This is a burial ground although it's not a formal cemetery, even though there are a few visible graves in this picture. The structure in the center of the photo is the place where cremations take place. Most Indians who are Hindus are cremated. The body is placed on a pile of wood and the eldest son lights the funeral fire which may burn for hours. The remaining ashes are then distributed in sacred water. I'm still hoping to soon get a picture of the funeral processions with dancing, flowers and firecrackers that wind through the streets of Chennai on the way to the big city crematories.