13 photos of Varanasi, a city of life and death

For many centuries Varanasi, an Indian city on the banks of the sacred river Ganges, has been the essence of pure Hinduism. According to religious beliefs, it was founded by Shiva himself, therefore, each Hindu dreams of being cremated there.

We are presenting you a series of photos of this mystical city where each morning people celebrate life and death.

Hinduism stipulates that all those, who are buried in Varanasi, will manage to break the cycle of reincarnation.

Photos on the preview: ashrafularefin

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