Ganges, dawn, a luminous haze
over the water. The bathing ghats
are busy with the faithful. (But India 
is inconceivable without faith.)  
The robed bathers, raising river water 
to the sun, pouring it back 
to mother Ganges, are they worshipping 
the sun or the river? 
For them God is everywhere 
and everything.  Water, sun, 
the river and the twinkling lamps floating on it 
are part of one consciousness.
~ Paul Hansford

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This photo essay was put together by Rajib Mitra.

Rajib is a photographer and tour organizer in Varanasi and Kolkota, India.

Find out more about Rajib and his work ~
Instagram:
 @rajibmitra_

Featured image by Charl Folscher on Unsplash

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