Varanasi – Most Sacred City of India
Varanasi is one of the seven holy city for Hindus. Varanasi is the oldest city in India inhabited since 1200-1100 BC, and it is the holiest city for Indian. Varanasi does not like other place that can offer tourist attractions such as beautiful beach, mountains, hills, etc, but in Varanasi we can see the life of the Hindu community directly near Ganges river. Hindus flocked to Varanasi to perform ablutions and cremate died bodies.
Since the Varanasi is a holy Hindu city, so the tour attraction is only about temples. One of the most famous temple is Vishwanath, also known as the Golden Temple because it has 16 meters tower in the temple that coated by metallized gold weighing 1 ton. Some temples are prohibit visitors from taking pictures, such as the Monkey Temple or Sankat Mochan Temple.
In addition to temples, there are also other interesting sights in Varanasi, the Ram Nagar Fort. Ram Nagar Fort is a Fortress with a typical Mughal architecture located on the banks of the Ganges which was built in 1750 by King Balwant Singh of the Kashi dynasti, This fortress looks a little unkempt and dull. But this things become a signature for this place, entering the museum the atmosphere is so haunted because it almost empty. In the fortress there are 3 main areas, museum, temple, and the king’s residence which closed to the public.
In addition, Varanasi is also known as the City of Widows. About 40 thousand widows living in Varanasi. They are marginalized and forgotten and most of them live in poverty. They mostly live in the ashram (religious shrine) dedicated to the widows.
When widows were expelled from their homes, they come to Varanasi because this the holy city’s is favorite for Hindu’s god: Shiva, and they believe if they die there they will go directly to heaven.
PICTURES OF HOLY CITY OF VARANASI
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