In November 2014, we visited the ancient city of Varanasi in the northern India state of Uttar Pradesh. We went out in a rowboat on the Ganges River early one morning to experience the sunrise, as Hindu pilgrims have done for centuries. We gazed east, while just to our west, the never-ending funeral pyres burned on the shore. The photo contrasts the texture of the worn paint on the boat with the smooth rippled surface of the water. The solid darkness of the water is broken by striations of sunlight reflected on the ripples created by the oar.
The Ganges at Sunrise
This photo was taken on November 19, 2014. Specs are:
This photo was taken on the Ganges River in Varanasi, India, around 8 AM. We were on a rowboat like the ones shown and took the photo into the sunrise, which was opposite the funeral burning ghats on the shore behind us. The Ganges is magical at any hour, but sunrise is one of our favorite times.
Rowing on the Ganges at Dawn
This photo was taken on November 18, 2014. Specs are:
In November 2014, we visited the city of Varanasi (formerly Benares or Kashi) on the banks of the Ganges River in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Pilgrims to Varanasi descend ghats (steps) to perform their ritual baths in the Ganges. Pictured here is Kedar Ghat.
This photo was taken just after sunrise on November 19, 2014. Stats are:
At sunrise on the Ganges, it is easy to feel the solitude: one boat, one man, one bird, illuminated by the one sun.
Facing the sun, whether in a boat, or bathing in the river, or standing on the ghats at the shoreline to offer flowers or candles to Ganga, each devout Hindu makes a personal and private connection with the goddess of the holy river Ganges.