This vacation, experience the spiritual aura of one of the seven holy cities of Hindus. The places in the city will take off the stress and burden from your mind and will leave you all refreshed and positive. The enormous temples and Ghats attracts numerous visitors every year. You will unequivocally be surprised to see the number of foreign tourists experience the spirituality of the Hindus. Such is the beauty of the city and below are listed some of the many places which should be on your bucket list while on your journey to Varanasi.
Amongst the chaos and exhilaration during the pooja, you will find a strange peace within yourself. It will feel like your soul is at rest here. Assi Ghat is located far south and is a place where visitors pay homage to Lord Shiva. Under the Peepal tree rests the huge Lingam where the ancientness of Kashi can be captured at its best.
If you are wondering about the name of the Ghat, then there is a story associated with the place. It is believed that during a yajna, Lord Brahma sacrificed 10 horses here at the very place which is why it is called Dashashwamedh. It is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganges River. Agni pooja and Ganga Aarti are the main events that can be enjoyed at the place.
During the sunset, well-lit candles bowls floating in the Ganges river gives an illuminating light to the eyes and a positive feeling to your soul. This is the kind of experience you can get on the Manikarnika Ghat. It is a journey of a spiritual roller coaster where you will feel connected to the ultimate divine, no matter even if you are a foreigner, the positive vibes you’ll get here would be outstanding.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Exploration to Varanasi would be incomplete if you do not visit the popular Kashi Vishwanath temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also one of the 12 jyotirlingas which are mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. Along with this major temples, there are some other smaller shrines too which are located in the Vishwanath Gali. This is the only Jyotirlingas in the entire state of Uttar Pradesh.
Tulsi Manas Temple
Imagine actually visiting a place where Ramcharitmanas was written. This is the exact place where it was written. If you are the one who experiences joy in connecting yourself with historical places, then this is it for you. The walls of the temple are engraved with the verses of Ramayana. It was constructed in 1964 with a white marble and is funded by the Birla family.
It holds a supernatural importance amongst places in Varanasi. The temple was built by Bengali Maharani in the 18th century. It is painted red by ochre and gives a wonderful sight of the temple. An idol of Goddess Durga rests in the temple. It is believed that this idol appeared magically and no one brought it here.
Jantar Mantar / Man Singh Observatory
Situated at a distance of 4 km from Varanasi, Man Singh observatory is near the famous Dashashwamedh Ghat. It attracts many of the Indian as well as a foreign tourist every year. It was constructed in 1737 CE by the Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. It is the replica of New Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, and Mathura. It consists of several masonry instruments in order to record the motion, speed, and properties of stars, planets, and study astronomy.
It is a very popular Buddhist pilgrimage center which is located at a distance of 9 km from Varanasi at the confluence of Ganga and Varuna rivers. It is also known as Ishipatna and Mrigadaya. As per legends, Lord Buddha came here to give his first sermon to his five disciples after he achieved enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. It is also sacred for people following Jainism too because the 11th Tirthankara of Jain Shreyamshanath achieved salvation at this very place.
It is situated at a distance of 6 km from Varanasi Junction. Darbhanga Ghat is named after Darbhanga royal family. It is the place where people perform religious rites for their loved ones. One can also visit Chausatta Ghat from here which is nearby and is dedicated to Goddess Kali. This temple is visited by many Hindus during new moon day in the month of Chaitra.
Lalita Ghat & Nepali Temple
This ghat was built by the king of Nepal in the early 19th century and the temple is dedicated to goddess Lalita Devi which is believed to be the personification of Goddess Durga. The architecture of the place is stunning with an interesting combination of intricate woodwork and red-hued concrete.