A Gateway to the Spiritual World

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It was at the end of the day, a life was ending there at Manikarnika ghat, the sacred gateway to the spiritual world, along the sacred Ganges, in a city of many names, known in ancient time as Kashi, the city of light, and refered in the Mahabharata as Varanasi (Banaras), “the oldest living city in the world”.

This is the place where people have to die in order to achieve liberation from samsara.
“Death, which elsewhere is feared, here is welcomed as a long-expected guest.”
“Death, which elsewhere is polluting, is here holy and auspicious.”
People travel from around the country and the planet to spend their last days in Banaras because, “Death, the most natural, unavoidable, and certain of human realities, is here the sure gate to moksha, the rarest, most precious, most difficult to achieve of spiritual goals”.

As I don’t want to be disrespectful, I wont show any closer picture of the funeral pyres, besides they are not allowed.
Those men who are mourning the dead one, will later walk away without looking back.

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