Varanasi Sacred Walking Tours
“Varanasi is one of the most ancient cities of learning. This was a place where hundreds of enlightened beings lived at a time. In every street, you have an enlightened being.” These luminary words of Sadhguru Ji emphasize on the cultural center of North India that shelters several enlightening sacred walks. The ‘city of light’ shines bright, both physically and metaphorically containing the enlightenment of several saints from our glorious past. Varanasi is one of the holiest cities of India, which gives out a spiritual vibe. The city throws light on the truth of the inner world and enables one to see beneath his skin. Every year, plenty of people take the pilgrimage to Varanasi in the pursuit of peace and salvation. It is well known for varied sacred walks which attract a huge crowd. Here is the list of sacred walks of Varanasi:
- KAAL BHAIRAVA TEMPLE
It is one of the most interesting places in Varanasi. From the gate directing to the inner sanctum of the ancient temple, the silver face of Kaal bhairava garlanded with flowers is visible. It is one of the 10 Bhairava temples situated on the holy land of Varanasi. For a long span of time, the temple has been the spiritual center of Kashi and stands sturdy even today protecting its devotees.
- MANIKARNIKA GHAT
One of the strangest tourist spot, the Manikarnika Ghat, is the place where dead bodies are cremated. The folklore says that the one who is buried here is more likely to attain salvation. Hence, elderly people in large number come here to achieve peace of mind during the last days of their life. Situated on the banks of River Ganga, the Ghat is believed to be one of the most sacred riverfronts of India.
- MAHA MRITUNJAYA TEMPLE
Widely recognized as the holy place of worship, Maha Mritunjaya Temple is a very glorious place of worship. Scores of people from all over India come here to perform rituals and yajnas to get rid of their problems. It is believed that Mritunjaya Mahadev guards all his devotees against their unnatural death. An ancient well is sheltered in the temple whose water is said to have miraculous effects in curing the disease of people.
- KASHI VISHWANATH TEMPLE
Also referred to as The Golden Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple plays a vital role in luring the tourists to visit Varanasi due to its religious importance. Located on the western banks of the Ganga, The Jyotirlinga present in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is considered as the 12th of all the Jyotirlingas. The devotees pay a visit to the temple in the belief of getting free from the cycle of life and death and intermingle their souls with that of the supreme power.
- VISHALAKSHI TEMPLE
One of the most famous Hindu temples of India, The Vishalakshi Temple, stands firmly at the Meer Ghat along the banks of River Ganga. It is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, the wide-eyed Devi. Devotees worship Maa Vishalakshi as it is believed that the Goddess will bless them with the abundance of good health and prosperity. The temple is well decorated especially during Navratri as the crowd gathers to celebrate the victory of Goddess over the buffalo demon.
Varanasi is the epitome of the cultural prosperity of India and continues to spellbind people with its grandeur and charisma. Stroll along its narrow lanes which are its enlightening sacred walks. Visit this beautiful and holy city to absorb the spiritual essence and dissolve your negative energy in the pious water of Ganga. In Mark Twain’s words,
“Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”