improve interfaith dialogue and to communicate with people about the activitiies of Kalimandir. Casal Lumbroso. ROma. Italy 2013.
  • What is smoked in the conical clay pipes is a varied mixture of ganja (marijuana flower and leaf), charas (a form of hashish handmade in India from the cannabis plant, which grows wild in the Himalayas) and tobacco. Smoking chillum is common among the sadhus.
     

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