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The Chambal – a second degree Ganges tributary – is probably the only unholy river in India and that has been its blessing. On the Chambal, for instance, you won’t find any temples – and no temples means no people, so the habitat is still pure.

Yesterday evening I had a conversation with a gentleman who has been working with the government for years, collecting water samples from Indian rivers. His theory is crystal clear – pollution of the Ganges is not due to negligence but down to the belief system of the Hindu faithful.

Sunday was the perfect day to go to the ghat, see with my own eyes what was going on and hopefully talk to some of the devotees. It didn’t take long to spot a man carrying a big bag full of fabrics, making his way down to the riverbank…

video credit: Alex Bellini