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Banaras: City of Light…!!

Varanasi is located at India and most ancient city of the human history. One can feel this is city of temple and living live almighty lord Shiva. A river has always a liner history of human life development and Ganga is river is most sacred river from India and Every born Hindu religion people call this river as month on this earth.
Varanasi known as Kashi or Banaras which located to the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and it known as spiritual and religious capital of India. The city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganga River’s sacred water and perform the funeral rites and rituals. There are 2000 temples including the Kashi VIshwanath the golden temple of lord shiva in city.
Best time to visit Kashi is between October to March and temple timing will be morning 4:00 AM to 11:00 AM usually best. Everyone who visit Varanasi, must Visit the Ghats, take a boat ride across the Ganges. Airport is 25 KM away and to explore the city you can hire cab, taxi or foot walking.
There are many well known beautiful places and one should visit as below
Dashashwamedh Ghat which is known for its proximity to the temple
Divine Experience of Ganga Aarti. 
Dhamek Stupa in Sarnath
Explore the 1750’s Ramnagar Fort on the eastern banks of River Ganga
Sarnath Museum for its archaeological art facts dating from the 3rd century BCE
Gyanvapi Mosque, which shares a wall with the Kashi temple.  

One of the holiest sites for Hinduism in India, the Kashi Vishwananth Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the banks of the River Ganga in Varanasi, it is also one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Reconstructed multiple times over the years, the present structure of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple was built by Ahilya Bai Holkar in 1780. 
Saints and seers, propagators of different religions, sects and those desiring salvation have been coming to Varanasi since times immemorial. Being the seat of learning Kashi attracted a large number of students and scholars. King Harishchandra of Satyug sacrificed everything in the city.

Lord Buddha gave his first sermon in its suburb at Sarnath. The Jataka stories repeatedly make the mention of Kashi. The first Shankaracharya had his canonical discourse with Mandana Misra. The place is also considered as the birth place of the 23rd Tirthankara Parsvanatha. Being situated on the left bank of the sacred river Ganga flowing towards the northern direction, the religious sanctity has considerably enhanced and the city is also supposed to rest on the Trisula of Siva. In the recent past Varanasi has been the cradle of a number of events of great significance.

Kashi is also traditionally called Mahashamshana, ‘the great cremation ground’. Hindus believe that cremation at the holy city insures moksha, or ‘final liberation of the soul from the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth’. Because of this belief, dying persons and dead bodies from far-off places are brought to Kashi for cremation at the Manikarnika and other cremation sites (five principal and eighty-eight minor cremation/bathing sites lie along the Ganges). In her book, Banaras: City of Light, Diana Eck writes:

“Death in Kashi is not a feared death, for here the ordinary God of Death, frightful Yama, has no jurisdiction. Death in Kashi is death known and faced, transformed and transcended.”

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