Flavours of Kashi, Varanasi Photo Journal

On the Banks of Ganga, Varanasi…

Saint Kabir Das maintained that enlightenment is unconditional.

River Ganga at kashi, Varanasi

River Ganga at kashi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Swayambhu Hanuman Temple

Swayambhu Supt Hanuman ji temple, Kashi, varanasi, India

Vijaya Nagar Ghat

A Hindu renunciate Sanyasi on the banks of River Ganga, Kashi, Varanasi, India

Audience for a current cricket match

Cricket match on the banks of River Ganga, Varanasi

Bat on…

Cricket match on the banks of River Ganga, Varanasi

Kashi – the ticket to Enlightenment

Donkey on a ghat in Kashi, Varanasi

Kashi is Shiva’s eternal abode. There is a saying that even if a donkey dies in Kashi (Varanasi), he attains salvation. Saint Kabir defied this misinterpreted piece of wisdom and shifted to Magahar, about which there was a myth prevalent at that time that anyone who died in Magahar would be reborn as a donkey in the next life. Kabir maintained that enlightenment is unconditional. Spiritual leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar explains the deeper meaning of Kashi and attaining salvation: Kashi lies between Rivers Yamuna and Assi. These rivers correspond with the Ida and Pingla Nadis in humans. When a person is centered in wisdom, Kashi, the Sushumna Nadi which lies in the middle of Ida and Pingla Nadis, when he breathes his last, salvation is available.

The Enlightened One in Kashi

A Buddhist temple in Kashi, Varanasi

A Buddhist temple in Kashi, Varanasi

Photo credits: Naval Sharma

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