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Clip #: TFA-54C
Library: TFA Network
Filmmaker: James A. Fitzpatrick
Region: South Asia
India, Benares, Hindu Heaven, Ganges River, fishing boats, temples, umbrellas, bathing and washing in river, sun worship, praying, sacred cows, brahmin, holyman, priest, Durga Temple, sacred monkeys, bearded holy man, beggar, cremation, funeral pyre, burning ghats, corpse, low caste hindu, reincarnation, fire, pan from river of Benares
Varanasi also commonly known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi is a city situated on the left (west) bank of the River Ganga (Ganges) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, and one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the River Ganges and the river's religious importance. The city has been a cultural and religious centre in northern India for several thousand years. The Benares Gharana form of Indian classical music developed in Varanasi, and many prominent Indian philosophers, poets, writers, and musicians resided or reside in Varanasi, including Kabir, Ravi Das, Munshi Premchand, Jaishankar Prasad, Acharya Ram Chandra Shukla, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Ustad Bismillah Khan. Tulsidas wrote his Ramacharitamanas there, and Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath near Kashi. Ayurveda is said to have originated at Varanasi.