Only a few days after the full moon of Guru Purnima, I had the opportunity of visiting the ancient city of Benaras. Although I was here to conduct workshops for children at the Varanasi Children Literature Festival, but during those three days of my stay here, I visited the ghats every night. Even during my previous visit to the holy city a few years ago, the ghats had a certain calling I could not escape. But this time, I was more familiar with the landscape.
Strolling along the 3.5 kilometer-long stretch from the Assi Ghat to the Manikarnika Ghat and back, and listening to the river Ganga quietly lapping against the never-ending steps of the ghats; I scribbled in my pocket diary, and clicked pictures which feel highly inadequate when compared to the visceral experience of actually being there in the middle of November, with the air slightly chilly.
However, we have selected and showcased below, some of the pictures which translate the experience of the ghats of Benaras during night-time, where the nurturing river and its people never sleep.
Sourav Roy is a Bengaluru-based journalist, poet, and translator. He is the Founding Editor of the Bengaluru Review magazine.