The Ganga Aarti Festival at Varanasi

The Ganga Aarti festival in Varanasi – India. This spectacle is performed every night by 5 priests at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.  This is  main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganges River. It is located close to Vishwanath Temple and is probably the most spectacular ghat. Two Hindu legends are associated with it: According to one, Lord Brahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva. According to another legend, Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses during Dasa-Ashwamedha yajna performed here.

Street Photography

Street Photography

  Within minutes of arriving in Varanasi I saw this lady outside the door of my guest house. Varanasi – India.  #Art #StreetPhotography #ThereInFrontofYou

Street Photography

Street Photography

Varanasi – India.  Art-Street-There-InFrontofYou-JustLook

Varanasi – Mecca for Hindus – Mecca for Street photography

As a photographer I love Varanasi. The city looks beautiful at sunrise from a boat in the Ganges and every nook and cranny of this pandemonious place reveals a beauty of structure, colour and character like few other.  

Burning Ghats of Varanasi

Burning Ghats of Varanasi

The cremation takes place at special burning ghats which are located along the riverbank next to the bathing ghats in the heart of the city: Manikarnika and Harishchandra Ghat. Harishchandra Ghat is the smaller one and is named after a king who was the caretaker of the crematorium. This ghat can be used by all […]

Varanasi – The spiritual base of Hindus, the toilet of Uttar Pradesh. Home to sacred cows, street dogs, burning corpses, fake baba’s, rented babies and shit.

Varanasi – The spiritual base of Hindus, the toilet of Uttar Pradesh. Home to sacred cows, street dogs, burning corpses, fake baba’s, rented babies and shit.

I was somehow expecting more reverence from what is the most famous holy city in India. A serene calmness tempered by the clanging of bells during rituals and men dressed in elaborate robes extolling wisdom to the pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges. Not as such. People, people everywhere, squashed into every crevice and […]