Lying along the bank of the river Bagamati you cannot miss the wide open space stone paved Shankhamul Ghats.

This is where the Hindus and Buddhists cremate their dead and throw away the ashes into the river. Performing this ritual symbolizes the dead person’s return to the original source of life namely water, the basic element of life from where life begins.

The Hindus and Buddhist look at the holy river as a non stop express train that goes straight to heaven for another life or reincarnation. This is one of the many reasons why people who believe in this philosophy of life after death prefer to go to the riverside to take their last breath.

Shankhamul is regarded as a gateway to heaven. Countless religious shrines and sculptures installed in and around this area tell you a lot about the spiritual and philosophical significance of Shankhamul Ghats.
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