Why Varanasi -the Spiritual Heart of India



Why Varanasi – the Spiritual Heart of India

This is a place where not only Hindu Gods and Sadhus live , but also many spiritual teachers like Vivekanad,Buddha lived or visited the place.You can watch the river Ganges for hours, which inspires many Indians and also many from around the world.

Shankaracharya muth Varanasi photo.

If you are lucky could see a rare glimpse of a ganges river dolphin but these are Dolphins and not ganges sharks.

Varanasi is located on the River mother Ganga, Ghats of varanasi in the eastern part of the Uttar Pradesh state in India is an important part of pilgrimage travel.(River Ganga is also the national river of India.)

It is one of the oldest, continually inhabited cities in the world. It is busy and vibrant and the streets are very narrow. Even motorcycles and cars are restricted in some areas.

Spirituality in Varanasi

Not only is Varanasi a fascinating place to visit but it has huge spiritual significance too because of its proximity to the holy river. Many thousands of people come from all over India to perform puja at ghats of benaras , which is a blessing ceremony to mark an important life event, at the river.

The River Ganga, and Varanasi in particular, is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus in India. More than a million pilgrims visit this site every year. Varanasi is also an important religious place for Buddhists and Jains.

Ghats varanasi photos.

You will see morning and evening pujas on the River Ganga ghat of varanasi ,and scene where Hindus make incense and flower offerings, wash themselves in the cleansing water and take containers of the water home.The famous daily Manglaa Arti is at 3.30 a.m. in the morning at Vishwanath temple and ticket costs 750 INR .

Ghats of Varanasi

A ghat is a slope or series of steps leading down to the River Ganga, also known as River Ganges, where various ceremonies take place. There are almost 100 Varanasi ghat. Most of these are used for bathing but there are also ghats for cremations.

Tulsi ghat Varanasi photo.

The main burning ghat of varanasi is called Manikarnika and is an auspicious place for a Hindu to be cremated, before his ashes are put in the River Ganga. It is respectful to be quiet if you visit a burning ghat of varanasi (photo are not allowed).

Other ghats are Lalitha ghat famous for Nepali temple,Man Mandir Ghat famous for an observatory.

Temples

There are many temples to see in Varanasi and the river is lined with them. There is a temple on nearly every road crossing. These small temples are used for daily local prayers and some other rituals. There are also several big temples in the area.

Other Things to Do

As well as enjoying the spirituality of Varanasi, you might want to go shopping or hire a rickshaw for the day. You can also rent a boat for the day but it's best to do this at dawn when there are more ceremonies and rituals to see.

Boat cruise varanasi photo.

You might even like to visit the local cinema for a Bollywood production. Whatever you decide, there is always plenty to do and see in this beautiful place and you will come away feeling peaceful.

If you want to see true Indian culture, Varanasi is a wonderful place to visit. Not only is it an extremely beautiful place but you will see some incredible sights and experience true spirituality there. Varanasi really is a feast for the senses.

Sunset in Varanasi

Famous Varanasi sunset photos.

Woods in Varanasi

woods in varanasi photos.

I am enjoying the morning river cruise, trying to row the boat on my own.

boat trip in river ganges varanasi photos.



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