Varanasi

Varanasi

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A temple town situated on the banks of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi is among the oldest cities on the planet. Hindus believe taking a dip in the Ganges release oneself from the endless cycle of life and death. Being one of the Sapta Puris or the seven holy cities of Hinduism, Varanasi sees millions of pilgrims every year. The Kashi Viswanath Temple, one among the 12 Siva Jyotirlinga temples in India is the major attraction at Varanasi. With the Ganges by the side, the temple is of huge spiritual significance for the Hindus. The bathing ghats here are popular all around the world, especially the Dashaswamedh Ghat, where the Ganga Aarti is conducted every day. It is a delightful ceremony, when the priests hold fire bowls and offer prayers to River Ganga. The temple bells along with the mantra chants by the visitors, flocked far and near, creates a spiritual ambiance all around.

The sadhus, who are considered as the god men in India are everywhere in Varanasi. It is never a bad idea to share a cup of chai and have a chat with them for some spiritual insights on the Hindu culture. The Sarnath Museum and the 17th century Ramnagar Fort are 2 other popular sights in Varanasi which are not to be missed.

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