Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganga River. It is located close to Vishwanath Temple and is probably the most spectacular ghat. The literal meaning of the Dashashwamedh is the Ghat (river front) of the ten sacrificed horses. Brahma sacrificed 10 horses (aswa) here. Second mythologies surround the ghat, one being that Lord Brahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva when he came to Earth.
Visiting the ghat of Varanasi is the best thing to do in this city known for its religious significance to Hindus. Taking a dip in the Ganga at one of the ghat to wash away your sins is something you must do here to feel how thousands of pilgrims do all year round. Close to Ghat there are many Temples dedicated to Sulatankeshvara, Brahmeshvara, Varaheshvara, Abhaya Vinayaka, Ganga (the Ganges), and Bandi Devi which are part of important pilgrimage journeys. A large number of priests can be seen performing religious rituals on this Ghat. Close to Ghat there are many Temples dedicated to Sulatankeshvara, Brahmeshvara, Varaheshvara, Abhaya Vinayaka, Ganga (the Ganges), and Bandi Devi which are part of important pilgrimage journeys. A large number of priests can be seen performing religious rituals on this Ghat.
It is great to see the real attraction of this ghat in the evening when Gange aarti is held here. This ghat has become the religious spot for the devotees and pilgrims for years and tourists as well. It is great to see the real attraction of this ghat in the evening when Gange aarti is held here. Elaborate rituals are performed at this ghat every evening by a group of 8-10 priests standing atop a pedestal, who chant mantras and propitiate the river with thousands of diyas and torches, with bhajans playing loudly in the background. This ghat has become the religious spot for the devotees and pilgrims for years and tourists as well. The riverbank lights up with flaming lamps and the smell of sandalwood envelops the ghat. Special Aartis are held on Tuesdays and on religious festivals. A maha Gange aarti held at the ghat at Kartik Purnima which attracts an unbelievable crowd.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple:
The list of places to visit in Varanasi would be incomplete without including the famed Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and has also been referred to in the holy scriptures. The Kashi Vishwanath temple has been built and re-built several times over the past few centuries. The present temple was built in the 18th century by Rani Ahalyabai Holkar of Indore after Mughal emperor Aurangzeb destroyed the previous temple and built a mosque at the site. Five major aartis are held daily, but the temple is always abuzz with worshipers. Sadly, non-Hindus may not enter, but by taking a stroll through the Vishwanath Galli that runs the length of it, you can get a glimpse of the interior, which exudes pungent smells and constant noise. For a small donation, you can climb to one of the second floors or rooftops of the shops that line the lane and get a good view of the temple interiors. It is located in the city of “Kas” or “Light” and is also known as the Golden temple due to the presence of 15.5m high golden spire. Every day, the temple is visited by about three thousand devotees, which go up to a lakh or more on special festive occasions. One of the most auspicious times to visit the temple is Shivaratri.
Located near Ganges river on its eastern bank, Ramnagar fort is a structure in Varanasi built in 1750 by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh. The fort is constructed in red sandstone and is made in a typical Mughal style of architecture with stunning carved out balconies and open patios. This old rampart is also home to a vintage museum that is famous for its rare collection of old American cars, ivory works, medieval costumes, and a huge astronomical clock. The architecture of this fort is a blend of Indian and Islamic style.The temple dedicated to Ved Vyasa is said to be the place, where the sage who wrote the Indian epic Mahabharata, spent some days of his life. Among other tourist attractions in Ramnagar are the Durga Temple, Chhinnamastika Temple, and Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman.During Dussehra, the fort and its surroundings are decorated magnificently and it’s certainly worth a visit.
Bharat Kala Bhavan:
Bharat Kala Bhavan is located inside the Banaras Hindu University campus. It was established on 1 January 1920 as an extension of Bharat Kala Parishad. It displays India’s heritage and preserves the past of the nation. It houses a wide collection of paintings, textiles and costumes, decorative art, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and other materials of archaeological importance. There are some displays which date back to 1st to15th century. The total number of displays are 1,00000 plus. It also has an art gallery dedicated to the Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich. However, the main credit for creating the collection and establishment goes to Padmavibhushan Late Rai Krishnadasa, the renowned Hindi writer.
How To Reach:
By Air: Varanasi airport is well connected to all major city of India.
By Rail: There two railway station Varanasi railway station and another one is Kashi railway station, Varanasi railway station is well connected to all major city of India by regular train.
By Road: Varanasi is well connected by Road way from the near by city and near by states.
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