manikarnika burning ghat - varanasi (india)


Manikarnika Ghat is the largest 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 dead are cremated on funeral pyres, until only ashes remain.­ Then, the ashes are thrown in the Ganges river.­ The process takes about 3 hours.­

You can see some burning pyres in the back, where cremations are being done.­

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

Photo taken in Varanasi (India).­

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

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Vishwanath Galli, Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

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

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.­