MWL_20100613_7626.jpg- A young girl has her hair brushed at dawn as worshippers gather and prepare for the 16th Ganga Dhaaraa.
MWL_20100613_7632.jpg- Ravi Ji and other worshippers prepare for the early start of the festival of worship.
MWL_20100613_7661.jpg- An offering to Lord Ganesh is prepared by two devotees.
MWL_20100613_7675.jpg- Kumari Chadee and Sandra Bridgelal perform a pooja for Lord Ganesh before the formal start of the Ganga Dhaaraa.
MWL_20100613_7686.jpg- Making pooja before Lord Ganesh.
MWL_20100613_7711.jpg- Worshippers gather on the roadway at Blanchisseusse blessing the murti of Ganga Maiyaa before descending to the Marianne River
MWL_20100613_7693.jpg- The Trinnaadeeshshwar Mahadeo is nestled into a deep natural grotto in the stone of the river bank.
MWL_20100613_7723.jpg- Mala Tulsi (centre) performs aarti with fellow devotees as the murti of Ganga Maiyaa arrives at the riverside.
MWL_20100613_7732.jpg- Mala Tulsi performs aarti as the murti of Ganga Maiyaa arrives at the riverside.
MWL_20100613_7738.jpg- Radica Maharajh (second from left) and Mala Tulsi (fourth from left) perform aarti as the murti of Ganga Maiyaa is brought to the site of the Ganga Dharra river festival.
MWL_20100613_7752.jpg- The murti is carried up the river, wreathed in incense.
MWL_20100613_7804.jpg- Devotees queue to present offerings at the Trinnaadeeshshwar Mahadeo Ghaat at the furtherst point up the river
MWL_20100613_7808.jpg- Devotees walk up the river to make offerings at the Trinnaadeeshshwar Mahadeo Ghaat.
MWL_20100613_7819.jpg- The Ganga Maiyaa pooja under a tent on the bank of the Marianne River.
MWL_20100613_7838.jpg- Worshippers perform pooja before the murti of Ganga Maiyaa.
MWL_20100613_7860.jpg- Newlyweds gather for Ardhanaareeshwar, blessings on their marriage and future together.
MWL_20100613_7880.jpg- Newlyweds gather for Ardhanaareeshwar, blessings on their marriage and future together.
MWL_20100613_7662.jpg- Two-year old Yash Boodram in his father Prem’s arms watches as his brother has a token of protection tied to his wrist.
MWL_20100613_7890.jpg- While prayers are said, Yash loses the first of his locks to Sookram Babwah’s practiced scissors.
MWL_20100613_7912.jpg- Yash, who was the first child to participate in the Mundan Sanskaar ceremony, weeps in his mother Usha’s arms as Babwah shaves his hair.
MWL_20100613_7931.jpg- Yash Boodram after the Mundan Sanskaar ceremony.
MWL_20100613_7948.jpg- Kisan Babwah, portraying Hanuman, makes an offering before the murti of the Hindu God.
MWL_20100613_7954.jpg- A devotee walks up the Marianne River in Blanchisseuse with an offering for the lingam, followed by performer Kisan Joseph portraying Hanuman.
MWL_20100613_7963.jpg- Buttercups are strewn on the river.
MWL_20100613_7975.jpg- Shivani and Shivana Lal portray Ganga of today and yesterday.
MWL_20100613_7989.jpg- Devotees lead the offering of a sari strewn with fruit and flowers to the river.
MWL_20100613_8020.jpg- A deeya sails down the river for deep daan
MWL_20100613_8021.jpg- Radhica Maharaj, Virginia Maharaj and Mala Tulsi, (left to right from top left) lead the offering of a sari strewn with fruit and flowers to the river.
MWL_20100613_8007.jpg- Radhica Maharaj, Virginia Maharaj and Mala Tulsi, (left to right from top left) lead the offering of a sari strewn with fruit and flowers to the river.
MWL_20100613_8044.jpg- The offering of the sari, strewn with offerings of flowers, is gently lowered onto the surface of the water.
MWL_20100613_8050.jpg- Devotees loosen the sari as it is caught on rocks on its way down the river
MWL_20100613_8059.jpg- Buttercups, hibiscus, ixora and a deya floating in a coconut shell swirl, caught in an eddy of the Marianne River.
MWL_20100613_8066.jpg- Swami Prakashananda offers a pravachan on the importance of teerath.
MWL_20100613_8070.jpg- The murti of Ganga Maiyaa at pooja.