The rising waters of the Ganga has not only submerged the bathing ghats but also disrupted many of the ceremonies like “Ganga Aarti” and even cremations at this pilgrim city.
For the past few days, the river has been swirling over the time-worn steps of the numerous ghats, forcing the“pandas” (priests who assist the pilgrims in various rituals) and the pilgrims, who used to spend hours at the ghats, to shift elsewhere.
The cremation spots at the various ghats have been under water for the past ten days. However, the rites were being performed on rooftops at the Manikarnika Ghat and even on the street at the Harish Chandra Ghat.
The crowds of tourists, who used to enjoy the sunrise and sunset when the rays would seemingly convert the waters of the holy river to gold, are also a disappointed lot having lost the vantage point of the ghats to view the event. However, many of them have taken to watching it from top of the buildings lining the river.