Banaras, Kashi or Varanasi, no matter how you call it, it is one of the oldest living cities of the world and takes pride in its Art, Architecture, Heritage, Culture and Trade. The city has been a great center of learning, spiritualism,and mysticism since ages.
It is a city which has a great tradition in architecture, arts,music, dance & food and is intrinsically linked to the cultural ethos of India. It is one of the holiest cities in our culture as a dip in the river Ganga is considered to be deliverance from all pain and problems in life.
There is a shlok in Sanskrit, which highlights the rich tradition and culture of the ancient city of Kashi.
"काश्यां हि काशते काशी सर्वप्रकाशिका।
सा काशी विदिता येन तेन प्राप्ता ही काशिका।।”
आत्मज्ञान के प्रकाश से काशी जगमगाती है, काशी सब वस्तुओं को आलोकित करती है। जो इस सत्य को जान गया वह काशी में एकरूप हो जाता है।
which means: The city of Kashi shines in self awareness. Kashi illuminates everything. Whosoever realizes this truth indeed becomes part of Kashi.