‘Varanasi’, ‘Kashi’ or ‘Benares’ are names of one of the oldest cities in the world. Varanasi is located in Uttar Pradesh and is believed to have the power of absorbing all impurities and cleansing one’s soul to attain Mokhsa (freedom from the cycle of birth and death) as per Hindu mythology.
Besides the faith of religion associated with the Land of Varanasi, there is something that cannot be missed out in Varanasi. It is the music of Varanasi. One can feel rhythms and sounds in everything around. From sunrise to sunset, the ghats are crowded but behind this noise there are soul stirring hymns and matras, chants of sadhus and the aartis (prayers) that are offered. The amalgamation of the euphony of moving water with the Ghats’ liveliness, the experience is magical! Besides this local music of the place cannot be ruled out.
Mark Twain has rightly said of Varanasi (Banaras):
“Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.
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