River Ganges turns turbulent with rains in Varanasi; rituals disrupted

August 2nd, 2010 - 6:25 pm ICT by ANI  

By Girish Kumar Dubey

Varanasi, Aug 2 (ANI): Following incessant rains in Varanasi, the water level of the River Ganges has risen causing making it difficult for devotees to offer prayers on the banks of the river.

The water level in the River Ganges in Varanasi is about 3.78 metres above normal.

Dejected devotees at Varanasi said they hope the raging river gets calm soon.

“I remember in 2002 the river water entered vegetable market. Even now the water level is increasing,” said Puran Singh, a devotee.

The devotees said that the authorities have put in all measures to safeguard the devotees in premises of the temples dotting the riverbanks.

“All the banks are cut off from each other. The devotees are taking detours through by-lanes to reach the temple premises. The authorities have however made the arrangements for the devotees who come here for bathing,” said Surendra Gupta, another devotee.

According to Hindu calendar, the month of Shravan or Sawan is considered auspicious. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the month sees a large number of devotees take holy baths and offer prayers. (ANI)

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