Varanasi – city of Shiva
Varanasi – also known as Benares – is a one of the holiest cities in Hinduism and Jainism. The visit here was a truly touching experience.
Pilgrims come here to the Ghats of the Ganges to wash away their sins in the sacred waters of the river, to cremate their loved ones, and to die here. They believe if their ashes are thrown into the river they will be liberated from the cycle of rebirth.
Beside the holy washing and the cremation ceremonies, different rituals of life and death take place here every evening and in the early morning hours. Fascinating choreography of dancing, chanting, singing, burning incense, “playing” with fire and masses of pilgrims. We could observe these beautiful ceremonies taking place on the banks of the river from a boat, which gave us the proper view but also the decent distance.