Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ghats of Varanasi

     Varanasi is the spiritual capital for the Hindus. It is also called the 'the city of temples, the holy city of India, the religious capital of India, the city of lights and also the oldest continuously lived city of the world'. The history of this city is older than all the major religions of the world. People make pilgrimage to this holy city to attain inner peace. It is said that dying in this city gets you instant salvation. It is located on the banks of the river Ganges which is considered the holy river. Once upon a time it is said that the water of this river had magical healing powers. Unfortunately due to the vagaries of modern living it has become very polluted. But the faith of the people remains unchanged. No one goes back from this city without taking a holy dip. If you visit India, do visit this city for a spiritual experience. Hope this painting of one of the Ghats (embankments) of Varanasi is able to capture the character of this city.


  1. I really love the colors you have in this beautiful painting! I usually see horizontal views of the ghats, river but I like how give us the vertical view. very painterly!

    1. Yes Meera, I did start the drawing horizontally but erased it and changed it to this format. Glad you liked it.

  2. This is really lovely! Painterly, loose and flowing but strong structures. Top notch!

  3. Lovely, painterly work, Asit! You have indeed captured some of the intrigue of Varanasi.

  4. Asit your paintings are beautiful. I love the light you capture and the lively brush work. You have a way with colours as well! Thank you for your visit to my blog. It was a pleasant surprise and very much appreciated. Oh, I also enjoyed learning about Varanasi. It would be wonderful to visit one day.

  5. Absolutely classy job Asit, perfect rendition that showcases the aura and energy of the place.

  6. First of all, somehow I missed your last post ...Sailing away! LOVE it and love the softness of the piece...
    You did a fantastic job with Ghats of Varanasi, AK! Beautiful colors and light!