Varanasi is one of the seven holy cities of India, symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism, also known as Kashi and Benaras. In Hinduism it is widely believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births. Varanasi lies on the banks of Ganges, holy river with power of washing away all of one’s sins. It is said that, whatever is sacrificed and chanted here or given in charity reaps its fruits thousand times more than those good deeds performed at other places. It is also believed that three nights of fasting in Varanasi city can reap you rewards of many thousands of lifetimes of asceticism. Varanasi is also said to be more than 3000 years old, which makes it the oldest city of the world. It is city of temples and Ghats. The latter are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centers of learning, music and… bathing. You don’t believe me? Have a look at some of the pictures in the gallery above.
Varanasi and the River Ganges