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... fire, chanting, singing, flowers and thousands of people. They are worshipping Mother Ganges, the goddess of the river. Hindus believe that if you live in Varanasi, and die here, having lived a “good” life, you are freed from the cycle of rebirth and go directly to nirvana, so it is one of the most sacred places for them.
The crush of humanity that makes the trek to the prayer ceremony that occurs each evening, is impressive, but the ...
... sights to marvel at were endless.
And of course, there are the large groups of people bathing in the river at all times of the day. Predominantly men, of all ages. It feels like we've seen at least half of the male indian population in their wet undies. Could this be an alternative to the Australian "wet teeshirt"? And washing...the washer en and wo ...
... flowers into the river, and as Sunil has directed, we are all meant to make a wish. This little bit I do for Tim. It's been another fabulous day, so we all go to an Italian Restaurant for dinner before the short walk back to the hotel. Tomorrow morning at 6am we're on the river again this time to watch the early morning ceremonies on the ghats and then the next day we have an 11 hour drive to Nepal to Lumbini, the birthplace of Bhudda. Namaste from ...
... else was taking pix. Shouldn't that tell you, Big Mama, that no photographs were allowed?
Such places have an eerie feel. Wood was weighed. Bamboo poles reconfigure the burning wood piles. Several cremations were underway.
Anuj's rating is taking a hit, a solid one. Bluster works only so many times. Today, however, was a mess. Departure time was in effect lowest common denominator ie those of you on time be damned.
The others took a break at ...
After a very tasty vegetarian lunch, we walked to the cremation ghat and were stunned to see not only one cremation but 6 at the same time! We were allowed to watch from above and witnessed everything from the dipping of the bodies (thankfully wrapped in yellow decorative material) into the Ganga, then left on the ghat steps to dry before being put on a bed of wood and set alight. It takes ...