Golden Hour – Morning on the Ghats of Varanasi

Golden Hour – Morning on the Ghats of Varanasi

“Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together”

___Mark Twain

Varanasi, in northern India, is the oldest living city in the world. In fact, according to Hindu tradition, this is where Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati stood at the beginning of time. Situated on the bank of the holy river Ganges, Varanasi is considered the spiritual capital if India. Every Hindu wants to make a pilgrimage here at least once in their lifetime. And to die here on the banks of the Ganges is an assurance of heavenly bliss and emancipation from the eternal cycle of birth and death.

“Enlightenment, and the death which comes before it, is the primary business of Varanasi.”

___Tahir Shah, Sorcerer’s Apprentice

As soon as the sun rises over the Ganges devotes begin to make their way to Varanasi’s famous ghats for their holy dip in the Ganges to receive forgiveness from sin and attainment of nirvana. To be on the Ganges at this golden hour and witness this spiritual ritual is an experience not soon forgotten.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. I always look forward to youR posts Ron. This one is particularly extraordinary. You need to submit it to Natl Geog traveler. It would also work for “why we travel” in the ny Times. Click on My Published Works on my blog header to see some of the photos there (including mine!). I feel certain this one would get published. Beautiful capture!

    1. Tina, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I’ll check it out.

    1. Thank you Maralee, I am happy you like it.

  2. The colors are amazing!

    1. Indeed they are, especially in the early morning. Thanks.

    1. Benares, Kashi, or Varanasi – a spellbinding city. Thank you.

  3. Gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to go to India, but it is so expensive and long to get there. I’m keeping space for it though.

    1. I hope you get the chance. Thanks for visiting.

  4. beautiful! like a natural canvas.

    1. Thanks you for such a lovely comment.

  5. It is like an painting from ancient times

    1. What a lovely thing to say. Thank you.

  6. Your photo just jumped out of my screen at me, Ron. Absolutely wonderful. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Sylvia. The lighting was perfect and an amazing place.

    1. Thank you Carol. The light was awesome that morning.

  7. Very beautiful photograph. Choice of place and moment is amazing too !

    1. Thank you for your kind comment and for visiting.

  8. Beautiful photo. I can relate to it for I have been there recently cruising along the ghats in a country boat.

  9. Gorgeous photo. I would love to see this one on the wall. The quotes and story behind the scene are appreciated too. Good job!

  10. Very very well said. I am here in Banaras right now and absolutely loving it.

    1. It’s like no other place. I am happy you have had the chance to experience Varanasi.

  11. Varanasi the city of lights is a perfect place to have a peace and relax from the daily hustle bustle of cities life.

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