Varanasi, one of the oldest inhabited cities on earth, is also the most sacred pilgrimage place for all Hindus, where the cycle of life, death and rebirth is encountered daily on the ghats of the holy Ganges River. Varanasi: Sacred Fire is a cinematic meditation, featuring the sights and sounds of this remarkable city. The Ganges River is the center of life in Varanasi. For thousands of years, every day it has received the people’s prayers . . . and throughout every day, and every night, it receives the dead. The cremation fires never go out in Varansi. To die in Varanasi and have your ashes returned to the river is to achieve muksha – the soul’s ultimate liberation.