An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Pictures from 2012 Kanwarias Annual Journey

Kanwarias are devotees of Lord Shiva who walk hundreds of kilometers in North India carrying water from different rivers.  The annual journey known as Kanvad Yatra  ( काँवर यात्रा or कांवड़ यात्रा) is taken from as far as Bihar to Ganges in Haridwar, Gaumukh, Gangotri and these are offered in their local temples.  This journey of Kanvads has gained popularity in recent years amongst the youth in the various states of North India.  Devotees from  Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab,  Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh walk many hundreds of kilometers to reach Haridwar or Gaumukh to get the Ganga Water.

Here is a gallery which pays tribute to these devotees and share their journey this year.

 

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