The land of Ghats, Kashi is the oldest known continuously inhabited city in the world that still seems the perfect confluence of rustic Aryan era and the modern sophisticated world of digital platforms. The present day Kashi was one of the most prosperous princely states of India under the British Raj. Throughout its history, Kashi has been an independent Brahmin state. From birth to death and beyond, Kashi narrates the story of every living being and the cycle of life that continues from one body to another.
We tell you popular sites that tourists love visiting in Kashi.
Today, the magnificent Ramnagar Fort is a museum. The repository of the Varanasi kings, Ramnagar Fort was the official residence of the Kashi Naresh. Not just a king, Kashi Naresh was a highly revered leader who guided the natives of Varanasi to overcome troubles. Kashi Naresh is considered as the kin of Lord Shiva. Some even consider him to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Visiting Ramnagar Fort and doing a revolution around the perimeters is akin to a world trip.
Apart from the Fort, it also has a Durga Temple, the temple of Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman and Chhinnamastika Temple in its precincts. The astronomical clock in the fort displays time, day, week, month and year and also the most accurate astronomical facts.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to the chief patron of the city, Lord Shiva. It houses the Vishwanath Jyotirling, which is one of the twelve forms spread all over India. Rebuilt by Ahilyabai Holkar in 1785, the Kashi Vishwanath temple overlooks the River Ganges. Its domes were covered with gold plating donated by Raja Ranjit Sing of Punjab. Just like it gave enlightenment to Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Parmahansa, Tulsidas, Dyanand Saraswati and Adi Shankaracharya, many tourists make a beeline to the temple.
One of the most ancient river bank colonies, Dasaswamedh Ghat today is a sacred site. It was the place from where horses were left free to declare the tag of Universal Emperorship. The legend of ten sacrificed horses states that Lord Brahma had performed a rite to bring Lord Shiva back into significance after he was banished. The oldest bank was renovated by Marathas and then the Holkars. Tourists throng to the Dasaswamedh Ghat to witness the evening prayers by the banks and sit on the laid steps dipping right to the bottom of the river.
A certain part of Kashi is called as Vyasa-Kashi owing to the fact that Sage Vyas cursed the city. After acknowledging his mistake, he banished himself from Kashi into exile. He took shed on the other side of Ganges which is today called Vyasa-Kashi. It is located close to Ramanagarand hubs, a beautiful Vyasa temple. It has been visited by all gods to make penance for their sins.
Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat are all places of great significance. Every Hindu has a wish to be cremated on the banks of River Ganges. The tourists are spellbound by the magnitude of funeral rites being performed and they themselves pay their homage to the departing souls. As per Hindu culture, the soul never dies. It only sheds the body and enters another form. The Ghats signify that though to perfection.