The Glory of Varanasi

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© David Lazar
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UploadedMarch 12, 2008
TakenJanuary 15, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D70s
Exposure1/500 sec at f/11
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Focal Length18 mm
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The first time I went to Varanasi, India, my camera was stolen during the night on the train from Mumbai to Varanasi. So, when I returned there early this year, I was pleased to be armed with a camera for the first time.

I was told there was to be a 'shower festival' this day - and I made sure I was up early to hire a boat to drift along the Ganges river and witness it. Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges causes forgiveness of sin and helps attain salvation. Pilgrims also travel from far and wide to Varanasi to immerse the ashes of their loved ones into India's holiest river, sending the departed soul to heaven.

22 responses

  • Adrian Rodriguez

    Adrian Rodriguez gave props (11 Mar 2008):

    Awesome Capture...............You have My Vote

  • Fabian Foo

    Fabian Foo said (12 Mar 2008):

    You're India photos have been inspiring me greatly. I'm heading there in a month - can't wait!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (12 Mar 2008):

    Wow, really awesome!

  • Deb Livingston

    Deb Livingston gave props (13 Mar 2008):

    Unbelievable! So glad you had a camera this time!

  • n

    n gave props (15 Mar 2008):

    Fantastic.. your persistence paid off! I love it.

  • Teresa Nabais

    Teresa Nabais said (18 Mar 2008):

    I LOVE this photo! I LOVE this city!

  • Elizabeth Sohnle

    Elizabeth Sohnle said (21 Mar 2008):

    I agree I would like to see this in a larger format. There are multiple stories in this captured moment of life, that I would love to explore .The artist in you shines through. Wonderful.

  • Michael Fancher

    Michael Fancher gave props (27 Mar 2008):

    Very good capture!!! You got my vote!!!

  • Trey Hill

    Trey Hill (Deleted) said (2 Apr 2008):

    david, i'm sorry i've only just come across this image. i'm with Mrs. T... i want to experience all the details.

  • Heather Corkhill

    Heather Corkhill gave props (24 Apr 2008):

    awesome - great choice for "faith" theme - well done!

  • Lisa Loaiza-Sanchez

    Lisa Loaiza-Sanchez gave props (18 May 2008):

    This is amazing!

  • Cosmin

    Cosmin said (30 May 2008):

    Hey man! Just dropped by to congratulate you on getting published - well done! ;)

  • Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    Great work.

  • Lina Palmerin

    Lina Palmerin said (22 Jul 2008):

    i love all of the colors!

  • Ken Maurer

    Ken Maurer said (22 Aug 2008):

    The gateway to heaven, wow, humanity. Would this be one of the more frequently photographed sites of the Ganges? Wonderful work you have. Thanks for sharing.

  • Romain Chassagne

    Romain Chassagne said (4 Sep 2008):

    wow wonderfull

  • Donna Tine

    Donna Tine said (18 Nov 2008):

    great planning on your part to capture an amazing image - it really does tell a story and I too wish I could see this as a huge print and enjoy all the details.

  • Kendra KirÅ¡onis

    Kendra Kiršonis said (29 Apr 2009):

    Great place, great shot!

  • jullien david

    jullien david said (12 Jun 2009):


  • Shaina DeCiryan

    Shaina DeCiryan said (9 Sep 2009):

    even as a small image viewed on a computer screen, this looks amazing.. you've captured the atmosphere so beautifully.

  • charu ram

    charu ram gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    very interesting perspective on what could be a chaotic scene.

  • lowison

    lowison said (26 Sep 2011):

    Incredible shot,

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