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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Adventures in India, Part 27 -- The Festival of Light

When we arrived at the Ganges waterfront we boarded a small boat and headed down the river

Within a few minutes we approached Dashashwamedh ghat where the "Offering of Lights" ceremony (Aarti) was being celebrated. This was not the famous Diwali Festival of Lights, which had been observed a few weeks earlier, but a smaller ceremony observed each day. Still it attracts thousands of Hindu worshipers.

Then we continued further down the river past a number of cremations.

Then we returned to our original mooring and debarked.

And as we returned to our bus we passed this guy practicing a ritual all by himself.

We did not linger to watch him because the insect infestation at this place was remarkable.

So we left him to his prayers and went to our hotel, planning to return to the Ganges in the morning.

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