About Varanasi city
Varanasi is also called Banaras and Kashi. It is considered one of the most sacred cities in Hinduism. Apart from this, it is also considered sacred in Buddhism and Jainism. According to mythology, the city of Kashi was founded by Lord Shiva around 5000 years ago. The unseen region, i.e., Kashi city is situated on the trident of Shiva, where no holocaust can ever come. According to a belief, bathing in the holy Ganges river flowing here erases all sins.
Many talented poets, writers, music emperors of India have resided in Kashi. Sant Kabir, Vallabhacharya, Ravidas, Swami Ramanand, Tralang Swamy, Shivanand Goswami, Munshi Premchand, Jaishankar Prasad, Acharya Ramchandra Shukla, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Girija Devi, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Ustad Bismillah Khan etc. have stayed in this holy place. Ramcharitmanas Goswami Tulsidas ji, the supreme worshiper of Hinduism, wrote in Kashi itself and Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Also known as one of the Golden Temple, this temple has the highest glory in Kashi, as the Vishwanath Jyotirlinga is installed here. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Aurangzeb broke this temple in 1669. It was rebuilt by Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore in 1804. In 1739, the ruler of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singhji, had both the peaks of this temple plated with 1000 kg of gold.
VIP Darshan Special
The devotees making online booking are given entry from the Neelkanth gate , gate number three, separate from the common devotee. The staff of the temple administration posted at the help desk built in the temple will check the QR code with a scanner when the online booking tickets are shown. After checking, a priest will enter the sanctum from the northern gate of the temple and offer prayers. Darshan will be taken out of the Western Gate after Darshan, Pooja.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple Speedy Darshan (VIP) Ticket Price: – Rs. 300 / –
Website link for online VIP Darshan and Aarti Puja ticket booking: – https://www.shrikashivishwanath.org
Attain salvation in Kashi
Human beings or any living beings get liberated by committing death in Kashi. Lord Shiva preaches the Taraka-mantra in the dying creature’s ear, which gives him salvation.
Do you want to give salvation to any of your family members in Kashi?
In Kashi, there is an institution called Kashi Labh Mukti Bhavan. It was started in 1958 by the Dalmia Charitable Trust. People who are counting the last watch in this institution are given admission. Those who wish to have their death in Kashi and their last rites in Kashi are allowed to remain free for 15 days. Any one of their family members is also allowed to remain free. Mukti Bhavan also helps in performing last rites. In this institution, more than 15 thousand people have got salvation. If they do not die within 15 days, they have to leave Mukti Bhavan.
Address of Kashi Labh Mukti Bhavan – Near Geeta Mandir Road, Girja Ghar Road, Mishir Pokhara, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001
Take the following precautions in Kashi
- At the time of purchasing the prasad from Prasad’s shop in Vishwanath Galli, decide the price of the prasad in advance. Prasad, after taking the puja material, check it well.
- Beware of fake Priest. Beware of the fraudster like to have a quick vision. Security is very tight in Vishwanath temple. No one can enter the middle.
- Beware of pocket picking.
- Sadhus on the Ganges ghats, do not get caught in Baba’s affair.
How many days stayed in Varanasi: – 3 days
Where to stay in Varanasi: –
There are many private hotels and Dharamshala, Ashram near Assi Ghat. Hotels are also built on Ganga Ghats. If there is an elderly or helpless person walking, then there is a hotel and guest house near the Vishwanath temple. AC and NonAc Dormitory Rooms are also available in the Retiring Rooms of Railways.
How to reach Varanasi
Varanasi has three railway stations.
Varanasi Junction: – Varanasi Railway Junction is commonly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station. More than 1.5 lakh passengers and more than 240 trains travel daily from this station.
Mughal Sarai Junction: – which is about 18 kilometers from Varanasi. Many trains run from this railway station, especially to eastern India.
Manduadih Railway Station: – Located about 4 kilometers away from Varanasi Cantt Railway Station. This station is built to control the trains of North Eastern Railway.
Rajdhani Express, Sivaganga Express, Lokmanya Tilak Varanasi Express, Vibhuti Express, Howrah Jodhpur Express, Ganga Kaveri Express, Sangamitra Express, Secunderabad Patna Express and Marudhar Express are some of the major trains that go to Varanasi from all over India.
Varanasi is connected by road with cities like Allahabad, Lucknow, Patna, Gorakhpur and Ranchi. . Many comfortable air-conditioned luxury buses run from Lucknow to Varanasi. Government buses and private bus services are available in many states. National Highways, NH 2 and NH 28 can reach Varanasi. It takes 6 to 7 hours to reach Varanasi from Lucknow.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport is located at a distance of 24 km from the city of Varanasi. Connected to some major Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi. Domestic airlines such as Air India and IndiGo operate regular flights from Delhi, Khajuraho, Bangalore, Mumbai and Goa. Flights are also available to Kathmandu. To reach the city of Varanasi, one gets a prepaid taxi on rent.