Varanasi, the world’s oldest city, is the eye of the Indic world. Its primary identity is ‘Hindu Central’, the place to which every believing Hindu must make a pilgrimage at least once in his/her lifetime. As an old Hindi-belt saying goes, ‘ Kashi ke kankar Shankar samaan’ (Each pebble in Kashi is as sacred as Shiva).
Beyond this foundational fact, Varanasi is witness to key Indic events of astounding range and depth due to the important people who came to its ghats, the steps that lead down to the Ganga, ‘the river of salvation’.
Adi Sankara came to Varanasi arguably in the Eighth Century CE and, it is famously believed, was taught a lesson in spiritual humility by Lord Shiva.
Varanasi or Kashi is older than traditions. Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. According to the Hindu mythology, Varanasi liberates soul from human body to the ultimate.
It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity. Ghats of Ganga are perhaps the holiest spots of Varanasi. The Ganga Ghats at Varanasi are full of pilgrims who flock to the place to take a dip in the holy Ganges, which is believed to absolve one from all sins.
Some important places to Visit in and around Kasi
- Viswanath mandir
- Kasi Annapurna mandir
- Kasi Visalakshi mandir
- Kalabairava mandir
- Chintamani Ganapathi
- Sankatmochan Hanuman mandir
- Kedar mandir
- Vyasa kasi (Fort & Temple)
- Manikarnika Ghat
- Dashashwamedh Ghat (Ganga Aarathi)