Varanasi, the holy city: 
During a sunset tour on the Ganges, I witnessed the evening ceremony at the Dashashvamedh Ghat (a large flight of stairs leading down to the river). There are eighty-seven ghats along the Varanasi waterfront, but the Dashashvamedh Ghat is where Hindus attend a nightly ceremony to worship the god Shiva, goddess Ganga, and many others. Hundreds line the ghat and dozens of boats cram the shoreline for a good view.

Shubham, a worker on the boat we were aboard, lights “Gulab”, an aluminum foil saucer with flower petals and a lit flower stem. Gulab is dropped into the Ganges river as an offering to the goddess Ganga (Ganges).