cremation of a dead person - varanasi (india)

Hindu cremation ritual at one of the Burning Ghats in Varanasi (India).­

The corpse of a deceased person is burned on a funeral pyre, until only ashes remain.­ Then, the ashes are thrown in the Ganges river.­ The process takes about 3 hours.­

On the right side of the fire, you can see a smoking foot sticking out.­

Further on the right of the photo, a goat is eating the orange marigold flower offerings.­

In Varanasi, open-air cremations are done day and night at several "Burning Ghats" along the Ganges river.­

Photo taken in Varanasi - also known as Benares (India).­

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi.

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Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­

Photos taken in the Hindu Holy city of Varanasi - also know as Benares (India).­

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi