Dawn on the Ganges

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Hank Ruiter

A shot of the shore of Varanasi India, thought to be the world's longest occupied city and revered the holies of cities for Hindus. By dying in Varanasi and being cremated there and having the ashes dumped in the river it is believed that the cycle of Karma is broken and the deceased no longer has to come back to earth. The shore is full of ghats for ceremonies, bathing, two cremation locations and the location for ceremonies throughout the day starting before sun rise and ending a few hours after sunset.

Location: Shore of the Ganges River, Varanasi, India


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