50+ Scary Images Depicting Filth of Varanasi and River Ganges that Went Viral in China

The floating corpse

In 2008, about 50 images posted with the first-hand account of a visitor who had spent a few months in India, had gone viral in China. Many Chinese forums and columns published them.  The images are disturbing, but not for the government and Indian people except some activists and NGOs. Surprisingly, the images depicting the ugly side of India did improve sanitation condition in China.

China has its own flaws, but it can’t be denied that Indian aren’t treating the scared river as it should be. On the other hand, Indians don’t mind such embarrassment or they don’t actually know how India is perceived by the rest of the world.

India enjoys an image of ancient civilization with spiritual values. There is no country in the world like India when it comes to cultural and social diversity. Tourists are nuts for places like Varanasi. Every state has something unique to offer to the tourists.

From the Himalayas in the north to the coasts in the south, from billion-dollar buildings to the poverty stricken slums, India makes a perfect destination for those who seek exposure to world’s biggest and successful democracy.

A holy ground covered with feces

But India and Indians are ridiculed and embarrassed by other nations for its filth and religious hypocrisy. The River Ganges is considered the holiest river for Hindus, and also the most polluted. Despite being so sacred, there is nothing that is not dumped into the river.

Raw sewage, plastic bags and bottles, industrial effluents, human waste, the chemical from tanneries, discarded idols, cow dung, partially cremated corpses, flower-garlands, human remains, animal carcasses, butcher’s offal, chemical dyes from sari factories and construction waste, everything ends up in River Ganges. Daily, people defecate on the banks of this sacred river, while many others come a long way to take a bath in the same water.

The condition hasn’t changed much in 2015. In January 2015, more than 100 corpses, including children, were found washed up in shallow tributary of the River Ganges. The bodies were decaying and dogs and birds could be seen feeding on them. About 102 bodies were spotted near the village Pariyar, in Uttar Pradesh.

All credit goes to India’s age-old customs to give a water burial. Many people do it because they can’t afford proper cremation.

Dogs eatin corpses at ganges

dead bodies floatin in gagnes

bodies found in ganges

ganges bodies case

For Indians, it’s a bitter reality that foreign countries, especially China find images of Indian filth effective for scaring their people about the ugly reality of poor waste disposal habits and littering.

The Prime Minister of India has vowed to clean the River Ganges. The government has also built around nine million (90 lakh) toilets in the past one year to eradicate open defecation, as claimed by the PM.

However, India still needs an awakening. We are re-posting the images posted in a Chinese forum. India can do better.

All it needs is a motivation, and we guess, these images might wake (if not all) then some citizens.

rotting corpses in ganges

Rotting corpse on the shore

Roadside garbage India

River ganges reality

Puri, where heaven and hell come together

people bathing in ganges

mornign on ganges banks

India's holy river

India's garbage photos


Indian filth

improper burning

human body in ganges, varanasi

huma corpses in ganges

holy cow in ganges


ganges water healthy to drink

ganges rotting

Ganges River scenery

Ganges pollution in India

ganges in 2008

ganges images

ganges girl bathing

ganges bath

floting bodies in ganges

Floating corpses in ganges

fish catcher on the shore of the Ganges River

Everywhere the floating corpses of sacred cows

drinking ganges water

dogs freely tearing their food off a rotting corpse

Dogs eating corpses near ganges

Dogs eat man in India

Dog. Crows. Fighting for a child’s head as food. Dog victorious.

Dog at ganges banks

Dirty ganges

dead body in ganges river

cremation on ganges banks creamtion ground varanasi

Cow corpse

Corpses on the Ganges River, giving off an offensive rotting stench

Corpses on the Ganges River, giving off an offensive rotting stench 2

Condition of ganges

cloth washing on ganges banks

Bodies abandoned at the Ganges River

boat in polluted ganges

bathing with corpses in ganges

Bathing in the corpse-filled Ganges!3

Bathing in the corpse-filled Ganges!

Bathing in the corpse-filled Ganges! 4 Bathing in the corpse-filled Ganges! 2

Bathing in the corpse-filled Ganges 5

Bathing in polluted ganges

bathing in ganges

bath in ganges

Animal corpses in ganges

A skeleton on the shore of the Ganges River


A rotting body on the banks of the Ganges River

A floating rotten corpse

A crow standing on a floating rotting corpse

A corpse floating in the Ganges River3

A corpse floating in the Ganges River.

A corpse floating in the Ganges River. 2

A corpse floating in the Ganges River 3

Washing after discarding a corpse

ugly shores of ganges

Ugly pictures of India

The floating corpse of a sacred cow

The body of a cow or a sheep

swimming in gagnges full of bodies

Sunset, rotting corpse, a butt facing the sky

Stinking India

Routine in ganges river

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