Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganges river during India’s government-imposed lockdown. Photo: AFPManikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganges river during India’s government-imposed lockdown. Photo: AFP
Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganges river during India’s government-imposed lockdown. Photo: AFP

India’s famous Ganges funeral pyres fall silent amid coronavirus lockdown

  • Typically, up to 300 bodies are brought daily to Varanasi from all around the country for cremation. Now barely 40 take place each day, all of them locals
  • The usual teeming crowds of mourners, pilgrims and tourists in one of India’s holiest places are also eerily absent
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Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganges river during India’s government-imposed lockdown. Photo: AFPManikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganges river during India’s government-imposed lockdown. Photo: AFP
Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganges river during India’s government-imposed lockdown. Photo: AFP
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