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17/45.- Varanasi, Marnikanika Ghat

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One of the rituals one should not miss in Varanasi is the cremation of the bodies. There are two Ghats where cremations take place, one is the Harishchandra Ghat, south part, the other is Manikarnika Ghat, the biggest one.

Once the body is cremated, members of the lowest cast will take the ashes, and throw them into the river. Workers get no salary, all they get is the golden teeth or the jewels they find among the ashes.

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