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General Information About Varanasi
Named after the rivers ‘Varuna’ and ‘Assi’, Varanasi is one of the most sacred tourism spots of India. This land of sages and holy waters is revered by Hindus and appreciated by the people of all the religions of the world. It is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati laid the starting stone of this world from this place. This is one of the reasons why no Hindu pilgrimage is complete without a visit to Varanasi which is also called Benaras or Kaashi.
It is hard to resist the enthralling magic and serenity of this holy place which leaves you fascinated. The rays of the rising sun, gleaming across the ‘Holy Ganga’, the sages having an early morning dip in the holy water, the chanting of mantras and hymns and a crowd of people marching forward to the temples, it seems that the whole world has gathered around to pay obeisance to the hallowed place. The famous ‘Ganga Aarti’ leaves every person mesmerized, even if they watch it daily. The fragrance of incense in the air and the waters of the Ganges touching the shore and splashing every passerby with its breezy shower, all these elements blend together to drizzle the joy of ultimate sanctity.
The Benarsi Sarees are renowned all over the world and no Indian wedding is considered as complete if the bride doesn’t have one of them. Bhadohi Carpets and musical instruments are among the other alluring shopping attractions. Famous for its art and handicraft, culture and festivals, religious charisma and spiritual lure, Varanasi has something for everyone.
Why Visit Varanasi
Varanasi has a history which is full of episode relating to the Gods, Goddesses, and Creation of this world, Maharajas and Warfare.
The Banarsi Saree which forms an indispensible part of the Indian Bride’s attire is woven exclusively in Banaras and is treasured worldwide. The brassware and the copperware is another attraction which attracts shoppers to this place. The mangoes of Varanasi are relished by the admirers of mangoes all over the world. The carpets of Mirzapur, which are intricately hand-woven by the weavers, are another goodie in the shopping bag of Varanasi.
Fairs and Festivals
All the Hindu festivals are celebrated in Varanasi with great pomp and show. The city is abuzz with processions, fairs and celebrations every other day. The Indian culture of festivals and celebrations is witnessed in Varanasi at its best.
The places like the Banaras Hindu University, Jantar Mantar, and The Ramnagar Fort attract tourists and locals to taste the diverse fruits of the history of this holy city. Moreover the presence of the Alamgir mosque and the Hindu temples together shows that in spite of all the dissimilarities, Indians have sustained as one unite community.
The Ghats and the temples draw visitors from all over the world to witness the religious passion of Hinduism. That is one of the main reasons why every day Varanasi welcomes, numerous International visitors.
Every year, the finest photographs are clicked on the raw Ghats of the Ganga. The photographers consider Varanasi as a heaven for photography where the Hindu rituals and procession provide them with excellent instances to make a click.
If you reached Varanasi to chase the mystic side of Hinduism, then the Ghats are a must visit. Numbered from 1 to 84, the Ghats are a synonym for Hindu rituals and processions. Spend an evening witnessing the Ganga Aarti and experience the ecstatic sensation of peace and tranquility.
The ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras, the fort is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River. The red sandstone masterpiece of construction is an example of the marvelous 18th century architecture. The key attraction of the fort is the assortment of vintage cars and arms and ammunitions. The ivory craft works and the pieces of antique art are enough to make your heart skip a beat.
The Jantar Mantar
Built by Jai Singh, the famous technology loving king of Jaipur, the Jantar Mantar was built to observe the sun’s declination in order to have an idea about the time of the day. It was also used to study the stars, the moon and the declination of the planets. A remarkable storehouse of extra-ordinary instruments, the Jantar Mantar pulls all the tourists for its vision which was an unusual discovery at its time.
Bharat Kala Bhavan
Exhibiting the art pieces of the culture pertaining to the 15th and 16th century India, the Bharat Kala Bhavan is situated in the Banaras Hindu University Campus. The figure of Lord Krishna lifting the ‘Govardhana’ is one piece of sculpture that pulls visitors.