Friday, March 20, 2009
Ganges Morning Ceremony
We got a wake-up call at 4:45 this morning and left at 5:15. This after getting up the last two mornings very early in the morning. Other days it was to escape the heat of the day for which we were thankful!! But this morning it was so we could be on the Ganges for the sunrise ceremony. People come to the Ganges to bathe both physically and as a religious act. They also wash clothes in the Ganges using clay as soap (?) but the clay absorbs the dirt. There are people Bhobi (maybe) that are hired by people to wash their clothes. They dip them in the water and slap them against the rocks. I got good pictures. Also got some good pictures of the sunrise as well. Also other pictures of various ceremonies an people. Very interesting. And again this goes on every morning. Not sure what happens during the monsoon when the river rises about 50 feet!