Varanasi is rich in places with spiritual value
Made in Varanasi, Benaresi sarees are among the finest sarees in India, known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent woven embroidery. These sarees are made of finely woven silk and are decorated with intricate design. Grace yourself or your loved ones with this gold-wrapped silk saree, don't forget to buy one of these when in Varanasi.
Celebrated One day after Dussehra to commemorate Lord Ram's return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and his reunion with his brother, Bharat Milap is held at Nati Imli, Varanasi. It is one of the greatest festivities of the Varanasi city.
Ganga Aarti, a religious prayer, in Varanasi takes place at dusk every day. A huge crowd gathers to take part in it. The Aarti ceremony takes place on wooden platforms placed on the edge of the steps of the Ghat. On each wooden platform, there are small tables covered with saffron colour silk clothes with pooja (prayer) items that include a conch shell, incense sticks, praying bells, handkerchiefs, large brass lamps with snake hood, flowers, water pot, yak-tail fan, peacock's feather etc. A majestic sight to behold, the energy of the chanting mantras sends mystic waves through you. People watch the Aarti from the steps of the Ghats or sitting in boats, from where they float flower diyas (lights) in the river as obeisance to the holy Ganges.
Attend this five-day long festival on the banks of the Ganges that displays an extensive range of India's finest art, crafts, culture, and cuisine. It attracts a huge gathering of both national and international tourists. The festival is usually celebrated around November.
It's a thing of great pleasure to be in Varanasi on the occasion of Mahashivaratri, when all the Shiva temples are brightly decorated. Attracting great fanfare, a procession of Lord Shiva starts from Mahamrityunjaya Temple, Daranagar till Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
The Varanasi is known for its hours of dawn, when the city is in its most serene state. The morning glory of Banaras is the most auspicious tour to witness and discover life sprawling on the banks of the holy Ganga. It is a mystical blend of nature's grandeur and human existence. The rising sun, golden Ganga and illuminated Ghats inspire the people to enchant, sing and perform yoga. It takes one close to the spiritual fragrance of this land. A morning of Varanasi is full of life, light and divinity perpetuating the eternal beauty of nature.
Walking down the steps of Varanasi is a fascinating experience. Hindus believe each ghat has a different story. The main ghats in Varanasi are Assi Ghat, Kedara Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat, Chauki Ghat, Chaumsathi Ghat, Dashashwamedha Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, Lalita Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Scindia Ghat, Panchganga Ghat, Adi Keshva Ghat, and many more.
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