Originally it was called the Jalasayi ghat, it is presently popular as the Jalasen Ghat. This Ghat is just beside the Manikornika Ghat (the photograph of which I had posted earlier) which is a cremation ghat. The tradition /custom was to dip the dead body in the Jalasayi Ghat before being carried to the Manikarnika Ghat for burning.
The ritual is considered an essential part of last rite ceremony, but the pathetic condition of the ghat has hardly left any scope for performing the ritual on the banks of Ganga in the city.
What I found was broken steps, ruptured embankments and scattered wastes with leftovers of last rite function that were dumped along the embankments were enough to give it a filthy and unhygienic look.
If it were not mandatory to perform the part of last rite function at the ghat, most people would avoid performing the ritual at the place.
It is not surprising that a number of people insist that the ceremony be performed at Manikarnika Ghat itself after witnessing the pathetic condition of the Jalasen Ghat. The place has become a dumping ground for relieving the articles used for last rite function and it remains one of the most ill-maintained ghat in the vicinity.
The ghat has witnessed some cleanliness work in the past with the help of local support, but the spate of rising and retreating Ganges has done harm to the embankments.
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ikeharel (61415) 2013-11-07 10:44
Good evening Arunava,
The strong evening golden light reflected and "painted" the water with same tone as the edifice. Upper part looks as built in later era. Boats anchored along the old facade and the high archs balconies are strong affecting the whole sight in view.
Beautiful taken shot, well shown in good clear details.
dta (70313) 2013-11-07 11:49
Hello Arunava ,
Despite of teh dull sky , this is a superb capture of this amazing building . I like especially the tonalities of the old walls .
jemaflor (88161) 2013-11-07 11:59
Beautiful photo, interesting architecture and warm tones well captured, well composed with boats.
Antipodean (1658) 2013-11-07 12:54
Kia ora Arunava (greetings from New Zealand),
an interesting shot of Varanasi. Brings back memories of my days as a tour leader between Kathmandu & London in the late '70s early '80s, when Varanasi was one of the highlights. Certainly a fascinating place. Cheers, Neil
macjake (59956) 2013-11-07 12:57
a well written note!
that makes the great photo even greater.
interesting to hear how its been left to almost fall apart and has become filthy and un-cared for.
I wonder how it looks on the INSIDE?!
although it may be un-cared for, your photo doesn't really show it, it looks beautiful in this rustic manner.
great post for TE
emka (84117) 2013-11-08 0:08
splendid golden colours of this impressive ghat. I watched these ceremonies at Manikarnika Ghat and it was unique, incredible experience, but the photos were not allowed. Amazing that here the building is so close to the Ganges, without usual stairs. Nice long boats. It looks very beautiful on your photo, strange that it is in such bad comdition.
Warm regrads Malgo
snunney (88357) 2013-11-08 3:04
It is a pity that it is so uncared for, but as Craig says this is not particularly noticeable from your picture. I like the contrasts in tone between the the top and bottom parts of the image. Also, the very good rendering of the textural detail.
Noel_Byrne (26567) 2013-11-08 5:13
Another beauty. The style of these buildings is really fascinating to me, my European eyes don't see this style of building, so it truly is another world for me to visit your gallery. The closely packed buildings look excellent under this light, and I love the combination of the delicate arches with the more square designed buildings above.
Thanks also for your comment on my Diwali shot, and for noticing the little mouse. Its funny, because there is another place in Ireland called Victoria's Way, which features many statues of Ganesh, and every one of them features a finely carved little mouse too. Strange, I must research that.
Thanks as always
Silvio1953 (128359) 2013-11-08 5:30
Ciao Arunava, lovely composition with fantastic buildings, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-12
- Categories: Ceremony, Architecture
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Banaras or Varanasi - the Eternal City [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-07 10:37
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