Hindu festival Rishikesh

Just outside my hotel men & boys began constructing a giant statue of bamboo.

statue

The pieces arrived complete. All that was needed was assembly.

head

By evening it was erect on the bank of the Ganges.

statue evening

The party was loud and raucous. Many Western tourists joined in.

India face paint

Next morning there was nothing left but charred remnants. It had been burned at some point.

morning

Just another extravagant, confusing celebration in India. 🙂

See more of my Rishikesh photos.

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