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A Sobering Day in Varanasi


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We spent the better part of the day walking to the end of the ghats on the river and back again. It took about 3 hours to walk 2 kilometres because there was so much to experience. Sadly, saw some very seriously ill and deformed people, one of which was particularly hard for both of us. Plus the time spent at a burning ghat watching all the funerary processions meant for some very disturbing moments. The amazing thing about India though is that one minute you can feel horrible about what you see and the next minute you see something incredibly beautiful or comical. We try not to let it get to us; just accept it.

The evening was spent at the ritual Aarti ceremony on the riverside. This is a beautiful Hindu ceremony held daily. Quite a production.

Typical morning scene on the Ganges:
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Goat with a shirt....another goat had a sweater, but really I thought it was too warm for that....
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The Aarti ceremony:
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Posted by Flemings2 08:08

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