REASONS AND PLACES TO
VISIT AT VARANASI
Varanasi undoubtedly is one of the most compelling destinations in India. Here are some reasons to visit the city at least once in your lifetime.
Varanasi indeed is the seat of spiritual experiences. From Hinduism to Jainism and Buddhism, Varanasi has it all. There are innumerable temples in the city, all which come with a treasure of historical and religious significance. Many temples are as old as 500-1000 years. The Kashi Vishwanath and Sankat Mochan temples are the most popular, but don't let that stop you from finding your own favorite place of spiritual significance. Unsurprisingly, yoga is deeply entrenched in the local culture and it is easy to source a good yoga master who'll take you one step closer to achieving unity with the universe.
Each year, Varanasi receives more than a million pilgrims and thousands of domestic and foreign tourists.
Here are some of the most prominent places of spiritual significance
14 km. from Varanasi, on the opposite bank of river Ganga Ramnagar lies. The fort at Ramnagar houses a museum displaying the Royal collection which includes vintage Cars, Royal palkies, an armory of swords and old guns, ivory work and antique clocks. The Durga Temple and Chhinnamastika Temple are also Located at Ramnagar. The VedVyasa temple is also there inside the premises of Ramnagar fort, and a temple of DakshinMukhi Hanuman is there. Ramnagar is also famous for the RAMLILA, which is performed every year during the month of October.
KASHI VISHWANATH TEMPLE
Also known as the Golden Temple, it is dedicated to Lord shiva, the presiding deity of the city. Varanasi is Said to be the point at which the first jyotirlinga, the fiery pillar of light by which shiva manifested has supremacy over others gods, broke through the Earth’s crust and flared towards the heavens. More than the Gaths and even the Ganga, the Shivalinga installed in the temple remains the devotional focus of Varanasi. Standing on the western bank of India's holiest river Ganges, Varanasi is the oldest surviving city of the world and the cultural capital of India. It is in the heart of this city that there stands in its fullest majesty the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in which is enshrined the Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwara or Vishwanatha. Here gravitate the teeming millions of India to seek benediction and spiritual peace by the darshan of this Jyotirlinga which confers liberation from the bondages of maya and the inexorable entanglements of the world. A simple glimpse of the Jyotirlinga is a soul-cleansing experience that transforms life and puts it on the path of knowledge and bhakti. Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga has a very special and unique significance in the spiritual history of India.
Tradition has it that the merits earned by the darshan of other jyotirlinga scattered in various parts of India accrue to devotee by a single visit to Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Deeply and intimately implanted in the Hindu mind, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been a living embodinent of our timeless cultural traditions and highest spiritual values. The Temple has been visited by all great saints- Adi Shankaracharya, Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekanand, Goswami Tulsidas, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, Gurunanak and several other spiritual personalities. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple attracts visitors not only from India but abroad as well and thereby symbolises man's desire to live in peace snd harmony with one another. Vishwanath being a supreme repository of this spiritual truth thus strengthens the bonds of universal brotherhood and fellow feeling at the national as well as global levels. On January 28, 1983 the Temple was taken over by the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh and it's management ever since stands entrusted to a Trust with Dr. Vibhuti Narayan Singh. Former Kashi Naresh, as president and an Executive Committee with Divisional Commissioner as Chairman. The Temple in the present shape was built way back in 1780 by Late Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore. In the year 1785 a Naubatkhana was built up in front of the Temple by the then Collector Mohd. Ibrahim Khan at the instance of Governor General Warren Hastings. In 1839, Two domes of the Temple were covered by gold donated by Punjab Kesari Maharaja Ranjeet Singh. Third dome but was remained uncovered, Ministry of cultures & Religious affairs of U.P. Govt. took keen interest for gold plating of third dome of Temple.
Near the Kashi Vishwanath temple, there is a nice temple of Devi Annapurna, believed as the "Godess of Fooding". The word “Annapurna” signifies the abundance of food grains; the goddess is worshipped in the hope of having enough harvest and feed for people. So make sure you are visiting this temple and praying to goddess for flourish and food.
Near the Sindhia Ghat , there is a important temple of "Godess of Remedy" Devi Sankatha. Inside its premises there is a huge statue of a Lion. Also, there is nine temples of nine planets nearby to this temple.
It is the ancient temple of Varanasi near the Head Post Office, VishesharGanj. God KalBhairav is believed as "Kotwal Of Varanasi" , without his permission no one can stay in Kashi.
MRITUNJAY MAHADEV TEMPLE
On the route of Daranagar to Kalbhairav temple this temple of Lord Shiva is situated . Just besides this temple there is a Well of much religious importance , whose water is said to be mixture of several underground streams and good for eliminating several diseases.
NEW VISHWANATH TEMPLE
Situated in the premises of Banaras Hindu University, a modern place of worship planned by Pandit Malviya and built by the Birlas. Open to all, irrespective of caste or creed.
Commonly called the ‘Monkey temple’, it was built in the 18th century. Although it is one of the bestknown temple. There is nice stonework done of the temple , it is the nice example of NAGRA Shilp. Godess DURGA is believed as the symbol of Strength and Power which govern the entire world. There is a pond adjacent to the temple called "Durgakund".
TULSI MANAS TEMPLE
Constructed by family of Varanasi, this modern temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is situated at the place Where Tulisdas, the great medieval seer, lived and wrote the epic "Shri Ramcharitmanas", which narrates the life of Lord Rama, the hero of the Ramayana. Verses from Tulidas’s epic are inscribed on the walls. It is just nearby to Durga Temple.
Besides the Assi river stream, on the way of Durga Temple to Banaras Hindu Temple this well known temple of Lord Hanuman is situated. Lord Hanuman is also known as "Sankatmochan" the god who protects from the troubles. This temple is founded by Goswami Tulsidas. This temple is also known as "Monkey" temple, as lot of monkeys are there inside the premises.
BHARAT MATA TEMPLE
This Temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 and houses one perfect relief maps of India carved out of marble.The Temple was gifted by the nationalists Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta (Barat Ratana ) and shri Durga Prasad Khatri, leading numismatists and antiquarians.
Dashashwamedh is one of the most sacred Ghats on the banks of the Ganges. The daily Ganga Aarti that is performed here is a key reason for anyone, spiritual or artistic, to visit Varanasi. The air is thick with incense and the glowing aartis are mesmerizing. You can witness this spectacular event on a boat in the river, which is quite an amazing experience. Full of colors and smell and visual delights, this experience is nothing short of a purple haze, which is fumed only by natural instincts such as pure belief, lights, sounds, and colors.
CUISINE AND SHOPPING
Varanasi – interestingly – is not a city that only satisfies the spirit; it essentially satisfies your whole being, including your tummy – a much hyped part of existence in Indian culture and cuisine.
In Varanasi, you can enjoy cuisines from all over the world or go local and slurp the most delicious street food. The city is full of foodies and you can usually find something tasty to munch on regardless of the time of day.
Having satisfied your tummy, you can opt to satisfy your mummy, spouse, family, or just yourself. Explore the sprawling markets to seek out material riches in the form of Banarasi saris, hand-knotted carpets, and exquisite woodwork at shopping hubs such as Godowlia and Vishwanath Gali
Music and concerts
If you are a music aficionado, then Varanasi is the place you want to be in. Varanasi has been home to many musical maestros, including Ustad Bismillah Khan and Ravi Shankar. Indian classical music and dance forms, in their most unadulterated forms, can still be experienced here.
One of the most immersive experiences in the city is listening to a classical music concert at the Music Paradise Hall. Find yourself swept away by the trains of the sarod or flute or the rhythm of the tabla.
There are also many music schools in the city should you wish to learn an instrument and there are lots of shops to buy them too.
Forts and history
Soaked in history, Varanasi bears the marks of centuries past. The 18th-century Ramnagar Fort that sits solemnly on the eastern bank of the Ganga is a delight to visit. Built for the Maharaja of Banaras, it has a museum displaying vintage cars, royal swords and weaponry, ivory artefacts and other antique items.
Chunar Fort is about 40km from Varanasi and was built during the time of Babar. It also briefly served as a shelter for Warren Hastings, the first governor-general of India. Visit these forts if you want to touch the historical remnants of the past years and see how it formed the days that we are in.
Business and Official
Varanasi, as you must be thinking, is probably way too distant from being a sprawling business center where corporates come to have their conferences, business meetings, and time outs. Well, seems you are in for a surprise. Varanasi, in fact, is one of the most coveted destinations for business connects, conferences, meetings, and time outs. Rather than being elements of distraction, Varanasi’s spiritual and cultural background, its age-old traditions, and this old-world feeling only adds to the value of business connects, establishing the prominence of sustainability, human connects, and rejuvenation that leads to efficiencies and better productions and decision making. As a result, business houses are now heading toward Varanasi as the preferred destination to have their client meetings, employee orientation sessions, internal time out, offsite events, and for brainstorming sessions to innovate and lead.
At The Amayaa, we offer world-class facilities to have your business meetings smoothly, with seamless connectivity, logistical support, service management, and facilities support…to name a few. To sum it up, come to Varanasi to rejuvenate your workforce to do their best, to strike a peaceful and profitable deal with your business partner, or to refresh minds and think innovation and lead in the global economy. The Amayaa is there to support all your needs to have your business connects in this holy city of Varanasi.
Varanasi is a photographers’ delight. From moments, expressions, ethnicities, colors, spirituality, to just a simple pleasure of an innocent smile or a parting funeral pyre in the hope of eternity…Varanasi has it all. So, if you are a shutter bug, then Varanasi is where you want to be.
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