Pots tird to a Peeple tree

The pots called ghants are tied to this sacred Peeple tree in honour of the soul of the recently deceased. In the morning a little water is poured into the pot while in the evening both water and a small oil lamp is placed inside. This ritual lasts for ten days from the morning after the body is cremated. In the picture a man places a small oil lamp inside a pot in memory of his wife.

Photographs of Varanasi

Boats taking pilgrims back to Varanasi
Sadhu from Niranjani Akhara portrait
Sadhus decorated with garlands
Niranjani Akhara
A sadhu checks himself in the mirror
Prayers before the Devta
Candles by the Ganges Varanasi
Evening prayers
Ramayana reading Varanasi
South Indian pilgrims Varanasi
Dawn puja Varanasi
A pilgrim meditates Varanasi
Moni Baba Varanasi
Om Giri
Sadhu rinses a pot Varanasi
Pots tird to a Peeple tree
Prayag Ghat
Bathing ritual by the Ganges
Priest blesses a pilgrim with a tika
Bhart Pandey
Nepali Temple Varanasi
Morning aarti Varanasi
Pilgrims on Hanuman Ghat Varanasi
Prayers to the Goddess Ganga
Ashram puja Varanasi
Pilgrim sitting in a temple Varanasi
Burning pyres Varanasi
Bathing at sunrise
Milan Bharti
Early morning dip in the Ganga
Naga sadhus arrive in Varanasi from the Kumbh Mela
Ram Naresh Giri
Sunrise over the Ganges at Varanasi
Harishchandra Ghat Varanasi
Pilgrim Varanasi
Vaishnavite pilgrims Varanasi
Morning Puja Varanasi
Eternal flame Varanasi
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