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Varanasi

Varanasi- the holy city of India is also popular by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Varanasi is the oldest city of the world.

Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus , is known for its fine-quality silks, paan and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days, Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage and holiest point for the Hindus. Varanasi city is also one of the Shakti Peethas .In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant doorway to freedom from the series of births and re-births.

Considered as the dwelling of Lord Shiva, Varanasi is situated on the banks of River Ganges, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of ones sins. As pandits here will tell you, whatever is sacrificed and chanted here or given in charity reaps its fruits thousand times more than those good actions performed at other places because of the power of that place.

Varanasi is more than 3000 years old and is famous as the city of temples. In Varanasi, there are temples at every few places. Jyotirlinga Visvanatha Temple or Golden Temple, rebuilt in 1776, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Jnana Vapi well (meaning Well of Wisdom) is believed to have been dug by Lord Shiva himself. It is believed that the majestic Alamgir mosque has replaced one of the most ancient shrines acknowledged as the temple of Bindu Madhava. The 33 hundred million shrines fill one with awe and wonder with sheer numbers.

The Ganga Ghats (river front) are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centers of melody and learning. Varanasi is also great center of learning. The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years and has shaped great saints and personalities like Gautama Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharaya, Ramanuja and Patanjali.

Sarnath

Sarnath

Sarnath – 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi,place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. The famous Mantra, ‘Buddham Sharanam Gachhami’, owes its origin to Sarnath. On the day before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be sacred to […]

Ramnagar Fort

Ramnagar Fort

The Ramnagar fort lies at the distance of 14 km from Varanasi – located on the opposite bank of river Ganga. It is the ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras. Maharaja Balwant Singh built this fort-palace in the 18th century. The fort-palace is built in red sandstone. The Ramnagar fort has a temple and […]

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is an observatory, built by Jai Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur in the year 1737. Jai Singh was a great admirer of science and technology . Before the commencement of construction (of observatories) he sent scholars abroad to study the foreign observatories. The Jantar Mantar at Varanasi was built in line with Delhi, […]

Banaras Hindu University

Banaras Hindu University

The Banaras Hindu University-BHU is an internationally reputed University, in Varanasi. The great nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, founded the Banaras Hindu University in the year 1916. Dr Annie Besant also played significant role in the formation of the BHU. The Banaras Hindu University played an significant role in the Indian independence movement. Over […]

Bharat Kala Bhavan

Bharat Kala Bhavan

Bharat Kala Bhavan, situated inside the Banaras Hindu University ┬ácampus, is an art and architecture museum and houses a vast collection of paintings, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and other materials of archeological significance. The Bharat Kala Bhavan was established in the year 1920 A.D. In the main hall of the Bharat Kala Bhawan, there is […]

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