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    Visit Sarnath

    by husain Written Feb 28, 2007

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    Located about 10 kilometers away from Varanasi, Sarnath, is the place where the Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. It is a very important place for pilgrimage for Buddhists from around the world. There are various Buddhist temples in Sarnath.
    There is also an Archeological site in Sarnath, the highlight of which is the 110 ft. tall Dhameka stupa It was built by the great Mauryan Emperor Ashoka in 249 B.C., and is said to mark the spot where the Buddha delivered his first sermon...

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    Asi Ghat

    by aukjejetty Written Jun 7, 2003

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    Another Ghat...

    The southernmost ghat in the sacred city, the Asi Ghat is situated at the confluence of the rivers Ganga and Asi. Pilgrims consider it particularly holy to bathe here prior to worshipping at a huge lingam, under a peepal tree. Asisangameshwar, the lord of confluence of the Asi, is the name of another lingam, which is worshipped by the people, in a small marble temple, just off the ghat.

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    Manikarnika Ghat

    by aukjejetty Updated Jun 7, 2003

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    One of the most sacred and the oldest ghats of Varanasi, Manikarnika Ghat is the main burning ghat. Lying at the centre of the five tirthas, Manikarnika Ghat symbolises both creation and destruction, epitomised by the juxtaposition of the sacred well of Manikarnika Kund and the hot, sandy ash-infused soil of cremation grounds where time comes to an end. The kund is said to have been dug by Lord Vishnu at the time of creation.

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    Dasaswamedh Ghat

    by aukjejetty Written Jun 7, 2003

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    Dasaswamedh Ghat

    One of the main ghats of Varanasi is the 'Dasashvamedh Ghat' or the 'ghat of ten sacrificed horses'. It is said that the sacrifices were made by Lord Brahma to pave path for the return of Shiva after the period of banishment.

    The beauty of this ghat has remained unchanged, even after ages of harsh treatment it has undergone. The Ghat has remained unspoiled and provides the same view of the river front, which it has been showing for ages now.

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    Walking the Ghats

    by aukjejetty Written Jun 7, 2003

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    Taking a dip in the Ganges

    Along the Ganges in Varanasi are 70 bathing ghats [stonesteps at the riverside], they all have a name. At sunrise they are packed with ordinary people and priests under the tilted umbrellas. It is a wonderful sight!

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    Kedar ghat

    by mantru Updated Feb 8, 2009

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    This is the site of Haramapapa Tirtha. At the top exists the temple of Kedaresvara, the patron deity of the southern sacred segment

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    The Nepalese temple

    by husain Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    the nepalese temple

    The temple is said to house an image of Pashupateshvara - Shiva's manifestation at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu

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    Nepalese Temple

    by husain Written Feb 18, 2004

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    the nepalese temple

    A very picturesque building, hidden behind trees and by the Ganges.
    Its a short climb up to this wood and brick structure and which is very characteristic Nepalese architecture too.

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