Tree-lined road near Benares with figures
Artist: Varley, John, the younger (1850-1933)
Water-colour painting of a tree-lined road near Benares (Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh by JohnVarley the younger (1850-1933) in 1892. Inscribed: 'John Varley '92'.
Varanasi is considered to be one of the Saptapuri, or the seven sacred cities. It is situated on the Ganges River at a place where it bends to the north, considered to be an auspicious direction. Much of the religious life of the city revolves around the ghats. Hindus believe that bathing here purifies them of sin. The modern city is congested with narrow lanes only a few feet wide. The large number of temples in the city is partly due to the fact that endowing and building a temple is seen as a meritorious act.