Benares is one of the oldest cities. Founded in 1800 BC. It is one of the holiest cities for the world’s 1.2 billion Hindus. As the bells of the Rose Temple echoed, tens of thousands of devotees descended the stairs of the city’s 6 stone ghats to wash away their sins by diving into the Ganges. Mourning relatives flocked to the two cremation grounds in Benares, where corpses were cremated for a while. There is another identity beyond this traditional spiritual form of Benares. Benares is a paradise for vegetarian food lovers. Most of the Hindus in Benares are devotees of Shiva. Following the vegetarian god Shiva, they also always practice strict sattvic eating habits. They vow to stay away from all kinds of non-vegetarian food.
Benares is one of the holiest cities for the world’s 1.2 billion Hindus. Benares’s alluring cuisine is still shrouded in mystery. Benares lags far behind Delhi, Kolkata or Chennai, the popular food destination for world famous food travelers. Yet the traditional cuisine here is already inspiring the world’s best chefs.
Almost every house in Benares has an altar of Shiva. So no one there can even think of eating beef. Traditionally, many Benaresi restaurants served beef to Western tourists and non-vegetarian Hindu pilgrims. Basically, full sattvic food was eaten at home. But in 2019, the BJP government banned the sale and consumption of beef within 250 meters of the historic site and temple in Benares. From then on, restaurants in Benares began to use local savory food recipes.
Apart from restaurants, the appeal of Benares ‘street food’ is no less than that of Bangkok or Istanbul. However, the variety of food on the streets of Benares has not yet received much attention in the media. Benares continues to meet the demand for vegetarian food of millions of tourists who come in search of spirituality every year with equal success.
Residents of Benares, on the banks of the Ganges, wake up every day to the sound of bells ringing in the temple. In the morning, about 10,000 devotees descended on about 6 ghats of the Ganges to purify themselves. According to them, the Ganges is a holy river and bathing in it washes away all sins. According to locals, the 100% non-vegetarian city is home to some of the world’s most varied vegetarian food. Hindu mythology mentions the god Shiva, who is also considered to be the destroyer; He founded the city of Benares. The original inhabitants of Benares are mainly followers of Shiva. According to them, Shiva is a vegetarian deity. And from that source, vegetarian food was introduced in Benares.
They gradually became so obsessed with vegetarianism that it was considered unclean or sinful for a family in the city to touch the water even if they saw someone buying eggs. Although Benares is the largest religious pilgrimage site in India, it is visited by millions of tourists every year. Their main purpose is to know the art, culture, food habits and history of the city.