Saturday, December 2

The city that is a vegetarian paradise and where the law prohibits serving meat


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In 2019, the government banned the sale and consumption of meat 250 meters from all temples and historical sites in Benares.

Inhabited since at least 1800 BC. C., it is known that Benares or Varanasi is among the oldest cities on the planet and is one of the most sacred for the 1,200 million Hindus estimated to be in the world.

Every day, as the sound of the temple bells resounds from above, tens of thousands of devotees descend the 88 steps of the city and plunge into the Ganges River to wash away their sins.

Mourners flock to the two cremation areas of Benares, where the funeral pyres burn day and night, believing that Shiva himself whispers the mantra. talcohol (song of liberation) in the ears of all those cremated here, granting them the moksha or instant salvation.

But my reasons for traveling to Benares were quite different.

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