Varanasi Girl with Leaf Boats

This little girl helps support her family by making little leaf boats that she sells along the Ganga River. She places yellow marigolds inside the leaf boats, along with a small wick set in ghee. When lit, this flame represents the eternal spirit. These miniature boats are intended to hold one's prayers, wishes or the ashes of a loved one; they are offered to the river itself. It is very magical to see all these little lit prayer leaves floating down the Ganga, especially at sunset.