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In tune with the enormous religious potential of Varanasi, Shri Siddh Hanumanji Nyas is a Hindu religious sight at Scindhia Ghat in Varanasi. The refreshing spiritual practice of 'Nyas', which rejuvenates mind and body by the constant chanting of mantras is the highlight of the place. Located in an old building close to the Scindhia Guest House, this place is visited by large number of foreign and Indian spiritual seekers. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this place will replenish the hidden energy sources inside you.
Ghats are a series of steps that lie along the banks of a river. In the city of Varanasi, life revolves around these sacred steps because here is where pilgrims take a dip in the River Ganges to wash away a lifetime of sins. While some ghats are more subdued than the others which are colorful, prominent and backed by magnificent sandstone buildings, all of them have an equally intriguing story to tell. Tourists mostly tend to traverse between Panchganga Ghat in the north and Assi Ghat in the south, however there are many beyond these. A fascinating kaleidoscope of human activity awaits you here - women washing clothes, pilgrims taking a dip, cattle cooling off, dogs scouring the area for food, young boys playing cricket or diving into the river, funeral pyre flames rising into the skies ceaselessly, dread-locked sadhus meditating, boatmen soliciting customers, vendors selling flowers and Western tourists filming this Carnival of Life that plays out day-after day in this City of Shiva.
The Shri Ram Janaki Mandir enjoys an idyllic location along Ram Ghat, and plays host to a steady stream of visitors each day. Unassuming in nature and size, the temple's interior walls are adorned with paintings of Ram, Sita, Hanuman and Lakshmana, while the center boasts an intriguing black idol of Lord Jagganath. The idols which are bedecked in startling pink clothing and golden garlands make for a beautiful and astonishing sight.
Nestled in a vintage brown building that lies along the shores of the River Ganges, Balaji Mandir finds itself set between the famed Panchganga Ghat and Balaji Ghat which attracts tourists all year round. This obscure temple is one of those blink-and-you-miss it kinds whose signage is in the Indian Devnagiri script, so you may just want to ask a local to guide you there. The Alamgir Mosque is one of the nearest major landmarks, and a good idea would be to visit both together along with the Bindu Madhava Temple and Shri Matha.
Perched right upon the steps of the Panchganga Ghat is the Shri Raghaveswar Mahadev Temple which enjoys vantage views of the Ganges. The structure itself is shaped to represent a beige-colored dome with a makeshift slab upon which the temple priest sits and recites his mantras. The nearby surrounding steps are a great spot to lounge around and watch the boats sail by.
Alternately known as Aurangzeb Mosque or Dharahara Mosque, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)- protected Alamgir Mosque enjoys a superb location along the relatively quieter Panchganga Ghat which is sacred to Hindu bathers. A steep climb will lead you up to one of Varanasi's most celebrated landmarks which pretty much defines the skyline with its spectacular brown minarets. Built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb upon the site of the Bindu Madhava Temple, legend has it that this structure was actually much taller than its present state, and the Emperor enjoyed views all across to Delhi! While there is no way of verifying this, there remains no doubt that this mosque is a must-visit especially for its unusual architecture manifesting both Hindu and Mughal elements. Its proximity to the nearby Shri Laxmi Narayan Mandir and the newer Bindu Mahadev Temple reflects the co-existence of 2 major world religions - Hinduism and Islam.