Pilgrims trickle back to Ganges as India lockdown eases

A man takes a dip in the holy Ganges river, India, during lockdown. – EPA pic, June 30, 2020.

LIFE is slowly returning to normal among the hallowed temples of Haridwar, one of Hinduism’s holiest places, but the Indian pilgrimage town still has a forlorn air as the country emerges from its Covid-19 lockdown.

The town usually teems with tens of thousands of visitors who flock from far and wide for a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges and to catch riverside prayer ceremonies at dusk.

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