The spiritual significance of Kashi

A city steeped in myth, Kashi (also known as Benaras) is a revered destination frequented by pilgrims, travelers, sanyasis and aghoris. Believed to be a place of salvation, Kashi was once the abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati.

‘Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of then put together” – Mark Twain

Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi is a grand event graced by presence of several devotees who offer their reverence to the Goddess Ganga & divine almighty. Even the festival ‘Ganga Dussehra’ is celebrated in pomp at Kashi. The city is decorated in lights and the grandeur of the event is simply spectacular.

As per mythological legends, Kashi was founded by Lord Shiva. A place situated in vicinity of Ganges; Kashi is a destination where one is freed from cycle of life & death. The quest to attain ‘Moksha’ (salvation) attracts pilgrims from all over the world to visit Kashi. Such is the power of this mystic city.

A scenic view of Kashi (Image Source : Google)

The main attraction of this city is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the 12 jyotirilingas, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The current temple of Kashi Vishwanath was constructed in year 1780 by Ahilyabai Holkar, the noble queen of Indore.

 Surrounded by learning centers, ghats, ashrams and shops of Benarasi sarees, Kashi is the place where our spiritual culture has sustained since the mythology age.


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