The theme this time for the Thursday Challenge is “PEACEFUL” (Relaxing, Harmonious, Friendly, Serene, Mild Weather, Calm Water,…)
Nothing could be more calmer and peaceful than sitting at the banks of the river Ganges and watch the sunrise. The boats patiently wait for the early morning worshipers and tourists.
Many people rise as early as four in the morning to come and sit at the ghats to become one with the serene river.
Banaras visit is incomplete without connecting with the soul of Ganga.
The little boy stands alone
On the banks of the Ganges
His head shaved clean
Like the white sky above
Moist eyes filled with anticipation
Look around at trees and parapets
Three mounds of rice lie on a leaf
Waiting for a crow’s touch
for deliverance of his father’s soul
Note: (One of the most important religious rituals after cremation in Hindus is, to do “Pind Dan” (offerings to the crow to help the soul attain salvation after cremation of the body. The crow is considered auspicious. The ritual is performed by the son.)