Down by the Ganges to Pray: A Traveller in Varanasi

Got to Varanasi extenuated by a long train ride. Drained by the intense heat, I only allowed myself to go out when the sun went down… I’m glad I did it, as I was able to witness one of the holiest ceremonies for the Hindus, the Aarti. I was told by a local boatman that it is a part of the Puja (purification) ceremony, laying down by the sacred artery of India, the Ganges. An impressive sight, of devotion and spirituality, but also of how people gather in these parts. Whole families joined by the river, enjoying the cool of the evening, holy men and devotees sharing their one common love… ensemble in one voice, lighting candles for their beliefs… A traveller feels like he’s got to the heart of India…ImageImageImageImageImage

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