Death for Hindus in India: The Hindu City of the Dead, the Purpose of Cremation Within Hinduism, the Fluctuating Cost of Cremation in India, the Hindu Kumbh Mela Festival Being the Largest Religious Festival and Gathering of Human Beings in the World, the Mythology of Immortality for the River Ganges, Sadhu’s Considered Dead While Still Alive, the Birth Rate of India, Asia’s Largest Elephant Population, and the Reason the River Ganges Continues to Rise Annually

Hindus believe that Varanasi is the city of the dead, a place where the spirit world sits beside our world, and as such, they cremate their dead there, on the river Ganges. Each year, over 50,000 bodies are cremated in this area, as it is believed that doing so will spare the deceased from having to be rebirthed and once again go through the hardship and difficulties of existence. It takes a minimum of 2 hours to burn each body. It costs a minimum of 151 Indian rupees but the amount spent by the...

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