Varanasi, the cultural capital of India, has many shades. Nowhere in the world you find such vivid hues amalgamating at a single place. The city has everything that a disturbed soul seeks and much more. Marked by it numerous temples and 80 Ghats, Varanasi is humanism personified. A tour to this city is a must for every visitor who ventures to India. The city has various temples and attractions to offer to visitors. We list a few of them here: -
Bharat Mata Mandir
Bharat Mata Mandir or Bharat Mata Temple is one of its kinds in
Varanasi. Contrary to what most of the tourists believe, this temple is
not dedicated to any God, Goddess or certain deity for that matter. It
is dedicated to the human manifestation of India popularly called Mother
India or Bharat Mata in Hindi. The temple was inaugurated by non other
than Mahatma Gandhi, The father of the Indian Nation.
Banaras Hindu University
BHU was built in the year 1916-1917 under the special act of parliament
passed in the year 1915 named BHU act. The act was passed by the interim
parliament that worked under the imperial British government. Mahamna
Pundit Madan Mohan Malaviya and Annie Besant did the conceptualization
and implementation of this university. Raja of Kashi donated 1350 acres
of land for the construction of the sprawling campus.
Goddess Durga is a significant manifestation of Parvati, the consort of
Lord Shiva. In fact she is said to be Shakti, or the manifestation of
Parvati that signifies the female element of Power and harmony in
nature. This is precisely because a Bengali Maharani built this temple
in the 18th century.
Kashi Vishwanath Mandir
The Vishwanath temple is synonymous to Varanasi. Vishwanath Temple is
the most sacred and the most famous temple in Varanasi. In fact,
Vishwanath Temple is extremely popular in other parts of India too. A
considerable chunk of foreign visitors in India come to Varanasi every
year to get a glimpse of the Vishwanath Temple even though the followers
of Semitic religions are not allowed to enter the sanctum of the temple.
Ramnagar Fort is the former as well as the present residence of the
Maharaja of Kashi also known at times as Raja of Banaras. It is situated
on the opposite bank of the Ganges along which the city of Varanasi
thrives. The most important construction inside the fort is the 'Durbar
Hall' or the Hall of public audience.
Sankat Mochan Mandir
Sankat Mochan Mandir do not have much historical significance but is a
good place to visit at least once. No body knows who established this
temple. It was actually very small in its early phase. In the due course
various 'Mahants' collected funds to upgrade the structure and today it
boasts off a large complex.
Tulsi Manas Mandir
Tulsi Manas Temple has a very historical as well as cultural importance
for not only Varanasi but also for the whole of India. This is because
Ramayana was composed at this very place. Goswami Tulsi Das was the man
who composed Ramayana in Hindi in the form of "Ram Charit Manas".