the several yellow flames seen in the frame are dead bodies being cremated.on this ghat bodies are cremated everyday in hundreds all through the year and the flames of cremation never dies out.
Hindu mythology teaches that the ghat is especially sacred and that persons cremated there receive moksha. As the myth goes, Vishnu, after several thousand years of tapasya, trying to please Shiva, to convince him to not destroy the holy city of Kashi when he destroys the world, managed to do so. Lord Shiva along with Parvati came to Kashi(varanasi) before Vishnu to grant him his wish. Vishnu dug a kund (well) on the bank of Ganaga for the bath of the couple. When Lord Shiva was bathing a Mani(Jewel) from his earring fell into the kund, hence the name Manikarnika(Mani:Beads Karnam:Ear Angad: Ornament).
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jemaflor (90107) 2013-12-25 23:07
Very beautiful with all these lights and these reflections on water, well captured, interesting contribution.
cargus (9602) 2013-12-26 2:29
La lumière, la couleur et le contraste sont excellents, superbe les réflexions dans l'eau, clarté d'image très bonne, excellente…
Nicou (131494) 2013-12-26 6:25
quels beaux reflets sur le plan d'eau sueprbe compo et vue avec ces lumière douce et les maisons sueprbe compo.
bravo et amitié
abmdsudi (47646) 2013-12-26 6:49
What a fantastic presentation in brilliant warm light and colours beautifully executed night shot which render such a fine contrast. This image has such wonderful clarity and sharpness and a lovely fire in the water. A great slice of cultural-religious awareness. Congrats
delpeoples (55290) 2013-12-26 19:18
Namaskar dear Dwaipayan
Wow, your note is as fascinating to me as your photo is. I had no idea the reason for the flames! And what a stunning photo, great low POV, superb light management and wonderful golden and blue hues. An excellent contribution to TE, thanks for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (27752) 2013-12-27 2:19
A beautiful view of the ceremonies in place here, and your choice of composition is excellent, as the many flames look excellent reflected on the softly rippling water. The many into and towers of the buildings look great against the blue hour sky. The larger flame on the left looks almost to have the shape of a person.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-27 2:31
The famous Manikarnika Ghat, where they say the pyre never stops burning!! You have captured so well this place steeped in tradition, history and culture. Fantastic blue hour shot. The reflections in the water are just magical. Superb composition with optimum colors and clarity. Excellent and thanks for sharing.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-27 6:09
A great afternoon shot of the famous ghat. This is also interesting that in Varanasi, still there are so many 'wood-pyres' while in Kolkata, they are rarely seen nowadays, as most people opt for 'electric-furnaces'.
Great colors and clarity. The reflections are really wonderful.
Very well done.
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-12-27 18:56
hello Dwaipayan ~
A very interesting note to explain the flames in this magical shot. I was initially drawn to your photo for the flashes of gold, but after reading your note, I feel a bit weird admiring them, knowing the reason for them. Thank you for sharing this information with us, along with the photograph ~ you've given me something to ponder...
kato (11630) 2013-12-28 1:30
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the a row of tasteful buildings at riverside and the reflection of the river projected to the light. It's effective for some boats anchored the river edge. And, it harmonizes beautifully with blue sky.
Wanda1 (15058) 2013-12-28 23:57
Varanasi is one of my favourite places on earth, it has something very special about it, and you have managed to bring out that special atmosphere in your image. Good point of view from the water.
All the best for 2014.
serp2000 (42220) 2013-12-29 0:21
And once again, Dwaipayan,
First time in my life I am writing to you from Sri Lanka.
Excellent a blue hour's photo, I like the combination of the blue and orange, the water reflection looks very attractive, well done!
claudeD (35967) 2013-12-31 9:14
Hello to India,
very fine blue hour shot from India with an excellent choosen pov and fine light managment. I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.
A happy new year 2014 for you and your family from Luxembourg
ikeharel (63925) 2014-01-18 2:06
A fabullous dusk scene, Dwaipayan.
The color of the lights with their reflection on water is exquisit as taken, great in contrast to the sky still in blue.
Fine composition, impressive to look at.
Have a nice weekend,
benenuts (234) 2014-02-21 14:39
On dirait une carte postale, très très belles couleurs. Les reflets dans l'eau sont très sympas Bon commentaires.