This Photographer Captures The Colours Of Varanasi

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Aditi Mukherjee

Varanasi is the land of mystique and wonders. The city is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga, making the town a profoundly religious place. Varanasi is beautiful, in all its old world charm. Whether you visit for pilgrimage, to explore spirituality or just to eat the delicious food, the city has a peculiar way of making a connection with everyone.

Varanasi is an important city due to river Ganga, that is of tremendous religious importance to the Hindus in India.

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At 7pm, Dashashwamedh Ghat is probably the liveliest, most crowded part of Varanasi as locals and tourists gather to watch Ganga aarti that lasts for about an hour.

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Chanting, bells ringing, and fire and dance make the aarti a unique, choreographed event that evokes euphoria.

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Many sellers gather at the ghat and offer flowers and Hindu worship offerings for a price.

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All the ghats.

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Boats are a common way to travel in this city. There are ferries throughout the day taking people back and forth from one side of the river to another.

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Interestingly, all the ghats in Varanasi are on one side of river Ganga. The other side has open fields and forts.

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Saints and sadhus are a common sight in Varanasi, all paying homage to the holy river.

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Munshi Ghat was built in 1812 and named after Sridhar Narayana Munshi, a finance minister at the time.

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Many believe that if a person dies in Varanasi they will be forgiven by Lord Shiva, for all the sins they commit during their lifetime.

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It is believed that bathing in the river at Dashashwamedh Ghat washes off all past sins. So, people come in hoards to take a dip in the holy river all throughout the year.

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Varanasi is also filled with death pilgrims who come to heave their last breath in the city. Sometimes they wait for years.

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The ghats are always busy with prayer meetings, especially for the dead. It is holy to have a puja organised in the name of the person who died.

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Life in Varanasi is quite laidback. Shops open when it’s almost midday and shut by seven in the evening. A far cry from India’s cosmopolitan cities.

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Varanasi’s bylanes are filled with old shops and roadside sellers. The holy city attracts lots of tourists.

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Narrow lanes are a typical sight in Varanasi and something that makes the city unique. It’s fascinating to see old, dilapidated buildings while walking.

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Varanasi’s narrow stone streets have made sure life in the city stays the same like it was before, without cars or traffic.

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Varanasi sells sweets on roadsides and people start their daily dessert consumption from breakfast. Jalebi is a popular food item had in the morning.

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Streets of Varanasi are crowded and lively mainly because of the endless eating shops and their freshly made delectables.

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In Varanasi it almost feels like time has stopped, or has no effect on the burg.

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Shops are ancestral hand-me-downs in Varanasi, with one generation after another sitting in the same shop selling the same things.

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Hot flavoured milk is another popular street food in Varanasi and Pahalwan Lassi Bhandra is one of the best shops in the city to taste it.

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