Varanasi, The Holy City Of India

Varanasi is a religious center in North India. It is regarded as a holy city by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest in India.

Incineration of the deceased breaks the circle of reincarnation that's why cadavers are burnt on the banks of the Ganges river near Varanasi 24 hours a day. Ashes
left are dispersed in the river. Sacred ablutions and clothes washing are performed nearby. Dogs are running around trying to find unburnt pieces of flesh. Happy children are flying a kite. Boatmen are eager to offer a journey across the sacred river.

The place is unusually cold. Temperature is +7 degrees Celsius.

In spite of absence of cars the traffic is heavy due to abundance of people.

Fires used for cadaver burning are not seen, but huge firewoods can be noticed.

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