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Before eternal rest
People watch as pyres burn at a cremation ground on the banks of river Ganges in Varanasi. Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi, on the banks of river Ganges, and having their remains scattered in the Ganges allow their soul to escape the cycle of death and rebirth, attaining "moksha" or salvation. Mukti Bhavan (salvation house), is a charity-run hostel that takes in people who reach Varanasi to die. Guests can normally stay up to two weeks after which, if they have not yet passed away, they are asked to leave - Photos by Reuters
 
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