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Sightseeing Places in Varanasi

The city situated on the west bank of holy River Ganga is a renowned pilgrimage for followers of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions. Encompassing the pathway from an old Hindu temple to one of the Buddhist monastery one can also find various Mosques in between affirming the presence of a great Muslim population here too. Thus, a tour to the famous sightseeing places in Varanasi will be an opportunity to get the blessings of gods of almost all the religions. Also, a walk to one of the city’s comprehensive museums will give you a better view of the history of this cultural hub of India. If you desire to indulge in complete spiritual atmosphere of this holy city then relaxing at the ghats of pious River Ganges and witnessing various religious ceremonies taking place will be best part of your tour to sightseeing places in Varanasi.

These sightseeing places in Varanasi offer numerous places of worship that welcome all, regardless of their caste or religion.

Bharat Mata Temple

An epitome of national integration, Bharat Mata Temple is dedicated to Mother India, unlike any other customary gods and goddesses. The temple houses a relief map of India carved out of marble which is the only monument in the temple. The construction of this unusual temple was laid by numismatists and antiquarians Baby Shiv Prasad Gupta and Shri Durga Prasad Khatri in 1936. The shrine of Mother India was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. A beautiful symbol of patriotism, Bharat Mata Temple is open to people of all religions.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Popularly known as the ‘Golden Temple’, Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the renowned temples for millions of Hindu devotees. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is enshrines the Jyotirlinga of the deity. The temple is a rare sight with its gold plated 15.5 meter high steeple that glisten its head. The sight of the Jyotirlinga is considered a soul- cleansing experience and is reserved for only Hindu devotees. It is truly the most celebrated sight for worshipping Lord Shiva and is visited by people from all walks of life.

Sankat Mochan Mandir

Located in the southern part of Varanasi, Sankat Mochan Mandir is near the Banaras Hindu University. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Hanuman who is believed to be Sankat Mochan (deliverer from troubles). Tuesdays and Saturdays are the days for main Puja (offering, worship) of the lord and people queue up in large populations to offer their prayers.

Ghats

The city is renowned for its religious Ghats (steps on the banks of river leading down to the ravine) and has over 100 such ghats. Most of the primary Ghats are indicated by a lingam (a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva) and are thus common hang out zones for various sadhus and men of religious beliefs. Visitors can pause to see these men performing Yoga or indulging in deep meditation on these Ghats. Manikarnika and Harishchandra ghats are referred as ‘burning ghats’ for they are functional as the site for Hindu cremations. The evening on the ghats in Varanasi is enlightened with devotees singing bhajans (holy songs), priests chanting the mantras and the major ritual of Aarti taking place with lighted lamps and offerings of flowers and small diyas being paid to the river Ganga.

Preserving the multi ethnic character of India, Varanasi holds a harmonious blend of many famous religions under its premises. Some other great sightseeing attractions in Varanasi include Government Museum Mathura, Great Mosque of Aurangzeb, Durga Mandir, Banaras Hindu University and more.