Considered the most sacred of holy cities Indian by the Hindus, Benares or Varanasi (its Indian name, combining Varuna and ASI the two rivers that converge there) attracts each day hundreds of pilgrims who have come to wash their body and their sins in the waters of the Ganges. The city that is said to be established by the god Shiva rises to the rank of the most important places to visit at least once in a lifetime. Here are 5 extraordinary experiences to live in this colorful city resolutely scope by a wind of magic and mystery.
Walk On the Boardwalk Leading To the 84 Ghats of the City
It is a walk of 6,7km along the Ganges which leads from one end to the other of the sacred city. It borrows to walk there at its own pace and cross the 84 ghats (these sets of stairs giving access to a water course, here the River Ganga) of the former Benares. If 5 of them reveal a glorious character for bathers came to offload their sins, is that they represent the 5 locations chosen formerly by as much of Gods came to swim to Varanasi. The Ghat Dashashwamedh, considered the ghat the most sacred of the city, offers every evening a beautiful (and very popular) Ceremony of the lights (aarti).
Strolling In Boat on the Sacred River Ganges
That this is for the simple pleasure of walking on the Ganges, go on the other shore transformed into a kind of “Range” for travellers indians, approaching and gather in silence near the crematoriums in outdoor or admire the fascinating rituals of the pilgrims who came to be disposed of at the foot of one of the 5 Sacred ghats, nothing is worth a ride in a boat to Varanasi. Taking place on a boat or a boat with an engine to the aurorae, ensures to find themselves to first lodges for watch the devotees live one of the greatest moments of their life. Everything on the bottom of the sumptuous sunrise Indian.
Reflect On the Death and Funeral Traditions Hindu to Crematoriums
If it is an experience generating as much of vivid emotions that paradoxical to Varanasi, it is that of a visit in one of its two crematoriums to open sky. Recognized as one of the ultimate places where Hindus wish to end their days, the city of Varanasi promises to the pilgrims that the Ganges will carry their soul directly to the Paradis (regardless of the state of their karma). That is why people go there by thousands; some to wait for death, others to precede to the funeral rituals Hindus the most fascinating that are.
If it is better to call on the services of an Indian guide in order to grasp the true scope of these traditions is that each menu detail of the ceremony of cremation door a real meaning. Of the immersion and the purification of the body in the sacred water, with colorful fabrics offered by the family to the deceased as last present, passing by the decorations of flowers of roses and carnations of India, shaving the hair and the bathing of the elder of the family dressed in white came to request permission to use the eternal fire of the crematorium for the burning of the body, the traditions of this ceremony of cremation external – such as images and perfumes they impose – remain forever etched in the memories.
Visit the Buddhist City and Some of the 2 000 Temples of the City
Along the Ganges as well as through the city of Varanasi, this is thousands of Hindu temples which amount. 2 000 to be more exact, erected over the history by different kings, saints, priests and communities. The most popular – and the most famous Hindu temple – Is Kashi Vishwanath, the Golden Temple dedicated to the god Shiva. With ten kilometers of the city, the Buddhist city Sarnath is the place where Buddha himself would have delivered his first teaching. The place is obviously considered sacred in the Buddhist religion.
Celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors
It is only once a year – at the spring equinox – that is celebrated Holi, the famous Indian festival of colors. If the chance (or planning) is on your side, you will have the opportunity to live one of the most large travel experiences of your life. This was our case on 1 and 2 March last, while the young men and Indian children had stormed the streets of the Holy City to celebrate the god Krishna. (The Indian women not participating really to the celebrations related to Holi, at least not to Varanasi…) a tradition that would exist since the Antiquity. The celebrations are taking place in two times: a first evening where bonfires are lit in the streets in the honor of the creation of the female demon Holika burned by the god Vishnu and the next day where the few tourists mingle to the inhabitants and to children in order to launch the powder and jets of water colored (to the point of cover the entire body).
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