Photographer's Note

Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple and one of the most important Shiva temples in Nepal.
It's situated along the Bagmati river, a holy river. There are several burning gaths along the river side and two of them are for royalty only. I was 'lucky' enough to witness a royal cremation. I had to keep looking through my camera, otherwise I would have been sick or too embaressed. Although it's a common ritual, you do feel like an intruder.
This was a quite decisive moment; the flowers that were first on the body, are thrown in the river before the body is set on fire.

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