Burning Ghats of Varanasi

The cremation takes place at special burning ghats which are located along the riverbank next to the bathing ghats in the heart of the city: Manikarnika and Harishchandra Ghat. Harishchandra Ghat is the smaller one and is named after a king who was the caretaker of the crematorium. This ghat can be used by all religions and castes whereas the primary cremation ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, is reserved for Hindus and covers 2/3 of the total amount of cremations.

You are not allowed to take photos close to the ghat and as a mark of respect I only grabbed a few images from the boat.

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Compelling and some what disturbing images. I washed something similar while in Nepal.

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