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Varanasi, an important city of Hindus

Varanasi, India

Bengaluru, Dec 24 (UITV) - Varanasi is one of major religious hubs in India, Hindus consider Varanasi as holiest of the seven sacred cities. The city is located on the banks of the river Ganga in the Uttar Pradesh state of North India.

Devotees bathe in river Ganges

There are many ghats (places with steps leading down to the water) along the Ganges River in Varanasi, but Manikarnika and Harishchandra Ghat are famous and considered as important, they are used for cremation.
In Hinduism, "Death is as important as Life". Hindus believe that the bodies which are burnt here (Varanasi) get the Moksha, the eternal peace directly leaving behind the cycle of death and life.

A creamation ground in Varanasi

The main deity of Varanasi is Lord Shiva. The diety is known by the name Vishvanatha or Vishveshvara meaning Ruler of The Universe.  The temple is popularly called Kashi Vishvanath Temple; it has been destroyed and re-constructed a number of times in history.
The jyotirlinga is the supreme part less reality, out of which Shiva partly appears inside the temple. There is legend which revolves around Brahma (the Hindu God of creation) and Vishnu (the Hindu God of Harmony) and Lord Shiva. Brahma and Vishnu had an argument in terms of supremacy of creation.

Kashi Vishvanatha (Lord Shiva)

To test them, Shiva pierced the three worlds as a huge endless pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Vishnu and Brahma split their ways to downwards and upwards respectively to find the end of the light in either direction. Brahma lied that he found out the end, while Vishnu conceded his defeat. Shiva appeared as a second pillar of light and cursed Brahma that he would have no place in ceremonies while Vishnu would be worshiped till the end of eternity.

Ganga aarti ceremony

Because of the immense popularity and holiness of Kashi Vishwanath temple, many numbers of people visit Varanasi every year. So, dont miss to visit this holy place when you are in India.