Banaras, also known as Benaras, Varanasi, Kashi is a city on the banks of the river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is considered to be the amongst the longest inhabited city in human history dating back to c.800 BCE.
A major religious hub in India, it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism and Ravidassia. Several other major figures of the Bhakti movement were born in Varanasi, including Kabir and Ravidas. Guru Nanak visited Varanasi for Maha Shivaratri in 1507, a trip that played a large role in the founding of Sikhism.
Historically, Varanasi has been a centre for education in India, attracting students and scholars from across the country.
The city of Varanasi grew as an important industrial centre, famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works, and sculpture.
To this day, it is reknowned for its Banarsi Silk Sarges that is a pride of many a trousseau of Indian brides.
In the present political scenario, it is a parliamentary seat contested and won by the current Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.
The city has it own unique food culture – famous for its streetfood eateries that feeds millions of piligrims, its rich culinary style of ‘Benarasi Dum’ cooking, and also ‘satvik food’ – which is diet based on foods in ayurvedic and yogic literature.
This weekend at Daana, we present some unique dishes that are range from simple to exotic to addictive, and you will need to be here to find out which one is which!