Northern India, 12-29 October 2007
Varanasi - the Ghats
On the ghats
The Indian national game seems to be cricket.
An effigy left over from the last festival
Clowning Brits, who pretended only to have actually gone swimming
A happy-looking sadhu
A huge linga, covered with brass
Assi Ghat, with sand still left from the monsoon flooding
"Onze fen�tres sur le Gange" (Eleven windows on the Ganges)
Chet Singh's palace
Worshippers at Dashashwamedh
Leaving Dashashwamedh Ghat by boat
Ducks and pilgrims -- in a full boat
Manakarnika Ghat, the main burning ghat
Huge piles of wood for burning corpses
Towards the Alamgir Mosque (Aurangzeb's Mosque)
Flats to let?
Steep stairs at Phanchaganga Ghat
Looking north toward the bridge on the Ganga
A clean-looking temple at Panchaganga Ghat
The New Vindu Madhan Temple
New Vindu Madhan Temple
All that is left of the original Vindu Madhan Temple are the two statues beside the door...
... one of Garuda ...
... and one of Hanuman
Bathers and worshippers
Hold your nose and ...
A libation for the holy river
Boys at the sunken temple
They actually swim in it!
The baskets hold lighted candles in the evening.
Meanwhile, back at Assi Ghat, cricket continues.
Dawn in Varanasi