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Waiting For Death At Salvation House - 23 Jul 2014 
The city of Varanasi, on the banks of the River Ganges, is widely considered Hinduism's holiest city and many Hindus believe that dying there and having their remains scattered in the Ganges allows their soul to escape a cycle of death and rebirth, attaining "moksha" or salvation. "Mukti Bhavan" or "Salvation House", is a charity-run hostel that caters for people who wish to come to Varanasi to die. Guests can normally stay up to two weeks after which, if they haven't yet passed away, they are gently asked to leave. 
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July 23, 2014 
Traffic passes through a busy junction near the river Ganges in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state... 
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Traffic passes through a busy junction near the river Ganges in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state... 
Traffic passes through a busy junction near the river Ganges in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 18, 2014. The city of Varanasi, on the banks of the River Ganges, is widely considered Hinduism's holiest city and many Hindus believe that dying there and having their remains scattered in the Ganges allows their soul to escape a cycle of death and rebirth, attaining "moksha" or salvation. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
A woman stands outside Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar... 
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A woman stands outside the Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh 
A woman stands outside Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. "Mukti Bhavan" or "Salvation House", is a charity-run hostel that caters for people who wish to come to Varanasi to die. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Bhairav Nath Shukla, manager of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House), looks out of a window while praying inside... 
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Shukla, manager of Mukti Bhavan, looks out of a window while praying inside his office at Varanasi, in... 
Bhairav Nath Shukla, manager of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House), looks out of a window while praying inside his office in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. Guests can normally stay up to two weeks after which, if they haven't yet passed away, they are gently asked to leave. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
A records diary inside the office of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian... 
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A records diary inside the office of Mukti Bhavan at Varanasi 
A records diary inside the office of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Clothes hang out to dry inside Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state... 
Varanasi, India 
Clothes hang out to dry inside Mukti Bhavan at Varanasi 
Clothes hang out to dry inside Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Hindu priests rest in their room after conducting morning prayers at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in... 
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Hindu priests rest in their room after conducting morning prayers at Mukti Bhavan at Varanasi 
Hindu priests rest in their room after conducting morning prayers at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Savitri, an 80-year-old widow, poses for a photograph inside her room at Mumukshu Bhavan (Home of the... 
Varanasi, India 
Savitri, an 80-year-old widow, poses for a photograph inside her room at Mumukshu Bhavan in Varanasi 
Savitri, an 80-year-old widow, poses for a photograph inside her room at Mumukshu Bhavan (Home of the Ailing) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Kishore Pandey, 82, lies on a bed as his daughter, Usha Tiwari, holds him and a priest stands by them... 
Varanasi, India 
Kishore Pandey lies on a bed as his daughter, Usha Tiwari, holds him and a priest stands by them at Mukti... 
Kishore Pandey, 82, lies on a bed as his daughter, Usha Tiwari, holds him and a priest stands by them (L) at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Neelam Tiwari, 38, peels lychees for her father Kishore Pandey, 82, inside Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House)... 
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Neelam Tiwari peels lychees for her father Kishore Pandey inside Mukti Bhavan at Varanasi 
Neelam Tiwari, 38, peels lychees for her father Kishore Pandey, 82, inside Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Kishore Pandey, 82, lies on a bed next to Hindu holy book, the Ramayana, at Mukti Bhawan (Salvation House)... 
Varanasi, India 
Kishore Pandey lies on a bed next to Hindu holy book, the Ramayana, at Mukti Bhawan in Varanasi 
Kishore Pandey, 82, lies on a bed next to Hindu holy book, the Ramayana, at Mukti Bhawan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Kishore Pandey, 82, lies on a bed as his daughter Neelam Tiwari folds a cloth at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation... 
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Kishore Pandey lies on a bed as his daughter Neelam Tiwari folds a cloth at Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi,... 
Kishore Pandey, 82, lies on a bed as his daughter Neelam Tiwari folds a cloth at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Bhairav Nath Shukla (L), manager of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House), sits during morning prayers as a... 
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Bhairav Nath Shukla, manager of Mukti Bhavan sits during morning prayers as a priest walks past his office... 
Bhairav Nath Shukla (L), manager of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House), sits during morning prayers as a priest walks past his office in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Bhairav Nath Shukla, manager of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House), recites during morning prayers in Varanasi,... 
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Bhairav Nath Shukla, manager of Mukti Bhavan recites during morning prayers in Varanasi 
Bhairav Nath Shukla, manager of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House), recites during morning prayers in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Munna Kuvar, 105, lies on a bed as she is comforted by relatives at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in... 
Varanasi, India 
Munna Kuvar lies on a bed as she is comforted by relatives at Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi 
Munna Kuvar, 105, lies on a bed as she is comforted by relatives at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Relatives of Munna Kuvar, 105, sit inside her room at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in... 
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Relatives of Munna Kuvar sit inside her room at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi 
Relatives of Munna Kuvar, 105, sit inside her room at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Bhogla Devi, 97, is comforted by her grandson Divyesh Tiwari as she cries in pain at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation... 
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Bhogla Devi is comforted by her grandson Divyesh Tiwari as she cries in pain at Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi,... 
Bhogla Devi, 97, is comforted by her grandson Divyesh Tiwari as she cries in pain at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Children of Mukti Bhavan employees play cricket inside its premises in Varanasi, in the northern Indian... 
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Children of Mukti Bhavan employees play cricket inside its premises in Varanasi 
Children of Mukti Bhavan employees play cricket inside its premises in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
A priest lights a lamp as another blows a conch shell inside a shrine during evening prayers at Mukti... 
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A priest lights a lamp as another blows a conch shell inside a shrine during evening prayers at Mukti... 
A priest lights a lamp as another blows a conch shell inside a shrine during evening prayers at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
A priest rings a bell as he prays inside an office at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in... 
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A priest rings a bell as he prays inside an office at Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi 
A priest rings a bell as he prays inside an office at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
A man plays the harmonium as others chant during evening prayers at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in... 
Varanasi, India 
A man plays the harmonium as others chant during evening prayers at Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi 
A man plays the harmonium as others chant during evening prayers at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
A Hindu priest rests after attending evening prayers at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in... 
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A Hindu priest rests after attending evening prayers at Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi 
A Hindu priest rests after attending evening prayers at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
A relative of a patron walks out of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian... 
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A relative of a patron walks out of Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi 
A relative of a patron walks out of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Bhairav Nath Shukla, manager of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House), looks through the records inside his... 
Varanasi, India 
Bhairav Nath Shukla, manager of Mukti Bhavan looks through the records inside his office in Varanasi 
Bhairav Nath Shukla, manager of Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House), looks through the records inside his office in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Relatives of patrons listen to priests as they chant during evening prayers at the Mukti Bhavan (Salvation... 
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Relatives of patrons listen to priests as they chant during evening prayers at the Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi... 
Relatives of patrons listen to priests as they chant during evening prayers at the Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Munna Kuvar, 105, lies on a bed at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian... 
Varanasi, India 
Munna Kuvar lies on a bed at Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi 
Munna Kuvar, 105, lies on a bed at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
An empty room is seen at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of... 
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An empty room is seen at Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi 
An empty room is seen at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
People watch as pyres burn at a cremation ground on the banks of river Ganges in Varanasi, in the northern... 
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People watch as pyres burn at a cremation ground on the banks of river Ganges in Varanasi 
People watch as pyres burn at a cremation ground on the banks of river Ganges in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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July 23, 2014 
Hindu devotees travel past holy ghats on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi, in the northern Indian... 
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Hindu devotees travel past holy ghats on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi 
Hindu devotees travel past holy ghats on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui 
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