The city of Varanasi is the cultural heart of northern India. Its river, the Ganges, has always been associated with the city. Hindus believe that dying on the banks of the river breaks the cycle of rebirth. The city’s riverside ghats are world-renowned, including the Dashashwamedh Ghat, the Panchganga Ghat, and the Manikarnika Ghat. It also houses a Hindu crematorium.
The city of Varanasi, situated on the banks of the River Ganges, is a central place of worship and pilgrimage for the Hindu religion. The city’s traditional culture is under threat from the effects of modernization, emigration, and generational change. Muslim artisanship is also a tradition that has been revived in the city since 1947. It is known by several names, including Benares, Banaras, and Kashi.
The latest video of the Gyanvapi survey, which is believed to have filmed Hindu symbols, has only boosted the Hindu side’s claims. Owaisi, the leader of the AIMIM, has declared that he does not believe the video was leaked. He argues that the video was leaked from an unofficial source. This new video is unofficial, but it is certainly a significant piece of evidence.
The Pandavas, the protagonists of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, also visited the holy city of Kashi in search of Shiva. Kashi is one of the seven holy cities, along with Ayodhya, Haridwar, and Mathura, that give liberation to the world. Dhritarashtra was born to Ambika and Bhima married Valandhara. It is believed that the Pandavas lived here during their lifetimes.
The Grand Trunk Road was extended from Kolkata to Peshawar during the British Raj. In 1656, Aurangzeb ordered the construction of mosques and destroyed many temples. The subsequent confederacy of pro-Hindu kings led to the construction of much of the modern city of Varanasi. By the 18th century, the Brahmin and Maratha rulers built much of Varanasi.