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Origin of Kashi

From the ancient time “Kashi” is considered to be one of the most important pilgrimages for the people who have faith in the Hindu religion. Even the smallest good deed (Punya) done in Kashi becomes unerodable forever and just a ten millionth part of the smallest punya of Kashi equates to the biggest punya earned anywhere else. The death in Kashi considered to be the great blessing of Lord Shiva.

At the time before the origin of the earth, when there was no sky, no light and no darkness, either. And even water, heat or cold were non-existent, then the amorphous super divine energy (Par Brahm) took the form of Lord Shiva.

Lord Shiva made Goddess Parvati appeared from his body and created Kashi as his place of enjoyment “Anand Van” (Forest of Bliss) for the divine love and then the creation of the universe took place.

As per the stories of Puranas, Kashi, being situated on the tip of the trident (Trishul) of Lord Shiva, never gets destroyed even at the time of final dissolution of the world. Only great people blessed with supernatural power can see this situation.

After the creation of the universe to make himself free to roam happily around in Kashi, Lord Shiva felt the need of someone to handover the responsibilities of this universe, then Lord Shiva made appeared a divine man “Vishnu” and handed over the entire responsibility of looking after the entire world.

As Kashi is known as the city of Lord Shiva similarly it is equally important for the Vaishnavas (Followers of Lord Vishnu) also. At the Manikarnika Tirtha of Kashi Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva both together provide Moksha to all those who die in Kashi. The place at Manikarnika where Lord Vishnu had done his meditation, his feet impression (Charan-Paduka) is still worshipped by people.

The description of Kashi is found from Rig Veda and fourteen puranas: (Skanda Purana, Brahmvatatarya Purana, Brahma Purana, Vayu Purana, Matsya Purana, Kurmu Purana, Padma Purana, Vaman Purana, Linga Purana, Narad Purana, Shiva Purana, Bhagwat Purana, Agni Purana, Markandaya Purana) and in great epics like Ramayan and Maha Bharat. The great King Harishchandra, Lord Ram, and the Pandavas had done the journey of Kashi in Satyug, Treta and Dwapar Yugas, respectively and also Ramcharitmanas was written by Goswami Tulsidas in Kashi.