India, Varanasi Guide (B): 6 Things You Will Love to Do in Varanasi
It was my first time in Varanasi and I, for sure, was absolutely looking forward to visiting and experiencing it. A very popular town in Uttar Pradesh, the biggest state in India and supposedly one of the notorious too. But hold on before you start to form your judgement. This state has got some of the holiest places, has some fantastic national parks, has one of the seven wonders of the world and now has the longest railway platform in the World as well. And the list is not over. These things are the first things that struck me now when I am in process of writing this blog post. So, for about 2 days before the flight, I had planned to do a lot of things in Varanasi and I did them too.
Built around 500 AD and located on the western side of the holy river bank of Ganges, Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and hence, one of the most sacred of Shiva temples. A jyotirlinga is a sacred place of worship of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva’s another name is Vishwanath, meaning the ruler of the Universe and Varanasi is also known as Kashi. Hence, this temple is known as “Kashi Vishwanath” Temple. There are 4 gates to enter the temple through some of the very narrow lanes. In the centre is the main deity silver coated Shiva Linga. It is also said that the brownie points you earn through your visit to the other 11 Jyotirlingas located across India can be offset by a single visit to this place. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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