5 Points of Interest in Varanasi
Varanasi, Kashi, or Banaras is the oldest city in the whole world and is considered as an important pilgrimage center for the Hindus. Tourists from all over the world visit the city every year for spiritual enlightenment, mysticism, Hinduism and Indian philosophy. The city is also famous for its temples, Ghats, Ashrams and numerous sects.
Varanasi is also known for Jainism and Buddhism and you will find several temples belonging to these religions in the city. Thus, the city reflects the much-revered age-old civilization of India. You can stay in one of the affordable Hotels In Varanasi and drown in the mystical and spiritual atmosphere around.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also called the Golden temple. Vishwanath is the presiding deity of Varanasi and this city is said to constitute the first jyotirlinga out of the twelve that are scattered all over India. Jyotirlinga is the vibrant pillar of light that has been manifested by the Lord Shiva to establish supremacy in this particular region. The Shivalinga is said to have erupted from the crust of the earth breaking the grounds and standing upward directed to the heaven.
Banaras Hindu University
This university was founded by the great Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya during the very early part of the nineteenth century and even today is the largest Indian university. The entrance has a huge statue of Pandit Malviya and Vishwanath temple lay in the center. This huge temple was built under the patronage of the Birlas in 1966 and has a high rising 677-meter white top.
Bharat Kala Bhavan-Art Museum
This art museum is located in close surroundings of Banaras Hindu University and displays wide and vast range of collections of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, paintings, and other important materials related to archaeology. The figure of Lord Krishna lifting the mountain Govardana is the main attraction apart from the rare images that provide authentic proof of the existence of Krishna cult especially during the 15th and the 16th century.
The ghats are spread across a stretch of 4 km and provide a spectacular view at dawn when the first soft light of the sun caresses the waves of the river Ganges. From dawn to dusk, the ghat is constantly filled with religious activities and on an auspicious day, thousands of devotees gather here. You can approach the ghats through Dashashwarmedha ghat where you can easily hire a boat.
Goddess Durga demonstrates power and strength. This Durga Temple in Varanasi was built during the 18th century and is constructed using red stone. It demonstrates a good example of Nagara art.
Apart from these places, you can also visit several other temples and places of worship while you are staying in one of the hotels in Varanasi.