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What is Vārānasī
Varanasi , once known as Benares or Banaras, is a historical city in northern India.
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"When you walk the crowded streets of the old city near the Ganges river, you will see holy men, holy cows, and holy temples all over the place."
"Kasi was an ancient kingdom with Varanasi as its capital on the banks of Ganges River."
"Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the world capital of yoga."
"Varanasi culture is associated with the Ganges River and its religious importance to Hindus as a link to their spirituality."
"Varanasi -on the western banks of the sacred Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh -is one of the holiest cities in India."
"This mosque has minarets towering 71 metres above the Ganges River and the traces of the old temple can be seen behind the mosque."
"The temple stands on the western bank of Hinduism's holiest river Ganges ,and the deity is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas the holiest of Shiva deities."
"The temple is of great religious importance to the Hindus and bathing in the river Ganges is supposed to result in the remission of sin and that dying in Varanasi evades rebirth."
"The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the river Ganges and the river's religious importance."
"The temple stands on the western bank of the Hinduism's holiest river Ganges and the deity is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas the holiest of Shiva deities."
"However, the scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganges at sunrise set against the back drop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world -definitely a must see destination on any trip to northern India."
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