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Brass take-away from Varanasi

Brass take-away from Varanasi
Photo Credit: Rajesh Thakur

If filling your own jar with Ganga jal is too much of an effort, then the brass jar that comes with the holy water is the answer.

Mitali Saran
December 21 , 2015
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Amid corpses, artis, shlokas, dips and diyas, the Ganga river at Varanasi is also given to roaring commerce. Pretty little boats, lit up with dozens of flashing coloured bulbs, slide sweetly among tourists attending evening arti at Dasaswamedha Ghat, selling trinkets and dinky cars and incense, seducing many people into many ridiculous purchases. I fell prey to the charming impudence of a far less attractive boat peddling little brass pots, Rs 50. What’s so special about them? Each is filled with precious Ganga jal!—when you buy it, the boatman pops it into the river and bob’s your uncle. Why bring your own jar to fill yourself when you can pay for the privilege?


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