In the past few days, thousands of Indian pilgrims have been killed in monsoon floods in northern India.
I was there, this time last year. I’d gone to Rishikesh, a sacred town on the Ganges, then down to Haridwar, a larger city that had attracted literally millions of pilgrims to celebrate the first rains of the monsoons.
This year, those rains have killed thousands. And destroyed towns and villages.
Here is a link to a story in today’s New York Times about the tragedy.
And following are some pictures I took at Haridwar this time last year.
Please spare a few moments to pray, in whatever form that might take for you, for these pilgrims who died on their way.
By the way, when I was struggling on the Camino with my bung knee, I thought of this pilgrim (below) in India. I remember he was moving on his crutches as fast as our car, to get to the sacred Ganges.