“The city’s sacredness is derived from sets of triads-the trinity of Lord Shiva, Ma Ganga and the Mukti Kshetra Kashi; the trinity of Varuna, Assi and Kashi; the trinity of Ida (Desire), Pingala (Action) and Sushumna (Brahmajnana); the trinity of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism; the trinity of Sthavara (Sthala and Jala), Jangama (Saints) and Manasa thirthas; the trinity of temples, ghats and mathas; the trinity of sadhus, saints and siddhas; the trinity of Karma, bhakti and Jnana; the trinity of Ramanand, Kabir and Tulsi; ….”

— K. Chandramouli
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“Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together!”

– Mark Twain

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