Friday, December 13, 2013

Daily Life in Varanasi, India

Varanasi, also known as Benares, Banaras or Kashi, is a city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, 320 kilometres (200 mi) southeast of the state capital, Lucknow. It is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. Some Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India.

Many of its temples were plundered and destroyed by Mohammad Ghauri in the 12th century. The temples and religious institutions in the city now are dated to the 18th century.

Below is a collection of wonderful analog photos of daily life in Varanasi:

Varanasi by Maurice:

untitled by bradford daly

TX-1_e100vs_004 by Zorba the Korean

attraverso varanasi by elnuego

Varanasi by Jungle_Boy

Varanasi by dwrawlinson

Boy Making a Dosa for Military Men, Varanasi India *View Large* by lylevincent

Early morning prayer II, Kedar Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India - Saturday, 5th February 2011 by Lumière en juin

Varanasi_23 by Chris Protopapas

018 Varanasi (Benares) (India) Agosto 2007 by tango-

untitled by Willem::

.boom bolenat II by Herr Benini

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