Ganga Kinare at Har-Ki-Pauri

The holiest places for the Hindus have mostly been along the river Ganga and none holier than Haridwar – Hari Ka Dwar or  where the river emerges from the Himalayas, descending through white waters and starts its journey to the plains.

20130613-DSC_0086

20130613-DSC_0099

Har-ki-PauriThe Footstep of God, is where Vishnu is said to have dropped some divine nectar and left behind a footprint.

20130613-DSC_0110

The best times to visit the ghat are early morning or just before dusk. pilgrims arrive here in droves to bathe in the fast-flowing Ganges

20130613-DSC_0185

20130613-DSC_0186

Every evening the river comes alive with flickering flames as floating offerings are released onto the Ganges. Hundreds of worshippers gather for the ganga aarti (river worship ceremony).

20130613-DSC_0114

20130613-DSC_0190

As the sun sets, the bells ring out a rhythm,  torches are lit, and leaf baskets with flower petals inside and a candle on top are lit and placed on the river to drift away downstream.

20130613-DSC_0126

20130613-DSC_0152-2

Tourists can mingle with the crowd to experience the rituals of an ancient religion that still retains its power in the modern age.
Someone may claim to be a priest and help you with your puja before asking for your shraddha or more. If you want to make a donation, it’s best to give to a uniformed collector.

20130613-DSC_0134
.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s