manikarnika ghat, the sacred cremation ground for the hindus . family members bring their loved ones to the riverbank for the final rites. being cremated here will according to hindu belief, break the rebirth cycle. the funeral pyres burns around the clock. every morning the pariah cast, the working force at the ghat, gather the remains from last day cremations in baskets before it is discarded into the ganges. later in the day other pariahs appear to sift through the ashes to retrieve whatever jewellery the deceased was wearing. stillborn babies are not cremated, but tied to a stone and lowered into the holy river ganges.

manikarnika ghat, varanasi, india