Khajaraho to Varnasi via SpiceJet
Varanasi Travel Blog› entry 9 of 11 › view all entries
March 28th, 2007 – by: breezejen
We still needed to take a bus to Varnasi. On the way we stopped at Saranth, which is were Buddha gave his first sermon after he became enlightened. A stupa was erected at the actual spot of his sermon and is considered a very holy place.
After reaching the hotel, we headed off to the ghats at the Ganges river. We took a bicycle rickshaw to the riverbank. This was an experience in itself. Nightly there is a pilgrimage to the river. There are hundreds of people making their way through. There are so many sounds, people, colors, lights, smells, it's almost overwhelming. All of the senses were turned on, almost overloaded.
There is a very spiritual energy in this place. It's very surreal to see hundreds of people heading to the water with a purpose, with a belief that the water will cleanse them of their sins. The Hindus believe they will reach salvation by bathing in the Ganges. It's the holiest of holy places.
There were thousands of people at the river back and Hindu monks were having a religious ceremony giving praise to Shiva. There were lights everywhere, incense burning, bells ringing. It was truly and amazing experience.
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