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Varanasi is  also commonly known as Benares or Kashi .It  is a city situated on the west bank of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and regarded as sacred by Hindus .

The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the River Ganges and the river’s religious importance. The city has been a cultural and religious centre in northern India for several thousand years. Many prominent Indian philosophers, poets, writers, and musicians resided or reside in Varanasi.

People often refer to Varanasi as « the city of temples« , « the holy city of India« , « the religious capital of India« , « the city of lights« , and « the city of learning. »

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