Thursday, March 09, 2006
Varanasi, one of India's holy cities was shaken this week by a series of tragic bombings. This ancient city perched on the banks of the Ganges river, is home to the country's important Universities dedicated to the study of sanskrit. Its painted houses and narrow alleyways, its temples and burning 'ghats' for cremation rituals, make Varanasi a magical place. Every year thousands of sadhus -holy men- perigrinate to this city to prepare themselves for the afterlife. In the picture, a sadhu on his morning walk to the Ganges, to watch the majestic sunrise over the timeless river.