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.VARANASSI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 : The Manakarnika Ghat is the main burning ghat and the most auspicious place for hindus to be cremated. Dead bodies are handled by outcasts knowns as 'doms'. The corps is diped in the Ganges before cremation. The family buy wood from one of the 12 wood shops around the ghat . Varanassi, also named Benares or Kachi, is one of the holiest place for Hindus in India, drawing millions of pilgrims every year. They come to prey to along the temples lining the ghats, and purify themselves in the "Holi Ganga". It always has been an auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers 'moksha', liberation of the circle of life and death. (Photo by Jean-Marc Giboux)