Photographer's Note

Thousands of pilgrims come to the sacred city of Varanasi on the shore of the holy river Ganges in India.
They feed the gulls on the river to get a better karma. So there are thousands of them flying around and waiting for bread.

Varanasi, also known as Benares, Banaras or Kashi is a city on the banks of the Ganges (Ganga) in Uttar Pradesh, 320 kilometres southeast of the state capital, Lucknow. It is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. Some Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. Varanasi is also known as the favourite city of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva as it has been mentioned in the Rigveda that this city at older times was known as Kashi or "Shiv ki Nagri"

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Additional Photos by Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 0 N: 51] (1990)
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