Making Offerings on the Ganges at Sunrise
Category: Sense of Place
Photo and caption by Richard Christiani
Women launching offerings on the Ganges at sunrise. Garlands of flowers and floating candles are given as offerings to Ganga at sunrise and sunset, who is revered as a living goddess of the most holy river in India. The lamps are thought to acquire the power of the deity. After the ritual is complete, devotees will cup their hands over the flame and raise their palms to their forehead in order to get the Goddess's purification and blessing.
Location: Ganges River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2011
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