About Varanasi or Kashi –The Spiritual Capital of India

Varanasi is popularly known as the ‘holy city of India’, there are so many sacred Hindu temples that you can’t afford to miss if you visit Varanasi. You will need a wholesome trip to cover all these significant temples. The first and foremost temple would be the

Kashi Vishwanath Temple that makes Varanasi in real terms. This temple is located in the heart of the city and is and holds great importance in the Hindu Mythology.

The Sankat Mochan Temple is another popular Hanuman Temple in the town.

You could also visit the Durga Temple, the Kalbhairav Temple also called as "Kashi ke Kotwal",

the Bharat Mata Temple or the New Vishwanath. Apart from these popular temples there are many other small temples situated near ghats which carry their own religious significance and history. Ratneshwar Mahadev Mandir, also known as Matri-rin Mahadev,or Leaning temple of Varanasi situated at Manikarnika Ghat was builtin1795 by Ahilyabai Holkar where Lord Shiva is said torecite theTaraka Mantra(salvationmantra) is one of the most photographed temples in the holy city. The temple, while apparently well-preserved, leans significantly towards the back side (north-west), and its garbhagriha is generally below the water much of the year, except for a few months during the summer. Between the two temple is a spot that was termed as the holiest spot in Banaras by James Prinsep in 1832. An 1865 photograph terms one of the temples as the Vishnupad temple. It is likely the Ganesh temple with the Charan Paduka of Lord Vishnu near it (only distinguished individuals can be cremated at the spot) The same spot is said to have been the site of a Sati in a 1903 print.

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