|VARANASI: Uttar Pradesh|
Varanasi, also commonly known as Benares or Banaras, is a city on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, 199 mi SE of the state capital, Lucknow. Regarded as a holy city by Buddhists and Jains, Varanasi is the holiest place in the world in Hinduism (and center of the Earth in Hindu cosmology).
Chabad of Varasi.[May 2011]