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Ganges River

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Introduction
According to most legends in Hinduism, Ganga is holiest river. Taking dip in Ganga bestows purification from all sins accumulated from previous birth and hence we get salvation here. The tourism of Varanasi is not possible and cannot even be imagined without the acknowledgement of Ganges River, without visiting the Ganges River, without worshipping the holiest and the most divine river of Hinduism, the Ganga. According to Mahabhagwata, Ganga was elder daughter of Menaka and Himalaya, elder sister of Parvati and incarnation of Supreme Goddess Bhagwati Adishakti Durga. After her birth and she was taken by Brahma to Brahmaloka in his kamandalu. Then he washes Lord Vishnu‘s feet with Ganga water. Hence from Brahmaloka she comes to Vaikuntha. Then Bhagiratha, who was one of the forefathers of Lord Rama, brought her to earth for attaining salvation of his 60000 ancestors after tremendous penance to Lord Shiva. Thus she came to this earth. Her falling force was so enormous that Lord Shiva has to hold her in his matted hair and release some of it to form river Ganga. Some accounts say that she was married to Lord Shiva in heaven. Thus this great river is associated with all the three trinities Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Ganga likes Varanasi a lot. No time during her course to the sea she flows back to her origin, but in Varanasi she flows back because of her extreme attachment to this holy place. River Ganga possesses the religious power of all the Sacred Ponds, Rivers and Lakes in the world put together. A devotee who bathes for even once in River Ganga derives the benefit of bathing in all the Sacred Ponds and performing all rituals elsewhere. It is believed that a person may take his bath anywhere, but at the time of bathing if he utters the words "Ganga, Ganga", he derives the benefit of bathing in Holy Ganga. River Ganga destroys the devotee’s sins committed knowingly or unknowingly. A devotee who always thinks about Holy Ganga while walking, sitting, praying, concentrating, eating or sleeping attains freedom from bondage. A devotee who religiously performs the rituals for his forefathers in Holy Ganga makes his forefathers very happy and they remain satisfied for many decades. Just as worshipping one Shiv Ling gives the benefit of worshiping the entire world, taking bath in River Ganga gives the benefit of bathing in all the Sacred Ponds in the world. A devotee, who bathes in River Ganga and worships Shiv Ling, derives much more benefits than undergoing various rituals like religious fasting, donation, intense penance and austerity, Havans (rituals with fire etc). It is even said if a dieing person is given few drops of Gangajal or Ganges water drops in his/her mouth, he gets all his/her sins forgiven and goes straight to heaven for a beautiful after life as a soul and can even get chance to unify with the creator God himself as a part of his huge energy. Knowingly or unknowingly, if a person touches fire, he will get burnt; similarly whether it is known by a person or not, if a devotee bathes in Holy Ganga, the river swallows all his sins. In Varanasi, one side of her bank is made up of Ghats. Ghat is a series of steps leading down to a water body, usually a holy river, lake or pond. Varanasi has nearly 84 ghats; steps leading down to Ganga. Most of the ghats were built when the city was under Maratha control. Marathas, Shindes (Scindias), Holkars, Bhonsles, and Peshwes (Peshwas) stand out as patrons of present day Kashi. Many present day Hindu temples, monuments and ghats were made by the Maratha rulers only as the Kashi city earlier was repeatedly attacked, vandalized and destroyed by Muslim rulers just because of their blind and irrational hate towards Hindus and Sanatan dharma. Most of the ghats are bathing ghats, while two are used as cremation sites. Most of the ghats are associated with legends or mythologies while some ghats are privately owned. Boat ride, especially in morning, on the Ganges across the ghats is very famous and popular visitor’s attraction. In fact, many tourists from all over the world, when visit Varanasi, compulsorily take a boat ride in their tour package and itineraries because they wish to experience the tranquilly, the purity, the sacredness, the divinity and the holiness of the Ganges river as the Goddess Ganga for entire Hinduism. We offer full trip and tour of Varanasi including Ganges introduction tour along with river side and river nearby sightseeing alongside best hotels and tour packages at reasonably good rates. Kindly fill up the form below and send it to us for a marvelous Varanasi tourism and excursion.

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