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Varanasi (Kashi) has been the ultimate pilgrimage for the Hindus for ages. Often referred to as Benares, Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. Its name has been derived from the two rivers Varuna & Assi owing to its location between these two rivers. The most ancient name of Varanasi was ‘Kashi'.

 

Varanasi is not only famous for its religious importance of ghaats, temples, maths but the city is also known for its lifestyle, education, art, culture, food and traditions.

 

The city has been a great centre of learning for ages. Varanasi is associated

with promotion of spiritualism, mysticism, Sanskrit, yoga and Hindi language. Even today the city is renowned for its educational institutions like Banaras Hindu University, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Sampoornanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya and Tibetan University. No wonder it is home to eminent personalities like Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan, Munshi Prem Chand, Bhartendu Harishchandra, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Jai Shankar Prasad, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Sitara Devi and Girja Devi.

Tourist Attraction
The Ghats : of Varanasi Ghats are the major attractions of Varanasi. There are about hundred ghats in the city and each of them is marked by a lingam and occupies its own special place in the religious geography of the city. The ghats, though some of them have crumbled over the years, continue to thrive with early-morning bathers, Brahmin priests offering puja and people practicing meditation and yoga. Though most of the ghats are used for bathing, there are several 'burning ghats' were bodies are cremated.

Alamgir Mosque : Also known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera, the Alamgir Mosque is a blend of the Hindu and Mughal styles of the architecture. The mosque, built by Aurangzeb on the site of the Vishnu Temple, overlooks the Panchganga Ghat.

Durga Temple : Located 2 kilometres south of the old city, this eighteenth century Durga Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple due to many aggressive monkeys that reside here. The temple was built in a common north Indian style with an ornate shikhara, consisting of five segments symbolizing the elements and supported by finely carved columns.

Bharat Mata Temple : This temple of Bharat Mata (Mother India), inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, lies about 3 km west of Godaulia, outside the old city. Here, instead of gods and goddesses, one finds a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent and Tibetan plateau. The map is said to be perfectly to scale both vertically and horizontally with mountains, rivers and the holy tirthas (pilgrimage centres) all clearly visible.

Tulsi Manas : Temple Built in 1964, the Tulsi Manas Temple stands about 150 m south of Durga Temple. The temple, dedicated to Lord Rama is situated at the place where Tulsidas, the great medieval seer, is believed to have lived and written the great epic "Shri Ramcharitmanas". The two tier walls of the temple are engraved with the verses and scenes from this great epic.

Other attractions are : Emperor Aurangzeb's Mosque, the sacred bull, the well of knowledge Vishwanath Temple, Benaras Hindu University with its marble Shiva temple.
 
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