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Kashi Yatra eBook

Kashi Yatra eBook

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Planning a trip to Kashi, today known as Varanasi? It is the original temple town of India, one every Indian wishes to visit at least once. The city is mainly associated with the Vishwanath Temple, and with the performance of rituals to our departed ancestors. However, there is much, much more! Read my experiences in this, the holiest of Indian cities, so that you can plan to see what interests you.
Planning a trip to Kashi, today known as Varanasi? It is the original temple town of India, one every Indian wishes to visit at least once. The city is mainly associated with the Vishwanath Temple, and with the performance of rituals to our departed ancestors. However, there is much, much more! Read my experiences in this, the holiest of Indian cities, so that you can plan to see what interests you.

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Kashi Yatra- A pilgrimage to the holy city of Kashi, or Varanasi, as it is known today,is the dream of every devout Hindu. There are many interpretations of the term ‘Kashi Yatra’. To some, it simply means avisit to the holy city to bathe in the holy Ganges, have darshan of Lord Vishwanath, andperform the sacred rites to one’s ancestors to satisfy them. To most South Indians, the Kashi Yatra starts with a trip to Rameswaram, where onecollects the sand at either Rameswaram, or more particularly, Dhanushkodi. This sand isthen carried all the way to Kashi, or, if possible, the Triveni Sangam at Allahabad, andimmersed at the confluence of the 3 holiest rivers- Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Fromhere, water is collected, and after performing all the rites and pujas at Kashi, carried back toRameswaram, and used to perform Abhishekam to the Lord there.For north Indians, the trip, for obvious geographical reasons, is the opposite. Theystart the Yatra at Kashi, and bring the holy water to Rameswaram, from where they take thesand back for immersion in the Ganga.We are South Indians, hailing from Ramanathapuram, and have been fortunateenough to have visited the holy temple at Rameswaram a number of times. On one of ourtrips, my in-laws brought back the holy sand on which lord Rama would have stepped agesago. They had kept the sand carefully for a number of years, hoping to make the trip to Kashiat least once in their lifetime, and satisfy our forefathers. Fortune has finally smiled on us,and we have just returned from Kashi. Though we took the train to Varanasi, the first place we visited was Allahabad, where we made a Shiva lingam with the sand from Rameswaram, performed the appropriate pujas,and finally immersed it in the Triveni Sangam. We have returned with the holy water from theconfluence, and are waiting for the next trip to our home town and Rameswaram, so that wecan complete our Kashi Yatra successfully.Kashi is such an ancient city, with a culture and history unparalleled by any other,that one article is not enough to describe it. There is so much to see and so many places andtemples to visit both in and around Kashi that I started a new blog to do justice to it. Thisbook is a compilation of the blog for the convenience of those who would like to read it at theirleisure.

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