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The holiest of the Indian s cities, Varanasi defies easy description. A highly congested ways of narrow alleys winding behind its water front ghats, at once highly sacred yet physically often far from clean. An as image, an idea and a symbol of Hinduism s central realties, the city draws the pilgrims from around the world, to worship, to meditate and above all bathe. It is a place to be born and place to die .In the cold mists of a winters dawn .you can see life and death laid bare. For an outside observer it can be an uncomfortable experience, juxtaposing the inner philosophical mysteries of Hinduism with the practical complications of living literally and metaphorically on the edge.
The cities focus extends from Raj Ghat in the north, to Assi Ghat in the south. At dawn the river banks stone steps begin to hum with activity. Early risers immerse themselves in the water as they face rising son, boatman wait expectantly on the water side, pilgrims flock to the temple s ,flower sellers do brisk business ,astrologers prepare to read palms and horoscopes while families carry the dead to their rtes by the holy river .A few steps away from the mortar-bikers speed through the lanes narrowly missing a motley band of wandering sadhus , hopeful beggars curious visitors and wandering cows, while packs stray dogs scavenge among the piles of rubbish.
Major Attractions In Varanasi
The splendid 4 km stretch of the Ghats is an unique sight at Varanasi. The Ghats of Varanasi are best viewed at dawn, as a steady stream of devotees-swelling to thousands on auspicious days –perform rituals by the Ganga. The Ghats are best approached by Dashashwamedha ghat, where boats are available on hire.
Bharat Kala Bhawan, B.H.U
Established in 1950 as a university museum, Bharat Kala Bhawan is famous for its outstanding collection of miniature paintings. It has a rich collection of Rajasthani paintings, Pichhawai’s, pahari painting, Nepalese & Tibetan Thankas, company paintings as well as paintings of contemporary artists, illustrated Mrigavati, Kalpa Sutra, Chora-Panchasika, Laura-Chanda, Shah-nama and some pages of Humza-nama are the rich possessions of this museum.
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple
as the Golden Temple,
it is dedicated to Lord shiva, the presiding deity of the
city. Varanasi is believed to be the point at which the
first jyotirlinga, the fiery pillar of light by which
shiva manifested has supremacy over others gods, broke
through the Earth’s crust and flared towards the heavens.
More than the Ghats and even the Ganga, the Shivalinga installed in the temple remains the
devotional focus of Varanasi.
This Temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 and houses one perfect relief maps of India carved out of marble. The Temple was gifted by the nationalists Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta (Barat Ratana ) and shri Durga Prasad Khatri, leading numismatists and antiquarians. This is a must place top visit in Varanasi.
By Air It has direct flights from New Delhi and Mumbai.
By Rail Well Connected.
By Road Well Connected.
When to Visit Oct - Mar
Sadhu at Varanasi
Ghats In Varanasi
Evening Aarti on Varanasi Ghats
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