Hotel Ideal Tower
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... new white cloth to do this. Family and friends each buy some firewood from the sellers, and the more wood burned gives a more complete burn of the corpse. A few of the bones don't burn so when the fire is out those bones and the ashes are all put into the river. A bit sobering to watch, and because the family are grieving everyone is asked not to take photos.
At 18:00 we went to a Bhramin prayer ceremony (Puja) that they have each night ...
... 1978 at 73.9 metres. The water covered all the ghats and submerrged temples and hotels. Our room on the first floor of the Palace on the Ganges would have been underwater! With the water levels currently quite low, there is an expanse of sandbank in the middle of the river; the sight of the river in full flood would be unimaginable. While there is less water, Vanessa and I agree that seeing India in the cooler months has probably reduced ...
... if the whole process happens here.
As I said to begin with, I remain totally baffled by this stuff. So please ignore the foregoing, and just look it up on Wikipedia (unless I have now totally killed any interest you may have had in the subject).
But of course, Varanasi and the Ganga are about more than cremation. We enjoyed an early morning boat ride, watching the ghats come alive with bathers (a dip will wash away all your sins to date) and ...
... with that. We head towards the CBD, only it's not like any other CBD I've seen before, Delhi Spice markets are a little bit similar. I end up getting a bit of a sweat up and the knee is holding up ok, we're dodging rickshaws, auto rickshaws (tuk tuk's), bikes, motor bikes, cars, people, salespeople doing their job. Ok, we're not really dodging, after a week I feel comfortable that I'm not going to die when I walk into the traffic, the key is walk slowly, at ...
... of lassi you wanted. I settled for banana and apple - delish! Varansi is the spiritualist capital of India, the city of Shiva and near to where Buddha delivered his first sermon following his enlightenment. Suffice to say that anything and everything happens here, including open cremation on the banks of the river Ganga. During our walk through the streets we were halted many times for funeral processions- men carrying the body of a loved one on a makeshift ...