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

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cremation of a dead person on a funeral pyre 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