Varanasi: Oldest and Holiest City of Siva

In 2014, reporter Rajiv Malik and photographer Arun Mishra spent two weeks in the famed city of Varanasi interviewing residents, visiting the temples and exploring the ghats -- the giant platforms and steps along the edge of the sacred River Ganga. In this slide show we share some of the images from that visit. The full story was featured in the July/August/September issue of Hinduism Today.

Photo of  Gurudeva
All Hindus have guardian devas who live on the astral plane and guide, guard and protect their lives. The great Mahadevas in the temple that the devotees frequent send their deva ambassadors into the homes to live with the devotees.
—Gurudeva