Mukti bhavan is the place where people go to die.it is believed that dying in varanasi,break the cycle of death and re-birth,thus attaining them the ultimate ‘moksha’
Unlike Mukti Bhavan, Mumukshu Bhawan, is a place where people come in to await their death. More than 300 people are presently living in Mumukshu, most of them over 60, and some living since past 20 years
Manager of Mukti Bhavan, Bhairav Nath Shukla, who recently turned 60 had been managing the place for more than four decades now, “In a year we get around 800 people from around the country who come to spend their last days in Kashi. Some non-residential Indians too have come. On an average people are allowed to stay for 15 days. For some it could be two or three days or even a month till they die.”
Mukti Bhavan also arranges for the funeral rites and cremation for those who are left along to die, and those who cannot afford. “We help the poor to buy wood and other materials needed for cremation. Moreover, after being here for so long, I can easily calculate when a person will die.”
Reuters reported that until last year July, around 14,578 people checked into Mukti Bhavan to attain moksha. It would be no wrong in saying that the fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Images have been taken from Reuters and Al Jazeera.