Death In The Ganga
In Hinduism, death and life are not permanent - the soul is viewed as immortal and must work through many lives until it achieves a state of equanimity.
Here in Varanasi, the Burning Ghats offer a soul liberation where the dead find “the path of the sun,” skip the endless cycle of reincarnation, and go straight to nirvana.
This is Harishchandra Ghat, one of the two cremation Ghats( other more famous one is Manikarnika Ghat), where people from all over India come to die.
Each body is decorated and set ablaze to burn completely for 3 hours- the man leaves a chest rib bone and the woman a hip bone.
5 exceptions are made :
pregnant women, children, sadhus, lepers, and people bitten by a cobra. Instead, these individuals are wrapped in a shroud, tied to a rock, and then dropped into the river.
Definitely a hard scene to witness especially for a foreigner; in Chinese culture, we also have cremation though it’s not done in the open. .