VARANASI PLACE OF MOKSHA

VARANASI

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Varanasi is a city of religious importance and is bustling with tourists at all times of the year. Varanasi is the oldest city of the world. Varanasi is more than 3000 years old and is famous as the city of temples.

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Varanasi has been a part of Indian civilisation since the beginning of time. Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus .

In Varanasi, there are temples at every few places. Looking at the number of temples in Varanasi, it is hard to believe that a large number of them were demolished during the medieval times.

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Varanasi is the ideal destination for religious tourism, for people who want to experience the intermixed Indian society at its best, for connoisseurs of food and photographers. It is also a good spot for a family vacation.

VARANASI not just a place where pilgrims throng to visit the temples, It is also the destination where most people come to spend their last days as it is believed that an individual who dies in this sacred place can attain salvation.

VISHWANATH TEMPLE

The Kashi Vishwanath temple is the center of faith for millions of Hindus. The Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwara or Jyotirlinga Vishwanatha Temple or Golden Temple, rebuilt in 1776, is dedicated to Lord ShivaVaranasi is situated on the banks of River Ganges, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of one’s sins.  It is believed that three nights of fasting in Varanasi city can reap you rewards of many thousands of lifetimes of asceticism!

screenshot_2018-04-29-17-48-30.pngThe Kashi Vishwanath Temple attracts Hindu devotees and other visitors not only from India but also the world over.

In Hindu religion it is believed that a simple glimpse of the Jyotirlinga is a soul-cleansing experience that transforms life and puts it on the path of knowledge and Bhakti (devotion).

The Vishwanath temple opens daily at 2.30 A.M. for Mangala Aarti and between 3 to 4 A.M. ticket holders are permitted to join. The timing of general Darshan is from 4 to 11 A.M.

SANKATMOCHAN MANDIR

Sankat Mochan temple is one of the sacred temples of Varanasi. It is located in the southern part of Varanasi, near the Banaras Hindu University.

The word “Sankat Mochan” means one who helps in removing sufferings i. e. Lord Hanuman. Tulsidas, the author of the famous Hindu epic Rama Charita Manasa, founded the Sankat Mochan temple.

images (3)Every person visiting Varanasi visits this temple and pay their respects to Hanuman.

The laddoo offered at this temple is essentially famous among the locals. While visiting Sankat Mochan be aware of the monkeys who throng the temple premises and tend to steal away the Prasad.

However, they are totally harmless if you let them be on their own.

 

According to Vedic Astrology, Hanuman protects human beings from the anger of planet Saturn and those who have ill placed Saturn in their horoscope visit the Sankat Mochan temple to get remedy.

DASASHWAMEDH GHAT

Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the most important Ghats of Varanasi. Dasaswamedh literally means the Ghat (river front) of ten sacrificed horses.

Screenshot_2018-04-29-19-01-56This Ghat is most famous for the Ganga Aarti conducted every evening, and hundreds of people visit it every day. Watching the Ganga Aarti is an experience which cannot be explained in words. When in Varanasi, make sure not to miss this calming experience.

MANIKARNIKA GHAT

It is located in the north part of the Varanasi city on the bank of the Ganges. It is known as ancient Burning Ghat in Varanasi. One can go by walking through the bank of the Ganges or by a boat.
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It is  interesting to see the burning ceremonies happening here, Very intense atmosphere. Although, it’s a sight for tourist . I’d recommend people to be respectful as it is not a real display but a sentimental moment for a family.

The Ghat gives an idea that death-shaming is not required, it celebrates life and also death and death is seen as a door to start a rebirth/new life. It makes you come in terms with the practicalities of life. This is quite an eye-opener for me and hence, I recommend.

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In India, death is considered as a gateway to another life received as a result of our past actions (karma)

ASSI GHAT

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Assi Ghat is the everyone’s preferred Ghat located in the south of the Varanasi. It is the place where one can spend hours very easily without any disturbance. It is the amazing and most natural place where students from foreign country, researchers and travelers are used to live here.

Assi ghat is one of the most famous and visited ghats of the Varanasi for tour and tourism. People from all the corners of the country as well as abroad must come here if they come to India for tourism.

Some of the great festival such as Mahashivaratri, Ganga Dashahara, Ganga Mahotsav etc attracts a huge crowd in the Varanasi at this Ghat. Most of the tourists are connected to the Jewish community at the Assi Ghat.

BIRLA TEMPLE

images (5)The Birla temple is located inside Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi. The temple is located 1.7 km inside from the main gate of Banaras Hindu University (BHU). BIRLA temple in Varanasi is called as  New Vishwanath temple . It is one of the famous temple for its architectural beauty .

“Birla temple has the tallest temple tower in the world.”

The temple has the highest temple tower in the world. The temple is 77 metre long. The temple is completely made of marble. There are 9 shrines inside this temple.

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TOWN OF GOD RAMA

THE TOWN OF GOD RAMA

AYODHYA

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An ancient town, Ayodhya  is seven sacred cities of the Hindus. The great Epic RAMAYANA with the birth of God RAMA and with rule his father Dashratha.

The ancient scripture of Atharvaveda describes Ayodhya as acity built by Gods and compares its prosperity with the glory and splendor of the paradise.

Ayodhya  is located in centre of the state  Utter Pradesh in northern region of INDIA. It lies on Ghaghara river, also known as Sarayu River.

 

HANUMAN GARHI

i_201505011215136163.jpgHanuan Garhi is the second and most important temple of AYODHYA . It is one of the most famous holy place to visit after RAM JANAM BHOOMI. I visited more times, its distance is 150 km from my home city.

The temple is most and visit place of Hindus. To reach Hanuman ji Darshan, we have climbed 76 steps and no people feel tried and difficulty.

When you go into temple, do pick up some laddoos and garland of flowers. And be careful to hide them from monkeys. They are watching you really closely and they know what a box of laddoo looks like very well. If they snatch the box from you, give the laddoo to them.

KANAK BHAWAN

I_201505011208410708 (1)-750x421After Ram lala and Hanuman Darshan we went Kanak Bhawan . It is said that this place  make to Maa Sita by her mother in law Kausalya.

A beautiful temple Kanak Bhawan . It is said that Kaikeye built this temple for Sita as repentance.

This is the place where Sita Ji was received in Ayodhya after marriage and main living of Lord Rama.

 

RAM JANAM BHOOMI

This place of Lord Rama Janam Bhoomi. This place is under heavy security and many security check take place to visit the Punya Bhoomi and must to see place among other place in Ayodhya. 

SITA KI RASOI

It is nothing but a kitchen place where Mata Sita cooked  food. A priest guided us . In corner temple a statue of Goddess sita and the place is associated with her kitchen.

 Even today food is served free to all the Mahant and Saints living in Ayodhya. It looked like a big dining hall.

RAM KI PAIDI

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It is the attractive bathing Ghats built for the convenience of multitude of Ram devotees to have a sacred bath in holy Sarayu  waters.

Sarayu means , would take their sins and purifying them. There we find number of Ghats. These series of Ghats are raised for the convenience of the huge number of piligirimage who come here to have a  holy dip.

NAGESHWAR NATH TEMPLE

nageshwarnath-temple_crop_1206x462It was built by son of Lord Rama Kusha Nath. 

 

 

A DAY AT DEATH PLACE OF LORD BUDDHA

KUSHINAGAR

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An INDIAN state Utter Pradesh where located a pilgrimage town district  KUSHINAGAR , 52 km from Gorakhpur city . It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage where buddhists believe that Gautam Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death.

kushi-1475286731_835x547.jpgKushinagar is known for its cultural heritage all over the world. It is an international Buddhist pilgrimage centre and one of the four holiest for Buddhists . The first is birth place LUMBANI , second BODHGAYA where Buddha was enlightened and third is SARNATH where Lord Buddha taught first time.

Kushinagar place is known as final resting place of GAUTAM BUDDHA . I have gone many time here. I found a lot of peace which is common thing in most of Buddha temple. I always attract towards this holy spiritual peace.

KUSHINAGAR IS DEATH PLACE OF LORD GAUTAM BUDDHA

A famous Ethymology- According to Ramyana Epic , Kushinagar was built by King Kush son of RAMA. Kushwati was capital of Kosala Kingdom which is known as Kushinagar in later.

The holy pilgrimage place in Kushinagar……..

PARINIRVANA STUPA

IMG_20180225_192337This place is known as final resting place of Lord Buddha. it is very peaceful and calm atmosphere. Large Sleeping Posture Buddha Statue inside the temple. Here we can take picture. There is a window towards  foot so that we can touch the foot of sleeping Buddha.

I listened a tale . When Buddha died here after eating a dish of mushroom, a follower gave him. He lied down on his right side, watch the Sun set a last time in this position with right hand under his head and passed away when the Sun disappeared.

I was really amazed to see the statue first time. It actually look at the sunset just like Buddha had done . It was very intense experience for me . I advice you to visit at time for sunset on a day the sun can be seen.

NIRVANA STUPA

IMG_20180225_192311It is situated behind the Mahaparinirvana Stupa and also known as Nirvana Chaitya. The huge brick work stupa discovered in 1876 approx 3 metre high plinth.

 

 

JAPANEES TEMPLE

IMG_20180225_113849Good place near Parinirvana Stupa. This

place has a beautiful and big golden color

stupa. The golden stupa and mandap

present unique Burmese architecture. It

looks at its best in sun shine like a gigantic

golden bell place on Earth.

A beautiful 8 metals statue of Buddha which was brought from Japan. It is believed that Lord Buddha uttered his last words in Kushinagar. It is one of the major tourist attraction

that attract traveller for all

over.

RAMBHAR STUPA

This is a holy place of Buddhists where Lord Buddha’s body was cremated after his Parinirvana. The place is vrery peaceful and greeny surruonded.

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Approxametly 1 km from Mahaparinirvana Temple, a large Stupa height of approx. 50 ft where Lord Buddha was cremated. It is also known as Mukut-Bandhan Vihar. There is a sheet of water called Rambhar Jheel or Pond.

THAI TEMPLE

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This temple has very good architecture and unique in region. It is situated about 1.5 km from Nirvana temple. The temple is built in memory of The King

who died in 2016.

 

 

This is one of the most beautiful most

visited temple which is surrounded by

varieties of trees, plants and shrubs. The

have prayer in the morning and open

for public from 1 pm to 4pm.

 

 

MATHA KUER SHRINE

img_20180225_192521.jpgThis is located about less than 1.5km from Nirvana temple. 1000 years, 3 metre huge Buddha statue which have been built of a single stone. This the place where Buddha gave his last sermon before Parinirvana.

The Lord Buddha statue depicts is Bhumi Sparsh

Mudra ( earth touching pose ) which show sitting

under tree ( Bodhi Tree ). Bodhi Tree symbolically

represents the Enlightement of Buddha.

BUDDHA MUSEUM

The museum is focus on Buddha’s life and displays the history of Lord Buddha’s journey in INDIA. It is large collection of artifacts from the area, most of these are centuries old. There are very nominal fee 10 rupees( Indian Currency ).

CHINESE TEMPLE

IMG_20180225_193028Chinese temple also called the Lin Sun Chines Temple is one of the modern temple. It is the first Buddhist monument that catches the attention of tourist as they enter he gate of city.

The statue of Buddha housed in the

temple is also built in Chinese style and

image and a great centre of attraction

for tourist and pilgrimage.

BIRLA TEMPLE

img_20180225_194154-e1519788027144.jpgOne of the most beautiful temple in

Kushinagar is the Birla Temple. From

Stupa to historical monuments.

Every little corner in Kushinagar will

remind you its association with Lord

Buddha.

 

KOREAN TEMPLE

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The temple was constructed in year 2000 and managed by Korean Society. The building houses temple on the first floor where golden statue of Buddha is installed while six room on ground floor are for the Koreans only and is being provide on voluntary donation basis.

 

 

How Reach

Kushinagar does not have a railway station and one has to go to either Deoria (35 Km) or Gorakhpur (53 km) which are linked with important destinations.Situated on National Highway No. 28., with frequent bus services, Kushinagar is well connected with other parts of the state.

Some major road distances from Kushinagar are: Gorakhpur-53 km, Lumbini (Nepal)-170 km, Kapilvastu-157 km, Sravasti-253 km, Sarnath 274 km,Lucknow-352km,Sonauli-150km,Bodh Gaya(Bihar)-350km.

My Experience Of First Travel

I have travelled many places and taken enjoy during travelling.  I realized that my knowledge grow better about world and people of different culture and climate. I met many men-women, friends, relatives who share with me their travelling experience. I thought why not share my experience and other experience of travelling ? I wrote this blog………..

A State of INDIA…...

UTTER PRADESH is a historical and religious state of INDIA. It formed for its cremation Ghats and vibrant ceremonies along the Ganga river. The story tells us  that Lord KRISHNA was born in Mathura Utter Pradesh while Lord RAMA was born in Ayodhya Utter Pradesh .

Around the time of Lord BUDDHA   his first sermon delivered at Dhamek Stupa  in Sarnath and died in Kushi Nagar Utter Pradesh. Utter Pradesh offers more than enough to satisfy the scene and curiosities of any traveller.

GORAKHPUR

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The  city  name comes from the Sanskrit Gorakshapuram. The city is home of the Gorakhnath Math. A temple of Gorakhnath who was a prominent saint of the Nath Sampraday. It is located near the border of NEPAL country. It includes historical, religious and cultural heritage as named Gorakhnath .

gorakhnath-templeThe formed shape of temple is seen today, have been conceptualized by late Mahant Digvijay Nath and late Mahant Avadhya Nath    in  second  half 19 century. The temple is almost everyday visited by the devotes. But  on every Tuesday and Saturday   the number of visitors increases . 

 

 

Places Of Gorakhpur Temple

  1. GAUSALA-  The temple is dedicated towards coservation and protection of cows which are considered holy and often referred to as GAU MATA ( Mother Cow ).

     2  AKHAND JYOTI- The flam is symbolic of integrity, spirituality and oneness. In             the Garbh Grih ( inner sanctum ) of Gorakhnath temple, there burns a flame             is   called Akhand Jyoti.

    3. BHIMSENA TEMPLE-  Mahabali Bhimsena was the    younger       brother    of            Dharmraj Yudhishtra in Mahabharat. As per legend when Bhimsena arrived           in      the temple to invite Guru Gorakhnath to attend the Rajsuya Yagha.

 

MAKAR SANKRANTI

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The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated at Gorakhnath temple every year till one month. Men, Women and Children take enjoy of Sankranti fair .

Gorakhnath Makar Sankranti ( Khichadi Mela ) festival is unique in biggest centre place of conviction in East Utter Pradesh, India. In celebrating one month festival, Visitors arrive from Utter Pradesh, Bihar and Nepal country.

Temple is opened early morning 3 O’clock in Makar  Sankranti day. Then Gorakshpithadhishwar( owner ) worship with other saints.  Then first Nepal Kingdom’ Khichadi is devoted to Lord Goraksh Nath from many time ago.

Makar Sankranti is a tremendous junction of conviction, tradition and cheerfulness .

How visit Gorakhpur at Gorakhnath Temple

You can arrive easily by train at Gorakhpur. And by Plane You will be land Utter Pradesh Capital Lucknow, then booked private vehicle or by train Lucknow to Gorakhpur. After reaching  You can hire auto or by auto to Gorakh Nath temple.