Varanasi aka Benares, Banaras or Kashi is one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimages in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The city sees its place on the banks of river Ganga and thus holds maximum ghats of the country and world as well.
The city of Varanasi must be seeing maximum cremations and deaths due to the popular Hindu belief of attaining moksha here. To see here are the immeasurable ghats, sunrise, and sunset on the Ganges, innumerable temples and never-ending Hindu rituals and pilgrims. Due to its religious importance, the city is renowned as the spiritual capital of India.
Apart from the religious importance, the city is known for its most important muslin and silk industries. The city has numerous industries involved in the production of muslin and silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works, and sculpture. To visit here are the ghats, temples, forts, one of Asia’s largest residential universities Banaras Hindu University (BHU), etc. Silk weaving being the major industry of Varanasi, others to mention are the hand-knotted Mirzapur carpets, rugs, dhurries, brassware, copperware, wooden and clay toys, handicrafts, gold jewellery, and musical instruments. Varanasi is the oldest city in the world. Varanasi is more than 3000 years old and is famous as the city of temples.
In Varanasi, there are temples at every few paces. Looking at the number of temples in Varanasi, it is hard to believe that a large number of them were demolished during medieval times. Jyotirlinga Visvanatha Temple or Golden Temple, rebuilt in 1776, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Varanasi is a great centre of learning. The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy, and mysticism for thousands of years and has produced great saints and personalities like Guatama Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharya, Ramanuja, and Patanjali.
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