Photographer's Note

It was taken at Tribeni on Mahalaya.

Tarpan literally means offering of water to the Departed Soul. It is customary to add milk, oats,rice,sesame seeds, sandalwood and flowers when offering tarpan.
Tribeni is a small town in Hooghly in the state of West Bengal, India. It was an old holy place for the Hindus. The Muslims took over it during early phases of their conquest of Bengal.
At Tribeni the Bhagirathi branched off into three streams The Saraswati River flowed south-west beyond Saptagram, the Yamuna (this is distinct from the river of same name in northern India and several streams of the same name in eastern Bengal) flowed south-east, and the Bhagirathi proper flowing through the present Hooghly channel to Kolkata and then through Adi Ganga, past Kalighat, to the sea.

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