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Bells adorn the top of a shrine overlooking the Ganges river at the Harishchandra Ghat in Varanasi, India. The Harishchandra Ghat (also known as the Harish Chandra Ghat) is the smaller and more ancient of the two primary cremation grounds in Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges River. An electric crematorium opened at the site in 1986 but had technical problems and never caught on. The method of cremation by wood fire is steeped in tradition and still favored. Cremation practices here at Harishchandra are the same as those at the larger Jalasi Ghat, at Manikarnika Ghat. It is sometimes called Adi Manikarnika ("the original cremation ground"). Varanasi, India. A ghat is a stairway in India leading down to a landing on the water.

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Bells adorn the top of a shrine overlooking the Ganges river at the Harishchandra Ghat in Varanasi, India. The Harishchandra Ghat (also known as the Harish Chandra Ghat) is the smaller and more ancient of the two primary cremation grounds in Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges River. An electric crematorium opened at the site in 1986 but had technical problems and never caught on. The method of cremation by wood fire is steeped in tradition and still favored. Cremation practices here at Harishchandra are the same as those at the larger Jalasi Ghat, at Manikarnika Ghat. It is sometimes called Adi Manikarnika ("the original cremation ground"). Varanasi, India. A ghat is a stairway in India leading down to a landing on the water.