Varanasi is a holy city in Hinduism, being one of the most sacred pilgrimage places for Hindus of all denominations. According to Hindu belief this city that is the cosmic center of theUniverse where the Ganges, or "Mother Ganga", India's holiest river, flows, a city that needs to be seen and appreciated in the warmth of a stay at Hotel Ok International. Varanasi is a city of temples. Almost every road crossing has a nearby temple. Such small temples form the basis of daily local prayers and other rituals. But there are many large temples too, erected at different times through out the history of Varanasi which have a prominent place in Hindu mythology. Some of them are Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan, Durga Temple and many more in this list.
Varanasi is one of the holiest places in Buddhism too, being one of the four pilgrimage sites said to have been designated by Gautama Buddha himself. The residential neighborhood of Varanasi lies Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. The Dhamek Stupa is one of the few pre-Ashokan stupas still standing, though only its foundation remains. Also remaining is the Chaukhandi Stupa commemorating the spot where Buddha met his first disciples. An octagonal tower was built later there. Varanasi is a pilgrimage site for Jains along with Hindus and Buddhists. It is believed to be the birthplace of Parshvanatha, the twenty-third Tirthankar. Islamic culture has also had an influence on Varanasi.
 
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