Sunday, 28 April 2013

Nighttime Aarti Ceremony In Varanasi

One of the not-to-be-missed events in Varanasi is a lovely nighttime ceremony at the Dasashwamedh Ghat. The beautiful show is every night at sunset: a half dozen or so holy men making a prayer through song and show to the river Ganges.

There's a real patina to the ceremony, pots swinging and smoking, costumes and singing. It's impressive and the crowds come out to see the spectacle.

Ladies and gentlemen, the show....


The ghat is packed, both on the steps and on boats in the water.

A particularly moved spectator.


Tacky tourists and someone more at home, ready to place a pooja in the Ganges.

One of the performers. More crowds, but room for a sleeping dog.

Another audience angle.


Meanwhile, other things are happening at night in Varanasi. A flower seller with a mysterious figure in an entranceway. Ceremonial guards at a wedding reception banquet.


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