Varanasi(Kashi), or Benaras, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi`s Prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrevealed. Mark Twain, the English author and literature, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Benaras, once wrote : “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together. ”

The land of Varanasi (Kashi) has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi(Kashi) would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. The Abode of Lord Shiva & Parvati, the origins of Varanasi(Kashi) are yet unknown. Ganges in Varanasi(Kashi) is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. Ganges is said to have its origins in the tresses of Lord Shiva and in Varanasi(Kashi), it expands to the mighty river that we know of. Kashi is also a centre of learning and civilization for over 3000 years.

With Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment, just 10 kms away, Varanasi(kashi) has been a symbol of Hindu renaissance. Knowledge, philosophy, culture, devotion to Gods, Indian arts and crafts have all flourished here for centuries. Also a pilgrimage place for Jains, Varanasi(Kashi) is believed to be the birthplace of Parsvanath, the twenty-third Tirthankar.Varanasi(Kashi) has also been a great center of learning for ages. Varanasi(Kashi) is associated with promotion of spiritualism, mysticism, Sanskrit and yoga.

Silk weaving is a manufacturing industry in Varanasi(Kashi). Varanasi(Kashi) is known throughout India for its production of very fine silk and Banarasi saris. ... Varanasi(Kashi) saris are adorned with intricate designs and zari embellishments making it popular during traditional functions and weddings.

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