The American writer Mark Twain once said:
“India has two million gods, and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.”
India is said to be the land of dreams and romance but it is also the land of fabulous wealth and extreme poverty.
The holy city of Varanasi is one of world’s oldest living cities. This ancient city is rightly called the religious capital of India and once experienced is never forgotten.
Also known as Banaras, this holy city is located in the southeastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. It rests on the left bank of the holy river Ganges, and is one of the seven sacred spots for Hindus.
Every devout Hindu hopes to visit the city at least once in a lifetime, take a holy dip at the famous ‘Ghats’ of the Ganga, walk the pious Panchakosi road that bounds the city, and, if God wills, die here in old age.
My Black and White photographs of Banaras (Varanasi) in India