India - Varanasi (41 images)

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Varanasi - one of the oldest cities of India at holy river Ganges. According the legend, Yama, god of death has power about all people after death, except those dying in Varanasi. Until today Hindu believe, dying in Varanasi and being cremated at holy river Ganges leads directly to moksha, Hindu form of salvation. Sadhus, holy men and worshippers of all kind meet at the river. Prayers are called Puja. In contrast to the meditative riverside there is vivid and chaotic life downtown Varanasi.