Varanasi or Bénarès, the holy city par excellence. It is one of the oldest cities in the world. On the banks of the Ganges, an eminently sacred river, the faithful come en masse to the Ghats to attend the priests' prayers, and many are cremated there because it seems that there is a direct route between Benares and paradise.

 

 

Fire • With the exception of babies, pregnant women, lepers,cobra bite deaths and sadhus,  the dead are burned and their ashes thrown into the Ganges.

Those which are not burned are directly thrown into the Ganges.

 

Holy city of Hinduism on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi (Benares) is the place chosen by Hindus who can to die. Dying in Varanasi breaks the cycle of reincarnation and enables the attainment of Moksha.

 

Water • The Ganges (Mother Ganga) is the most sacred river of the Hindus. The scattering of ashes in the Ganges frees the soul of the deceased.

 

The market • A city that has such a large number of daily cremations must have a flower market worthy of the name.

 

 

 

about the place, Varanasi:

Bénarès which was renamed Varanasi is reputed to be the oldest city in the world still inhabited.

It is also the most sacred of the 7 sacred cities of Hinduism and Jainism (Sapta Pur).

These 7 cities are Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh), Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu), Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) and Dwarka (Gujarat).

Varanasi is located on the banks of the Ganges, the sacred river par excellence of India. The city has about 1,300,000 inhabitants.

As Varanasi is THE sacred city located on THE sacred river, the Hindus are keen to be cremated in this city because it brings them closer to the gods and Nirvana. The cremations on the Ghats of Varanasi take place every day from sunrise to sunset.

 

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