Grow Spiritually in Varanasi

India

Perched on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is India’s oldest city. Its religious significance spans many different beliefs, including Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Buddhism, and Ravidassia. It’s believed that Buddhism was founded here in 528 B. C. when the Buddha gave his first sermon: “The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dharma.”

Varanasi also goes by the names Benares, Banaras, and Kashi, which means “The City of Light,” as well as several others. Sacred cows wander the streets, whilst bodies are cremated and sent down the river. Many Hindus believe that this ritual ends the cycle of reincarnation, so they can finally achieve salvation.

It’s hard not to contemplate life, death, and spirituality in a city as old and revered this, where all kinds of religious beliefs meet together.

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