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
Through pranayama, through mantra, through tantra, wielding an indomitable will, the last forces of form, time and space subside, as the yogi, deep in nirvikalpa samadhi, merges into Parasiva.
—Gurudeva