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Varanasi, also known as Benares, Kashi (city of light), and the "city of temples and learning", is one of the holiest cities of Hinduism, the dominant religion in India (and third in the world). One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi has seen since ancient times a steady flux of Hindu pilgrims who come to wash away their sins with a ritual bath in the Ganges River, or to expire there and be relieved from the cycle of rebirths. Their activity takes place in public on the ghats over the Ganges River. The ghat most frequented by pilgrims is Dasaswamedh ghat, which remains busy past dark, when a beautiful Ganga Arti ceremony takes place. There are about 80 other ghats, all linked through a walkway on the banks of the river. Most are for bathing, but some are for cremation, such as Manikarnika ghat, where fire is believed to have been burning continuously for milenia.

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Ritual bath in the Ganga River at dawn. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Bathing ghats and Ganga River at sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man with arms stretched standing in Ganga River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) People about to bathe in the Ganga River at sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boats and temples of Dasaswamedh Ghat, sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Castle-like towers and steps, Ganga Mahal Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Rowboats on Ganges River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Steps of Ahilyabai Ghat and Ganges River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women bathing at Meer Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Laundry washed and hanged on Ganges riverbank. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boats and stone steps leading to Ganga River, Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Woman and boy on temple steps, Kedar Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Sadhu. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Huge piles of firewood stacked at Manikarnika Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Temples and steps on Ganga riverbank. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Ganges River at sunset with cremation fire. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Evening aarti on the banks of the Ganges River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Young priests open Puja ceremony by blowing a conch-shell. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Pujari (priests) performing arti ceremony in front of large attendance. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Musicians, men carrying lights, and carriage during wedding procession. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Wedding procession seen from above at night. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Shrine on the banks of the Ganges River at dawn. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women soaking clothes in the Ganges River at dawn. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women on the banks of the Ganga River in rosy dawn light. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Foggy dawn on the banks of the Ganges River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Men preparing for ritual bath on banks of Ganges River at dawn. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Pilgrims taking a holy dip in the Ganga River at dawn. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Steps of Dasaswamedh Ghat with crowd at sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Hindu men dipping in the Ganges River at dawn. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boats and ghat at sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women standing in Ganga River at sunrise, Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) People worshipping Ganges River, early morning. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Activity on the steps of Dasaswamedh Ghat, early morning. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boat unloading pilgrim onto Dasaswamedh Ghat, early morning. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Hindu pilgrims walk out of boat onto Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) People and boats on the banks of the Ganges River, Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Ritual dip into the Ganga River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Dasaswamedh Ghat and Ganges River, sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Gathering on the banks of Ganges River, sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Colorful crowd at the edge of water, Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boats and Dasaswamedh Ghat, sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Colorful crowd on steps of Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Ganga riverside activity on steps of Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Dasaswamedh Ghat, the main Ghat on the Ganges River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boat packed with men near Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boat and stone steps, Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Temple and Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Crowds at Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Ganges River, with boats and Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Ganges River at night with Ghat lights  reflected. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Lights reflected in the Ganga River at night. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boat and Dasaswamedh Ghat at the start of evening puja. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Brahmans standing amongst crowd at the begining of evening puja. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Brahmans preparing for evening puja. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Brahmans standing amongst clouds of incense during puja. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Five young Brahmans performing puja ceremony in the evening. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Hindu holy men performing religious arti ceremony. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Holy men lifting chandeliers during evening puja. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boats on the Ganges River at night during arti ceremony. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Worshipers attending arti ceremony at Ganga Seva Nidhi. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Worshipers during evening arti ceremony at Ganga Seva Nidhi. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Sacred cows and ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Evening arti ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Holy hindu men facing audience during evening arti ceremony. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganga River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Brahmans performing evening arti ceremony. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Young Brahman performing arti ceremony. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Brahmans giving blessings after evening arti ceremony. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Pujari giving blessings at  Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Munshi Ghat and Ganges River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man rowing boat beneath Munshi Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Steps of Ahilyabai Ghat and Ganga River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Indian tourists on rawboat surrounded by birds. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Cow and laundry. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Men washing laundry on Ganga riverbanks. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man beating dirt out of laundry on Ganges riverbank. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Washing and drying laundry on Ganga riverbank. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Laundry being dried on steps, Kshameshwar Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Laundry being dried, Kshameshwar Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Laundry. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Sadhu sitting next to shrine and laundry. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man carrying a plater in front of wall with inscriptions in Hindi. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Shrine and steps, Kshameshwar Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Temple with colorful stripes and steps. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Colorful stripes and steps of shrine at Kedar Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Holy man sitting on temple steps, Kedar Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Woman sitting on temple steps. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Firewood used for cremations. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Cremation at Harishchandra Ghat at sunset. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Cremation fire on banks of Ganges River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Rowboats and reflected lights on the Ganges River at dusk. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Sacred cow on the banks of Ganges River at night. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man standing in Ganga River and boats at sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boat on the Ganges River at sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Temples and Ganga River, foggy sunrise. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man sitting on edge of Ganges River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Ganges riverbank with men bathing. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Men dipping in Ganga River at Meer Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Men after bath on steps of Meer Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Ganga River at Meer Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Ganges River at Meer Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Drying out on stone steps of Meer Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Colorful steps at Meer Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women rinsing in river Ganges water. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) People washing cloths, steps, and Indi inscriptions. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Laundry and steps. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Laundry on hand-rail of ghat steps. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man laying out laundry for drying. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Sheep below a sign in English and Hindi. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Pilgrim. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Holy man. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Building near Manikarnika Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Manikarnika Ghat, with piles of wood used for cremation. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Rowboat and Manikarnika Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Manikarnika Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Manikarnika Ghat, the main burning ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Manikarnika Ghat, most auspicious place to be cremated. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Steps of Manikarnika Ghat with body swathed in cloth and firewood piles. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Manikarnika Ghat, the main cremation ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Men attending to cremation, Manikarnika Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Cremation in progress, with another corpse awaiting, Manikarnika Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Hindu temples on the riverbank of the Ganga River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Temples on riverbank of the Ganges, Manikarnika Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Temples on the banks of Ganges River, Manikarnika Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Ganges riverbank, morning. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Rowboat in front of Scindhia Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Alamgir Mosque above boats and the Ganges River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Boats loaded with pilgrims and steps, Manikarnika Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Towers and steps, Ganga Mahal Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Bonsale Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Men finishing their bath below the steps of Scindhia Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women dipping feet in Ganga water at Sankatha Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Steps leading to river at Scindhia Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Hindu people on the steps of Sankatha Ghat. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man sitting near unbrella. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Street Gridlock. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Riders waiting in congested street. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man moving devotional image and children on rickshaw. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Mural painting of hindu deity. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Multi-headed Hindu deity. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Bride and groom in a street. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Flower vendor in  narrow old city alley at night. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Cows in narrow old city street at night. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Bell ringing during worship in temple. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Old city temple. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Woman selling fabrics at night. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man selling water jugs and other supplies for pilgrims near the Ganges River. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Vendor near Dasaswamedh Ghat at night. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Temple altar by night. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women walking in street with illuminations. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Men carrying bright electric signs during wedding procession. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Uniformed musicians and men carrying lights during wedding procession. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Men pulling generator on bicycle to power lights during wedding procession. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man firing fireworks in middle of street ahead of wedding procession. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Street and wedding procession by night from above. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Street wedding procession bright lights seen from above. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color)
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