This is considered an embodiment of the divine. Sita Guest House is ideally located on the Chausatti Ghat near the Ranaghat. This is only three minutes walk from the main ghat, but far enough from burning ghat to avoid smokey smell. Sita Guest House is also within walking distance of the major tourist walking streets This is a very peaceful place. There are no motor vehicles. You can only hear the sound pilgrims coming to bathe in the Holy Ganga.
Life continues as it has for many centuries. Most rooms have a view of the Holy Ganga. Rooms are newly renovated and very clean.
Kashi, Benares or Varanasi is punya kshetra ( pious land ), one of the world’s oldest living cities dating back to 1100 BC. Vamana Puran, the ancient holy Hindu text states that Varuna and Assi, two rivers originated from the body of the primordial at the beginning of time, and the land lying between them is the sacred pilgrimage city of Varanasi.
The word Kashi originates from “kas” (to shine) and is believed to be the original ground created by Shiva and Parvati.
Most sacred of the rivers in India, the Ganges is personified as the Goddess Ganges. An enduring legend has it that the goddess descended upon earth for King Bhagirath who prayed for the liberation of the souls of his ancestors.
Devout Hindus believe that bathing in the holy water of the Ganges cleanses one of sins and paves the way towards Moksha ( freedom from the cycle of life and death ). Hence the ritual of immersing ashes of the deceased in the holy waters of a river.
Bhagirathi, the main tributary of Ganges arises at the foot of the Gangotri Glacier at Gomukh, at an elevation of 3892 mts (12769 ft). As she flows down the Himalayas, she is joined by other rivers in spectacular confluences to join Alaknanda at Devprayag and flows down to the plains as Ganges.
A breathtaking crescent along the ghats at Varanasi, the Ganges 2525 km long traverses many states before offering herself to one of the largest river basins of the world, the Bay of Bengal. All along her travels she is the lifeblood of the north Indian plains and mother of many ancient cities that have birthed on her banks.
In Varanasi Ghats are man made embankments of stone, centuries old and built to face east towards the rising Sun. Originally built as access to the river for pilgrims seeking a holy dip to perform sacred rites and religious ceremonies, some sections of the ghats are dedicated for cremation rites.
The 8 kms stretch of the river in Varanasi has 84 Ghats and over 300 temples dedicated to various Hindu deities. Built post 1700 AD, the patrons of the ghats were of Maratha lineage from the noble houses of the Scindias, Holkars, Bhonsles and Peshwas.
Dashashwamedh Ghat is where Ganges Aarti, a ritual offering to the Ganges is performed every evening to intense chanting and beating of cymbals. Believers and travelers from around the Globe flock to participate in this ritual every day through out the year.
Other ghats of historic and religious importance are Panch Ganges ghat, Manikarnika ghat and Lalita ghat, to name a few, each of them with a special function and significance.
The Religious aspect of Hinduism, it’s Culture and Traditions are the essence of Varanasi. At the Sita we deeply conform to this ethos and have dedicated Facilities and Services that allow for tailor made arrangements to suit the individual requirements of our guests visiting Varanasi for performing such Ceremonies, Pooja & Rites
To Name a few prominent ceremonies,
Pishach Mochan Kund is an auspicious place for those who have faith in the concept that the body dies but the soul is immortal and for its peace it is important to perform Shraddha rituals. Under the guidance of purohits. During the Pitra Paksha or the fortnight during which shraaddh karma is performed, devout people come from across the country at the Pishach Mochan Kund and temple for the same. ‘Tripindi shraaddh’ requires three Brahmins to perform the required ritual. Pishach Mochan is the place where troubled spirits are freed in case if someone in the family has met an untimely and tragic end since long and it is also mentioned in Skanda Purana.
It is a ritual of worshipping Lord Shiva in the Rudra form. In this method, the Shivlinga is washed by the water, which continuously keeps pouring on it through a vessel along with the continuous chanting of Vedic mantra called the Rudra Sukhta. In all the Vedic scriptures the Rudra Abhishek puja is considered as the greatest spiritual puja.
The Priests perform the Mahamrityunjaya Puja based on your birth details. It is believed that Mahamrityunjaya Puja is performed for divine grace and blessings of Lord Mahamrityunjaya (Lord Shiva), for removal of malefic effects of all Stars, for relief and protection against diseases, ailments and accidents and for relief from misfortune, miseries, troubles and fears.
Baglamukhi Siddhi Jaap performs to overcome enemies, combat black magic, evil‐eye etc. Sacrifice to Agni brings health, happiness, luck and prosperity. This Jaap performs to obtain relief from legal problems, and also victory in contests and elections etc. It also performed to avoid accidents, bloodshed and the possibility of untimely or unnatural death.
Pind Daan and Shraddha are performed at Kashi, Varanasi. It is said that all obstacles in life are smoothened once you perform Pind Daan ritual for your parents or ancestors.
Situated in the heart of the ancient Chausatthi Ghat of Varanasi. Walking distance from Dasaswamedh Road. 20 minutes from Railway Station/Bus Stop, Airline Offices, 45 minutes from Varanasi Airport.
Sita Guest House comes to you with facilities that help you relax and enjoy during your visit to Varanasi. (The City of Ghatt‘s).
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