Sunday, June 24, 2007
Varanasi or Benares is not called the Holy city without reason. Many think it is only a Hindu City when history says otherwise. It is here that Sarnath where Lord Buddha delivered his first teachings. You can also get more details of Sarnath here.
By the way this is the orginal buggy of Maharaja of Benares, now with Taj Benares Hotel.
And here are today's "buggies" on the roads of Varanasi or Benares.
The Photos of Sarnath are in the slide show. But you need to have latest browser, java and something else (I am not sure what yet) to be able to see the slide show properly. Normally I suggest everybody should have Java Run Time environment, Macromedia, Shockwave, quicktime etc and one of this should take care (I say this because I have and am able to see the slide show)
[Click the slideshow to see slide show, a new screen will open for slideshow. There if you click on any picture when it is displayed, the same will open and then again if you click it will open full page size]
Here are a series of Photos from a boat ride on the river Ganges, or Ganga as we call it, near the GHATS (embankments) of the Holy City of Benares/ Varanasi. Here you will see different activities being performed at these ghats from playoing cricket to doing meditation to burning of the dead.
"Varanasi - Benares - Kaasi is considered to be the holiest of all pilgrimage sites in India. It is considered home to Shiva - Visweswara. Benares is also known as Kaasi because it is beleived that Supreme brilliance shines there, and lights the way to salvation (Kas - to shine). Varanasi is located between two rivers Varana and Asi, and hence the name Varanasi. " Read more
"Varanasi or Kashi is older than traditions. Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. According to the Hindu mythology, Varanasi liberates soul from human body to the ultimate. It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity. Ghats of Ganga are perhaps the holiest spots of Varanasi. The Ganga Ghats at Varanasi are full of pilgrims who flock to the place to take a dip in the holy Ganges, which is believed to absolve one from all sins. " Read more.
"Varanasi, Kashi or Banaras, is older than traditions. The divine grace of this city lies is unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. Ghats of Varanasi are natural supplement to the concept of divinity. It is a city witch liberate soul from human body to ultimate" If you want to know the history of each ghat read here.
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