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Varanasi nominated as SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital

  • Category
    Art and culture
  • Published
    23rd Sep, 2022

Context:

Varanasi has been nominated as the first-ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital during the recent meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of State in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Varanasi – India’s ancient city:

“Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” – Mark Twain

  • Varanasi, also popularly known as Banaras or Kashi is one of the oldest living citiesin the world.
  • It is known as the land of Lord Shiva, and is an important pilgrimage spot on the tourism map of the country. 
  • Associated with spiritualism, mysticism, Sanskrit, and Yoga,Varanasi is also a center of learning.
  • Varanasi is also called the cultural capital of India.
  • Moreover, Gautam Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment, just 10 km away from Varanasi in the village of Sarnath. 
  • Dasaswamedh Ghat, Ganga aarti, Dhamek Stupa, Banaras Hindu University, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple, Ramnagar Fort among several others, make an important part of Varanasi’s culture.

The title

  • Every year, a city having cultural heritage from the member country that takes over the rotating Presidency of the organization will be bestowed with the title.
  • The title will help in promoting the cultural values of the city and add to values- economic, social, and more. 
  • India will chair SCO from September 2022 to September 2023. 
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