Nautch girls perform dance around pyres in Varanasi's Manikarnika Ghat

Since ages, on Maha Saptami day, nautch girls perform dance at famous Manikarnika Ghat where as per the saying goes pyre never stops burning. These girls dance to the tunes amid smokes from the pyres and cracking sounds coming from the burning bodies. Large number of people visit the ghat to watch this traditional event. Traditionally the sex workers offer prayer to Maha Smashan Nath, the lord of cremation site, on the seventh night of Chaitra Navratra annually.