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Varanasi

Thousands of people bring decorated baskets of food to the Varanasi ghats to thank Surya the Sun God for sustaining life. This is the only Vedic Festival dedicated to the sun.
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It was during this festival that I had the opportunity to perform the immersion ritual for purification. I immersed myself three times and, after the third time, I had a rather profound rebirthing experience!
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Chhath Festival, Ganges River, Varanasi, India
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Two photos: Thousands of people gather on the Varanasi ghats to commemorate the victory of Krishna over the serpent Kaliya. A boat enters the circle in the water and a boy playing the role of Krishna jumps into the river.
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Nag Nathaiya Krishna Ceremony, Ganges River, Varanasi, India
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Nag Nathaiya Krishna Ceremony, Ganges River, Varanasi, India
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A typical day on the ghat in Varanasi, India, on the bank of the Ganges River. Laundry drying in the sun as tourists stroll the ghat and a man bathes in the river.
Laundry Assi Ghat Varanasi India
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A typical day on the ghat in Varanasi, India, on the bank of the Ganges River.

Boatmen wait for tourists to ride the river.

 

Boatmen Assi Ghat Varanasi India
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A typical day on the ghat in Varanasi, India, on the bank of the Ganges River.

A man repairing his boat.
Man repairing boat Assi Ghat Varanasi India
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A typical day on the ghat in Varanasi, India, on the bank of the Ganges River. A woman with her son and daughter washing clothing.

 

Mother and children doing laundry Assi Ghat Varanasi India
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A typical day on the ghat in Varanasi, India, on the bank of the Ganges River. Boats available for river tours, cows meandering in and out of the water, pedestrians strolling along the river.

 

Assi Ghat Varanasi India with boats, cows, and pedestrians
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A father and his children on the ghat in Varanasi, India, on the bank of the Ganges River, work to untangle their fishing net.

Father and children untangle fishing net near Assi Ghat Varanasi India
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Two views of this Beautiful street shrine, gated and open.

Shiva Street Shrine near Assi Ghat Varanasi India
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Shiva street shrine near Assi Ghat in Varanasi, India on the Ganges River. There is a Shiva lingam on the altar with decorations and offerings of flowers. The wall-hanging in the back depicts Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesh.
Shiva Street Shrine with altar Varanasi India
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Street shrines are everywhere in India. They typically are decorated with flowers and incense. People leave gifts of money.

Shiva Street Shrine Varanasi India
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