Holi 2024: Bizarre Holi traditions across India

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In the heart of Varanasi, Chita-Bhasma Holi is a profound tradition that transcends the usual festivities. Devotees, including sadhus and Aghoris, gather at Manikarnika Ghat, a place where life and death intersect, to play Holi with the ashes from the cremation pyres. This ritual is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the deity who is believed to reside in Varanasi, the city of salvation. The devotees are followers of Shiva, embracing his aspects as both the destroyer and the rejuvenator. They smear the sacred ashes on their bodies, celebrating the cycle of life and death, and expressing their devotion to Shiva, who is said to visit the cremation grounds during this time to partake in the festivities. This unique celebration presents a ghostly sight as the holy men roam the streets, adding a surreal dimension to the festivities.

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