Sunday, December 13, 2015


Bathing ghats are a big attraction in this
 ancient city of pilgrimage. People flock here in large numbers every day to bathe early in the am, and worship in the temples built beside the river bank.  We got up early and hired a large row boat to float down the Ganga at sunrise and watch this tradition of offering puja to the rising sun.  It is bustling early with the faithful  and people have their favorite ghats. Men usually strip down to white wraps, but  most women go in fully clothed. One must submerse totally and over and over to do it correctly.

There are also groups of a certain caste doing laundry in the river and laying the sheets and towels out on the cement banks of the river  to dry. This has been going on for hundreds of years, and surprisngly the items come out very clean.
 We sat and watched a school of young boys learning "sankrit". These boys are picked by their families to become Hindu Priests. We docked here and walked up to the steps of their school to watch their instruction. Then we walked all over the alleys and little winding areas above the ghats.  This was not the  tourist spots, but where locals shop and take care of business when in Varanasi. I bought a very cool camel bone necklace of "skulls" from a vendor whose family makes all his products.  He explained to me it was a "tantric" necklace used to protect the good from the evil forces always trying to take guess I am good to go now!

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