14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Ganga Aarti

This photo was taken during the nightly Ganga Aarti that takes place in Varanasi every night. The electricity in the air during this ceremony blessing the river is powerful, but the practitioners seen here are calm and methodical. I wanted to capture their peace instead of the craziness.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2016
Date Uploaded: 10.2016
Photo Location: Varanasi, India
Camera: NIKON D40X
Copyright: © Saam Batmanghelidj