1 Like

Varanasi Fire Puja (Dashashwamedh Ghat) No.1
India
After having adjusted to the culture shock of Kathmandu in Nepal, the old city of Varanasi was on another level entirely. Complete sensory overload, with the activity and sheer number of people on the streets. Having a guide to show us through the city to the river was a welcome blessing. Here, the nightly fire puja, a ceremonial dedication to the River Ganges, Sun, Lord Shiva, Fire and the whole universe, was being performed by the local young brahmin preists. Lots of incense smoke, loud clanging bells and chanting all add to the tone of an enchanting, time honoured tradition.
Copyright: Justin Imhoff
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8500x4250
Taken: 04/08/2007
Uploadet: 04/09/2008
Opdateret: 28/02/2015
Visninger:

...


Tags: hotel; landmark; life; people; river; shop; street; temple
comments powered by Disqus

More About Asia

Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.Text by Steve Smith.