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Varanasi

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Varanasi

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple:

This temple of Lord Shiva has a global reputation. Lakhs of devotees visit this temple every year. The temple on the banks of holy river Ganga has a very peaceful and sacred atmosphere.  This is the home of a sacred Shivalinga which has several legends attached to it.  Foreigners are not allowed inside the temple.

 

Vishwanatha Khanda:

Vishwanatha Khanda is also known as ‘old city’. With many beautiful shrines and lingams spread around, it is a buzz word among pilgrims and tourists. The huge gold plating on its spire gives it an enchanting look. One of the most revered Shivalingams, made of black stone is situated inside the premises of the temple. Annapurna Bhavani temple is located very near to the Vishwanatha Khanda.

 

Asi Ghat:

Asi Ghat is the convergence of the river Asi with the Ganges and is one of the most picturesque spots in Varanasi. Devotes here take a dip in the holy Ganges before worshipping the huge Lingam which is situated under a Peepal tree. The Ghat holds an important place in many Hindu legends

 

Lolarka Kund:

It is one of the earliest sites devoted to Sun God located in Varanasi. It is a place of high religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists.

 

Tulsi Ghat:

This Ghat which is of great significance has been named as the Tulsi Ghat as a mark for the great 16th century Hindi poet Tulsidas and his relics are here. Many cultural programes are staged here round the year.

 

Hanuman Ghat:

This temple of Lord Hanuman is believed to be built by Lord Rama himself. This temple and the premises is being maintained by South Indians. The Ghat also has a remarkable image of Ruru, a primitive form of Lord Shiva.

 

Kedara Ghat:

Kedara Ghat signifies the Kedarnath of the Himlayas. The most sacred Kedareshvara Lingam of Lord Siva is situated here. The temple is located on a very picturesque background on the banks of Ganges. The temple is also very spacious and an architectural marvel. During the months of July and August, Kedara Ghat is full of activities with a huge rush of pilgrims.

 

Chauki Ghat:

Chauki Ghat is located northwards to the Ganges. The most remarkable aspect of Chauki Ghat is that it homes a huge tree which has shrines for water snake deities, the Nagas. The Chausathi temple located here is called the temple of sixty four Yogis. There are outstanding images of Goddesses Durga and Kali here.

 

Peshwa Amrit rao’s Haveli:

Built in 1807, this mansion which is made of sandstone is now an auditorium which houses many concerts, festivals and religious ceremonies.

 

Dashashwamedha Ghat:

It is a highly renowned Ghat in Varansi in which the famous shrine of Shitala is located. Boating is generally preferred as the mode of transport to reach this Ghat. Dipping in the waters here is considered extremely pious as it houses the sacred Brameshvara Lingam.

 

Man Mandir Ghat:  

This Ghat dedicated to Moon God that has magnificent ornate window casings built by the Maharaja of Jaipur.  The Ghat also has many shrines inside.

 

Lalita Ghat:

There is Ganga Keshava shrine, a Nepali shrine and a Vishnu temple located at the Lalita Ghat. The Nepali temple built in their typical style is the only one of its kind in India. 

 

Scindia Ghat:

The Siva temple here partially immersed in river Ganges is very famous. Another famous shrine located at the Scindia Ghat is the Siddha Kshetra. 

 

Panchganga Ghat:

This Ghat is the emblem of Hindu Muslim harmony. The great mosque of Alamgir is located here. It is the largest riverside building in Varanasi. This Ghat is famous for its Lingams and images of Lord Vishnu. The place is also famous as the meeting point of five holy rivers- Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati,  Dhupapapa, and Kirna. 

 

Adi Keshava Ghat:

This Ghat is located on the outskirts of the city. It is home to numerous shrines of Lord Ganesha. It is inaccessible during the rainy season as it will be completely submerged in river Ganges.

 

Archaelogical Museum, Sarnath:

It is the oldest site museum of the Archaelogical Survey of India. It displays a huge collection of antiques, figures and sculpures of Sarnath, near Varanasi between the 3rd century B.C. and the 12th century A.D.  ‘The Lion Capital of Asoka’ made of sandstone is preserved in the museum. 

 

Bharat Kala Bhavan:

It is a museum that has a vast and stunning collection of archaeological materials, sculptures, paintings and textiles. It is touted to have the greatest collection of tiny paintings.

 

Ramnagar Fort:

This 17th century fort built of Sandstone was the home of the Maharaja of Banaras. The Fort shelters a temple and a museum with a rare compilation of religious writings. The collection of medieval artifacts here like the royal armors,  art works, richly decorated palanquins, textiles,  ancient manuscripts, furniture are very really worth watching. The durbar hall here is a rare combination of Hindu-Muslim architecture. The descendants of royal family still lives here.

 

Durga Temple: 

Located near Durga Ghat on the banks of River Ganges, this temple draws attention because of its architecture. This multi storied structure is very appealing and so its spiritual environment.