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... released to Nirvana is a reason to be genuinely happy. Of course the sadness of never being able to see the loved one again causes great sadness.
Forgive this small detail but it was interesting if a little shocking. As the fire burns the skin tightens and joints can move. To prevent arms, hands and legs falling off as the base of the limbs burns they break the limbs and push then back on to the fire. I never considered that the fire is actually managed in such a practical ...
... and your ashes are floated down the river. They water is holy and so it is used in the Hindu temples in sacred ceremonies where a small amount is drunk. Aijay swears no Hindu has ever gotten sick from drinking water from Mother Ganges but he also says if we were to put our finger in the water it would probably come out only bone....it's so polluted.
Evey evening the is a prayer ceremony on the ghats. There are ...
... Assi Ghat in the south along to the Ghat at the northern end. This took us past the two burning Ghats of Manikarnika and Harish Chandra. Here, bodies are brought, shrouded in colourful material and garlands of flower, on stretchers of wood and rope. This occurs 24 hours a day. The bodies are weighed on large old fashioned scales to determine the exact amount of wood needed for the cremation. The cost is dependent on the amount and type of ...
... how thick the mud is - you just have to see the pictures
Then we went out to have some coffee with Garima and John. It was a Interesting intercultural conversation - really nice to have a conversation that actually speaks English fluently.
Now Mitch and I are headed out for New Years Eve celebration. Once again, happy new year!!! ...
... city. It's easy to get lost amongst the streets wandering for hours never really finding your way out. Finding little hole in the wall restaurants serving chapati and curry for 5 rupees each. Grabbing a lassi at the infamous Blue Lassi- supposedly the best in India. Or make your way to the river to see how life takes place there.
The Ganges, the center of existence in the area. They come to bathe, do laundry, purify, ...