#XploreBharat Varanasi- The Land Of Temples
Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India. It is One of the seven Holy Cities, one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites, Varanasi was also known as Banaras or Kashi, the city is located on the bans of the river Ganga in the Uttar Pradesh and is the capital of Lucknow. Talking about the history of Banaras- In the 16th century, Varanasi experienced a cultural revival under the Mughal king Akbar and built two large temples dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu, though much of modern Varanasi was built during the 18th century, by the Maratha and Brahmin kings. Varanasi has been a cultural centre of North India for several thousand years. Hindus believe that death in the city will bring salvation and thus make it a major centre for pilgrimage. Silk weaving, carpets and crafts play a major role in tourism.