Varanasi

Residents and visitors to a ghat swim an...Residents and visitors to a ghat swim and sit by the banks of the Ganges river after sunrise in Varanasi in May 18, 2014. The Ganges river is considered sacred in the Hindu religion and is revered as a goddess.  AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDTROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

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Residents and visitors swim and sit by the banks of the Ganges river after sunrise in Varanasi, India. The Ganges river is considered sacred in the Hindu religion and is revered as a goddess Read more

Varanasi Votes In Final Round Of Indian Elections...VARANASI, INDIA - MAY 12:  A Border Police officer stands guard as Indians wait in line to vote at a polling station on May 12, 2014 in Varanasi, India. Indians voted in the ninth and final phase of elections Monday. Counting will be on May 16

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A Border Police officer stands guard as Indians wait in line to vote at a polling station in Varanasi, India. Indians voted in the ninth and final phase of elections Monday. Counting will be on May 16 Read more

TOPSHOTS Supporters of unseen India's ma...TOPSHOTS Supporters of unseen India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat Narendra Modi wave as he arrives to file his election nomination papers in Varanasi on April 24, 2014.  Indian election frontrunner Narendra Modi said he was overwhelmed by a huge show of support on streets of Varanasi as the Hindu nationalist leader entered the contest to become the holy city's member of parliament.  AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

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Supporters of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate and chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat Narendra Modi wave as he arrives to file his election nomination papers in Varanasi. Read more

In this Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 photo, a Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, and a dog rest in an alleyway in Varanasi, India. Narrow alleyways, known as gullies, leading to the banks of the Ganges River make up a large part of the city, sacred to Hindus and one of the oldest living cities in the world.

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A Sadhu and a dog rest in an alleyway in Varanasi, India. Narrow alleyways, known as gullies, leading to the banks of the Ganges River make up a large part of the city, sacred to Hindus and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Read more

Students of Shri Vidya Math, a school for Hindu religious learning, walk to their school, in Varanasi, India, Monday, July 29, 2013. Varanasi, known as the city of temples and learning, is one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage for Hindus.

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Students of Shri Vidya Math, a school for Hindu religious learning, walk to school in Varanasi, India, on Monday. Varanasi, known as the city of temples and learning, is one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage for Hindus.