Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Location: Varanasi, India.  November 2012.

The Ganga Aarti ceremony in Varanasi is held every evening at sun down.  Hundreds of people – devotees from all over India and curious tourists from around the world – crowd the steps down to the River Ganges to experience the river worship rituals.

Creating a very welcoming atmosphere, students of the Vedas and Upanishads perform the ceremony, using incense, burning lamps and flowers.  Many of the Indian worshippers had shaved heads – which is part of the cleansing rituals that take place before a visit to Varanasi, one of India’s holiest cities.

The bright colours and movement means it is a wonderful event to attend and photograph.  

Grouping photos in threes to tell a story is a fantastic technique that I will use as a touchstone in future.  See more of this challenge here.

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