Created 12-Jun-12
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Panchganga, one of the most dramatic – and contentious – ghats, is dominated by Varanasi's largest riverside building, the great Mosque of Alamgir. With its minarets now much shortened, the mosque stands on the ruins of the Bindu Madhava, a Vishnu temple that extended from Panchganga to Rama Ghat before it was destroyed by Aurangzeb, the vile Mughal Emporer and replaced with the mosque, much to the dismay of Hindus today. Panchganga also bears testimony to more favourable Hindu– Muslim relations, being the site of the initiation of the medieval saint of the Sufi-Sant tradition, Kabir, the son of a humble Muslim weaver who is venerated by Hindus and Muslims alike.

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