Hotel Clarks Varanasi
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... by many men from a small green leaf. This is apparently paan, a mixture of beetel nut and lime which is chewed and spat out. This finally explains the orange/red expectoration that we have witnesed and other gross pavement markings - I know - way too much information!
We returned to have a biggish lunch in preparation for our overnight train trip ahead trying out another ...
... a week of fasting.
We made our way back to the ghats where where we witnessed priests perform the Ganga Aarti ceremony. They began to chant, ring bells and wave around incense and fire. This beautiful ceremony is performed to thank Shiva each and every day. Despite the fact that it was not a common time for pilgrimages, there were still hundreds of people on the shore and in boats watching the bright and musical ceremony. It was very special and we were lucky to witness it.
... he has scrimped on the quantity of wood purchased, he may have to beg some embers from his more fortunate or well-heeled neighbors to complete his task.
Once the cremation is completed, the ashes are cast into the river right in front of the burning ghat.
A few interesting notes:
If the deceased is a virgin or a pregnant woman, the cleansing fire is unnecessary. The body is simply tied to a rock and deposited in the river.
As in life, ...
Friday 5th December 2014, Varanasi, UP, India Entry number 2 for the day We decide to chill for a while after the mornings activities, a shower, a bit of breakfast and sort through my gear a bit, it's a real bloody mess. A quick trip to the Post Office to get stamps for some post cards, the guy is pretty rude and then 2 of the stamps don't stick but when asked if he had any glue he shakes his head with no offer of a solution. Poor service and poor attitude - wouldn't ...
... The place was amazing and so interesting but the poverty was also very prevalent and very in your face. There was a lady with a small child, could have only been 18 months and I've never seen anybody in such a desperate state before, they were both so thin, frail and dirty and had nothing. You see some beggers, but they're wearing earnings, bracelets etc and don't appears to be that bad, this woman however really was. There are also so many dogs and majority of ...