A South Indian group performs Kathakali at an auditorium in Varanasi.
Light reflects off the bathing tank from the Durga Temple at night in Varanasi.
Construction is booming in Varanasi. This picture was taken at Rathyatra, Sigra.
Mini garbage trucks stand in line to dump their trash into a full size garbage truck in Bhelupur, Varanasi.
People (left) and priests (right) pour water into the Ganges river to show their devotion to Maa Ganga. Photo courtesy of Rajkumar Singh.
A man dribbles color onto glass vases and other items which he is selling at the train station in Varanasi
Priests worship using the ancient fire ceremony at Assi ghat in Varanasi.
People sit at Lanka crossing in Varanasi in support of Anna Hazare and his anti-corruption campaign.
Two priests swing fire in worship at the Ganges river. Several more priests can be seen in the background. Photo courtesy of Rajkumar Singh.
Incense wafts upward as a priest in worships at the Ganges river. Photo courtesy of Rajkumar Singh.
Pilgrims wash on the steps of Dashashwmedh ghat in the Ganges at flood stage in Varanasi.
Several hours of rain on August 12th left vast swaths of Varanasi under water.
A man gets a tattoo on Dashashwamedh road in Varanasi. During the month of Sawan, many people make a pilgrimage to Varanasi to take Ganges water and pour it over Shiva lingams. They also get tattoos as can be seen from the above photo. Women as well as men will have tattoos made (usually on their arms).
This man at Dashashwamedh ghat remains standing twenty four hours a day to honor god.
A crain dismantles the Samne ghat construction bridge for the monsoon season in Varanasi.
A man scrubs himself on the steps of Assi ghat at the Ganges river in Varanasi during monsoon.
Oxen are an integral part of village life in India. In this photo, a man leads his ox through the streets of Varanasi.
VARANASI: The fish lovers are having a good time in the city as sudden increase of about 10 feet in Ganga water level has brought in a plenty of fishes in the river. It resulted in a sharp decline in fish price in the city. Arvind Mishra, chief executive officer, fishery department, said that it is a good sign of fish biodiversity in Ganga, but at the same time, the presence of exotic or alien fishes in huge quantities has also set the alarm bells ringing for the indigenous species. Along with local fishes like chelwa and cat fish, some alien species like common carp and tilapia are also being found in abundance, he said, adding that the invasion of foreign fishes in the Ganga is posing a serious threat to the indigenous species. "We have sent a report regarding the occurrence of exotic fishes in such a huge quantity to the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow," Mishra said. (This article was taken from http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-28/varanasi/29712158_1_fish-species-nbfgr-fish-genetic-resources)
Local guys from Varanasi pose for a photo in front of the temple at Banaras Hindu University.