One of the world’s oldest living cities, Varanasi was an abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Varanasi, globally famous for its ancient tradition and culture, forms ultimate pilgrimage destination for Hindu devotees. The holy city is situated on the banks of pristine Ganges, steeped in mythological legacy. Pilgrims take a holy dip in the river to get rid off their sins and purify their mind and soul. Hindus community have a strong belief that one who die on this sacred land would attain salvation.
The pious city pull pilgrims from every corner of the world. Pilgrimage tour to Varanasi is an exhilarating experience which offers life time memories to be cherished. The city boasts several Hindu temples, ashram, Buddhist stupas and Jain temples that are worth visiting. For decades culture, Knowledge, art and crafts and devotion to god has been flourishing here.
The Ganga Ghats are the places where several religious and ritual activities are practiced. These ghats are the series of downstairs to reach the riverfront, built along the Ganges. People get down by these stairs to take holy dip and offer prayers to the rising Sun. Assi ghat, Dasaswamedha ghat, Bachraj ghat, Dandi ghat, Manikarnika ghat, and Hanuman ghat are some popular ghats in Varanasi.
The majestic temples of Varanasi allures the devotees across the world. Pilgrims make offerings and sing hymns in praise of God and Goddesses. The evening aarti (prayers) held in the temples are not to be missed, when the whole ambiance is filled with the sounds of bells and chanting of mantras. Some major Hindu temples includes Tulsi Manas temple, Durga Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata and Sankat Mochan Temple.
The exquisite monuments situated in the town are of great architectural delight. Each monument is associated with an important historical event. Historical edifices showcases the ancient Indian architectural brilliance. Experience vibrant facet of this holy land by visiting some important stunning monuments such as tomb of Lal Khan, Ram Nagar fort, Gyan Kupor and Jantar Mantar. Banaras Hindu University is the leading centre of education in Indian subcontinent. Many eminent scientists, scholars, and artists have pursued their education in this university.
Cultural Entourage to Varanasi
Varanasi is land of many vibrant religious and cultural festivals, celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. The festive season is a time of celebrations for the devotees and they make offerings to Gods of temples. Popular festivals of the holy city includes Kartik Purnima, Ganga festival, Ramlila, Buddha Purnima, Bharat Milap, hanuman jayanti, Mahashivrarti, Panch Koshi Parikarma and Dhrupad Mela are celebrated with great enthusiasm and religious gaiety. Various fairs are also held in the city which are attended by thousands of people every year.