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A word that appears on bridges across motorways and railways all over the UK. It's only purpose to annoy drivers who are left with a nagging curiosity for the rest of their day until the next time it ceases to become important once again.
Gouranga meaning "Golden One" in Sanskrit refers to the last avartar of god who descended to earth 500 years ago in India. This incarnation a monk named Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was golden in complexion. He demonstrated how by chanting hare krishna mantra the soul is noticably cleansed. He showed man the true path to the attainment of perfection.
Some believe the word is derived from Anglo-Saxon "Go Range" meaning to travel in peace, it goes on to explain that peace can only be obtained by moving over to ones left if another traveller approaches from behind. Failure to do this results in a curse being put onto the offender, the curse consists of any male instantly aquiring minute genitals,and any offending female becoming instantly frigid.
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hasslehoff: 12th Apr 2005 - 08:08 GMT
i like this. it's really crisp, and i'm glad that you took the time to document it photographically.
beluzrebel: 13th Apr 2005 - 16:29 GMT
this story, you is which they wrote about hte "gouranga" is very large! I love reading it and to also look photographs you, jamie, for weigh this london will be deistvitel'no likable city. I did want would be to see more photograph and to certain read more of your writing if that not too much, it was which necessary to ask? you!
Jamie: 13th Apr 2005 - 16:42 GMT
I think i get the general idea of what you are trying to say beluzrebel. I've posted a large number of articles here, just click on my name to see them all. Also i have written extensively on swinney.org
Thankyou, i'm glad you like my story
Peter: 27th Apr 2005 - 15:18 GMT
a little something i dug up from the referrals log:
JJ: 25th Jun 2005 - 00:54 GMT
This is the update for the link Peter referenced:
Peter: 27th Jun 2005 - 13:49 GMT
m norm: 7th Sep 2005 - 23:08 GMT
and there was me thinking the only one was between 11 and 12 on the m56! having had no idea what it meant before, it still brought me happiness to continually shout it
germinal: 21st Dec 2005 - 16:40 GMT
i think its one of those words that brings joy to anyone that
Jamie: 20th Mar 2006 - 16:47 GMT
Crystal: 4th May 2006 - 17:24 GMT
I received a mysterious email saying "call out Gouranga, Gouranga Gouranga Gouranga, That which brings highest happiness". I was mystified, I thought it was odd. Seeing your photos and reading about what it means makes me more comfortable. I have come to accept I am blessed and I will call out Gouranga when I feel the need for happiness. Thank you for your photos and info.
A. Gene Punckbowee: 20th Jul 2006 - 17:47 GMT
I got your email and was kind of puzzled by it. But after doing a Google search on Gouranga found this. I guess it'd be more interesting to yell Gouranga instead of Serenity Now while in traffic. If anyone else hears you, they won't know what it means so you'll freak them out. Thanks for sharing this.
Donna: 3rd Aug 2006 - 21:38 GMT
Well I too was also the receiver of the email,
A J: 13th Aug 2006 - 20:24 GMT
I am 60 and have been wondering what it meant for about 25 years. I beleive and will be happy when I drive safely.
Buzzer: 6th Sep 2006 - 11:58 GMT
They were talking about this on the radio today - I always wondered what it meant.When I see Gouranga whilst travelling - it will bring a smile to my face - NICE ONE !!!:-)
Grimnir: 7th Sep 2006 - 21:06 GMT
In case anyone is interested there is another one over the M56 near to J12 (?) - there is actually a band called The Gouranga Powered Band! Weird!
Grimnir: 7th Sep 2006 - 21:07 GMT
Another thing I just thought of - WHO the Hell is mad enough to actually CLIMB up onto a railway bridge etc. and very carefully put these things up??? Why do we not see them???? WEIRDER!
matt: 14th Sep 2006 - 05:40 GMT
I tried chantting this word over & over again & i got a massive rush of bliss,man i can see why they are putting these signs up around the place,it fricken does somthing,i do it all the time and the effect always gets me high(like ecstasy) .gouranga!
Aimee: 1st Oct 2006 - 16:59 GMT
Travel from Bournemouth to Manchester regularly, so glad someone has come up with this conclusion. Ill drive with a bit more consideration from now on! It has put me intouch with my spiritual side which i thought never existed! - GOURANGA! x
Mellor: 19th Nov 2006 - 23:07 GMT
lol, well, I've saw it on a lot of bridges around the country and always been curious to what it was. I just suspected it was the name of a company that made the bridge or something.
Today it caught my mind again after seeing it on a bridge in Manchester,so decided to Google it. Got a Wikipedia page, and that directed me here.
How strange though that the bridge I saw it on which made me search is the one in the first picture here going over Upper Brook Street near Manc city centre!! But thanks for clearing that up - GOURANGA!
Keith Berks formally of Leicestershire: 18th Dec 2006 - 08:34 GMT
I recieved a triple Gouranga via text messaging and it seems to have sucked me in, in a very pleasant way, it may achieve something succesive governments have not in traffic conditions that are now an everyday occurance!
wobbs: 26th Dec 2006 - 15:48 GMT
havent seen it for some time ( the one on the M6 ) then saw it today whilst driving through widnes
The way people are driving these days I may knock one up and paste it across my back window -
all the best for the coming year Gouranga !
Michiel (Holland): 29th Mar 2008 - 18:30 GMT
Happy to see many positive reactions, i'm also chanting Gouranga and indeed it is giving me bliss. Hope someone will start putting Gouranga tags in Holland too (I don't have the guts). Keep up the spreading of happyness Hare Krishna people. Thanks and Gouranga to you too.
Jonny Bud: 7th May 2008 - 23:40 GMT
Im now gonna call out gouranga when ever I see one displayed!!!!
Nick Thackray: 24th Jul 2008 - 23:15 GMT
my brother just came in slightly pissed and just told me about a taxi driver who used to be a monk from arrow taxi's and told him all bout gouranga and handed him books on reincarnation and cooking with a sticker saying be happy gouranga
geert zwynders: 29th Jul 2008 - 18:56 GMT
I tried to call out Gouranga too!!
Tony: 3rd Dec 2008 - 10:35 GMT
I tried it and felt nothing! am I doing it wrong.....or just expecting too much?
Steve - Borehamwood: 4th Feb 2009 - 03:20 GMT
I've been chanting Gauranga for over 30 years and this name is extremely powerful and special. The first time I actualy heard the name was on an old Quintessence album released in the early 1970s which opened from the center with a picture of Lord Jesus standing in the middle emanating a spiritual effulgence. The first track on the album was called 'Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Gauranga' which continued with the words 'drop me deep in the sea of your love'. Gauranga is the manifestation of pure love of Godhead and is the incarnation of Lord Krishna for this age of Kali that we're presently enduring. Please chant G A U R A N G A G A U R A N G A G A U R A N G A! Wishing you all the best!
Lindale: 17th Aug 2009 - 19:08 GMT
Have been seeing this for some time now, as we travel from Manchester to Birmingham on a regular basis. Found it very puzzeling. Now we know........GOURANGA
David, oldham: 7th Nov 2009 - 11:24 GMT
Very interesting article and can finally put to bed the debate I've had with passengers in my taxi everytime we have noticed the posters.
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