Varanasi: The Last Transit

Varanasi is the oldest inhabited city on Earth and is regarded as holy by Hindus. Thousands of them stream to this sacred place to meet their end.  The Ganges River is the center of life in this city. Every day, it receives the people prayers as they enter the water. Many others, who do not visit it during their lifetime, request their dead bodies to be taken there and scatter ashes over the Ganges. Mark Twain wrote about Varanasi: “older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together." Why Hindus do believe that waters of Ganga remit sins? Why dying in Varanasi ensures release of a person's soul from the cycle of its transmigration? What is a daily life like in this sacred place?


SD, 26 min.

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Dennis Noseevich


Boris Perochinsky


Kirill Boryatin

Edited by

Boris Perochinsky

Music by

Andrei Babinov

Narrated by

Boris Mironov

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