Thursday, March 09, 2006

Pilgrim

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.

2 comments:

adi said...

hi richard,
that is not sadu...
that is a sadhu- holy man
and varanasi, the eternal city- is crying today...
pls. wish for her
adi

adi said...

u pronounce the extra 'dh' as in 'adhere'...
and no, varanasi is not crying, i was wrong, varanasi is too old to cry...
it just moves on...just the morning after at the blast site(which was one of the more famous temples) people were there at the morning prayers...
death died at varanasi a long time ago...