The Divine Eternal City

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Significance of divine city Varanasi also known as Kashi. It is as ancient as Hinduism.

The Eternal City

It is called eternal city because of various reasons. It is as ancient as Hinduism itself. Located on the western banks of the holy Ganga, Varanasi is also known as Kashi and Benaras. It lies between two small seasonal streams called Varuna and Asi. It is believed that Hindu pilgrims congregate here seeking atonement of past sins, religious and spiritual merit or moksha in future. Every Hindu aspires to visit Varanasi at least once in his or her lifetime and to prefer to die here with Panchakshari Mantra on their lips.
Varanasi is contemporary to the ancient cities namely Nineveh, Babylon and Thebes which are now part of oblivion. But, Varanasi is still throbbing with meaningful spiritual and worldly life even today. The ancient name of Varanasi is Kashi which means shining, spiritually resplendent or brilliant in divinity.
Also known as Avimikta, Varanasi is a great centre and abode of moksha. It is believed that Lord Shhiva floats in the sky, unattached to the earth in Varanasi, which can be seen only by yogis with their minds. It is the most favored place of Lord Shiva. Shiva says that all the evil accumulated in a thousand previous lives is destroyed for one who enters this sacred city. If a sinner dies here, he goes directly to Shiva’s abode. Knowing that moksha is most difficult to attain, and that rebirth is more painful, a person should crush his feet with a stone in order to remain in Varanasi.
Domes, minarets, towers and tapering vimanas dominate the skyline of Varanasi. The crescent shaped river front with its enchanting ghats rising tier upon tier is one of the most fascinating aspects of the holy city. The golden spiraled temple of Lord Viswanadh is the holiest place in the city. Varanasi is dedicated to this god. Maharaja Ranjit Singh covered its spire with a tone of gold plating in 1835.


Avimukta, Ganga, Kashi, Lord Viswanadh, Moksha, Rebirth, Varanasi

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author avatar Songbird B
5th May 2011 (#)

You take me to this magical, spiritual city with your descriptive words, Jayababy.
A really lovely share...thank you for this...

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author avatar jayababy
5th May 2011 (#)

I am glad for the comment dear Songbird.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th May 2011 (#)

Thanks for your insight on this special place.

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author avatar jayababy
5th May 2011 (#)

I left a space. But I don't find it here after publishing.
Keep guiding me. Thx a lot.

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author avatar Pramod
12th May 2011 (#)

Very nice article on the ancient city of Vanarasi.

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