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A sa­cred In­dian rit­ual, and more of your images from around the world

Ev­ery evening thou­sands of peo­ple as­sem­ble at Dashash­wamedh Ghat, the wide river­front steps in Varanasi, to view the Hindu rit­ual of aarti. Priests in tra­di­tional In­dian clothes hold oil lamps and move in time to mu­sic. Hun­dreds of pil­grims, pho­tog­ra­phers and tourists rent boats to watch the show, and ev­ery inch of the ghat is oc­cu­pied, with peo­ple even stand­ing on nearby rooftops. It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence and a vis­ually beau­ti­ful cer­e­mony. I wanted to take a pic­ture so I could re­live it again and again. For me, there is no bet­ter place to cel­e­brate my life than with the mul­ti­tude of peo­ple, of all colours and cul­tures, at the aarti cer­e­mony.

Aarti is a Hindu cer­e­mony of light, in which wicks are lit and waved around the deities in thanks­giv­ing

Niru­pam Dutta spent four days in Varanasi with a friend

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