- Varanasi is a holy city in Hinduism, being one of the most sacred pilgrimage places for Hindus of all denominations and is one of seven most holy places for Hindus in India.
- A Kṣetra is a sacred ground, a field of active power, a place where Moksha, final release can be obtained. Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges remits sins and that dying in Kashi ensures release of a person's soul from the cycle of its transmigrations.
- Hindus believe that Vishalakshi Temple stands on the spot where Goddess Sati's earrings fell.
- Hindus of the Shakti sect make a pilgrimage to the city because they regard the river Ganges itself as the Goddess Shakti.
- Varanasi is one of the holiest places in Buddhism too, being one of the four pilgrimage sites said to have been designated by Gautama Buddha himself. In the residential neighborhood of Varanasi lies Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism.
I want to add these details because they accord with my view of the divine background to the world, add to the wonder of exploring and experiencing a new place, and provide endless plot elements to enhance play.