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.
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.
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.
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 Shiva. Varanasi 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!
The 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.
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.
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.
Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the most important Ghats of Varanasi. Dasaswamedh literally means the Ghat (river front) of ten sacrificed horses.
This 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.
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.
In India, death is considered as a gateway to another life received as a result of our past actions (karma)
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.
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.