jeudi 24 décembre 2009

Mornig puja. Varanasi

A woman is dressing after the holy bath , while a priest is doing the morning puja dedicated to Ganga.

mercredi 25 novembre 2009

Corolla. Varanasi

Water lily or lotus flowers?

vendredi 13 novembre 2009

Offerings. Varanasi

Flowers offered to the Ganga during the pujas. So many pilgrims here that everyday the offerings grow and grow on the banks.
Some people recuperate them to sell again..but you can find also plastic bags, aluminium cups...

vendredi 6 novembre 2009

Motherhood. Varanasi

No distinction on the ghats, rich as well as poor people come here for the Ganga pujas, or to find some opportunity.

mardi 3 novembre 2009

Ganga bank scene. Varanasi

Boatmen and pilgrims have to share the Ganga ghat; the first ones are not always very kind with the seconds...

mercredi 21 octobre 2009

Shaving ceremony. Varanasi

Just before he holy bath, purification and hair offering ; three boys in this family, one is waiting his turn.

Sweeping. Varanasi

jeudi 15 octobre 2009

Bath. Varanasi

Holy bath in ganga before the shaving. shaving the hair is an offering to god and a purification.

mardi 13 octobre 2009

samedi 10 octobre 2009

Running out of Ganga. Varanasi

the boy does not seem to appreciate the holy bath in Ganga!!!

The seller and the Vespa. Varanasi

When you leave the ghat area, you find another world.

mercredi 23 septembre 2009

Searching their way; Varanasi

Walking in Ganga is a little bit dangerous; frequently women help themselves while going to the holy bath place.

jeudi 17 septembre 2009

Street scene. Varanasi

being connected with gods does not prevent to be interested by the daily news...

vendredi 4 septembre 2009

Holy bath. Varanasi

I must say that the young boy did not appreciate the bath as a holy one...mostly as a very cold one with the water coming in both mouth and nose!

dimanche 12 juillet 2009

mardi 7 juillet 2009

Mornig puja. Varanasi

A brahmane doing a morning puja in the Ganga. The rope is for a boat, I found that it added to the composition.

samedi 4 juillet 2009

The dog devotee. Varanasi

In India, the dog is a badly considered animal, in opposition with many others who have their god: Hanuman, Ganesh...
This one was trying to find something eatable among the offerings.

mercredi 1 juillet 2009

Ganga mud. Varanasi

Holding the wire for security, she just took some mud in the Ganga to make a god figure, one of the puja ritual.

lundi 29 juin 2009

Praying Ganesh. Varanasi

Puja for Ganesh; this is the basic posture when you pray the elephant god.

lundi 22 juin 2009

dimanche 21 juin 2009

On the way to Manikarnika ghat. Varanasi

..were the body will be burned, no ladys allowed; behind, a pan seller

vendredi 5 juin 2009

Gipsy musicians. Varanasi

For a wedding on the ghat, gipsy musicians are playing drums.

jeudi 4 juin 2009

Reading the mantras. Varanasi

The old lady. Varanasi

The day after holi, you can see the splashing color on the shop wall behind the old lady head.

mercredi 3 juin 2009

Silhouette. Varanasi

Near a temple in a back street, not so far from Manikarnika ghat, the cremation one.

vendredi 22 mai 2009

The crossing I. Varanasi

For holi every area burn a tree like here in this crossing, we are one day later, the tree is still consuming , the sidewalkers don't care anymore about it.

jeudi 21 mai 2009

Death of a young monkey. Varanasi

Probably killed by a car in a Varanasi street, the body is decorated with flowers, according to the veneration indian have for Hanuman, the monkey god.

mercredi 20 mai 2009

Holy songs. Varanasi

During these holy days, I feeled like a war reporter, great danger! From anywhere can come the fatal colored water and even I did not fear for myself, my 5D tried to make himself the smallest he could...

samedi 16 mai 2009

Mood gods. Varanasi

During the puja some people made some gods representations on the ghat, using the mud of the Ganga;. Most of the time it is lingams, symbols of Shiva.