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India and the Ganges

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Varanasi, India. Friday 16 March.The "Ganga Aarti" ceremony which takes place every evening at the Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in India which is situated on the western bank of the Ganges River and attracts Hindu pilgrims from across the Globe who come to the Varanasi ghats (steps) to bathe in the waters of Ma Ganga..  Alongside the bathing ghats are also "burning ghats" where bodies are cremated in public, the ashes then given to the waters..     The Ganges river is 1557 miles long and stretches from the Himalayas to the Indian Port of Calcutta, supplying water to one twelth of the worlds population. .