Photographer's Note

Ganga Aarti (River Worship Ceremony)

According to Hindu creation myths, the gods and demons once fought a great battle for a kumbh (pitcher) containing the nectar of immortality. Vishnu (preserver of the universe) got hold of the container and spirited away, but in flight four drops split on the earth - at Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain..
Kumbh Mela (the Urn Festival - the biggest Hindu pilgrimage) occurs four times every twelve years and rotates between these four holy cities..(the next one is in 2007 at Nasik, then Haridwar in 2010)

Har ki Pairi Ghat (the footsteps of God) is where Vishnu dropped that 'nectar', and left a footprint behind. It is a very sacred spot and the place to wash away your sins.. Pilgrims bathe here in its often quick currents.. (unfortunately i didnt dare to take a dip but i put my feet in it at least! :)..)

the ghat sits on the western bank of the Ganges canal and every evening hundreds of worshippers gather for the 'ganga aarti'.. river comes alive with flickering flames as floating offerings are released to the Ganges..

the WS is more cinematic imo, but i prefer the pandits' (the priests) positions more here.. wasnt an easy shot, i was on the other side of the river, and was supposed to sit and watch with the crowd and not allowed to stand up (but i did,lol!).

PS. i didnt add a frame to this one, i guess the details are better without it.
Best.

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