Kal Bhairav Temple is one of the ancient temples of Lord Shiva that can be found in Varanasi. This temple has a strong link with the history and culture of the city. Kal Bhairav Temple is the fiercest form of Lord Shiva. The deity is portrayed as a man wearing garlands made with human skull. It is said that the death itself is afraid of this form of Lord Shiva. It is said that Kal bhairav decides who has to stay in Varanasi and who should not. People of Varanasi get permission from the deity before leaving the town for any reason. Anyone visiting Varanasi should visit the temple first and get permission to enter into Varanasi, according to folklore.
Do you want to enjoy the core culture of India? Varanasi is the spot where Hinduism developing in ancient India. River Ganges that flows through the city is the holy river of the religion. It is said that many Gods lived and meditated in this city. Many literature and poems were written in this city that now they stand as an axis of the religion. Any pilgrimage for Hinduism will and should cover Varanasi.
Allahabad on the other hand is a similar holy city for the meeting point of three main rivers. You can find many temples and rituals in this city. Apart from religious attractions, there are other architectural and sightseeing spots in the city. The tour stretches for four days and three nights. The tour starts and ends in Varanasi.
Allahabad is an interesting place both historically and with a modern outlook. It is one of the major pilgrimage centers in the country for it is believed that the god of creation, Brahma, out of all the place descended here in Allahabad. It is a very holy spot for the Hindus, every year they host a fair of Magh Mela attended by thousands. At the same time the city is also known as the “city of Prime ministers” as most number of prime ministers of India hail from Allahabad.
Sarnath is an important Buddhist pilgrim spot. It is the place where Buddha made his first sermon after getting enlightenment.
Later, many kings including King Ashoka built many stupas and monuments that are now a famous tourist attraction and pilgrim spot. In Sarnath, you will be visiting Chaukhandi stupa, archeological museum, Dhamekha stupa and others.
You can find many ancient Aartifacts, terracotta objects and other items inside the museum.
Ramnagar fort is a fortified building made with cream-colored sandstone built in Mughal styled architecture. The fort includes Veda Vyasa temple, Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman temple, museum, big astronomical clock, carved balconies, pavilions, open courtyards, Durbar hall and reception room. The private residence area of the king is not opened for tourists.The museum inside the fort is also called as Sarawati Bhawan. This bhawan was a public audience hall in the past. Today, the museum holds a rare collection of ivory works, vintage cars of America, medieval costumes, gold ornaments, silver works, sedan chairs, palanquins, old guns, elephant saddles and others.There are many books, manuscripts, Mughal miniature illustrated books and others are also found here.
The campus is a semi circle with roads in the form of arcs. The building is an example of ancient Indo-Gothic architecture.
- Shri Vishwanath Mandir : This temple is located in the center of the university. The temple comprises of seven different shrines, whichwere built in the early 20th century. It took 30 years to complete the construction of the temple.
- Bharat Kala Bhavan : An archaeological museum that is famous for ancient Artifacts, wood works, statues and others. There are more than one lakh items in display in this museum
Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple or Sankat Mochan temple is located in the southern part of Varanasi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the monkey God of Hinduism. The term ‘sankatmochan’ refers to reliever of all problems. The temple is also famous for offering made with dal and jaggery, which is given to the visitors. Offering marigold garland to Lord Hanuman is an important pilgrim activity here.
Booklet containing chants of Hanuman and Lord Ram are given free to the visitors. You can find a lot of monkeys inside the temple.The main deity is placed in a direction that Lord Hanuman is found look at Lord Ram located in the same temple. A bright orange powder is given as an offering to the visitors. Worshippers place the offering on their forehead. It is not mandatory.
Durga Temple, Durga Mandir, Durga Kund Mandir and Monkey temple are some of the names for this temple. It is one of the famous temples, which is dedicated to Goddesses Durga. The red colored temple structure is attracting numerous tourists and plenty of pilgrims every day.
The temple has a deity dressed in red color and riding on a tiger. The deity has weapons of all the Gods of Hinduism. Right to the temple, a rectangular pond can be found which is connected to River Ganges. Now, the connection is blocked. During Nag Panchami celebration, a structure representing Lord Vishu resting on Shesh Nag will be erected in the pond.You can find many monkeys in the premises.
One of the holiest places in Central India, Triveni Sangam is located about 7 kilometres away from Civil Lines in Allahabad (Prayagraj). In fact it is the meeting point of three rivers – Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati (which is a mythical river, supposed to have dried up more than 4,000 years ago). All three rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati are highly revered rivers in Indian mythology, and hence the confluence point of these rivers hold tremendous religious importance. It is one of the places where the Kumbh Mela is held once every 12 years. The exact date of the Mela is determined according to the Hindu calendar i.e. the Panchanga.
According to Ramayana Maa(mother) Sita went under earth from where King Janak found the boon-like Goddess Mata Sita(she (Maa Sita was found under earth while King Janak was ploughing the field in order to perform a ritual for rain as there was drought)). It is said that this temple is the place where Mata Sita went into the earth when she willed it; when she was living with Saint Walmiki in the forest of Sitamarhi. It was Saint Walmiki who wrote Ramayana. According to Ramayana when Lord Rama came to Maa Sita (her wife) to ask Her to come with Him.. Maa Sita said with folded palm that She served with her all efforts and love and it was time to end this human life(note human life because they were God and Goddess) after She asked Her mother (the earth) to take Her into her lap. She left behind Her two sons Lov and Kush whom Lord Rama took to the Great Ayodhya empire.