Take a cruise along the banks of the Ganges River as thousands of Hindu faithful descend upon the Varanasi Ghats to cleanse their soul in the river's holy waters. Dozens of ghats play host to literally millions of pilgrims each year, with many dedicated to the cremation rite, which is believed to release the soul of the faithful into its next cycle of life. The burning ghats host several hundred cremations each day, with the process almost businesslike and efficient. Dashashwamedh Ghat is probably the most spectacular ghat, where priests perform daily "Agni Pooja" – the Worship to Fire – where a dedication is made to Lord Shiva, the River Ganges and other Hindu. For the PlanetHopper! these practices provide a rare glimpse into a range of beliefs that are guaranteed to leave a deep, lasting impression.
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- Location: Varanasi, India