There are the usual Holy men, covered in ashes on their whole body. They strategically present themselves in front of foreign tourists, put up their exotic religious face and pose for the camera.
These ghats depicts a perfect picture of humanity. It’s very common to see Indian Muslim’s at ghats feeding the wheat flour to the fishes at the ghats. There is movement, motion, human life everywhere and it starts from the early morning and then stops only in the late night. Many times i stayed at ghats & was alone at around 10 :30 pm but felt safe. But it might be risky to be alone at ghat during late night.
You can always find artist from all over the world in the streets with their card-boards, papers and pencils, to figure out the colors of life.
At magical ghats of Varanasi it’s very common to see Animals and birds equally enjoy the riverfront of the Ganga in Varanasi
For millions of Hindus, It is believed that a holy dip in the Ganga washed away all the sins of life. A lot of Hindus from the different parts of India (Mostly South India ) come here regularly on a pilgrimage throughout the year.
Walk along the river further and there is a lot of activities going on in the morning. It is amazing to see how this city wake up so early in the morning to perform these activities on the riverfront.
In Banaras everything can co-exist: life & death
Manikarnika & Harishchand ghat are the largest of the two popular burning sites, All faithful Hindus hope Varanasi is the end of their road. If one can make the journey before his heart stops beating, to die in Varanasi is to be set on the path to enlightenment, because to die in the holiest city in India means your body will be cremated with flames from the eternal fire, and tossed into the al mighty Ganges, left to float away from your struggles and sins in this life, and sink into the unknown of the next.
At sunset, every evening the ganga aarti, takes place along the Dasaswamedh Ghat with a beautiful, choreographed ritual of respect to the Gods. ’Ganga Aarti’ is one of the most sacred rituals in ‘Hinduism’ and is practiced on the Ghats of Varanasi (Banaras). ‘Dashashwamedh Ghat’ is very famous for this Aarti ritual.
Aarti’ is a religious ritual performed by followers of Hinduism during worship. In this ritual, a cotton wick dipped in ghee is lighted in a lamp to produce light and smoke. In some instances, camphor is also used in place of ghee. Offering ‘Aarti’ or ‘lighting a lamp’
Walk a while at the Dashashwamedh Ghat and people start greeting you and approaching for desi body massage
It takes a while to find, but if you do, you might just fall in love with this spiritual city.
How to reach Varanasi
Varanasi welcomes you through all the well-connected routes by air, rail and road. It now has its own International Babatpur airport about 26 km from the main city, which can be reached by road.
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