11 Interesting facts about Varanasi


Varanasi is a city of mysteries. The deeper you’ll dig into, the more it will fascinate you. The intriguing stories associated with the city will make you learn more about it.

Ideally, it is a pilgrimage spot in India and holds the honor of being one of the seven holiest cities in the country. 

At times, the spirituality of Varanasi overshadows the remaining beauty of the city. In Varanasi, in every nook and corner, you’ll get to learn something fascinating and interesting.

Here, we have put together the interesting facts associated with the Varanasi. 

1. Banaras Hindu University(BHU)

Needless to say, BHU is the crowning jewel of Varanasi. People from every corner of the world dream to be a part of this prestigious university. You know what? The greatest scientist of all-time Albert Einstein was also one of them. He had applied to teach at BHU.

2. Oldest City

According to Hindu mythology, Varanasi is said to be the oldest living city in the world. This means it is thousands of thousands of years old. 

3. Manikarnika Ghat

Manikarnika Ghat- you must have heard the glory of this Ganga Ghat. It is believed to be the largest cremation ground in the world. Here, you can see the burning pyres all the time. 

4. Sampurnanand University

Today, Sampurnanand University might not be the first choice of every student but it is the oldest functional university in our country. 

5. New Kashi Vishwanath Temple

The new Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which has been constructed inside the BHU campus during the mid of 1900 century, has the tallest temple tower in the world. 

6. Largest Residential University

Again an interesting fact related to BHU. BHU holds the pride of being the largest residential university in the whole of Asia.

7. City Of Temples

Varanasi is the city of temples. Here, you’ll get see to unnumbered of temples and each of them has its own significance and story. Kardmeshwar Temple is also one of them. It is the only stone temple in India that has been survived since the pre-Islamic era. It is also the oldest structure in UP.

8. Spiritual places

Varanasi is deep-rooted in spirituality like Prayagraj but the city is not left behind at all when it comes to new-age technology. The lift at Darbhanga Ghat is the first-ever lift in the whole of South Asia. 

9. Cultural Capital

Varanasi is the cultural capital of India. Here, cultural events like Ramleela take place regularly. For a surprising fact, the Ramleela of Ramnagar is the oldest of its kind in the world. It all started nearly 475 years ago.

10. The city of Bharat Ratna

Varanasi is tagged by many names. ‘The city of Bharat Ratna’ is also one of them. It is honored with this tag because the city has produced 5 Bharat Ratna Recipients which is the maximum number from a single city. The Bharat Ratna awardees are Dr. Bhagwan Dass, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Bismillah Khan, and Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. 

11. Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple

Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple at Scindia Ghat is known for its leaning beauty. Interestingly, it is leaned even more than the leaning tower of Pisa. The leaning tower of Pisa is leaned just 4’ while Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple is leaned 9’. 

These are some of the most surprising facts about the eternal city Varanasi but the city leaves the visitors astonished at every single step. 

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