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|Subject: Varanasi and Ganges River 13/11/2010, 10:36 pm|| |
Varanasi, also known locally as Banaras is situated on the banks ofthe river Ganges in utter Pradesh, India. It is also called as the cityof lights and is known to be one of the most sacred places for manyHindus. It is also said that this city is one of the oldest in theentire world.The river Ganges is known for its outing and the city has alsochosen its culture based on the rivers purity and religious belief.Most of the prominent poets, writers and philosophers have been born inthis part of the city. It is said that the entire city is blessed bygods, making it all the more popular for the common man of India. Infact, the origin of Ayurveda has also been associated with Varanasi.Followers of the Hindu community call this place the religious capitolof India. One can find thousands and thousands of temples in this city.According to legend, the city was found some 5000 years ago by lordShiva and thus is one of seven pilgrim destinations for Hindus. Thecity of Varanasi is known for its Ghats. It is said that the city ownsalmost 100 Ghats, some of them being owned privately. Some of thefamous ghats of Varanasi are the Dashawamedh Ghat, the Manikarnik Ghat,Harishchandra Ghat and the Mana Mandir Ghat.It is estimated that morethe 1,000,000 pilgims visit the city on a yearly basis. It is a beliefthat bathing the river Ganges will wash away all your sins.