12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Ganga aarti (worship of the holy river Ganga/Ganges) in Varanasi

Varanasi is a holy town of Hindus by the side of river Ganga. A group of priests daily in the evening at the Dashashwamedh Ghat , the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganges River perform "Agni Pooja" (Worship to Fire) wherein a dedication is made to Lord Shiva, River Ganga (the Ganges), Surya (Sun), Agni (Fire), and the whole universe.

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Date Taken: 11.2013
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: India
Camera: NIKON D7000
Copyright: © Asim Bhattacharya