A Hindu funeral at Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River Kathmandu, Nepal. © Antonio Ciufo

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Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The temple served as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath and is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. A funeral pyre is a structure, usually made of wood, for burning a body as part of a funeral rite. Traditionally, pyres are used for the cremation of the deceased in the Hindu and Sikh religions, a practice which dates back several thousands of years. The cremation ground is called Shmashana and traditionally it is located near a river, if not on the river bank itself. A pyre is prepared, on which the corpse is laid with its feet facing southwards; this is so the dead person can walk in the direction of the dead. When the fire has consumed the body, which may take several hours, the mourners return home. During this mourning period the family of the dead are bound by many rules and regulations of ritual impurity. Immediately after the cremation the entire family is expected to have a bath. One or two days after the funeral, the chief mourner returns to the cremation ground to collect the mortal remains and put them in an urn. These remains are then immersed in a river. Katmandu, April 18, 2010.
Location: Pashupatinath, Katmandu, Nepal