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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Leaning Temple of Varanasi

In Varanasi, partly submerged in the water of River Ganges on Scindia Ghat is the leaning temple of Varanasi.

Why does this temple lean? Possibly because of its silt foundation, but when in Varanasi, there has to be a metaphysical reason as well. Legend has it that there was a man who made this temple for his mother with the intention to pay everything she did for him. The mother, when she heard this became furious. She said that nothing could ever could repay a mother's love and she cursed that the temple will not stand straight & will lean on its foundation, eventually to fall away. Now this building is not considered to be a temple. When the water level of Ganges is high, almost half of this temple goes under water.

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