Varanasi - Facts About Varanasi

Varanasi is the most colorful, implacably chaotic and most interesting place on earth. And, if you are all set to visit this may just turn out to be your favorite holiday spot in India. Varanasi is a maze of narrow alleys meandering behind its waterfront ghats. As a symbol of Hinduism, the city draws pilgrims from around the world, to worship, and to take a dip in the holy Ganga to absolve sins. It is a place to spend the last days of our lives and attain Nirvana, but there as some interesting facts of Varanasi, which you must have never heard of. Take a look below.

  1. Did you know that Varanasi is the oldest city in the world? If the legends are to be believed, it is said that it is the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
  2. The Banaras Hindu University in the city is the largest university in Asia and this makes Varanasi a major center of learning and culture.
  3. Another interesting fact about Varanasi is that it is the birthplace of several legends such as Munshi Prem Chand, Kali Das, and Tulsi Das.
  4. The city is home to some of the celebrated artists, such as an acclaimed sitar player, Ravi Shankar and the shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan.
  5. Varanasi is widely known for being the largest seller of Banarasi silk and the best-known ones are Shattir, Organza, and Georgette.
  6. A mind-boggling custom practiced in the city of Varanasi is frog marriage, which is carried out in the rainy season at the Ashwamedh Ghat.

 

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