While planning a road trip through Kutch, I ensured we were spending two days around the full moon in the Great Rann. I was quite influenced by the advertisement on television by matinee idol Amitabh Bachchan describing the beauty of the moon against the pristine pure white salt desert better known as the Great Rann of Kutch.
We were a bit late for the sunset but in time for the moonrise. It was a carnival site, with camel cart rides, kite flying, horse rides and everyone grabbing their slice of the Rann. As evening set in and the crowd dispersed, the moon shone brightly. The moon rays and the whiteness of the Rann merged into each other creating an ethereal environment.
I sat there, staring into the moon and enjoying the infinite beauty of the White Rann. As I was getting moon washed with the pure moon light permeating through every cell of my body, I felt a sense of peace and calm that urged me to continue sitting there and reflect on life. After a while, with the new found lightness in my body, I rolled over in my favourite yoga posture ” Halasan”
Born on a moonless night, I am very much attracted to the beauty of the moon. As a child, I often peeped out in the middle of my homework to admire that white round glowing ball in the sky. During my adult years, I would sense a tear drop flow by completely in awe of the beauty in the sky. When I took to meditation and learnt to absorb the moon in myself, I became aware of what I felt all along. It was a journey of assimilating the moonlight bit by bit overcoming inner demons and fears until the full moon filled my being.
The soulful Sufi Mix Kachchi melody “Deewana,deewana, mastana, mastana” (crazy, joyous) sung by a group of local musicians in the Rann Utsav area filled the air and I soon emerged from my stupor. There is nothing better than an opportunity to meditate in the open, during a full moon night. This moon washing will last me a while until I find my next destination……
In 2017-2018, Rann Utsav will be held between November and February and the 5 full moon nights are 4th November 2017; 3rd December 2017, 2nd January 2018 & 31st January 2018, 2nd March, 2018