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Taken in the evening arati -ceremony- at the banks of the sacred river Ganges. In the holy city of Rishikesh.

Arati is a fire offering ceremony with prayers, mantras, etc.. The hindus do for thank the deity or in this case, Ganga, the female deity of the river Ganges, the one who flows from the head of Shiva, and purifies all the souls and places that this holy water touches.

Then hindus often take bath in the Ganga, for purify his karma, they pray, burn inscens, they meditate in the banks and ghats of ganga.

Really this river, is like a home for them, where most of activities of sorrounding people, are based on the Ganges. Birth and Death, are set in the hands of the flows of Ganga.

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