India’s Real-Life Nirvana House

For Hindu priests, the dawn of everything begins with the holy trinity of gods—Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Mahesh (the destroyer). Those same priests say that Varanasi, a city in northern India, has been inhabited since the beginning of time. It is the home of the third of those gods—Mahesh, or Lord Shiva, who destroys so that the cycle of life can continue.

And at the Kashi Labh Mukti Bhawan, located in the heart of the city, the sound of hymns and devotional songs never stop. It’s one of the city’s many mukti houses—places built to provide a pathway into freedom after death—and it’s open to anyone who has come here to die. Its two floors are sparsely floored and bathed in sunlight. Wooden cots lie behind the green doors of its 10 rooms. The house is close to the city’s busiest temple to Shiva and near the bustling banks of the Ganges River, which are thronged with residents, pilgrims and tourists…read it at Vocativ.

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