Spiritual Hub Varanasi Will Be Modi's Battleground

wochit politics
March 16, 2014 AT 4:34 AM
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi is also among the most sacred sites for both Hindus and Jains and has played a major role in developing Buddhism. It will now be BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's electoral battleground. Also known as Kashi or Benaras, Varanasi is located on the banks of the Ganga in eastern Uttar Pradesh and occupies a significant place in Hindu mythology and history. Varanasi is 80 percent Hindu, but Muslims constitute an estimated 12 percent of the population.