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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 child peeks through the legs of a plastic table that hold up his blanket fort hideaway.
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Child in blanket fort
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A child peeks through the chair legs that hold up his blanket fort hideaway.

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Child in blanket fort
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Toddler is WOWed by a giant Independence Day – Fourth of July – cookie with flags, frosting, and red white and blue sprinkles.

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Toddler and Daddy with giant Independence Day Cookie
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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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Single Dad and Son sharing a snuggle before nap time.

 

Single Father and SonTender Moment
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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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Single father and three-year-old son sharing a special moment at the playground.

Single Father and Son
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Three-year-old boy loves his stuffed elephant. Just look at those blue eyes!!!

Angelic boy with elephant
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