Tourist Places in Varanasi
Varanasi is also known as Kashi (City of Life) and Benaras, is the spiritual capital of India. It is one of Hinduism's seven holy cities. The old city of Varanasi lies along the western banks of the Ganges, spread across a labyrinth of narrow galis. Temples at almost every turn engulf Varanasi but the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most visited and the oldest.
Varanasi is considered an auspicious place to die, as it is believed to grant moksha or liberation from the cycle of life and death. Spiritually enlightening, the heart of the city pulsate around the ghats, about 80 of which border the Ganges. Be prepared for the sights, sounds and smells. Though all chaos and noise on the ghats take a pause before dusk when the Ganga Aarti begins to take place, a ceremony of immense grandeur.
This divine city is also an important destination for Buddhists. Gautam Buddha preached his first sermon in Benaras, a part which is now in Sarnath.
Famous Places in Varanasi
1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple :- Kashi Vishwanath Temple is situated on the western bank of holy river Ganga in Varanasi. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas or temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main deity of Kashi Vishwanath Temple is Lord Shiva, also known as Vishwanatha or Vishweshwarar meaning the ruler of the universe. The city of Varanasi, the cultural capital of India, is thus known as the city of Lord Shiva. The temple has 800 kg of gold plating on its tower.
2. Ganga Aarti (Varanasi) :- The priests perform the Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. Ganga Aarti is an important ritual held on a grand scale every morning and evening on the banks of the holy river Ganges. The entire Ghat gets illuminated with a divine light that can be felt strongly. The magnificent ritual involves huge brass lamps lit with oil and the priests chant the holy mantras that reverberate in the entire location.
3. Sarnath :- Sarnath is a quiet and spiritual town located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Sarnath is a city of historical marvel with numerous Buddhist stupas, museums, excavated ancient sites and beautiful temples that prove to be a source of immense wonder and astonishment to tourists due to their mystical and serene setting. Being just 10 kms from Varanasi, Sarnath is often flocked with devotees and is the perfect pilgrimage site for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus, alike.
And many other famous places such as :- Dashashwamedh Ghat, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Assi Ghat, Durga Temple, Kedar Ghat, Shivala ghat, etc.
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