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Kashi is situated in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The state of Uttal Pradesh is
surrounded by other Indian states but forms an international border with an all-Hindu
souvereign country Nepal.
Uttar Pradesh is surrounded by other Indian states all around except in the north where
Nepal becomes the immediate neighbour. The state of Himachal Pradesh is in the
Northwest, Uttarakhand next to Himachal Pradesh towards East, Nepal (Soureign State
not belonging to India) still Eastwards, and Bihar below Nepal; Jarkhand below Bihar;
Chattisghar on the West side of Jarkhad; Madhya Pradesh still Westwards; Delhi and
Haryana directly in the West side of Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh is one of the bread baskets of India. Indian civilization has been rooted in
Uttar Pradesh which along with Bihar, Bengal and Odisha form the bedrock of Hinduism.
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Where is Kashi Math?
A visit to the ancient Hindu seats of Prayaag and Kaashi is a life-long desire of every Gowda Saraswat
Brahman (GSB). All the three Maths, viz. Kashi Math, Gokarna Math and Kavale Math have their branches in
Kashi. They are located in the same narrow lanes close to each other and on the way to Brahmaghat.
The Kashi Math was inaugurated in Kashi itself in the the 16th Century. The GSB pilgrims plan to stay in
any one of the Maths but here only the Kashi Math premises in Varanasi are described.
The three Matthadeeshas (Principals of the Maths)
|How to reach the Kashi Math in Varanasi?
To go and take a dip in the Ganga River in Kashi is the most
desirable religious activity for any GSB. Even if one does not
believe in the sacredness of Ganga, a visit to the banks of the
Ganga River in Kashi is a pleasant pilgrimage. Ganga River
has become very dirty but imagine that the water keeps flowing
and a few meters away from the edge is quite clear for taking a
One can reach Kashi by road, rail or air. There is an airport in
Varanasi and regular flights are operated from and to Delhi. As
the connectivity to Delhi is good from any part of the country, it
is wise to first come to Delhi and then fly by one of the airlines
to Varanasi. There are more than 70 trains that pass through
Varanasi Railway station every day. There are many trains
which run on the Varanasi-Allahabad railway line but more
trains pass through Mughal Sarai Station which is next to
Varanasi. Pilgrims can travel to Mughal Sarai and then come to
Varanasi by either bus, autorickshaw, or hand-pulled
|Once we come out
of the Varanasi
Station, there will
be many ways to
reach Kashi Math
situated in Brahma
Ghat on the
northern bank of
There are taxis, auto
rickshaws and pedal
rickshaws available but
autocikshaws are the
best transport and are
easily available outside
the railway station. We
shall ask the
autorickshaw driver to
take us to the Maida
There is no fixed charge and no meters on the autorickshaws.
We shall bargain with the driver to arrive at a reasonable
price. We paid Rupees Eighty for the trip for two people in a
regular autorickshaw in June 2012.
The distance from the railway station to the Maida Gin Golghar
is about 5 kilometers. The roads are very narrow and the
traffic is horrendous during days, but light in the nights.
Maida Gin Golghar has no signs posted any where. We have
to rely on the autorickshaw driver to take us to the right place.
After we reach Maida Gin Golghar only half the journey is over.
The next half is terious because we have to walk through
narrow slippery pathways where there are big cows moving
slowly. They are generally very calm and cool. They do not
The path is confusing for the newly arrived pilgrim and one
has to ask for directions at almost every corner.
It takes about 20 minutes by brisk walk to reach Kashi Math
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more about the foot-way.
Click on the sign below.
|BRIDGE OVER RIVER GANGA CONNECTING MUGHAL SARAI WITH VARANASI
Kashi Math Country code 91
Area Code 542 No. 2435632
To call from anywhere in India
Gokarn Math Country code 91
Area Code 542 No. 2404419
To call from anywhere in India