On Holy Water – a Photoessay

On Holy Water – a Photoessay

Boats on the Ganges, Varanasai

For the 80% of Indians who are Hindu, the River Ganges is considered sacred, her water holy. In the ancient city of Varanasi, the ghats that form the river’s edge teem with pilgrims and devotees who come for a ritual dip in the Ganges in this holiest of cities. The scene is spiritual and, at the same time festive. The streets and ghats are chaotic. The sounds and smells overwhelm the senses. Yet, in spite of the masses of people, there are moments of solitude, aloneness.

Boats on the Ganges, Varanasai

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Boats on the Ganges, Varanasai

There are many boats plying the waters flowing past Varanasi, ferrying pilgrims from here to there. These beautiful wooden vessels, many ancient in their own right, allow their passengers a unique vantage point. While immersed in the spiritualness of the moment, they are temporarily separated from the chaos along the ghats.

Boats on the Ganges, Varanasai

Boats on the Ganges, Varanasai

Boats on the Ganges, Varanasai

I find those separated, yet included moments, very beautiful. In Indian mythology, boats are the vehicle that take you on the river between the earth and the other world. A perfect metaphor, I think.

Boats on the Ganges, Varanasai

Boats on the Ganges, Varanasai

And the boats. They are a work of art themselves. The crafts are built from timbers hand hewn on the banks of the Ganges, as they have been for centuries. In many ways, time does stand still along the river.

Boats on the Ganges, Varanasai

Boats on the Ganges, Varanasai

 

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Absolutely gorgeous images. I envy you possession of these and your ability to be able to visualise the shot.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  2. Beautiful images Ron, perfectly presented in B&W.

  3. Powerful in black and white, Ron! Much love to Lynne πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Jo. Lynne says hello. πŸ™‚

      1. And in person, too! Thanks, Ron πŸ™‚

  4. I so enjoy the way you have captured the feel of the moment. It makes me miss India.The photos look good in B+W.

    1. I am pleased you enjoyed the post. I miss India too. Thanks for commenting. πŸ™‚

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