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Life along the Varanasi Ghats

Life along the Varanasi Ghats

Central, India, Photo Essays, Travel Extras, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi without its signature ghats is unthinkable and in the holy city, all roads lead to the Ganges. Known as the holiest of the holy places for Hindus, it is believed that whoever dies in Varanasi attains instant moksha and cremation at its designated ghats guarantees eternal freedom from the cycle of rebirth. This heavy duty scramble for nirvana has made Varanasi a magnet for the Hindu ill and infirm and poor Ganges bears the toll. In the olden days, even the elderly royals and wealthy people would clamour to the Varanasi ghats in their final days because moksha is perhaps something money or power could not buy. Thus the stone stepped embankment which runs along the whole waterfront of…
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