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13 September 2005 @ 09:43 am
River of belief  
From high up in the skies as we travel from Delhi to Varanasi, we can see the vast green plains of Northern India and through it several windings streams which finally join the greatest river in India - the Ganga (or the Ganges). The river runs for hundreds of kilometers through the heart of the hindi-speaking land and it's so important for them that they made it a God. All along the Ganga, there are sacred sites revered by the Hindus and the holiest place of them all is Varanasi (aka Kashi and Baneras). Varanasi is ancient, some say it's the oldest living city in the world and some believe that it's the gateway to heaven.

Just a few kilometers north of Varanasi is Sarnath - the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon after his enlightment. Sarnath has temples built by the Japanese, Burmese, Thais, Lankans, Tibeteans and all other Buddhist nations. Sarnath is peaceful and quiet just like the many buddha statues there.

Early morning at the Ganges


The ghats on the banks of Varanasi

A sadhu

A typical Varanasi street - narrow and steep.

Cows like this one are everywhere in Varanasi

Ruins at Sarnath

A stupa at Sarnath

Entrance to a Japanese temple, Sarnath

Inside the Japanese temple, Sarnath

Main temple at Sarnath

Inside a temple, Sarnath

Inside a temple, Sarnath

shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on September 13th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
WooooW!!! Awesome.. Loved the sadhu pic, entrance at saranath and the early morning picture... amazing work..
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on September 13th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
I think the first one, the boat, the sadhu and the narrow street photos were my favorites, but they are all just gorgeous.
Praveenpraveenk on September 13th, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
Ooooohhh..Lovely..gives a great feel of the place.
Suraj Kumarsunson on September 13th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
Entrance to a Japanese Temple... What beautiful clouds! nice pics.
astra1111 on September 13th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
awesome pics specially the first one.... real good
Anuazooey on September 13th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures! Think you wanna make a crossover?
Yathinyathin on September 13th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
> Think you wanna make a crossover?

Nopes. I'll stick to birds and animals. :)
Premshree Pillaipremshree on September 13th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
First pic - awesome! What's you Flickr ID, btw?
adarsh_bhatadarsh_bhat on September 13th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
Wonder how the goat got on to the roof. (steep narrow varansi street)
Vineethfus on September 13th, 2005 02:27 am (UTC)
lovely yathin.
you truly outdo yourself.

this makes me want to make our plans concrete.
maxaudmaxaud on September 13th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
stunning. love your work. wish i was there.
Yathinyathin on September 13th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
If you ever go there... carry as little money as possible and if you want buy something just divide the asking price by 10. :)
Bhasker Hariharangromhellscream on September 13th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
awesome pics:)
sandeepdeepsan on September 13th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
beautiful, love 'Early morning at the Ganges' and 'Entrance to a Japanese temple'
bipinbipin on September 13th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
That first photo is just STUNNING. Can I have a higher resolution of it? Please, please, please.

... it's so important for them that they made it a God.
Haha. And then Man made God in his own image.
Yathinyathin on September 13th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
> Can I have a higher resolution of it?

Sure, will send it tomorrow ...
arucard2 on September 13th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
"entrance to Japanese temple" I like. :)
the script seems to be in Chinese, the writing style atleast. How old is the temple?

I know Japanese uses some letters from Chinese, but the modern script is quite different compared to Chinese writing.
(¯`·._.·[ (SIL) ]·._.·´¯)cyberscorpion on September 13th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
Great pics man.. When did u go to varanasi ?
Yathinyathin on September 13th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
I was there from last Thursday to Sunday.