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Marilyn Silverstone - SIKKIM,Funeral of Maharaja of Sikkim.
The procession leaving for the cremation.
The PURKHANG. Firewood is placed underneath, and the holes are used for the offerings. Long ladles are used to pour 'ghee' butter and food/rice from the top.
The band of young Lamas escorting the body from the Palace to the cremation site.
The band of Lamas escorting the coffin to the cremation site. They are playing bejewelled conche shell horns.
Mourners paying their last respects at 05.30 am to the coffin covered with white scarves, as a sign of respect, under the decorated tent.