People come from across India to touch the water of the Ganges River at Varanasi, a ritual said to wash away 10 lifetimes of sin.
For many others the Ganges serves practical needs, like a place to do the laundry of the city’s many hotels.
By late morning, the worshiping crowds subside as they escape the heat. Men, as they’re known to do around the world gather to gamble with whatever cash they might have made during the morning’s endeavours.
At a nearby temple, the hair of a little girl is shaved while she chews on a 20 rupee note.