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Benaras, Banaras, Kashi or Varanasi is one of the most iconic & sacred places of India. Unlike most other holy India cities, Varanasi is a unique package for spirituality and devotion. Since its inception it is rightly called as the 'Religious Capital of Hinduism'. Written records as contained in the Mahabharata and other ancient epics mention its existence at least 3000 years old. Varanasi is most famous for its sacred ghats along the River Ganga. The ghats are the steps leading to the to the river, built by kings, businessmen after whom they have been named. Starting from chanting at these ghats early in the morning, before sunrise, thousands of people and sadhus are seen performing the ritual of surya namaskar on these ghats. It is believed that people are cleansed mentally, physically and spiritually at these ghats. There are more than 100 ghats along side the Ganga river in Varanasi. The ghats also function as a place of bathing and ceremonial cleansing.

Varanasi is a photographers’ paradise…With my limited capabilities in this field, Varanasi presented an unique opportunity for me to learn this art. My quest was to see & show this oft photographed city slightly differently…yet keeping the basic soul of this place intact.

I took this photograph in one of the ghats, as I look down and the bright Red sari stretched across the stairs for drying caught my immediate attention. Tried to take the shot using the sari as the focal point, steps of the ghats (& the boats) as a linear perspective, and the piece of daily life as the boatman can be seen washing clothes, bathing or simply idling along the ghat.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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