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Varanasi

 

Varanasi attracts too many people throughout the world as it is one of the oldest cities of the world and is significant Hindu pilgrimage center. This city is well known for spiritualism, Hinduism, Indian philosophy as well as mysticism. All these are clearly reflected in various temples, Ghats, Ashrams as well as sects.

The city of Varanasi is not only associated with Hinduism but also with Jainism as well as Buddhism. Apart from temples there are Buddhist stupas as well as Jain temples. This is the place where you can also see the age old civilization.

In case you are planning to visit Varanasi here is a short list of attractions you cannot miss out.

River front

Varanasi is situated along the sacred Ganges River. It has four kilometer long river front where devotees perform their rituals. Ghats look amazing from the dawn as well as boats. This can also be hired at the reasonable rates from Dashashwamedha Ghat.

Durga Temple

This temple is around two kilometers from Varanasi. It is also called as Monkey Temple as there are lots of monkeys found at this place. This is the temple that is constructed in north Indian style along with the ornate Shikara. This comprises of five segments that signifies the elements which are given the support of finely carved columns.

Durga is represented as sakti as well as female power and so the shrine of it is in red, riding on the tiger and armed with sword. There us a forked stake in the courtyard which was actually used in the past for sacrificing the goat. Only Hindus are allowed to go in the inner sanctum, other people are allowed only in the courtyard.

Alamgir Mosque

This is well known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera. This is the Mosque that was constructed by Aurangazeb over the site of Vishnu Temple. This is the perfect blend of Hindu as well as Mughal style of architecture.

Vishwanath Temple

This is the temple that is situated in the premises of the banaras Hindu University. This was built by Birlas and it is properly planned through Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The bets part of this temple is that it is open for all and not restricted to any caste or creed.

Tulsi Manas Temple

This temple is situated in the south of the Durga temple around one hundred and fifty meters and was constructed in 1964. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and is located where Tulsidas, one of the great medieval saints wrote great epic, Shri Ramcharitrmanas. The walls of these temples are carved with scenes as well as versus from the epic.

 

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