People come to die here, Magical Ganga River

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I love this shot!

Megical Ganga

 

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.

:) Our boat!
We didn't take that service coz will come again tomorrow to see sunrise anyway. Then one boy said Hello to me, he thought i came from Japan, again! Haha we talked a little bit then that boy followed us and told us about Ganges River. Sanchez is his name.

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.

Another shot i love. Ahh, you have to say thanks to me Aleksflower!! Haha :)
The most desirable thing for Hindus. That's why they said "people come to die here".  But remember that Raj told me that not every bodies can burn. Bodies of Children, pregnant women, lepers and holy men are not permitted to be burned but they are throwed directly to the Ganga.  

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.

30am. Ale and I were afraid that we couldn't wake up so we don't sleep. When the time comes, we were so sleepy... but when we were there, the beautiful nature was waking us up automatically. We sailed along the river with Sonie and two sailors. It was one of amazing moments that i've ever had. Really, wonderful, gorgeous, awesome, beauuuutifull!!! Even the pictures i took seemed to be nice but with our own eyes it meant to be a lot more!! :)

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.

It's nice to see them even felt a little bit bad to take photos of their privacy but ... i did took it .. anyway
I can't say anything .. I respect what they believed.

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).

Puja ..
  Navratri, the longest hindu festival which continues for 9 nights in praise of Lord Rama with performance from the episodes of his life. Very beautiful!! Some places around Bengal called Durga Puja. Believed that Durga, the goddess of power and vitality, has nine forms called Navadurga. Take a new forms each 9 days.

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.

Me ... among the candles :D:D
Ahhh ... I was really sorry for that. I didn't mean to leave him there but just need fresh air coz can't smell the burning. But then i understood/realized that when we were two people and were in a scary place among the local men who we don't know if we could trust, we shouldn't leave one of us alone. So ... i am sorry again to leave you there.

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

claend says:
Great entrance!! Ben 4 times to India but only once to Varanasi. What a fascinating country :)
Posted on: Dec 08, 2015
chris-in-sf says:
wow looks like an amazing experience! great shots too.
Posted on: Nov 26, 2007
lauro says:
but i will not come here to die :P would you also give me 300 rupis if i follow you guys? hahahaha
Posted on: Nov 17, 2007
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I love this shot!
I love this shot!
:) Our boat!
:) Our boat!
Another shot i love. Ahh, you have…
Another shot i love. Ahh, you hav…
Its nice to see them even felt a …
It's nice to see them even felt a…
Puja ..
Puja ..
Me ... among the candles :D:D
Me ... among the candles :D:D
Long tails boat, waiting for peopl…
Long tails boat, waiting for peop…
Aleks!
Aleks!
New
New
The left one is Sanchez who seemed…
The left one is Sanchez who seeme…
Sonie and Sanchez
Sonie and Sanchez
Ganga river
Ganga river
Lonely Baba
Lonely Baba
Sunrise at Ganga River
Sunrise at Ganga River
I like this one, they came when i …
I like this one, they came when i…
Its in the morning but i changed …
It's in the morning but i changed…
:)
:)
The sellors sailing
The sellor's sailing
Many tourists came
Many tourists came
:)
:)
Another shot of sunrise
Another shot of sunrise
Sonie
Sonie
Sonie and I, i tried to take pictu…
Sonie and I, i tried to take pict…
:D:D:D I shot myself, again haha
:D:D:D I shot myself, again haha
:)
:)
Hes coming, the sun!!
He's coming, the sun!!
:)
:)
They light the candles after 6.30pm
They light the candles after 6.30pm
wonderfullll
wonderfullll
Nice one :)
Nice one :)
Nice!
Nice!
Busy in the morning
Busy in the morning
My feet is pretty than my face hah…
My feet is pretty than my face ha…
Ale in the blue sky
Ale in the blue sky
:D
:D
Ale ...
Ale ...
Ale ... again
Ale ... again
hehe
hehe
Hindus came to wash
Hindus came to wash
Another Ghat.
Another Ghat.
Our sailor
Our sailor
In the morning
In the morning
Ganga
Ganga
Our sailor
Our sailor
at first i thought its for free, …
at first i thought it's for free,…
Our sailor
Our sailor
Two sailors but he always let anot…
Two sailors but he always let ano…
I like this one coz i am too funny…
I like this one coz i am too funn…
:)
:)
I love that sky!
I love that sky!
Along Ganga River
Along Ganga River
and Ganga
and Ganga
Good morning Indian :)
Good morning Indian :)
:)
:)
Before the beginning of the ceremo…
Before the beginning of the cerem…
Beautiful .. moment
Beautiful .. moment
Holy man at Puja ceremony :)
Holy man at Puja ceremony :)
Behind the scene
Behind the scene
watching the ceremony
watching the ceremony
I love his tummy!
I love his tummy!
Hindus came to greet
Hindus came to greet
Sonie was bored to wait for us tak…
Sonie was bored to wait for us ta…
Love the name of this franchise!
Love the name of this franchise!
Everynight, like this.
Everynight, like this.
Wahooo. Finished.
Wahooo. Finished.
Candles for shiva
Candles for shiva
Back to the guesthouse
Back to the guesthouse
A house
A house
:)
:)
Ganga in the morning
Ganga in the morning
Its incline
It's incline
Really love the sky!
Really love the sky!
Another Ghats
Another Ghats
Baba!
Baba!
Ganga, another part.
Ganga, another part.
At Ganga River
At Ganga River
With Sonie
With Sonie
Love this shot
Love this shot
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