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Ghats, they exist almost everywhere, wherever there are civilizations and the human dwellings evolved at the river-banks. Known in different vernacular terms, the term Ghat or the steps to the river (especially holy rivers like Ganga, confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati at Allahabad, Yamuna, Narmda, Shipra and so on) is used at many places across the country and abroad where significantly large Indian community is living. But the aura that this four-letter word generates has become synonymous with Ganga and naturally directs one’s thoughts to the spiritual mysticism of the Banaras Ghats that has its origin in the eternal flow of Ganga. Any Ganga Ghat in Banaras is the kaleidoscope of life Banaras has been over the ages, assimilating the changes and preserving the very notions it is known for.




BANARAS GHATS: A REPRESENTATIVE SKETCH BY RAGINI 
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For the call that spiritual flow and cultural tradition of Banaras is - the mystical enigma, a city of paradoxes and a city of salvation – the questions that it answers – the questions that it asks – Banaras fascinates by its carefree lifestyle yet being the seat of eternal spiritual heritage – Banaras confuses by its lyrical spirituality yet practical reality of being a city of ancient wisdom in transition to assimilate the changes the time calls for – a transition that looks lost somewhere.

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