Varanasi: India's City of Death and Life

Varanasi is a city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, 320 kilometres (200 mi) southeast of the state capital, Lucknow. It is holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism. Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India.
02 May 2013 12:41:00
Royal Hindu Cremation Held In Bali

A black bull sarcophagus stands at Puri Ubud during the Hindu Royal cremation – also know as the Pengabenan – for the late Anak Agung Niang Rai, mother of Gianyar Regent, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, at Puri Ubud in Gianyar Bali on August 17, 2011 in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Niang Rai died in a Denpasar hospital in May; her actual cremation will take place on August 18 and will involve a nine level, 24m high 'bade' or body carring tower, made by upto 100 volunteers from 14 local villages. It will be carried to the cremation by 4500 Ubud residents. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
19 Aug 2011 09:30:00