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Honorable Mention BIFA 2020 People / Culture

Beyond

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in People / Culture
  • Photographer
    Giorgia Reitano

Varanasi is the city when divinity can be felt everywhere. It is a city which is as old as time. According to legend, Varanasi is established by Lord Shiva and is considered as his home thus radiating endless energy and spiritualism. Life in Varanasi revolves around the Ganges. One of the holiest rivers in the world, devout Hindus come from all over the world to plunge into the purifying river. Funeral processions line the streets, where Hindus make their final journey to their final resting place – to be cremated and sent into the Mother Ganges. I close my eyes and I’m back there again.