Varanasi, also known as Kashi or Benares, is among the most ancient cities in the world. Located in Uttar Pradesh, it holds great significance in Hindu mythology, as it is believed to possess the extraordinary power of purifying one’s soul and leading them towards Moksha—the liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
Beyond the religious faith associated with Varanasi, there is an element that cannot be overlooked—the music of Varanasi. The city resonates with rhythms and sounds that permeate everything around. From the break of dawn to the setting sun, the ghats are bustling with activity. Yet amidst this commotion, one can hear the soul-stirring hymns and chants of the sadhus, as well as the melodic aartis offered in devotion. The magical experience is born out of the harmonious blend of flowing water and the vibrant ambiance of the ghats. Moreover, the local music of Varanasi adds to its unique charm.
Mark Twain captured the essence of Varanasi (Banaras) aptly when he remarked, “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and it appears twice as old as all of them combined.”