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funeral pyre - cremation of a dead at harishchandra burning ghat - varanasi (india)

Harishchandra Ghat is one of the Burning Ghats of Varanasi, where the dead are cremated day and night on the bank of the Ganges river.­

The corpse of the deceased is wrapped in a shroud.­ You can see the head (in the yellow shroud).­

The corpse 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.­

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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February 3, 2013
Tilbhandeswar Colony, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
India 2013 1558 photos

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.­

Varanasi - Benares 202 photos

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