Arise! The breath of life hath come back to us,
The darkness is gone, the light approacheth!
Dawn hath opened a path for the Sun to travel;
Now our days will be lengthened. Singing the praises of the brightening morn, The priest, the poet, ariseth with the web of his hymn. Bounteous maiden, shine upon him who praiseth thee; Spread upon us the gift of life and children. Rigveda. Dawn is the sacred hour in the city of light. The devout rise while it is still dark and make their way to the Ganges. As the sky lightens, they bathe and begin their morning worship, called Sandhyā Vandana, the dawn worship. By the hundreds, the bathers and worshippers assembled at the great ghats along the river greet the rising sun with the crescendo of drums and bells, players and salutations. No where in the world is the sun received with such celebrations as I Kāshī.
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