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Ritualistic Bathing in the Sacred River Godavari

RITUALISTIC BATHING IN THE SACRED RIVER GODAVARI

The numerous sacred spots with which India is thickly strewn are thronged at certain times of the year by pilgrims. Bathing in the waters of a sacred river is believed to be miraculously beneficent, and large crowds of pilgrims frequent the banks of those rivers which possess power and sanctity; with an eager reverence they dip themselves ceremoniously, each seriously intent on his eternal destiny

He Won't Be Happy Until He Gets Out Of It!

HE WON'T BE HAPPY UNTIL HE GETS OUT OF IT!

Not everyone enjoys an open-air bath! Although he is being washed in the Godavari, one of the holy rivers of India, this big boy looks far from pleased. His mother, determined to do her work thoroughly, has none too light a hand, and has used the stone, seen near the boy's left hand, instead of soap, which fact probably accounts for the unhappy expression on his face