A few of the major "Ghats" are seen from afar. The Panchganga Ghat, the Shitala Ghat, the Lalita Ghat, a side view of the Manikornika and the Scindia Ghat is visible here.
However the moat significant image is of the Alamgir Mosque. It is also called the Gyan Vyapi Mosque.
The Gyanvapi — the well of knowledge — is situated between the temple and the mosque. This "well" of knowledge is believed by Hindus to be on the location where the sacred Shiva 'linga' icon of the temple was hidden, before the temple was razed by Aurangzeb. Material from the destroyed temple was reused by Aurangzeb while building the Gyanvapi Mosque.The mosque shows evidence of original Hindu temple in its foundation, columns and rear. The old temple wall was also incorporated as part of the walls of the mosque. The deliberately retained remnants of the temple are described to be "a warning and an insult to Hindu feelings". The facade is modeled on the Taj Mahal's entrance. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple was rebuilt in 1780 by the Hindu Maratha Queen Rani Ahilya-Bai Holkar besides the mosque and the two structures have existed in harmony since then, separated by a barricade of iron staves, wire and a number of baton wielding policemen.
The Mosque was destroyed by the floods in 1948 and was rebuild thereafter.
Visible here are also the multitude of 'budget hotels' - all fighting for space with a view of the river and the sunrise.
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pajaran (49602) 2013-11-17 7:48
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj dzamiji, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Lep pogled ...
Dobar rad i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article on the old mosque, with the given data and history ...
Nice view ...
Good work and contrast nicely shown the place and architecture.
Good evening and a beautiful night, all the best.
papagolf21 (83986) 2013-11-18 4:11
Le choix du noir et blanc est très bien vu pour cette composition très réussie. Cela donne un aspect passéiste du meilleur effet.
J'aime cette composition type carte postale.
Très bonne journée.
Fis2 (83138) 2013-11-18 6:37
Interesting b&w work.
Wonderful view, curious architecture.
I like it.
Have a nice evening
willperrett (6388) 2013-11-18 8:48
Beautiful place, and I have always loved monochrome. However, there are some issues here: there is a slight tilt on the image; there is a lot of digital noise in the sky, and your sensor is dirty (splodges in the sky). Best to get it cleaned by a professional, as it's easy to damage the sensor. Hope you don't mind if I try a little WS
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-10-12
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Banaras or Varanasi - the Eternal City [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-16 22:40