“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
The Côte d’Azur, often known in English as the French Riviera, is the Mediterranean coastline of the south eastern corner of France, extending from Menton near the Italian border in the east to either Hyères or Cassis in the west. This coastline was one of the first modern resort areas.
Ganga / Ganges is considered as the most sacred river of the Hindu Mythology.
According to the Puranas (Holy Scriptures of Hindus), the sight, the name and the touch of Ganga takes away all sins. As per Hinduism, bathing in the river on special occasions causes remission of sins and facilitates the attainment of salvation. It is considered that Ganga bestows blessings of the highest order. People come from far and near to immerse the ashes of their kin in the waters of Ganga, with a belief that the the dead souls will atttain salvation.
But you can see the effect of these traditions on the water of the holiest river in the world.
The boy in white is holding offerings for the Ganga. One can find a number of boatmen to take you for a boat ride on the river or to immerse the ashes in the middle of the river. But most people were doing it on the shore. The stench was unbearable as sometimes people dump dead bodies too in the river.