I remember clearly the first time I arrived at Varanasi.
It was late evening when my 15 hours train had started to slow down on the Varanasi train station. from the stories I heard from friends and family I knew i was for a somewhat of a shocking experience but nothing can really prepare you to the real deal.
first thing that hit you is the smell.
Varanasi is the most holy city for Hindu followers and Hindu believe that if a deceased’s ashes are laid in the Ganges at Varanasi, their soul will be transported to heaven and escape the cycle of rebirth.
That is why on the shore of the Ganges there is a place where they burn the bodies of dead people (called Ghat) and the smell of the burn flesh is running around the all city.
Unlucky for me when I arrived the city was in power off mode so the streets was dark, I was trying to find my way to the small guest house I heard about and couldn’t see much of the city.
When I woke up in the morning it really hit me where I’m. there were old sick people everywhere, they came there to die and they are now just waiting. you could smell the burning smell everywhere and if you get close enough to the place where they perform the actual ritual you can get a very good visual aspect of the all thing.
Sound like a horrible experience isn’t?
but still I will recommend anyone to go there at least once and experience this powerful place by himself.
It will change your life.
I know it changed mine, death in our society is something we always try to hide and cover and by that I believe that we live less.
knowing that you will die will make you live your life much more powerfully
And in Varanasi that fact is way out on the surface, you get it from every second you are there – in all of your senses.