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Kanwar Yatra:Ganges Water Reaches Home Temples Carries By Devoted Kawarias

on 2013/4/13 3:31:18 ( 2342 reads )


INDIA, September 2012, (Daily Mail): Hindu Worshippers take to roads of India clad in Saffron robes as they carry holy water from the Ganges to their home temple. The Kawarias, as we call them, carry metal canisters filled with holy Ganges water and take a ritual journey of the roads of India which can be hundreds of miles back to their town.They fetch water as a gesture of thanksgiving to Lord Shiva and walk for days, some braving Indian roads and highways barefoot. Kawarias are named after the pole, Kanwar which they sling over their shoulders to carry their metal pots. This annual pilgrimage is known as Kanwar Yatra or Kavad Yatra and sees them visit Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch holy water of Ganges river.The pilgrimage always takes during the sacred month of Sravan and has grown in popularity in recent years.

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