The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” said Marcel Proust. Anyone who has been to Varnasi will tell you about life in small lanes where you can barely stand with men, cows, dogs, bikes, autos jostling with each other for space. While Ganga forms the face of Varanasi, this is where the real town lives and breathes. So, here is a Varanasi Photo feature – showcasing vignettes in the gullies and ghats of Varanasi
Day 6: Varanasi. It was an early start today that fortunately involved a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges (worth it). It was absolutely stunning slowly watching the city of Varanasi wake up, and watching people come out and wash and swim in the river - a hive of movent. I think this will be the only time I will ever be greatful for air pollution, as the dustiness of the sky meant that the orangey-pinkish hues of the sun were dimmed, and could be clearly seen and appreciated. A few rickshaw riders kinda misunderstood us (I say kinda because they knew they were taking us for a ride (literally and figuratively) just for the money) and took us to 4 of the more modern temples in Varanasi before heading to the monkey temple. I have to say none of the 5 temples we visited were overly impressive, but learning more about the different religions and how people put aside their different views in day to day life will forever be interesting. After walking around the city, a guy kind of ended up leading us to the golden temple (this seems to happen alot to us but it's difficult to ditch people when they know the area more than you do), which again didn't quite live up to the grandeur of the name as there was only only section with a golden roof - however it was still beautiful and was an experience I will never forget. Finally we walked along the river bank until we reached the lowest Ghat, Assi Ghat. Here we watched the river blessing ceremony with bells ringing to catch the attention of the gods. While walking home, we came across a much smaller ceremony that felt more intimate and special and we were able to properly see what was going on! We were also able to take part by taking orange and red flower petals and tossing them into the river - this led to the Ganges river bank looking a little like a field of flowers.
@Regran_ed from @banarasiya - ֹ
We all are lonely voyagers in this world trying to sail our ship through different kind of flows of water, some are tedious and some are swift but somehow we all are trying to stick to our ship in the hope that at some stage of life we'll reach safely to the bank.
We know that the wind plays an important part while sailing, we need to choose the right direction of the wind. A sensible sailor chooses the wind that takes the ship to a safe port. But once you're abroad, as you have seen, winds have a mind of their own. Be careful, careful of the wind you choose.
In any case, if the wind which was showing you the direction leaves you.. I know you'll lose the direction, you'll feel that you have no clue about sailing your ship but try to calm your mind down, take a deep breath and you'll find a lantern in the sky. Look at it, its movement.. you'll see that it's approaching you, believe on that, follow that lantern and soon there will be the whole sky full of light. Follow their direction, take charge of the ship and remember, the tides do not command the ship.. The sailor does. -
Voyagers/sailors - we
ship - life
water - circumstances
flow - ups-down
wind - people/companion
lantern - wisdom
Repost from @iembb sir. Do have a look at his awesome gallery.
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