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Manikarnika: Dying the Good Death

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/Other
  • Photographer
    Alfonso Perez de Velasco Winner Landscape category Headon Festival 2015, Sydney, Australia Finalist Peoples and Cultures Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) 2015, London, UK, Australia

Varanasi by the Ganges, is a city of pilgrimage and devotion which
every Hindu will endeavour to visit at some point in their lives. The
ganga (water) of the holy Ganges and the fire of the burning ghats
where cremations occur, mark the beginning and end of the path
to Moksha or Nirvana . To be cremated in Varanasi is to escape the
cycle of reincarnation and to reach Nirvana. Many will travel from
far to die in Varanasi.
Manikarnika, is the main Burning Ghat in Varanasi, and these
photographs are part of a larger project to document the lives of
the Doms or untouchables who for generations have been in
charge of the cremations.

Awards Amateur photographer
First Prize Landscape category Headon Festival, Sydney, Australia 2015
Finalist Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), London,UK 2015