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Varanasi,India - October 25th

Images from October 25th

India continues to amaze. I have had the good fortune to travel and shoot quite a bit in incredible places. Vietnam, Africa, Israel, Cuba, Haiti, Morroco and others, but have never experienced anything quite like this. Spirituality is everywhere. It covers this city like a heavy blanket. The large majority of people, most,  are gentle, kind, and welcoming. I have felt very comfortable here and safe at all times. I have walked the streets alone and have never felt endangered, even with a large camera in my hand. I sort of stand out. Their good nature, I believe, is based in their religious beliefs. I have been to many temples here (ok maybe a few too many, yesterday had to ask my guide to stop) and the beauty of the people is like nothing in any place I've been to.

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This man is Sadhu, a "good" man, a holy man, dedicated to achieving liberation, the fourth and final stage of life. Sadhus, or renunciates,  have chosen to leave behind all material attachments. They live caves, forests, and temples all over India and Nepal.

This man is Sadhu, a "good" man, a holy man, dedicated to achieving liberation, the fourth and final stage of life. Sadhus, or renunciates,  have chosen to leave behind all material attachments. They live caves, forests, and temples all over India and Nepal.

Also a sadhu  

Also a sadhu

 

Coming to the Ganga Aarti,  it is very difficult not to shoot the priests performing the ritual. Once again again I took a great deal of pictures, but am showing only this one since I have posted them before. This time i tried to focus on the people who have come to see the "show". Some who live in Varanasi feel it is too much "show time", and they are probably right, but - many of the locals still attend. It is however a must for all tourists like me.

Coming to the Ganga Aarti,  it is very difficult not to shoot the priests performing the ritual. Once again again I took a great deal of pictures, but am showing only this one since I have posted them before. This time i tried to focus on the people who have come to see the "show". Some who live in Varanasi feel it is too much "show time", and they are probably right, but - many of the locals still attend. It is however a must for all tourists like me.

Monkeys can be found all over Varansi. Not quite as numerous as the cows and bulls in the streets, but easily found none the less.

Monkeys can be found all over Varansi. Not quite as numerous as the cows and bulls in the streets, but easily found none the less.

Stuart Zaro