Land Of Spiritual India Varanasi
Varanasi, also referred to as Benaras, is regarded as a holy city by not only the Hindus but also by the Jains and the Buddhists. It is also the oldest city of India and probably one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Believed to be several thousand years old, Varanasi was once famous for its muslin, silk fabrics, ivory works, sculpture and perfumes industries.
The Ghats of Varanasi are perhaps the holiest in the world and is often referred to as the"City of Ghats". Most of the day to day activities like the holy dips, morning and evening prayers, take place on all these ghats. Some important Ghats of Varanasi are, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, the Tulsi Ghat and the Manikarnika Ghat. Out of these, the Dasaswamedh Ghat is the liveliest ghats of Varanasi. Here, one can see the Sadhus praying to the holy Ganga. The experience of viewing these Ghats from a boat on the river Ganga especially during sunset, is strikingly breathtaking
Referred to as the city of temples, Varanasi houses more than 2,000 temples and is among the most visited temples in India. People, not only from all parts of India come to visit these temples but also from all over the world.
Many important and famous temples are located at these Ganga Ghats, adding to the value of the holy river. Of all the temples, the Kashi Vishwanath temple, near one of the Ghats, is the most important, well known and the most visited temple in Varanasi. The deity and the guardian of this holy temple is Lord Shiva.
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