Khajuraho, Varanasi, Evening Sacred Prayer Ceremony on Ganges River

Tuesday, March 25th tour of Khajuraho, flight to Varanasi and evening on the Ganges River

Our walk from the bus to the first monuments offered up several photo ops:

Sharing a meal

Sharing a meal

Washing clothes in the pond

Washing clothes in the lake

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Playing music for us as we walked by

Khajuraho Group of Monuments

The Western Temples included the Bharatji Temple, Kandariya Mahadeo Temple to Lord Shiva and the Chaunsath Yogini Temple.  Considered one of the seven wonders of India, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  There were originally 85 temples here, but only 25 have survived.  Made primarily from sandstone, they were covered over with dense vegetation for years which helped preserve them until they were rediscovered in the late 19th century.

Known for their erotic sculptures, this is perhaps an early version of the Kama Sutra.  It was a little too graphic for some members in our group.

Lakshman Temple

Lakshman Temple

Walking back to the bus I was again snapping pictures left and right:

Sewing

Sewing business

Golden decay

Golden decay

Bathing in the lake

Bathing in the lake

We also stopped at the Eastern Temples, which included the Ghantai Temple, Javari Temple and the Vamana Temple.

This is a cross between a dog and a jackal

Look at the coloring.  This is a cross between a dog and a jackal and is only found here in Khajuraho.

An afternoon flight took us from Khajuraho to Varanasi

This evening was an optional excursion for a sacred prayer ceremony on the Ganges River. Cremations are ongoing, day and night.  Taking smaller vehicles to the area and then walking rapidly through very crowed streets for about a dozen blocks to the banks of the Ganges before boarding our private boat.

Walking past vegetable sellers

Walking past vegetable sellers

Boats on the Ganges River

Boats on the Ganges River

Easily over 100 boats crowded together to watch the evening prayer ceremony

Easily over 100 boats crowded together to watch the evening prayer ceremony

GRATITUDE MOMENT:  Today I am grateful for UNESCO for identifying and preserving places of outstanding beauty, historical merit, and cultural significance for future generations to enjoy.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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