Situated on the banks of Ganga, Varanasi is supposed to be one of the most historic towns in the world. Benares is as popular in India as London in Britain. It is also viewed as the spiritual capital of India. The town with its numerous temples draws thousands of visitors every month. It mostly attracts writer, photographers, and filmmakers from all over the world.
Here are some of the interesting things about Varanasi-
1. Situated on the banks of River Ganga
The town is supposed to be created in 11th century BC. Hence, it is the world’s most historic and populated city.
2. The town is broadly known as Kashi
The word Kashi and Benaras implies light. Hence, the place was called ‘city of light.’ The town in early circumstances was popularly known as Kashi. It was subsequently renamed to Benaras and is currently known as Varanasi.
3. The importance of the word Varanasi
The word Varanasi was created by mixing two Hindu words, Varuna and Asi. Varuna means a small tributary of Ganga, while Asi means a little water flow. This tributary begins in Bhadohi.
4. The dwelling place Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
Visitors believe that other than Kailash, Varanasi was the dwelling place Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Devotees from all over the world make a visit to the historic Kashi Viswanath Temple every year.
5. Banaras Hindu University
Other than being a spiritually significant city, Varanasi is additionally home to Asia’s biggest private University, with over 20,000 students. It extends more than 1300 acres of land and was established in 1916.
6. The inception of Ayurveda and Yoga
The town is additionally connected to the root of curing method of Ayurveda and Yoga. Maharishi Patanjali, who is said to have helped in growing both had a solid link with Varanasi.
7. Wash away your bad karma
People come here to wash away their bad karma in the Ganga water and to incinerate their loved ones. It is believed that if one inhales his or her last in Varanasi, he/she will achieve Mukti, regardless of his/her past bad karma.
8. 84 Ghats and 23,000 Temples
The town is home to around 23,000 sanctuaries. Among them, Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most well known. Well known for its Ghats, Varanasi has more than 84 ghats, out of which, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, and Manikarnika Ghat are the most popular.
9. Dev Deepawali
When it comes to the festival, Kashities wait for Dev Deepawali more than Holi, Christmas, Diwali or New Year. This festival comes amid Kartik Poornima.