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Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of #UttarPradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the #spiritual #capital of #India, the city draws #Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the #Ganges River’s sacred #waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city's winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.Varanasi also known as Benares,
or Kashi is a city on the banks of the river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, India, 320 kilometres (200 mi) south-east of the state capital, Lucknow, and 121 kilometres (75 mi) east of Allahabad. A major #religious hub in India, it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in #Hinduism and #Jainism, and played an important role in the development of #Buddhism and #Ravidassia. Varanasi lies along National Highway 2, and is served by Varanasi Junction railway station and Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport. Varanasi grew as an important industrial centre famous for its #muslin and #silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works, and sculpture. #Buddha is believed to have founded Buddhism here around 528 BCE when he gave his first sermon, "The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of #Dharma", at nearby #Sarnath. The city's religious importance continued to grow in the 8th century, when Adi Shankara established the worship of #Shiva as an official sect of Varanasi. During the Muslim rule through the Middle Ages, the city continued as an important centre of Hindu devotion, pilgrimage, mysticism and poetry which further contributed to its reputation as a centre of cultural importance and religious education. #Tulsidas wrote his epic poem on Rama's life called #RamCharitManas in Varanasi.