Cremation at Pasthupatinah Temple, Kathmandu

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Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal. Temple of the Lord Shiva, is one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Next to the eastern bank of the Bagmati River, bodies arrived constantly, and cremations take place, as kids fish on the river. Founded around 1800 BC, is the oldest world belief system still widely practiced, with around 800 million followers. Is not a religion of a Book, but more of a way of life. In Hindu rituals, bodies are usually cremated and the ashes scattered at a holy site. HIndus believe in reincarnation. The funeral is intented to aid th spirit in the process of rebirth. When the body burns, it releases the spirit from the physical body. The eldest son prepares the corpse. After covering the body with traditional white and orange clothes, and a short period of mourning, the son sets fire to the pyre. Ashes are thrown to the river, which cleanses all sins.
Location: Bagmati River, Bihar