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ABOUT VARANASI

This Great City is also known as Kashi, Banaras or Benaras

AHILYABAI GHAT FACING SOUTH

Are there not many holy places on this Earth?

Yet which of them would equal in the balance

one speck of Kashi's dust?

Are there not many rivers running to the sea?

Yet which of them is like the river of heaven in kashi?

Are there not many fields of liberation on earth?

Yet not one equals the smallest part of the city

never forsaken by shiva.

The ganges, Shiva and Kashi:

Where this trinity is watchful no wonder here is found

the grace that leads one on to perfect bliss.

"Kashi Khanda"

DARBHANGA GHAT FACING SOUTH

"Twenty Five centuries ago , at the least, it was famous. When Babylon was struggling with Nineveh for supremacy, when Tyre was planting her colonies, when Athens was growing in strength, before Rome had become known, or Greece had contended with Persia , or Cyrus had added lustre to the Persian Monarchy, or Nebuchadnezzar had captured Jerusalem , and the inhabitants of Judea had been carried into captivity, she (KASHI-VARANASI) had already risen to greatness, if not to glory."

Reverend M.A. Sherring-Mid Nineteenth Century Missionary in Banaras.

DASASWAMEDH GHAT FACING NORTH

"Into the Ganga they plunge on arrival, ill or well, robust or sickly; and ladle the holy liquid up with small, dark, trembling hands, repeating the scared names, and softly mentioning the the sins they would expiate and the beloved souls they would plead for."

Edwin Arnold-Of Light of Asia Fame wrote in India Revisited.

MANIKARNIKA GHAT

"I saw that a tall ash coloured Sannyasin was going to each of the funeral pyre and uttering the 'Taraka Mantra' in the ears of each person ; on the other side of the pyre was Mother Annapurna in the form of Mahakali removing the bonds of ignorance and sending the departed souls to freedom ."

Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa- in a vision he had during his trip on a boat near Manikarnika Ghat.

SARNATH

The Birth Place of Buddhism- Just 10 km away from Varanasi.

DHAMMEKA STUPA

Buddha Temple-Mahabodhi Society

Buddha in Abhaya Mudra

Buddha Temple-Mahabodhi Society

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