Varanasi, also known as Kashi or Benares, is an ancient city and abode to Lord Shiva. Varanasi called with the names Avimuktaka, Anandakanana, Mahasmashana, Brahma Vardha, Surandhana, Sudarsana and Ramya. Varanasi referred as Sivanagari or Kashi in Rig Veda, and considered to be the favorite shrine of Lord Shiva. It is said in the Mahabharat, that Pandava went to Kashi in search of Lord Shiva to atone for the sins of extermination of brothers and Brahmins in the Kurukshetra war. Among the famous temples in the city of Varanasi the Jyothirlinga Vishwanath Temple, Vishalakshi Devi Temple, Annapurna Devi Temple, Dundi Vinayak Temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, and the Navadurga Temple are the most important temples in Varanasi. The Tulsi Manas and Viswanatha Temples are located on the campus of the Banaras Hindu University. The name ‘Varanasi’ is derived from the combination of the rivers ‘Varuna’ and ‘Asi’. There are twenty three thousand temples and 81 bathing spots in Varanasi.


Manikarnika, Assi, Harishchandra, Dashashwamedha and Panchganga Ghats are some of the important Ghats frequently visited by the Pilgrims. Hindus perform cremation and fetal ceremonies at Manikarnika and Harishchandra Ghats. The complete information about Varanasi along with details of places and temples of interest together with the accommodation and feeding facilities were given in detail with photos and videos in Kashi Yatra.