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Varanasi – One of the Oldest Inhabited Cities in the World.

Varanasi – One of the Oldest Inhabited Cities in the World.

The holy Indian city of Varanasi (also known as Benares or Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Situated on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi has been both a spiritual and cultural center in India for centuries. Many famous saints, philosophers, poets, scholars and musicians have lived at this place. The most prominent and famous place in Varanasi is the famous ghats (steps leading to the banks of the Ganges). This is where the old city can still be found. Varanasi boasts of almost 100 ghats where pilgrims can be seem bathing in the early morning, worshipping the sacred river,...

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Kumbha Mela – A Festival of Faith

Kumbha Mela – A Festival of Faith

India is a country of festivals, and no festival matches the great Kumbha Mela which is held every twelve years in Allahabad, North India. I attended this year's Mela along with an estimated 100 million other pilgrims. Apart from the throngs of villagers who come from all parts of the subcontinent, the festival attracts thousands of sadhus (holy men) from various Hindu denominations. Their attraction for visiting the Mela is the promise of mukti (salvation) if they bathe in the confluence of the sacred rivers, (the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Sarasvati) at a preordained time when the 'nectar...

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