Picture of the Day - August 31

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A sadhu and his monkey sleep near the Ganges river in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 30

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Water buffalo take a bath in the Ganges river in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 29

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A woman displays her silver jewelry in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 28

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A South Indian group performs Kathakali at an auditorium in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 27

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Light reflects off the bathing tank from the Durga Temple at night in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 26

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Construction is booming in Varanasi.  This picture was taken at Rathyatra, Sigra.

Picture of the Day - August 25

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Mini garbage trucks stand in line to dump their trash into a full size garbage truck in Bhelupur, Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 24

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A lady roasts peanuts in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 23

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People (left) and priests (right) pour water into the Ganges river to show their devotion to Maa Ganga.  Photo courtesy of Rajkumar Singh.

Picture of the Day - August 22

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A man dribbles color onto glass vases and other items which he is selling at the train station in Varanasi

Picture of the Day - August 21

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Priests worship using the ancient fire ceremony at Assi ghat in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 20

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Fortune tellers use their cows to tell the future in Varanasi

Picture of the Day - August 19

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People sit at Lanka crossing in Varanasi in support of Anna Hazare and his anti-corruption campaign.

Picture of the Day - August 18

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Several men sit at Chet Singh ghat in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 17

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A sadhu stands at the Ganges river in Varanasi. 

Picture of the Day - August 16

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Two priests swing fire in worship at the Ganges river.  Several more priests can be seen in the background.  Photo courtesy of Rajkumar Singh.

Picture of the Day - August 15

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Incense wafts upward as a priest in worships at the Ganges river.  Photo courtesy of Rajkumar Singh.

Picture of the Day - August 14

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Pilgrims wash on the steps of Dashashwmedh ghat in the Ganges at flood stage in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 13

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Several hours of rain on August 12th left vast swaths of Varanasi under water.

Picture of the Day - August 12

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Laborers unload gravel and sand in a waterlogged area of Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 11

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A man gets a tattoo on Dashashwamedh road in Varanasi.  During the month of Sawan, many people make a pilgrimage to Varanasi to take Ganges water and pour it over Shiva lingams.  They also get tattoos as can be seen from the above photo.  Women as well as men will have tattoos made (usually on their arms).

Picture of the Day - August 10

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This man at Dashashwamedh ghat remains standing twenty four hours a day to honor god.

Picture of the Day - August 9

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A crain dismantles the Samne ghat construction bridge for the monsoon season in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 8

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A man scrubs himself on the steps of Assi ghat at the Ganges river in Varanasi during monsoon.  

Picture of the Day - August 7

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Oxen are an integral part of village life in India.  In this photo, a man leads his ox through the streets of Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 6

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A man makes chai at Assi ghat in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 5

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VARANASI: The fish lovers are having a good time in the city as sudden increase of about 10 feet in Ganga water level has brought in a plenty of fishes in the river. It resulted in a sharp decline in fish price in the city. Arvind Mishra, chief executive officer, fishery department, said that it is a good sign of fish biodiversity in Ganga, but at the same time, the presence of exotic or alien fishes in huge quantities has also set the alarm bells ringing for the indigenous species. Along with local fishes like chelwa and cat fish, some alien species like common carp and tilapia are also being found in abundance, he said, adding that the invasion of foreign fishes in the Ganga is posing a serious threat to the indigenous species. "We have sent a report regarding the occurrence of exotic fishes in such a huge quantity to the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow," Mishra said. (This article was taken from http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-28/varanasi/29712158_1_fish-species-nbfgr-fish-genetic-resources)

Picture of the Day - August 4

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A man gets a shave in Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 3

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Local guys from Varanasi pose for a photo in front of the temple at Banaras Hindu University.

Picture of the Day - August 2

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People prepare a sari for production on a hand loom near Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - August 1

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School children pose for a photo while sitting in a bamboo tree house in Varanasi.