Kashi, also known as Varanasi or Benaras, is located on the banks of the Ganges and is widely known as the cultural capital of India.
Kashi & its affinity with Shiva:
According to mythological legends, Kashi is said to be founded by none other than Lord Shiva himself. Shiva was pleased by the ambiance of Kashi and fell in love with this place for its intellectual vigor, music, people, and culture and decided to make the city his residence. Since then, devotees believe Kashi is the primary award of Lord Shiva, and the residents in Kashi Banaras are genuinely devoted to praising Lord Shiva.
Kashi, from the eyes of people:
People believe Kashi is the Moksha Dham, where the soul gets liberated as they claim this place has been blessed by the almighty himself. Being the oldest living city on this planet, the Kashi world’s lots of significance, historical value, legends, and the older traditions of Hinduism.
In fact, Kashi is the holiest of the seven sacred cities, which is Sapta puri in Hinduism and Jainism. Besides, this city played a significant role in the initial stages of Buddhism.
As per the Hindu Epic Mahabharat, the Pandavas also visited this city in search of Lord Shiva and to get his divine grace. Kashi has one of the oldest and most widely celebrated temples, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This holy shrine has one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva that are present on this Earth.
So, visit the cultural capital of India, Kashi or Banaras, and experience Lord Shiva’s presence in people.
Enjoy a glimpse of Kashi by clicking the clip below.
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