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Bathing in the Ganges river, Varanasi, India

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Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges remits sins and ensures release of a person's soul from the cycle of its transmigrations.


Varanasi, also knows as Benares is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, 320 kilometres (199 mi) southeast of state capital Lucknow. It is regarded as a holy city by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. As the place where Siddhārtha Gautama gave his first sermon to his disciples, Varanasi is the city where Buddhism was founded.


It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest in India 1200-1000 BC.


Master Ravi Shankar (from Varanasi) and Philip Glass:

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Taken on May 25, 2010