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.VARANASSI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA - OCTOBER 3, 2005 : Hindu pilgrims bathe at sunrise in the Ganges river to wash away their sins in the holy Hindu city of Varanassi on october 3, 2005. Varanassi (also called Benares or Kachi) is one of the holiest city in India and has always been an auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers moksha - liberation from the cycle of birth and death. (Photo by Jean-Marc Giboux)