Varanasi is the sacred city according to the Hindus, the place to be cremated to stop the cycle of rebirths, freeing the soul to heaven. This is Manikarnika Ghat, one of many ghats (derived from the english word “gate”) on the sacred Ganges River. Immersing oneself in the river is believed to purify the soul and for sins to be forgiven. Ceremonies take place 24/7 and have been for centuries.
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