Manikarnika 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

Manikarnika 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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