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Varanasi – The Holy City of India

Located on the banks of River Ganges, a sacred river believed to have the power of making one free of their sins is the Holy city of Varanasi. Also known Benaras, Banaras or Kashi, Varanasi is deemed to be India’s cultural capital. The holy city takes immense pride in being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

About Varanasi

Mark Twain, the English author, who was so captivated by the legend and divinity of the city, that he wrote:

Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, Older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.

How does it feel to derive immense pleasure from a 3000 years old city?

Varanasi is a great city that has witnessed a lot for over 3000 years. One of the sacred in Hinduism, worshipers visit the ghats in India’s only holiest city lining the river to wash away their sins. Even the cremation of their loved ones takes place on these ghats as they are believed to provide moksha to the deceased soul. However, one should be cautious of touts as they’ll do everything within reach to grab your attention.

Ganga Aarti in Dashashwamedh Ghat

Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat on the River Ganges in Varanasi. Probably the most impressive ghat, it happens to be the most explored of all due to the holy occurrence of the Ganga Aarti taking place every evening.

Ganga Aarti is the most splendid event held in evening hours that no pilgrim would even think about missing. This ritual is so beautiful that it literally soothes and fills your mind with spiritual thoughts. Taking place at 6:45 PM after the sun goes down for around 45 minutes at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, the whole environment becomes peaceful with utter silence all over.


Pind Daan in Varanasi

Well, there are several religious ceremonies that have to be carried out as mentioned in the Vedic texts, and Pind Daan is no exception. Pind Daan is a rite that’s been practiced for the people who leave for their heavenly abode. This ritual, like Asthi Visarjan, is performed by the loved ones to provide relief to the departed soul. After the rite is performed, the soul is no longer associated with the materialistic world. Then it finds its way to the world that exists beyond earth. It gets a great relief and embarks on a journey to the world filled with peace.

It is believed that a person who dies in Kashi attains salvation, or Moksha, and is freed from the cycle of rebirth. Even if one dies elsewhere, as long as the last rites are performed here, it is said one is granted salvation. Failing this, the least effort required to ensure this end is the immersion of the last remains of the departed in the holy Ganges, even if the last rites were carried out elsewhere.


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