Devotees play 'Bhasm Holi' at Manikarnika Ghat

Scores of people were seen celebrating Holi with ashes from pyres and colours amid the burning pyres at Manikarnika ghat in Varanasi. This unique holi is played only in Varanasi, where dying means attaining moksha. Traditionally at Manikarnika Ghat, the Mahashmashan where Hindus cremate their dead, people of the area play Holi with ash on the next day of Rangbhari Ekadashi, a Banarasi tradition that is believed as old as the Ganga.