We will reverently approach the temple in our rowboat as our guide explains the history and ritual practices of Hindu cremations. Because Varanasi is the most sacred of Hindu cities, and the abode of Lord Shiva, the destroyer of cycles, many Hindus aspire to die and be cremated in Varanasi. Various denominations of sadhus can be seen at the temple along side family members. The cremation fires at the temple burn 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. No photographs are permitted, for obvious reasons.