September 19, 2008

Sky Watch Friday


The Sky Watch Blog can be found here.


A pilgrim after a dip in the Holy Ganga


Haridwar is a place located in the Himalayan range through which The Ganges (River Ganga) flows. To pious Hindus, it is an auspicious place where penitent pilgrims bathe in the holy river and in doing so, believe in absolution of their sins.


27 comments:

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

What an awesome backdrop!

Happy weekend :)

indicaspecies said...

Sameera,

Thank you, and a great weekend to you too.:)

sho said...

that statue against the sky must be huge!

Merisi said...

This is one of your all time great images, very very touching! :-)

The gracious figure in the foreground reflects the graciousness of the deity in the background, creating a feeling of connectedness, while the triangle of the green and blue balloons is reflected in the very modern suspension bridge in the back, marrying tradition and progress. Bravissima!

Klaus said...

Wonderful skywatch! An excellent image!
Cheers, Klaus

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

That's a very nice photo... it's a stunning image!!! Very impressive!

Hope your weekend is very nice!
~Michele J~
Mountain Retreat

Connie said...

That is an interesting photo. Nice sky.

Indrani said...

Great shot, Celine. Thanks for the glimpse of the place. Lord Shiva's statue in the background looks awesome.

Arija said...

Beautifylly atmospheric photo, really suggestive of mood.

Angie said...

A really lovely photo, the lady looks so graceful and the statue in the background is extremely imposing.Just a thought,did the lady not mind her photo being taken? I just wondered if she may have preferred some privacy at what I imagine to her to be a special time.

GMG said...

Hi Celine! After a short break but a long absence, I’m finally back to the blogosphere.
Lovely posts! It must a great experience the Ganges dip! Loved to see the gastronomical delight post and my well known Karim's... ;)
I just wonder how would I survive the rains: I hate hot and rainy weather... ;))
Many thanks for your comments on Blogtrotter, while I was off. It’s now still in Kos on the way to Crete! Hope you enjoy and wish you a great weekend and a nice week ahead!

Priyank said...

Wow Celine! Beautiful picture - colorful dock, colorless water, grey sky, statue of Shiva, the bridge and the naked boy! This picture is so lively :) I have some good memories of this exact spot and then walking across to the Shiva statue and taking a tuk-tuk from the bridge. Super!

indicaspecies said...

Sho,

The statue is about 100 feet tall. Thank you for the visit and your comment.:)

babooshka said...

That is such a striking an different skywatch view.

indicaspecies said...

Merisi,

That's a fabulous description of the photograph. I like the way you have analyzed it.

Thank you very much Merisi. Your words are very encouraging.:)

indicaspecies said...

Klaus,

Welcome, and thank you for your nice comment. Cheers to you.:)

indicaspecies said...

Michele,

Thank you very much for all the compliments. You have a lovely weekend.:)

indicaspecies said...

Connie,

Thank you for your visit here and leaving behind a nice comment.:)

indicaspecies said...

Indrani,

Thanks a lot. I'll publish another picture of the statue shot from near its base shortly.:)

indicaspecies said...

Arija,

Thank you for your visit here and your nice words. I'm delighted you felt so.:)

indicaspecies said...

Angie,

Welcome, and thank you for your interesting comment.:)

There were hundreds of people taking dips in the river. I shot this in a matter of a couple of seconds and moved away instantly and that did not seem to have been even noticed by the person in the picture. It is a thin young man in the photograph.

indicaspecies said...

Gil,

Thank you and welcome back.I hope you had a good break.:)

Shall be over to your blog shortly.

indicaspecies said...

Priyank,

Thank you very much. I am delighted that this picture brought back those good memories.:)

Coincidentally, I walked right up to the statue too, and then took a tuk-tuk from the bridge to go to Rishikesh.

indicaspecies said...

Babooshka,

Thank you for your visit here and your kind words.:)

Zhu said...

Wow, the statue at the back looks huge! Must be a very interesting place.

I remember reading about the cultural and spiritual meaning of the Gange...

Great picture!

Zhu said...

What a wonderful post!

I don't know about about the religion and this holy place but I felt I was right there with you. You described it so well!

The pictures are very moving as well. I wish I could smell the air, feel the heat, the humidity...

What a fascinating place! I'm curious: how well were you welcomed as a bystander? As a photograph? I know holy places are... holy, and they are sometimes difficult to access.

indicaspecies said...

Zhu,

Thank you.:)

Yes, it was an interesting place and I have dedicated an entire post describing it (the post immediately after this).

Regarding your other comment (which has popped up here), I shall respond to it in the next post.