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India - Varanasi (57 images)

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The city of Varanasi, located on the Ganges River, has been continuously inhabited for 5000 years, making it one of the oldest living cities in the world.

For Hindus, the Ganges is known as Mother Ganga and is considered to be a God with healing and purifying powers. Hindus, if able, will make a pilgrimage to bathe in the river at least once in their life. Varanasi also draws in the sick and dying who believe they will be healed or find peace if they die in Varanasi.
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