BLISS IN KASHI & DAYBREAK IN KASHI ( two previous blogs you need to check out to get a sense of continuity) gave you a peep into the fascinating city of Varanasi,Uttar Pradesh,India.
As can be expected Sunrise follows Daybreak at Kashi, however these pictures were taken at another location ,the Assi Ghat or the northern extremity of numerous ghats that mark Varanasi.
Sunrise is considered extremely auspicious and many line up the banks of the revered river The Ganges and offer salutations to the Ganges and the Rising Sun.
It is only at the Assi Ghats that The ” Ganga Aarti” ( morning prayers to the ganges) is held daily in the morning following by a live music performance.
It was really early at 0430 hours on this winter morning when I forced myself out of bed to take a boat ride so as to reach the venue by 0530 when the Ganga Aarti at Assi Ghat commences.
In the process of attempting to reach in time I had to change boats in the midst of the river.
Well it was my undoing or my blessing ( depends on how you see it) that I landed between the boats into the River along with my camera, which was strung on my shoulder, while I was attempting to switch boats mid river .( remember the proverb?)
A dip into the Ganges is considered Holy and supposed to wipe out all the Sins of the Past. The morning hours are considered especially auspicious and are thus called ” Brahma Mahurat” ( the time of the Supreme Creator) .
Must have been the result of good “Karma”as you see these Enchanting Pictures of the Sunrise taken after my involuntary dip ( or plunge) , verifying that both the camera and cameraman are intact.