It's funny how time and distance change you, the roads you take don't always lead you home.
We spent about an hour wandering the banks of Srirangapatna. This is an island enclosed by the river Kaveri and is considered the “Varanasi of the South” for its religious importance. Around 200 death rituals occur along the banks daily–allowing us to observe families at their most vulnerable. The river was filled with the remnants of broken clay pots that once transported ashes. We respectfully watched and dipped our feet in the holy river as families scattered ashes.
They lit incense and chanted softly to themselves. They dipped their bodies into the murky water. They dried their clothes in the sun. They crossed the bridge to the bus stop. They left their loved ones to float down the peaceful river. They believe they will be reborn and return.