People come to die here, Magical Ganga River
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Met new friend today, Sonie from Korea. She went to Nepal with friends then they flew back home but she came here, India, alone. We stayed at the same hotel. She seemed not to speak to anyone but i tried to speak to her hahaha ... She said she wanted to go to Ganga but people said not safe to go there alone or at night. So i asked her to join coz Ale and I wanted to go around Ganga River by ourselves since i realised this morning that i lost Kailash Mobile number!!!! What a me!! I felt sorry to him coz i promised him that i would call. He's a nice person and don't cheat us. .. Bad me!
So three of us went there. There were many boats waiting for us to sail along Ganga only 50-100 rupis per round trip, One or two hours depends.
In the city of Shiva. It's locating between Varuna river and Assi river so the named of the city became Varanasi. Buit on the banks of the Ganga River where every Hindu comes to visit at least once in their life time :)
And Ganges river is as a river of salvation. It's a symbol of hope to past, present and future generations.
Some called The great Mother. Hindus believe that every stones are Shiva. Also belive that to die here will lead them to their spirituality and guarantee that they will be release from the birth and rebirth cycle.
Ganga river is also the place that Hindu pilgrims come to wash away their sins. Everyday we can see many people go down to the ghats to take a holy dip of the river, in the same time they discharge to the river also. They found that now it's heavily polluted. No dissolved oxygen exists. There has bacteria 100ml of water!!! Ahhh!! I don't know they know this truth or not but even they know it, they do it anyway. It's a belive. And I respect that.
This morning, we had to take a boat at 5.
Many hindus came to wash there and as the guidebook said .. this river is useful. They washed themselves, they washed their clothes, they washed the cattle and they drank!!! And also put the ashes of bodies that are burned into the river. While i was so stunning by the real pictures in front of me and how they do, one of our sailors drank the water in the river.
The last Ghat, (there has about hundred Ghats run along the river about 2-3 kms. It's a stone steps which lead down to the river as a center of religious.) was a Burning ghats, they burn bodies here. It's like what i saw in Nepal last time but to be more strict coz no one can take pictures. To be respect to the dead body. I respected to them but sorry, i did take it from far. Bodies are burned all day, all night. Maybe hundreds a day. A lot, isn't it??? They were wrapped in a white muslim cloth, in an own stack of wood. Each one took about 2 or 3 hours then the ashes would throw in the river.
Last night, we came here once to see the PUJA ceremony. In October, there has many festivals in India : Navratri (All over India), Durga Puja (Bengal), Dussehra (All over India) and Marwar Festival (In Jodhpur).
Then that night, we went to the Burning ghats. They don't allow us to take photos but some guys came to Ale coz they saw him hanged the camera. A small talked between them as i heard that they said "you can't take pictures but if you want, you have to pay." Ahhhhh!!! But he didn't. During the conversation, i was not comfortable so i walked out to be relax, not too far from that but ..... few minutes after I saw Ale came to me and was upset that i left him alone with those guys.
We walked back around 9 or 10pm after the ceremony finished. They said "Avoid going to Ganga at Night" but as we did. I felt safe. Sanchez who followed us from the beginning still was there and leaded us back to the guesthouse. Then i just knew that ... what he did for us, not for a friendship but for money. I was disappoited when i gave him some money but he said "Just only this??" ... I gave him 300 rupis but he asked for more??!!! Ahhhhh!!! Lovely boy!
p.s. i love the photos i took today!! :D