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
Every Saivite home centers around the home shrine, a special room set aside and maintained to create a temple-like atmosphere in which we conduct puja, read scripture, perform sadhana, meditate, sing bhajana and do japa.
—Gurudeva