Picture of the Day - May 31

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A man builds a boat next to the Ganges river in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 30

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Two sadhus rest at Assi ghat next to the Ganges river in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 29

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Men repair bicycles in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 28

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A sadhu reads the newspaper in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 27

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A man takes a rest on the ghats at the bank of the Ganges river in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 26

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People watch IPL cricket in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 25

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A woman walks in a lane in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 24

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Men take a rest in a lane in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 23

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A man shows bangles to women in a lane in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 22

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A sweet seller reads the newspaper in a lane in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 21

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A sadhu greets a policeman in a lane in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 20

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Men sell hardened yogurt in a lane in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 19

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A man makes puri in a lane in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 18

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A man reads a newspaper in a lane in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 17

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A policeman walks by a sadhu in a lane in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 16

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A man on a motorbike passes a man pushing a cart in a lane in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 15

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A sadhu walks on the ghats at the Ganges river in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 14

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A man gets a shave at Dashashwamedh ghat next to the Ganges river in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 13

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A woman sells worship items at Dashashwamedh ghat next to the Ganges river in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 12

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A man shades himself with an umbrella while manning a cart in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 11

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A man serves snacks in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 10

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Women sell flowers in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 9

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A man sells newspapers next to a chai stall in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 8

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Two women ride on a bicycle rickshaw with their children in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 7

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Sediment from the Ganges river is deposited on the ghats during monsoon.

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This little black boat spends most of its time here and serves as a storage unit for a chai wallah at Assi ghat.

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Workers begin the tedious process of removing the monsoon sediment from the ghats by using a power washer connected to a generator.

Picture of the Day - May 6

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Sachin bags spices at his shop called "Suresh Kumar and Brothers Spice Shop" at the entrance to Gola Dinanath lane near Kabir Chaura in Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 5

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College students eat at the Hindustan Restaurant on Nagwa road in the Lanka neighborhood of Varanasi, India.

Picture of the Day - May 4

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Water buffalo swim across Moti Jheel behind Moti Jeel Palace also known as Azmatgarh Palace just off of Mahmoorganj Road in Varanasi, India. In the background, trash is set on fire. On the right side of the photo the All India Radio tower is visible.

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Two times a day these water buffalo make this trek to a small pond where they are washed. The Moti Jheel lake is slowly drying up. Varanasi used to be covered with small lakes that were resplenished during the monsoon by an overflowing Ganges river. Remnants of the lakes can be seen however, wherever there is a kund with steps. Moti Jheel is one of the few remaining bodies of water that has not either been drained or enclosed with steps.

Picture of the Day - May 3

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This photo shows the riverbank and pipe that diverts the Assi creek water from entering into the Ganges river at Ravidas ghat. The creek water is pumped by generator through this pipe several kilometers south of Varanasi where it is used to irrigate fields. Shortly after this photo was taken in, the pipe was installed underground. Visible on the right side of the photo is bamboo scaffolding attached to the side of the building which houses the generators.

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This photo shows the water catchment tank being built. As water enters into it, a strainer catches trash. The water is then pumped by generator power (not pictured).

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This photo shows the riverbank and pipe that diverts the Assi creek water from entering into the Ganges river at Ravidas ghat. The creek water is pumped by generator through this pipe several kilometers south of Varanasi where it is used to irrigate fields. Shortly after this photo was taken in, the pipe was installed underground. Visible on the right side of the photo is bamboo scaffolding attached to the side of the building which houses the generators.

Picture of the Day - May 2

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During monsoon, the pontoon bridge is dismantled and secured to the bank of the Ganges river in Varanasi, India.

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People coming to and from Ramnagar on the far side of the Ganges river can use a boat for their transportation needs to get to Varanasi.

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Those who don't mind going the long way around can take an auto or a vikram using the relatively new bridge on the south side of Varanasi.

Picture of the Day - May 1

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A woman performs a marriage ritual in Varanasi, India.