Varanasi is not only the sacred river Ganges, rituals, attractions, and crematorium in the open air, it is primarily one of the most ancient cities in the world, where pilgrims come from all over the world to wash their sins, having been forgiven. But not even this makes it truly unique, and the atmosphere reigning around and the people living in it …

The work of photographer Ashrafula Arefin is an excellent example. Visiting Varanasi in January this year, he managed to stock up not only the brightest impressions for the rest of his life but also to capture the most impressive moments. His pictures perfectly convey the mood of the city, showing the true face of the sacred place where heaven and hell have coexisted in “harmony” for several centuries, and life and death – go hand in hand …

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