Photographer's Note

Originally it was called the Jalasayi ghat, it is presently popular as the Jalasen Ghat. This Ghat is just beside the Manikornika Ghat (the photograph of which I had posted earlier) which is a cremation ghat. The tradition /custom was to dip the dead body in the Jalasayi Ghat before being carried to the Manikarnika Ghat for burning.
The ritual is considered an essential part of last rite ceremony, but the pathetic condition of the ghat has hardly left any scope for performing the ritual on the banks of Ganga in the city.
What I found was broken steps, ruptured embankments and scattered wastes with leftovers of last rite function that were dumped along the embankments were enough to give it a filthy and unhygienic look.
If it were not mandatory to perform the part of last rite function at the ghat, most people would avoid performing the ritual at the place.
It is not surprising that a number of people insist that the ceremony be performed at Manikarnika Ghat itself after witnessing the pathetic condition of the Jalasen Ghat. The place has become a dumping ground for relieving the articles used for last rite function and it remains one of the most ill-maintained ghat in the vicinity.
The ghat has witnessed some cleanliness work in the past with the help of local support, but the spate of rising and retreating Ganges has done harm to the embankments.

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