ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Benares The Many Splendoured City

Benares represents in microcosm the story of the decoying of an ethos which encouraged the development of a plurality of cultures and religions and the submergence of the rich and diverse movements in culture, politics and religion under a single identity-nationalism and dominant Hinduism AFTER Ayodhya, with its rigid categories and social divisions, Benares, the preeminent Hindu religious centre, is well- worth a visit. Even a casual boat ride on the Ganga reveals the broken minarets of the Panchganga ghat-based Aurangzeb mosque set amidst the amazing maze of temple sites sporting the usually plain and cold shikbara curves, soaring stairways and majestic platforms. Its brooding elegance even today presents, by no means, an isolated instance. It blends in well both with, the forbidden fires of the adjoining Manikarnika Ghat and the springlike air of life around the rows of havelis and palaces along the river.

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