From Banaras to Varanasi

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Ganga Aarti at Dashaswamedha ghaat

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Day begins at Assi Ghaat at 5 am

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Day begins at Assi Ghaat at 5 am

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Sunrise over Ganga

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

View of railway bridge from "bajra" boat

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Railway bridge at sunrise

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Last rites for the departed at Manikaran ghaat

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Snake charmer along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Something for photographers along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Ascetic at Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Ascetic at Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Last rite for the departed along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

One of several idols along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Morning rituals along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Tea time for an ascetic along the Ghaats of Varanasi

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Ganga idol at Dashaswamedha ghaat before Aarti

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Aarti time at Dashaswamedha ghaat

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Aarti time at Dashaswamedha ghaat

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Ganga Aarti at Dashaswamedha ghaat

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Ganga Aarti at Dashaswamedha ghaat

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

Perpetual filth the downside of Varanasi city

Photo of From Banaras to Varanasi by Rajendra Makharia

After a gap of almost half a century I had opportunity of visiting Varanasi, then called Kashi or Banaras, at the behest of photographic convention of FIP just last week. Varanasi hadn’t changed a bit since my childhood days, excepting it is far more crowded, a lot more dirty, denser in traffic and not to mention a manifold costlier. Of course the modern day bug also has bitten Varanasi as can be gauged from the number of eating places, Domino Pizzas outlets, malls, cinema houses, et al. But one thing hasn’t changed over the five decades and that is the serenity and tranquility and charm of the Ghats. They are as resplendent as they were then. The morning pre-dawn bathers, the Pundits performing pooja and the boats plying in the placid Ganga brought back memories of yore. I append below visuals in form of pictures of the life along the ghats of Ganga during my walk from Assi Ghat to Dashaswmedh Ghat.

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