Every nigt at 7pm a small prayer ceremonie takes place at the Assi Ghat which consists of numerous rituals, from bell ringing, incense burning in a perfusion of smoke, flowers throwing in the air, candles burning, this all for the Holy River Ganges.
Assi Ghat is the most Southern Ghat in Varanasi and is a sacred place as pilgrims offer prayers to a huge shivalingam placed under a peepal tree, after bathing in the river.
Varanasi, also Benares,or Kashi, is a city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. It is the holliest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism.
Varanasi is a melting pot where both death and life come together. It is one of the oldest cities in the world.
With these images I like to give you a little taste of this diverse and ancient city.
Varanasi, India 2013
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