Benarasi Masti - One of the most important pilgrimage spots for Jains, Buddhists and especially Hindus, Varanasi is situated on the banks of Holy Ganges, which plays an important role in day-to-day lives of the people of Varanasi. Being the oldest living city, Varanasi has been a mute witness to many great historic upheavals and events.
Mythology reins the city and there are many religious places and institutions and places of worship throughout the city where people visit everyday, especially in the mornings and the evenings. The religiosity of the region is evident from the fact that Buddha, Jain Tirthankars, several Shaiva and Vaishnava saints, Kabir and Tulsi were either born here or were associated with the place in a significant way and have spent a long time here.
People of Benaras are known for being the exponents of literature, music, Vedic philosophy, arts, crafts and architecture. Socio-economic aspects of the city are highly influenced by the Ganges and on most of the Hindu festivals people can be seen using the bathing Ghats (river fronts) even before daybreak as an important part of their rituals. In Varanasi, the atmosphere is relaxed in general and we can see people chewing the famous 'paan' and chatting in a laid-back manner. That does not keep Varanasi behind, as is evident from the growing modern industries in the city. Varanasi is also the most ancient seat of education in India (Sarva Vidya ki Rajdhani) and Benaras Hindu University is still famous throughout the world for its scholars.
Banarsi people are known for being the exponents of vedic philosophy, arts and architecture. In Varanasi people start their journey with a bath in Ganges River and having a paan and chewing it and have a chat with their colleagues and friends. People of Varanasi are chilled and well behaved they respect their elders and love their younger’s. People here have a towel and they go to bathing in Ganga and drink Thandai, it been become a trademark in Varanasi people come from all over the country have a bath then they have thandai.
Banarasi Masti includes having fun near Ganga River then enjoying the morning breakfast near Ganges ghat having puri and sabjii, then having a famous Banarasi Paan and start chewing it. Banarasi people have Paan after their dinner also they say it make their mouth full of taste and cold which also in digesting the food. Music has found in every Varanasi heart, they love to hear classical music and also classical dance. On every year Ganga Mahotshav is been organized and people come here to listen the classical music by great artist of India. There one more moment where you can see the classical touch of songs and dance in Ramlila which organized just on Dussehra. Varanasi local game khushti is been famous and there are various Akharas which organized this kushti competition. In Varanasi you will still some places where there no automobiles for transportation, they use bullock cart to travel.
Culture and Lifestyle. Known as the cultural capital of India, Varanasi is famous for its religious and spiritual lifestyle. One of the most important pilgrimage spots for Jains, Buddhists and especially Hindus, Varanasi is situated on the banks of Holy Ganges, which plays an important role in day-to-day lives of the people of Varanasi. Being the oldest living city, Varanasi has been a mute witness to many great historic upheavals and events.
Several social and religious customs co-exist in the city and the caste system is still prevalent here. People wear 'Gamcha' (a cotton towel), as they go bathing in Ganga and drink Thandai (a coolant with milk as its base), which have become a part of the cultural identity of traditional ways of Varanasi. Music, drama and entertainment have found a place in the lives of the people. Its dance traditions and vocal and instrumental music is highly developed and one can catch the glimpses of folk drama in the 'Ramlila' organized before Dussehra. Traditional games and sports include 'Akharas', where wrestling or 'kushti' competitions are organized. Foreign tourists love to ride horse-driven 'Ekkas' and cycle rickshaws that are still in use here. Indian medical science of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation are cherished here since ages.
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