“The Navel of the World”
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“The oldest living city in the world”.
According some people, India is said to be the ‘navel (nâbhî) of the world, and Kâshî, the navel of India, then Manikarnikâ ghat is the navel of Kâshî.
At Manikarnikâ ghat stands the sacred fire (dhuni) which might be the oldest fire, this is where every pious Hindu hopes to be burnt, at the Mahâshmashâna or “Great Cremation Ground of the entire Universe”.
Last morning I shot this close-up of a wrestler’s torso while I was visiting the Akhara near Scindia ghat.
This is the place along river Ganga where I took pictures of pehlwani (indian wrestlers) last January in Vanarasi (Benaras).
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