Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On the Other Side of the Ganges - Shivaratri Festival, Varanasi 12/2/10

Shivaratri Festival is a day when Hindus gather in temples to do puja, play in the streets, bathe in the Ganges, drink bong lassis and get slanty-eyed with high pleasure. Sashwa and I watched people party into the evening in honor of Shiva, under bright lights and shooting m-80s from the darkness. A  poor elephant was decked out for the celebration and going deaf in the chaos.

We participated in Shivaratri by being guided around via auto-rickshaw through muddy streets out into the countryside. We ate street food across from the Durga Temple and next to the Queen's bath, then visited the soft souls living on the other side of the tracks, the other side of the Ganges River outside of crazy Varanasi city.

Decorating the Nepalese Temple in Varanasi




Partaking in street food across from the Durga Temple and next to the Queen's Bath on the other side of the Ganges River
Temple Boys
Bombarded in the village

Trying to please the kids with a swinging boat ride


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