The full moon and lunar eclipse is the occasion for a million Hindus to congregate on the banks of the Ganges, holy river of India, at Garh Mukteshwar, to take part in the rites of a bathing festival.
Roll No: 1
LS of cows being given bath by their peasant owners.
LS of typical river bank scene on the Ganges on the occasion of festival
MS of a man getting shavee by the street barber.
Different typical shots of the festival with people bathing etc.
LS of a huge boat bridge constructed to carry millions of pilgrims with people bathing in the foreground.
MS of a pilgrim reading holy scriptures while the waters of river Ganges flow in the background.
Two long shots of the huge congregation bathing.
Roll No: 2.
MLS of people bathing with a large number of cows also being given a bath;
Different shots of people bathing.
MS of a sadhu reading holy scriptures.
LS of pilgrims crossing the river in boats.
MLS of an elephant at the festival. Some rich persons came to the Fair on elephants and it certainly provided a good exhibit.
CU of the head of the elephant .
Different shots of rustic village folks at the festival.
MS of a woman carrying a pitcher full of holy water on her head.
LS of bathing.
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Background: The full moon and lunar eclipse is the occasion for a million Hindus to congregate on the banks of the Ganges, holy river of India, at Garh Mukteshwar, to take part in the rites of a bathing festival.
The riverside for miles in swarming with pilgrims taking their ease and paddling and bathing in the holy waters. The popular belief has it that by immersing oneself in the Ganges waters one is cleansed of sin and assured a place in heaven.
Occasions like these are, of course, seized on by beggars, fake sadhus and phoney Brahmins to make some illicit cash while the going's good.
Holy cows and bulls receive favoured treatment and are given a bathe in the river. It is open to all and free for all. Children do not escape but are given a thorough dowsing by their parents.
Open air kitchens produce their characteristic odours everywhere; while pilgrims arrive by all manner of means from homes many miles away.