Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 38 N: 676] (2674)
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