An old pundit making the preparations of the serpentine lamps, oil, camphor etc. for the Ganga aarti
Young pundits performing the Ganga aarti
Ignorant of the crowds the drummer looks euphoric and seems to be in another world altogether
Sadhu's and Shiv - bhakts conversing in a makeshift abode by the river front
A smoke filled evening sky hangs low over the sky over the Harishchandra Ghat
Offerings, ashes and rubbish get washed ashore on the banks of the River Ganga
Dusk on the Ghats of the Ganges
A new day begins at dawn with young boys waiting to fly kites over the Ghats
Sleepily streets awaken to the sound of early risers, traipsing around for their morning chores
Two Kannadiga pundits exchanging a dialogue early in the morning
Another five creations rest peacefully while their mother looks on unperturbed
The most beautiful journeys are made alone
The City of Temples - Varanasi gets its name from the two rivers, Varuna and Asi, a small stream near Assi Ghat. Also popularly known as Kashi or Benaras, it is believed to be one of the seven holy cities or Sapt Puri - that can bring you Moksha. This makes it the pulse of the Hindu Universe.
It has a wide acceptance for people from all walks of life, all parts of the world and creatures big and small. This city awakes at the crack of dawn. The prayers, rituals and habits of the Hindu ideology are engrained into the daily life of the people here. Bathing, washing clothes, giving offerings, going for long walks, meditation or chanting all echo in the early morning sky. Crows and parrots all pitch in as well, indifferent to individual inclinations. As the sun comes up locals, boats-men, tourists, chaiwalla's, paanwalla's, students, birds and stray animals all find their way onto the Ghats, there is something overwhelming about the River Ganges and her sandstone Ghats that gives you a reason to greet her every day.
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