Photographer's Note

Another view of the Ghats of Varanasi. It was early morning and the crowd had not yet built up. I had the chance to speak to a couple of European and American tourists who told me that they visit Varanasi in search of peace.

In the WORKSHOP I have posted a photograph of the Manikarnika Ghat where cremations take place. Considered as the holiest of the Ghats it is also one of the oldest. The Manikarnika Ghat is mentioned in a Gupta inscription of 5th century.

There are many Hindu mythological legends attached to Manikarnika. One of them goes as follows:

When Mata Sati (Goddess Parvati) sacrificed her life & set her body ablaze after King Daksh Prajapati (one of the sons of Lord Brahma) tried to humiliate Lord Shiva in a Yagya (ritual) practiced by Daksh, Lord Shiva took her burning body to the Himalaya. On seeing the unending sorrow of Lord Shiva, Vishnu sent his Divine chakra (wheel) to cut the body into 51 parts which fall on earth. At Manikarnika ghat, Mata Sati's Earrings had fallen.

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