chapter  Chapter 8
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The Return and Reflections on the Pilgrimage Today

WithRuma Bose

What follows the offering? A rapid return to a different life is dramatically portrayed by heaps of abandoned kanwars left in the temple courtyard or at street corners. It is the Ganga jal and the effort with which it is carried that makes the kanwar so vital. Once the jal is offered most kanwars are unceremoniously discarded, although the baraka kanwar of the village or a family’s hereditary kanwar is always taken back.